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What a pleasant surprise to have a prolonged period of snow cover this past December. This reality went a long way to ease my addiction to explore scenic areas of our local environment on a pair of cross county skis.

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If my memory serves me right, these snow conditions haven't existed since December of 1996.

Last winter (2006-07), my ski outings were restricted to about one inch of snow covering the frozen backwaters at the head of Lake Pepin.

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