This time last year, southeast Saskatchewan was digging out of huge snowdrifts as blizzard after blizzard slammed the prairies.
Obviously, this hasn't been the case so far in 2017. However, the lack of snow has had some other beneficial effects show themselves as well.
"It's not costing us money for snow removal or anything like that," said Al Hauglum, the Mayor of the Town of Midale, laughed, "We're saving on that budget, that's for sure."
The resultant extra money could come in handy in other areas.
"It depends on what happens throughout the year. You always have unforeseen things happen. Our water treatment plant is getting older, and I know that it'll need some more upgrades in it. The funds will go to different things in the Town."
Hauglum also expressed that he is looking forward to the upcoming SUMA (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association) meetings taking place in Feburary.
"It'll be interesting to see what the new Premier has got to say to us, and what changes will come through that, including with what grants we get from the government."