Coping with near-daily winter snowfall isn't a problem when you are prepared for it. For Pati Olson Canfield, 74, a former wedding service coordinator in Minneapolis, Minn., who retired in 2006, that means wielding a 42-inch wide shovel and a snow blower to clear off her double driveway. She enjoys the outdoors year-round. "You can walk around the lakes and the park reserves even in the wintertime, and if you can't walk, you can go snowshoeing or ski," Canfield says.
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For those who can't take the cold, it's possible to almost completely avoid January temperatures that seldom rise above freezing in Minneapolis. Shoppers can utilize this city's eight-mile, climate-controlled skyway system. These glass walking tunnels, located one story above ground, can connect you to restaurants, stores, and the Historic State Theatre, no coat or boots required.
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