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Enjoying the snow before winter endsSubmitted: 03/09/2014

Karolina Buczek
Reporter/Anchor
kbuczek@wjfw.com

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MINOCQUA - Winter will end before we know it.

And some people can't wait for the temperatures to rise.

"It's just been really cold this year and we can't really go out because it's really cold," said Isabel Johnson.

But some don't want to part with their favorite winter activities.

"You can also go ice fishing which is also fun. And hockey because you can still do it in summer but not so much because it'll cost money. And in winter, you can just play in open rinks and stuff, for free," said Logan Seymour.

Minocqua winter park gave the community a chance to get their last fix of winter in.

Its community appreciation day gave locals a chance to ice skate, ski, and snowtube for free on Sunday.

"Since it's been a long, hard winter, people in the community deserve a pat on the back for helping us have a very successful season. Also we want to provide an opportunity for people to try out what we have to offer," said Tim Collins of Minocqua Winter Park.

More than 500 people took advantage of the opportunity.

Some were excited kids.

"It's really fun to go down the hill and then not fun to bring it back up. But only go down."

"Playing hockey. Playing with my brother."

"I just like going down the hill really fast."

It also gave them the chance to give back to the community.

"We've received a lot of donations for our trail funds so we can provide more grant and donation funded services for the community," said Collins.

People at the event also donated more than one-hundred pounds of food for the Lakeland food pantry.



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