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Published January 29, 2013, 07:01 PM

Area snowmobile enthusiasts enjoy the fresh powder

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - With many area schools canceling today, the ditches in lakes country were not only full of fresh snow - snowmobile enthusiasts finally got a chance to end the drought.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - With many area schools canceling today, the ditches in lakes country were not only full of fresh snow - snowmobile enthusiasts finally got a chance to end the drought.

For some, it has been two years since there was enough snow to enjoy a day out sledding. All of that changed overnight.

Sure, the Knutson family of rural Hawley could have worked today, but really. With ten inches of freshly fallen fluff, they like so many others jumped at the chance to unload the sleds and head out north of Detroit Lakes.

Steven Knutson – Hawley: “This is great. You have to grab the opportunity when you can, but it takes us long to cleaned get out at home. We have been cleaning out since 6 AM.

With our onboard sled-cam, Dustin Knutson and his Arctic Cat took advantage of the heavy snowfall, close to ten inches of perfect powder.

Dustin Knutson – Hawley: “It is good for the whole economy in the area. The business I am in is to make parts for these machines, so it helps us, and the resorts and dealers and everyone. It’s great.”

Its days like this that puts a smile on the faces of snowmobile dealers like the Okesons of rural Detroit Lakes. After some quiet winters, finally snow.

Jim Okeson – Okeson Off-Trail: “Real good thing for this morning to wake up and have 8 to 10 inches of new snow.”

With temperatures still comfortable this afternoon and the wind down, the Knutsons headed out for a day of cross country sledding.

Laurie Knutson – Hawley: “It is a lot of work to get going, but once you do it is beautiful.”

Steven Knutson: “We’ll get to be the first ones out, so we’ll be on virgin snow.”

It sure was better than a day at the office.

The snow comes just in time for this weekend's Old Timers Snowmobile Run in Lake Park. It features sleds from "yesterday." The snowmobile run starts Saturday at 8 am. Registration is at the Lake Park Liquor Store.

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