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Residents dig out from Wednesday’s storm

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - With four to six inches of snow in the La Crosse area on Wednesday, residents were out in full force shoveling and snow blowing. For many people, snow cleanup is an inconvenient reality to living in a northern climate. But not everyone minds it.

"I'm having fun!" said Diana Hobson, La Crosse resident. "I got the snow blower warmed up and I thought ‘well, crumb! I might as well take a first hit at everything!'" 

Hobson said it's a way to thank her neighbors.

"And as long as it was going so well I decided to go half way down the block and in this direction too," said Hobson. "My neighbors are so helpful to me that I thought ‘well I'll do one fell swoop for everyone here, anyway.' And I know it will need it again, but oh well!"

And she isn't the only one clearing snow for others.

"My landlord probably should do it all, but I just do it," said Rich Oestmann, La Crosse resident. "I don't mind. It's a little exercise… It's not bad, unless, you know, it drops like a foot and a half of it at once. Then it's a little rough… That's a lot of shoveling!"

Even those who were working remained positive.

"I like it! If it's snowing it's not too far below zero," said Troy Buddenhagen, maintenance worker in La Crosse. "So, you know, if it's warm enough to snow that's a good thing"

Buddenhagen says the snow is at least easier to remove than the weekend ice.

"I like the light fluffy snow a whole lot better than that heavy ice. But this is a bit more than I prefer."

The National Weather Service is reporting four to six inches of snow around La Crosse County. Some areas southeast of La Crosse received between seven to nine inches.

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