Scrapers, Shovels and Ice Melt Flying Off Shelves

Baihly Warfield
Updated: December 28, 2018 10:41 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - The fresh snow has beautifully coated trees around the Northland, but it was tough to dig out and scrape off Friday morning. 

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Hardware and lawn care stores were busy making sure everyone had the supplies they needed to get where they were going. 

"I came in for an ice scraper because I already broke two this morning," John Young said. 

Young stopped into Burggraf's Ace Hardware on Superior Street after working an overnight shift. He said the ice was so thick on his car, it broke two scrapers. 

"Started scraping and my pole had a weld in it, and that snapped," Young said. "And then kept going because I could work around that, and then the head just sheared straight off of it. So that was toast." 

Steve Larson at Burggraf's said scrapers, shovels and ice melt were the hot ticket items. 

"We opened our doors at 8. I had two customers in right away. I sold 10-12 bags (of ice melt) within two minutes, and we're going to go through a lot of it today I know," Larson said.

But he said they were well-stocked in anticipation of the storm and whatever winter throws our way.

"We've got salt, pallets and pallets of salt and ice melter and sand and everything," Larson said.

For the wet, heavy snow like the Northland got Thursday, Larson recommends buying a shovel that is right for you. 

"Some people need a small one, some people can take the big ones," Larson said, "just whatever it takes to get it out of the way."

The flakes were bound to fall sometime. Young said he was indifferent about the snowfall, but he seemed to be looking at it from a positive angle. 

"After every snowstorm, it just gets us closer to spring," he said.


Baihly Warfield

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