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If the fact that it's only mid-October and we've already seen snow is getting you down, the key to enjoying winter in Minnesota may be in the way you look at it-- and the activities in which you partake.

We all know we can't control the weather. And we all also know that this time of year can bring us some gorgeous warm weather like last week on one hand, and on the other, it can dump a major snowstorm on us (anybody over 30 remembers the Minnesota Halloween Blizzard of 1991, right?)

Which is why THIS article by Laura Vanderklam about how many Norwegians approach the winter season really hit home for me. Over in Norway, the impending winter season isn't cause for complaining, as it sometimes is here in Minnesota.

Over there, they actually embrace winter. So, in that spirit, here are 10 things you can do to make this winter way less miserable! (Of course, Minnesota winters CAN be long-- especially when we first see snow in October. So, keep scrolling to check out 14 things all Minnesotans also need to survive.)

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