Weather affects area businesses

Businesses north and west of Minot seemed to be largely unaffected by the storm Sunday and Monday, although many did report that the day was slower than normal.

Sloulin International Airport in Williston “closed for a little bit last night due to the snow hitting the ground and the ground being too warm that it slicked the runways,” said Steven Kjergaard, the manager for the airport, on Monday. The airport reopened Monday at 6 or 7 a.m. and has been under control ever since.

Although Kjergaard was confident about Williston during the storm, Williston State College was closed for the day “due to inclement weather,” reported its website. Due to the closing, no representative was available for comment.

Northeast of Minot, a manager of the A Frame Bar & Grill at Lake Metigoshe who wished to not be identified reported that the “very windy and blustery” weather there, with snow still drifting across the roads by 2 p.m. Monday had affected their business somewhat in that patrons were slow to come in.

A representative of Cowboy’s Bar on Main Street in Bottineau reported that the city “didn’t get any snow” on Monday, and that the snow overnight “barely covered the street” and was practically gone by mid-afternoon Monday.

Burned-N-Turned, a restaurant in Watford City, also reported that business was slower than normal, and that the snow from the night before and during the early morning had largely melted as temperatures improved.

A representative of the McKenzie County Road Department agreed with that assessment and said that nobody else was in the office because everyone was “out working” on the roads. No further information was available because the man hung up the phone.

There was “maybe two inches at the most” of snow in Crosby through Monday, and, just like in Bottineau, the city barely experienced any slow down, according to an employee at Hardware Hank, a store on Main Street.

“We have snow but not too much,” said a worker at Ranch House Restaurant in Towner. She said that patrons are down “about 10 percent” from a typical Monday and that “for a normal winter it’s down quite a bit.”

“People don’t want to go out,” the woman said as she reported a light snow outside the window of the restaurant. “It’s too dreary.”

In Stanley, Joyce’s Cafe on Main Street has actually gained some business due to “the road restrictions” in place because of the storm, said owner Cory Rice. He also said that the town received only maybe two to three inches of snow from the storm and that most of that had already melted.