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DULUTH, MN - "The cold has impacted our business
quite a bit. With the weather comes the vehicle problem, with the vehicles problems,
that's where we come in,” said Duke’s Towing Inc. owner, Darin Lind.
The recent arctic blast not only
brought the coldest temperatures in six years, it also brought plenty of car
“Last week was pretty busy. We had all
our trucks on the road, not much time in the office,” said tow truck driver
Last winter’s lack of snow and cold had
a negative impact on many northland businesses and a dull start to this winter
brought back bad memories from the past. However, last week’s cold snap has
generated a little bit of relief.
"Actually this year has been quite
a bit more business that last year. Just mainly due to the cold weather and the
few snow storms that we've had," said Lind
Car failures are a big reason for the
increase in business for Dukes Towing but a bulk of the calls haven't been too
"A lot of jumpstarts, a lot of car
unlocks. People starting the cars and locking their keys in their car"
For some companies, the deep freeze has
brought business up by four to five hundred percent.
"On an average day, we do 10–15 calls. Last week we were doing 40 to 50 a day" said Lind.
While Duluth is more than 18 inches
below normal on snow for this time of year, there is still time to make up the
deficit, which could make things even better for the towing business.
"Business stays pretty steady
throughout the year no matter what the season is. But I mean, cold weather
definitely helps -- snow helps" said Lilliberg.
A more active weather pattern has made
things feel a bit more like winter the last few weeks, and the tow truck drivers
just want to be there to help out.
“It's part of the northland. Its kinda
why we're here doing this, is to help out when the cold weather hits," said