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Published January 27, 2014, 05:52 PM

Living in North Dakota in these frigid temperatures has people asking "Why?"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Mondays are hard for just about everybody but they can be especially brutal when you know that, on top of a full work week, you're facing subzero temperatures.

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Mondays are hard for just about everybody but they can be especially brutal when you know that, on top of a full work week, you're facing subzero temperatures.

I'll give you three guesses as to what the number one complaint was from people living in the metro area and the first two don't count.

"Do you ever ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, "why do I live here?"

"Uh, mostly when I'm walking to and from class."

"You cannot work outside and I'm used to working outside."

It's perfectly normal to get fed up with the cold.

"Especially when people don't like to cancel things when it gets so cold."

"Probably the wind. I used to be back in the Twin Cities and there's no wind there. Up here, it's like 40 miles per hour. It's so cold."

Even one of the guys paid to sell the place has a hard time this time finding motivation this time of the year.

"Hmm... are you ready for me on this? Ok."

"Yeah, let's do this."

"I was hoping you'd say no."

Charley Johnson, President and CEO of the Fargo Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau says the F-M Metro actually sells itself most of the year... from four seasons for every outdoorsman... to attractions we sometimes take for granted.

Charley Johnson/President&CEO, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau: "We have a nice zoo, we have multiple art museums, we've got a great air museum. If you're looking for history, we've got Bonanzaville."

And speaking of history, Johnson believes there's pride on the line for many multi-generation residents having the knowledge that great-great grandpa and grandma had it a lot worse.

Johnson: "They didn't have car starters. Oh, wait, They didn't have cars. Ok."

And if that's not enough for you, how about the crowd favorite: the warmth.

And obviously we're not talking about the kind that comes from the sun.

"Everyone is really friendly ."

"The people are friendly and everything."

"I guess it's a friendly environment."

All kidding aside, the community is thriving.

In the latest news from the U.S. Census Bureau, North Dakota has been labeled the fastest growing state in the U.S. once again.

So, it appears in this instance, winter misery does indeed love company.

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