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Published December 13, 2011, 07:40 PM

Unseasonable Lack of Snow Causing Lack of Business For Some

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Even though many people love the fact that we are this far into the winter season with little or no snow, there are some businesses that depend on the white stuff to make some green.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Even though many people love the fact that we are this far into the winter season with little or no snow, there are some businesses that depend on the white stuff to make some green.

"Tow ropes, snow shovels, snow blowers. A lot of warm clothing sells better when it's snowing," Scott Pearson at Home of Economy said.

Just some of the things that are sitting on the shelves at many retailers.

They know it's going to talk a little help from mother nature to get the stuff out the door.

"That seems to be happening this year. Every year is different. If we have a history of a lot of snow in the past few years, things sell better pre-season," Pearson said.

That might be the case at Revolutions Power Sports where no snow is no problem. October was a record month for snowmobile sales.

"What I have left in inventory is on the floor and normally I have boxes stacked in the back," Paul Callina at Revolutions said.

Callina says any other year with no snow in the middle of December he would be panicing. But he has already sold more than half of the snowmobile inventory.

"And they know the snow is coming. This is North Dakota. We are going to get the snow," Callina said.

The largest commercial and residential snow-remover in Grand Forks is The Garden Hut. Because they are paid for the season and not per job, they won't lose money.

"You save a little money when you don't have to do snow. We always hope for snow because we want people to sign up next year," Garden Hut employee Steve Flaten said.

Flaton says another side of The Garden Hut's business -- sales and service of snowblowers -- is beginning to take a hit.

"We did sell snowblowers up until the last couple of weeks and now it's starting to get kind of quiet," Flaten said.

Flaten says this is the longest they have gone into the year without clearing snow and they have been doing it for 34 years.

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