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DeKalb County residents cautious about enjoying warmer temps

GENOA – The ice at Russell Woods Forest Preserve didn't stop Bryan Warren of DeKalb from sledding Saturday with his sons, Maverick, 9, and Cooper, 7.

“The sledding’s been good, but it’s pretty icy bringing the sleds back up,” Warren said.

His young sons, however, liked that the ice made them go faster and even enjoyed the experience of walking back up the steep, slippery hill. And they, themselves, had no concerns about getting hurt or too wet.

“I was kind of worried with the rain that it might have beaten down too much of the snow and it would be way too icy, but this is great," Warren said. "They’re having a good time. Kind of slushy at the bottom, but it’s nice that nobody’s here.”

Aden Schultz, 6, was also sledding with his father. The last time he was at the Russell Woods hill there were about sixty other children, but he preferred the more-crowded surroundings because he enjoys running into people on his sled.

“I crashed into an adult girl two times [on his previous trip to the sledding hill],” he exclaimed joyfully.

Those outdoor enthusiasts hoping to practice their skating skills at the Genoa Community Ice Rink on Saturday, however, were not as fortunate. The rain and warmer temperatures left the rink a large, deserted puddle.

Elsewhere, there was a noticeable dearth of people outside enjoying the relatively balmy weather.

Chris Beck of Genoa, who was walking his black lab,Sam, in the street near Davenport Grade School.

“I haven’t seen hardly anybody out," Beck said. "It’s slippery. The walking is really treacherous. There’s nobody driving around. The roads last night coming home from work were terrible, too – just pure ice.”

The dog, though, wasn’t having any problems with the ice.

“He’s got four-paw drive,” quipped Beck. “So he does all right. Better than us.”

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