It’s been a long winter. And it’s not over. March 20 is the first day of spring, but we northern Midwesterners know that doesn’t mean anything.

This winter — especially the last six weeks — has taken a toll on even the hardiest among us. Parents and teachers are fed up with rearranging schedules for snow days. Motorists are tired of winter driving conditions, while the crews charged with cleaning those roads are probably pretty tired of the complaints. And no amount of ice skating, snow shoeing, skiing and sledding can make up for the fact that many of us would just like to sit outside and enjoy the breeze — without having to protect ourselves from the threat of frostbite.

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