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Published January 30, 2013, 06:38 PM

Local Businesses Suffer Lack of Snow

Some local businesses are feeling the effects of a lack of snowfall over back to back years. Snowmobilers have had a tough time getting out to enjoy the sport in the Grand Forks area so many are hitting the road to find more snow.

Some local businesses are feeling the effects of a lack of snowfall over back to back years. Snowmobilers have had a tough time getting out to enjoy the sport in the Grand Forks area so many are hitting the road to find more snow.

At Revolutions Power Sports sales managers say it's a guessing game each year and it's all about how many snowmobiles they order to fill the need. Steve Renslow, Red River Snowmobile Club, "There's always more enthusiasm when there's a lot of snow, it's just much easier when you can ride in your local area." This is the second year in a row that some businesses have seen a slight decline in local snowmobile sales.

Paul Callina, Revolutions Power Sports, "The only sales you're going to get out of this place is when people are willing to go out to the mountains and willing to travel. The locals that are just spur of the moment, we just haven't had the snow for two years." Dakota Outdoors started selling snowmobiles in October and were cautiously optimistic after last winter. Sarah Beasley, Dakota Outdoors, "Us not getting snow this year might hurt next year but we wanted to jump into it so it's been great with parts and services.

Businesses are seeing more people looking toward summer, buying four wheelers, boats and jet-skis.

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