Final score: Minnesota 1 January 0

You made it through January, Minnesota. The month that tried to kill us also deprived us of a certain seasonal reality: Winter is a great time in the state that knows how to live through it. Just not this winter.

February’s arrival ushers in the season of hope when spring training begins and reminds us that summer isn’t far behind. Perhaps you noticed the glow in the western sky as you drove home at 6 p.m. this week, too. We hold onto these signs at this time of the year. January took its best shot, but Minnesotans know how to take a punch.

But we’re also mindful that — as this video from the Brainerd Dispatch makes clear — the portion of the winter we can enjoy is fleeting also. There are some things summer just can’t do. February is one of them.