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Published February 29 2012

WITH VIDEO | Snow day: Despite weakened storm, students make most of day without school

FARGO - Finally, a snow day. After a winter that hasn’t offered much in terms of snowfall, area students finally had an opportunity to take advantage of the white stuff Wednesday, even though Tuesday night’s storm delivered far below expectations.

Moorhead public school officials decided to cancel school on Tuesday night, and private schools followed suit in the morning, giving students their first snow day of the season.

Fargo and West Fargo public schools, meanwhile, were on spring break. Many students and their families were possibly – hopefully – off in warmer climates before the storm and snow moved in.

At least, students from those two districts seemed to be absent from the sledding hill at Dike West in Fargo on Wednesday, where Moorhead students were in the majority.

Eleven-year-old Isaac Homuth and his sister, 6-year-old Greta, from Moorhead, were among those who took to the hill to make the most out of the suddenly rare snow day.

Isaac had just gotten a new sled for Christmas, he said, and was trying to enjoy it before all the snow melted for the season.

Greta said she initially wasn’t sure she wanted to come out to go sledding – she had been busy building a snow fort with her friends – but changed her mind so as not to disappoint her older brother.

Meanwhile, fresh snowmen dotted area front yards, though by the afternoon kids were nowhere to be found, having possibly retreated inside to play video games.

Not so for Oak Grove students Noah and Steven Eddy, who were helping their dad Chad build a snowman in their front yard in Moorhead.

Although many kids were probably pretty excited to hear that school was canceled, Steven was actually disappointed to find out, Chad said.

“It was pajama day today,” Steven said, part of a themed week at the school.

But he had fun at home anyway, he said, launching a snowball at his dad.

Today, though, he and other students, except for the lucky ones on spring break, would head back to school, leaving the snow day only a memory.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535