By Esme Murphy

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Monday’s snow just makes the streets, yards and everywhere else that much harder to deal with — creating a pile of pain for some Minnesota cities. However, there are businesses that do not have mutual feelings.

The snow is so good for cross country skiing that this weekend City of Lakes Loppets ski race may set an attendance record.

“Our biggest problem is going from 7,000 last year to 10- to 11,000 this year. And we just have to make sure we can accommodate all those people,” said executive director John Munger.

Caitlin Compton is an Olympic racer who plans to participate in a number of events, including the event know as “skijoring,” which is skiing with your dog.

“This is the best snow I have seen here since I moved here seven years ago,” said Compton.

The event is not the only one having a good year.

It hasn’t been this good for Craig LaRoche’s snow removal business for 10 years.

“It’s been two good months. There are two more months left. Whether it keeps going like this or not is a question to be answered,” said LaRoche.

The only drawback is that he is working 16 hours a day.

LaRoche even has wear a glove to keep his skin from rubbing raw from turning the steering wheel so much. Last season, he plowed driveways 13 times. This season, he already up to 14.


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