Easter snowstorm brings joy amid virus fears

An April storm brought heavy snow to central and southern Minnesota on Sunday, April 12, 2020. 

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Amy Padden, who lives just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Cathedral of St. Paul, thought it would be a great day to spread some cheer. So she went out in the falling snow wearing a cat costume she hacked into a bunny costume by pinning some hand towels on for floppy ears.
John Thomas and his son Gavin, 6, made their way down a hill at Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie during an April snow storm.
Braxton Thomas, 11, avoided his mom Heidi coming down the hill while the family sledded at Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie.
A gust of wind took Archbishop Bernard Hebda's cap off while he and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens offered a special Easter Blessings from the Bishops Sunday afternoon.
Catholic faithful drove slowly past Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens as they offered a special Easter Blessings from the Bishops.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda, with Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens, offered a special Easter Blessings from the Bishops to the Catholic faithful as they drove past the Cathedral of Saint Paul in the falling snow Sunday afternoon.
There was plenty of snow in Zumbrota where famous Zumbrota Covered Bridge weathered the storm. It is Minnesota's last remaining covered bridge which has been restored and was originally built in 1869.
There was plenty of snow in Zumbrota where famous Zumbrota Covered Bridge weathered the storm. It is Minnesota's last remaining covered bridge which has been restored and was originally built in 1869.
Rescue horses at "This Old Horse" certified refuge in Hastings, Minnesota weather the storm. The ranch is a place for aged and unwanted horses a dignified place to live.
Colleen and Jon Juffer made their way on a trail around Staring Lake in Eden Prairie.
Lakewood Cemetery took on a winterly coat of snow.
Lakewood Cemetery took on a winterly coat of snow.
Snowflakes fell on grasses at Pheasant Woods Park in Eden Prairie.
A woman took a photo in Elm Creek Park Reserve as snow fell in Maple Grove Sunday on April 12, 2020.
"It's crazy," said Uptown Minneapolis apartment manager Mary Mortenson of the snow storm on top of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Plows were busy on HWY 52 near Zumbrota.
Colleen and Jon Juffer made their way on a trail around Staring Lake in Eden Prairie.
Matthew McNeil of Hopkins took selfie in the Walker Art Center sculpture garden as snow fell in Minneapolis Sunday April 12, 2020.
Spring Garden Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls was closed for Easter.
Jewel Thomas, 4, made her way down a hill at Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie.