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Blizzard Betsy shuts down much of Grand Forks area

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--The overnight blizzard in the area took many out of commission on Thursday.

But not all were lucky enough to get the day off.

“Just business as usual--except it’s a little bit slower today,” said GFPD Sgt. Kevin Kallinen.

Dozens of local businesses, schools, and city offices in Grand Forks were closed on Thursday.

But for many others, the day had to go on.

"This morning has been very quiet, we opened at our regular hours at 6 o'clock, but have had very few customers,” said Hugo’s Manager, Rick Dierker.

But even with fewer customers, the weather caused problems for Hugo's on 32nd.

"We were expecting a truck out of Fargo last night. The roads closed, so we did not get that truck. At this point, they're still closed. We're not sure when we're gonna get it,” said Dierker.

Highway 2 between Crookston and East Grand Forks was shut down for several hours due to very limited visibility and a jackknifed semi completely blocking traffic. And I-29 from Fargo to the Canadian border was closed until noon.

"Overnight it was a little busy with people that were stuck and a lot of our officers had to tend to those people and make sure they are okay and give some rides,” said Kallinen.

And even for those who did not have to go to work, the weather has kept them busy with other tasks.

"My sister got stuck at about 3 AM last night, and I had to go pull her out this morning, so I've already been busy,” said Grand Forks Resident, Joshua Nieman.  

But in this part of the country, it's just something you have to get used to... or not.

"I'm definitely not a fan of the wind. You know, I've lived here my entire life, and that's, I never get used to it, so, the cold sucks, that's for sure,” said Nieman.

The weather here in town also shut down the University of North Dakota and Northlands Community and Technical College for the day.

Those two schools, as well as the rest of the schools in the Grand Forks Public School district will all open again on Friday, at normal hours.

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