Minnesota skies should be snow-free for at least a short while, but that's not a great deal of consolation for 13-year-old Mitch Thorp of Willmar.
"I'm sick of shoveling," said Thorp, who headed to a hardware store to buy a new shovel and new boots after the town received 30.4 inches of snow in two days.
"I guess we're done gloating about the nice weather we'd been having," said Mitch's mother, Shawn Thorp. "We got ours, didn't we?"
Most Minnesotans should get a chance to catch up on some shoveling Thursday, with only the northeast parts expected to see snow at night. The chance for snow extends across the state over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
So far, the storm has been blamed for the deaths of at least four people, including three in traffic accidents. The other victim was Rita Colangelo, 86, of Pine City in eastern Minnesota. Neighbors found her body outside Tuesday after she apparently went to shovel snow near her home and suffered a heart attack, authorities said.
Students were expected to return Thursday to the Willmar campus of Ridgewater College. The school was closed two days -- its doors sealed with snow and ice.
In Duluth, city officials planned to replace a 100-foot portion of the downtown Lakewalk that was washed away when the storm's wind whipped up waves from Lake Superior.
"We will put it back together," said Carl Seehus, Duluth's director of parks and recreation. The city expected to have a temporary walkway on the damaged portion by Christmas.
Milk haulers in central Minnesota hoped to pick up the pace. The storm forced delays in picking up loads at farms. In one case, a worker rode a snowmobile more than 20 miles from Cold Spring to make a shift at a milk processing plant in Paynesville.
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