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Spring storm dumps over foot of snow in Minn., Wis.

Mike Gregg and his dog trudged through snow for a walk in Austin, Minn., on Thursday.
Eric Johnson/Austin (Minn.) Daily Herald via Associated Press
Mike Gregg and his dog trudged through snow for a walk in Austin, Minn., on Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Schoolchildren in Minnesota and Wisconsin got a rare May snow day Thursday as a storm dropped up to 16 inches of sticky snow across a beleaguered region that was just starting to enjoy spring.

Bobbi Howe’s daughters, Emma, 10, and Averie, 7, stayed home in the southeastern Minnesota city of Owatonna, where 15.5 inches of snow made it hard to open their front door. Owatonna was one of dozens of Minnesota and Wisconsin school districts that canceled classes for the day.

Emma said she is tired of winter and would rather be at school. ‘‘I don’t like the snow right now.’’

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Such was the sentiment in other states that also got slammed by the two-day storm, which dropped a mix of snow and rain Wednesday from Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming into Nebraska, South Dakota, and ­Iowa. It delivered the first May snowfall in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 37 years, knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in several states, forced the closure of major roads, and was a factor in at least one fatal crash early Thursday in Wisconsin.

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Ashland, Wis., got more than 16 inches. Some communities in the state got 14 inches.

Associated Press