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Heart-warming messages etched in snow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Huge messages left in the snow on the frozen Mississippi River are giving patients at St. Cloud Hospital a lift.

On the ground, the patted-down snow on the river doesn't look like much. But, from the hospital windows above, the messages are quite clear. The latest are the words ''love'' and ''believe,'' along with a peace symbol. Each time there's fresh snow, there's a new message.

Nurse Mary Habiger has seen a man and woman in snow shoes stamping out the messages. She says the mystery couple seems well organized and know what they plan to write.

Habiger says there are lots of family lounges in the hospital that face the river. So even if a patient's room doesn't overlook the river, they can view the messages from the lounges.

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