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Well that was an interesting Halloween, eh?

All told, Coles County saw cold and snow, coming out to just less than a quarter-inch, according to local climatologists. The average high for Halloween is in the low 60s, while this year, kids hit the streets in below-freezing temps.

But that didn’t stop folks, which is always inspiring to see. At the Cross County Mall, businesses held indoor trick-or-treating, and several events around the area over the last couple weeks fit in trunk-or-treats, parades, and other celebrations.

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Now that Halloween (and Daylight Savings Time) is over, it’s time to agriculture-minded folks prepare for the coming winter, and in an area as focused on farming and gardening as Coles County, that means getting rid of dead plant material to help prevent disease and reduce the chance of mice and voles invading. There’s still time to fertilize trees, though that should be done before the ground freezes.

According to our go-to climatologist at EIU, we’re looking at slightly above average temperatures and slightly below normal precipitation for the next couple months. Maybe the onset of winter isn’t as close as it seemed Thursday!

Regardless, JG-TC will be keeping an eye on things--thanks for your support, our local journalism truly couldn’t happen without you.

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