We've already had a few inches of snow thrown at us in Minnesota which officially means in my world that summer is over.  Besides making sure our snowblowers are ready for that first snow dump, there are a few things that we need to do as Minnesotans to help us get ready for all of the winter things that are headed our way.

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5 Things People in Minnesota Must Do To Survive Winter

I'm not sure how you prep for the cold, winter months in the frigid state of Minnesota but here's a fun guide to help you get started.

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  • Buy a flannel shirt!  If you don't already have 5, Paul Bunyan would be sad and unfriend you.
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  • Stock up on chili supplies.  Nothing greater than a big bowl of chili on a -20 degree night...after you shoveled 20 inches of snow off your driveway.
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  • Buy a new board game and save it for that Snow Day!  We never know when this will actually happen, but it has been in May before!
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  • Flannel x2!  This time, that flannel is for your sheets.  Change out the cotton for the heavier and warmer threads...and your winter nights will be a lot cozier.

Although we are bracing in Minnesota right now for an epic winter, this list is good for any state that feels the cold and snow, including Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

What's on your "Minnesota Winter Survival Guide" list?

That was my personal list and I'm sure there are other things that should be added.  If you want to share what you do, feel free to send me a message over on my Facebook page - Jessica On The Radio.

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