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Snowy Shutdown? Not for Some Northlanders

Updated: 02/22/2014 5:36 PM
Created: 02/21/2014 3:42 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

The wintry wallop that hit Thursday nearly shut down the Northland on Friday, but some residents had to fight through the fallout and punch the clock.

There was no business like snow business for a few winter warriors like Scott Kirchner.

“I'm happy I can actuaLly get to work and that says something. That shows our dedication here that we want to help everyone out,” Kirchner said.

He delivers sandwiches for those hunkered at home or the office after the storm.

“I'm going to be driving around hopefully the Rav-4, which is my personal favorite car for the snow, because it can go through anything,” Kirchner said.

Despite the snowy shutdown, orders kept rolling in at Erberts and Gerberts in downtown Duluth.

“People need to eat so we just try to get them the food the best we can, and somebody has got to be open so it might as well be us,” General Manager Adam Senn said.

Kirchner said customers are grateful in situations like this so tips are good. He said there was a bonus to the treacherous travel this winter.

“It's a tough, tough job on these days, but at the same time...you get a lot of winter experience and a lot of winter driving. I've never been more confident in my winter driving,” Kirchner said.

Clearing out your car may seem like work, but it is a full-time job for some with over 4000 cars at the Kolar dealership.

“Obviously the trucks and the SUVs are very easy to more. The cars, especially the rear-wheel cars can be a little more difficult and some of us have to push,” Sales Rep. Wade Petrich said.

He said it does build character though.

“It can be tough over the long winter, but it can also be some good bonding experience which that may not be shared by everyone,” Petrich said.

But it must be done because he said storms like this one drive business.

“Ideally, with a car lot, you want to get these vehicles ready to go and after a storm like this people are going to be looking for trucks, especially four-wheel drive trucks, all-wheel drive. We're like,' Hmmm, I think it's time to buy one,'” Petrich said.

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