ST. PAUL, Minn. - You know you're a Minnesotan when walking a mile - or three - in subzero weather doesn't mean your car has stranded you on a country road, but that you chose to do it for fun.
"Mind over matter," says Greg Campbell, on just such a walk. He's one of hundreds who participating in the 10th annual New Year's Eve Candlelight Walk at Fort Snelling State Park.
"You know you're in winter; it's not spring, it's not fall - old fashion winter," says Campbell.
At sunset, the temperature had already dropped to several degrees below zero.
Any thought of calling off this year's walk? Not a chance, says park manager Larry Peterson.
"We're Minnesotans, we don't stop for a little bit of cold weather," he laughed.
Last year, 1,500 people showed up for the same event when the temperature was a balmy eight degrees.
"I think there's a lot of folks who have roots deep in the woods and the snow and skiing and things like that, and that's what makes us Minnesotans," says Peterson.
It's not the last opportunity Minnesotans will have to soak up New Year's cold. Four other state parks are hosting "First Day Hikes" on Wednesday. For more information, click here.