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Snow cover provides relief, optimism for Minnesota businesses

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RANDOLPH, Minn. (KTTC) -- For businesses that rely on snowmobilers and winter sports, the snow covering Minnesota on Sunday is a welcome sight. However, for some businesses, it isn't enough.

The owners of Roscoe's Roadhouse, a restaurant located adjacent to snowmobile trails in Dakota County, are among those hoping for even more.

"We want a lot of snow," said Roscoe's advisor Denny Lennartson. "Now we need snow to make it a decent season to get us through the tough times."

Roscoe's, which just opened this month at the location of a previous restaurant, estimates that its daily business will rise by thirty percent once snowmobile season starts. While at least six inches of snow are recommended to ride snowmobiles, the snow depth near the restaurant is only two inches.

"If we had another six to eight inches right now, this place would be filled, especially with the game," said Roscoe's owner Joe Lennartson.

The late snow has affected businesses in metro areas as well. Erik's Bike and Board in Rochester said that its sales had lagged at first this winter, but the new snow has customers coming in droves.

"We started out a little slowly," said salesperson Mark Helms. "With the advent of this snow we've had some renewed interest. People have been sparked up to come in the store."

Despite the late snow, both businesses have been optimistic about the sports this winter and the effect on their bottom line.

"People love going out and snowmobiling and spending the day with family and friends," said Joe Lennartson.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, all but one snowmobile trail in Minnesota were either closed or in poor condition on Sunday.

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