The key to surviving a Minnesota winter, it turns out, is not snuggling under a blanket and sitting by the fire. The key to surviving a Minnesota winter is bundling up and playing outside. This includes ice skating. Every single person in the north owns a pair of ice skates. It's required by state law. And the winter ritual of taking one's skates to get sharpened at, say, Hisdahl's, a converted house with gingerbread trim, makes it quite apparent that, Dorothy, we're not in Georgia anymore.