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      Winter's warm temperatures allows Heartland to enjoy the great outdoors

      The first week of January was filled with unseasonably warm temperatures and as the weekend began, kids and adults alike took up the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.

      At Brashear Park in Kirksville, kids were having a blast on the merry-go-round.

      "As you can see, it's a warm day outside and we're having a lot of fun," said Carl Farnsworth, of Kirksville.

      Grown women were also in the park, reminiscing their childhood days on the swing set.

      "Definitely got my legs a workout though. I'm not used to that at all." said Sarah Magruder, of La Plata, Mo. "I haven't been on the swing set since I was in elementary school I don't think."

      Meanwhile, dogs enjoyed running around the park without the extra weight.

      "He loves being able to go outside and play and not have a little coat on," said Barbara Smith Mandell, of Kirksville. "He does not do well with the really cold weather. He's happy to be out."

      Around town, men washed their cars. Skaters enjoying the day in the skate park told KTVO why they hate snow in the winter.

      "The snow clears out and you can skate but the wind is going to be crazy, you can't skate and you get frostbite, " said Brian Helton, of Kirksville.

      "It's just a really good opportunity to skate in January without snow," said Prophet Krepps, an 8-year-old from Kirksville.

      We asked a few of the people we interviewed when was the last time that they can remember it being this warm in January.

      "My gosh, not that I can remember in a long time," said Magruder. "Not that I can ever remember it's been this warm in January..usually it gets cold in November and stays that way till March."

      Overall, most of the people we talked to said snow is overrated.

      "If I can miss the snow, it's always a good thing, Malik Brown, from the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He said he was visiting Kirksville on a blind date. "Even though I grew up in it, I'm not happy to be in it at anytime."

      "I don't miss it at all," said Magruder. "I don't like the snow. I like sunshine, warm weather, and not a big fan of snow-at all. It makes the roads nasty and you can't do anything else. "

      "It's very nice to be able to get out and walk around," said Smith-Mandell. "It's kind of tempting to go out and do some yard work but why work? Let's go have fun."