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Enough Is Enough: Wisconsinites Escape The Cold


Wisconsin winters often tend to drag on, but this year, it has been especially rough as temperatures refuse to rise. On Saturday, temperatures were almost 30 degrees below the normal average for this time of year. The people have spoken and they are saying, enough is enough.

"I don't like it anymore," said Makayla Hannie. "I wish it would just melt and go away."

She and many others had the same idea and escaped to the Grand Lodge Water Park Resort in Rothschild where the temperature is always 86 degrees.

"It has been extremely busy," said the resort's Director of Marketing, Tim Van De Yacht. "I think people are a little bit sick of the cold. Over the last month we've averaged being over 100 degrees warmer in the water park than it is outside. It's a nice little getaway from the cold weather."

The park features water slides, a lazy river and a flooded play ground. Some people, however, choose to stick out the cold while enjoying a warm-weather treat, like ice cream, to keep a sunny state-of-mind.

Belts' Soft Serve Ice Cream is a classic in Stevens Point and always draws a long line on its opening day. One family even kept up with a Belts' tradition by braving the cold and camping out overnight to be the first in line.

Belts' Manager, Cole Racine said, "people know when we open up for the season that spring is right around the corner and hopefully warmer days are ahead of us."

The fans said this ice cream is worth the cold belly on top of the cold temperatures, proving Wisconsinites will enjoy summertime traditions, even on a frigid March day.


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