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SOUND OFF: Minnesotans share earful on winter woes

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Even though the beginning of winter set in just a little over a month ago, a lot of people have already had enough of the snow and the cold this season -- and they aren't holding back.

When it comes to this year's winter, many are struggling to keep their cool.

"I hope I don't utter any expletives," Ranjit Bhaguyam told Fox 9 News.

That's a concern many Minnesotans share -- and for Bhaguyam, it's one he encounters every time the snow plays push piles into his driveway, blocking his way in or out.

"The snow getting pushed into my driveway really frustrated me because I have to clear it all the time," he lamented. "When I'm done clearing it, they come back again and stuff it with snow. It's hard for me to keep up with it."

The wind blowing the snow back into freshly cleared paths is another frustration many are facing amid the frigid cold.

"That's why I'm here shoveling already," Bhaguyam said. "Don't want to get caught in the minus 20-, 30-degree weather."

With another bout of blustery winds and extreme cold in the forecast, some are ready to just stay in and wait for spring.

"We feel like we're in hibernation mode," Cindy Ostendorf said.

In an attempt to keep the winter blues at bay, the Ostendorfs are doing all they can to brighten their mood by visiting places like the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory to see the green leaves that won't grace Minnesota's trees for months to come.

"We feel like we're not in Minnesota anymore -- closer to Florida," she explained.

As if the seemingly endless cycle of shoveling and general winter malaise isn't enough to contend with, parents are also struggling to keep kids from getting cabin fever.

"They can't even make it 10 minutes without getting on each other's nerves before we could come here," Mike Kaiser told Fox 9 News. "The stir crazy has come in quite a bit this year."

The Kaisers turned to Nickelodeon Universe as a solution because they could lose the coats and gloves at least for a day.

"I've grown up in Minnesota -- my whole life," Kaiser said. "I don't' remember a winter like this where we've had two days to go sliding and having fun instead of snowplowing, shoveling or huddled up in the house."

Unfortunately, with just under two months until the spring equinox and another frigid forecast for Monday, the laundry list of winter grievances isn't likely to go away anytime soon.

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