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Our View: Get out and enjoy winter this weekend

February 8, 2019

We’ve often heard that there’s nothing to do in the dead of winter in southeastern Minnesota.

That’s not the case this weekend, however, which is almost smack dab in the middle of meteorological winter. It’s one of the busiest times of the season, with major events both indoors and outdoors that can cure cabin fever. Several are connected with a good cause.

Here’s just a sampling:

• Socialice, Rochester’s annual we-can-tough-it-out salute to winter, starts today and continues through Saturday on the Peace Plaza. Attendance at this event is astounding in even the coldest conditions. In fact, some people will tell you the colder it is, the more fun it is.

• Friends of the Library book sale continues through Sunday, with proceeds going to support library programs, including the purchase of new materials. Forget KonMarie decluttering efforts for a few days and stock up on a stack of books for your winter reading.

• The UNICEF Club at Mayo High School has organized a glow-in-the-dark skating party at 8:15 Saturday night at the Rochester Recreation Center to raise funds for relief efforts in Yemen.

• The Dodge County Youth Hockey Association will hold a fundraising event Saturday in an attempt to recoup the $11,000 lost when a cash box was stolen last summer. Silent auction and pulled pork sandwiches are some of the attractions available from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Mantorville Saloon. Proceeds will help fund improvements to the Dodge County Ice Arena.

• The Polar Plunge, which raises money for the Special Olympics, will be held Saturday afternoon at Foster-Arend Park in Rochester. The truly brave folks will jump into the freezing waters of the pond; the rest of us will stand on the shore and watch in wonder.

• And, just for some all-out fun, there’s the annual Winterfest Great Cardboard Sled Race at noon Sunday at the Rochester Golf and Country Club. This event raises funds for the Minnesota Children’s Museum in Rochester.

You can’t escape winter around here. Sooner or later, you learn to live with it, and maybe even enjoy it. When winter events are tied to a good cause, as we’ve mentioned here, the cold seems that much warmer.

Please get out and support your friends, neighbors and community this weekend — weather permitting, of course.

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