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Published March 13, 2011, 10:14 AM

Drivers recover vehicles that were stranded by Friday's blizzard

Steele, ND (WDAY TV) - Stranded or rescued passengers from the violent blizzard have been busy tracking down their vehicles. Some are still in the ditch; others are parked at drop-off sites, waiting to be picked up.

By: Amber Schatz, WDAY

The Lone Star cafe in Steele might be closed for the season, but the parking lot has had lots of traffic this weekend. Fine at first glance, you don't have to dig deep to find some form of snow damage.

KENNY SCHMID - Devils Lake: "I started cleaning out yesterday all for my belt, might need to replace the belt, fans are probably shot, hard to tell right now, be better once it gets all thawed out."

This is one of the many drop-off sites for stranded vehicles across the state.

"Should we try it?"

Kenny Schmid is picking up his girlfriend's car and hoping it'll drive home with an engine like this.

"She was stranded for nine hours. At least it’s not slipping.”

"Hopefully we can drive it; I guess it’s pretty tough."

From behind the wheel to behind the tow truck, Dan Tipton has only been on the job for 2 1/2 weeks.

"This is probably the worst I've seen. This is nothing, I like cold."

Business has been red-hot since 800 had to be rescued and even he was stranded during Friday's blizzard.

DAN TIPTON - ACE Towing: "I just ran into a wall of snow and had to turn off because interstate was already closed from Jamestown to Dickinson."

Now roads are clear, but so is the evidence of Friday's storm.

"It was down in the ditch further. The snow was up to the roof all along it. You had to shovel just to get somewhere to hook onto it. Some vehicles are laying on their side or rolled over."

If you don't know where your vehicle is, go to the Highway Patrol's website.