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5 things about the big Minn. chill that warm the spirit

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That annual autumn chill that reminds Minnesotans exactly where they live is upon us, but rather than dwell on the dropping temperatures, FOX 9 is focusing the best things brought about by the cold.

Even as the days get shorter and breath becomes visible, there are still plenty of things that lift the spirit amid lowering temperatures.

1. Picking the perfect apple

Minnesota is home to several local apple orchards and can claim several delicious varieties as its own. Honeycrisp apples are a hot commodity each fall season, but they are hardly the only type to tease the taste buds.

Many family-owned farms welcome guests to take advantage of the crisp, autumn air while they search for their own special fruit.

"When it's fresh and cold, it gives you a sense of nature," Haj Murrai said.

Many also feature flavorful fall events like cider making demonstrations, and a few also have pumpkin patches to peruse.

2. Firing up the fireplace

Whether it's a gentle crackling indoors or a bonfire out back, nothing brightens an autumn day quite like a fire.

"People buy swimming pools when it's hot; people buy fireplaces when it's cold out," explained Mike Hannan.

The primal call of flame coaxes people to Woodland Stoves & Fireplaces, where workers say they're as busy as a Dairy Queen in July.

"We definitely get backed up this time of year," Hannan said.

3. Cozy accessories

Whether it's hand-made with love or a fall fashion find, it's hard to deny that donning a soft scarf and warm hat is one of life's simple pleasures.

"Big popular item in Minnesota is obviously the fur-lined hat -- big in Minnesota," affirmed Eric Deleon, manager of Martin Patrick.

Upscale retailers certainly mark the calendar because even macho men are willing to drop some cash when the cold comes to call.

4. Cuddling

Snuggling up with a bunch of blankets is a great way to keep warm, and cuddling is a great way to conserve heat.

"It feels good," Sarah Ahlberg said. "I can cuddle up at home and not feel guilty about it."

Keeping a four-legged friend or a special one close for a dose of relaxing screen time is a sure-fire way to keep the cold at bay.

5. Comfort food

Everyone needs to eat, and when it comes to cold-friendly cuisine, comfort food is king. Hot soup, savory stews, cheesy noodles, and carb-loaded treats are all on the menu.

What's your favorite thing about fall? Tweet your answer to @LydenFOX9.

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