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Local businesses welcome warmer weather

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

It was the 8th snowiest winter on record. But now it seems Spring has finally sprung.

"This is Wisconsin, you never know what you're going to get," Kent Spiegel, Owner of Rib Mountain Greenhouse says. "The customers are starting to come in. They're in the garden they're raking their lawn and some of them are even starting to get things planted."

 Customers like David and Judie Rheinschmidt.

"It brightens your spirits just to walk in here," Judie said as she took a step inside the greenhouse.

While the couple spends their winters down south, "we just got back from Florida," David explained. They didn't expect to come home to snow.

"It hasn't been very nice so we haven't done much planting," Judie added.

 But the recent warm up has given them a chance to get outside.

"It's nice to look outside sometimes and see the sun shining on the flowers or when you drive into the driveway, it's worth it," Judie said.

The sunshine has also done some good at Nine Mile Forest. The once slushy trails, now officially open.

"It was just a late spring. So cover didn't melt and that led to a lot of problems," Marathon County Operations Superintendent Ken Krueger said.

But county officials say you still need to watch out for some spots.

"Because of the saturated ground there's excessive water in that area and that could cause excessive environmental damage," Krueger explained.

So as the temperatures continue to rise, county officials say conditions will continue to improve. That will give people like the Rheinschmidts even more of a reason to get outside.

"I'll be able to do some yard work, and just enjoy the weather."

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