"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, Sunshine almost always makes me high"  

Much like John Denver, I like bright sunny summer days so the transition to fall is always a downer for me. The part I like the least is how short the days get. You've probably already noticed the sun going down earlier each day and it won't be long until Daylight Saving Time ends and it's dark outside before dinner time.

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A Brief History of Daylight Saving Time

Contrary to popular belief Daylight Saving Time has nothing to do with farmers. It was introduced in the United States during World War 1 as a means to save coal used for heating homes, but people hated it so it was abolished.

During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt mandated a year-round Daylight Saving Time, called "War Time," from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945.

Then, according to Spectrum Local News, states were allowed to observe or ignore DST for the next 20 years, which made things quite confusing so Congress passed the Uniform Time Act.

Today most states in the US still follow Daylight Saving Time, although there are efforts in some, like Minnesota, to get rid of the time shift.

Will Minnesota Become the 8th State to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent?

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The Federal Government needs to OK time changes, but State Representative, Mike Freiberg, told KARE 11 that our local leaders are ready to "lock the clock."

Freiberg said, "Once Congress gives Minnesota authorization to move to daylight saving time permanently, we will switch to DST in the spring and never change our clocks again."

When Does Daylight Saving Time End in Minnesota?

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Spring Forward, Fall Back.

On November 5, 2023, at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time will end, and most of the United States will adjust their clocks by moving them back one hour.

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