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Snow causes trouble at airport

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Airports in the Midwest have seen their share of problems due to Wednesday's snow and ice.

Flights from Minneapolis and Chicago to La Crosse were delayed or cancelled leaving passengers stranded.

Deb Kaufmann got to the airport at 9 a.m., from her home in La Crosse, with her mother and husband.

"I'm just excited because we get to see our son graduate from Lackland Airforce Base," Kaufmann said. "Just getting there will be the main thing."

Six hours later, they were still sitting there hoping the next flight wouldn't be cancelled like the others.

"This will be our third one, but it's ok," Kaufmann said.

"Our goal is to provide the best service we can to our customers," Clint Torp, Airport Manager said. "It's unfortunate to see cancellations and delays but safety is our number one concern."

Maintenance crews have been out there all day plowing and brushing off landing strip.

"If it stops snowing its takes half an hour to clear the runway," Darrick Moe, Airport Crew Lead said.

But it hasn't, so it's been continuous clearing all day, even though no planes are in sight.

"The tower will tell us to clear the runway," Moe said. "The plane will either land or take off and we're right back at it."

It's finally looking up for Kauffman and her family, close to 3:00 p.m.  Word the plane is on it's way to La Crosse from Minneapolis, only to make it through security and find out it's been delayed again.

"We get to go that's the main thing," Kauffman said.

The first flight out of La Crosse, since early this morning, left for Minneapolis just after 5 p.m.  Deb and her family were rescheduled for that flight.

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