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Richwood Store employees Rose Dodd, left, and Ida McDougall, right, check out customers at the store north of Detroit Lakes Tuesday afternoon.

Lack of snow hampers rural business

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Playing King of the Hill is considerably less dangerous this year, as snow piles are rarely over a couple of feet high.

That's the upside.

The downside is that grown up play has also been hampered, and that spells trouble for area businesses that rely on winter recreation such as snowmobiling.

"We're down a good 25 percent in revenue this winter," said Rayna Tucker, who owns the Ice Cracking Lodge with her husband Steve.

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