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Public reacts to county roads after storm


HERMANTOWN, MN-- St. Louis County had to make some changes to snow removal processes due to the union plow driver strike.

Locals say they're getting the job done.

Duluth resident, Tiffany Mathisen said, "It was pretty good for the most part. There were some spots that weren't very good, but it was better than I expected."

Life-long Duluth native Tom Olson said he doesn't want to take the risk of getting stuck.

"Why go on there, you don't know what's going to happen, and I don't know if the state patrol is going to dig me out," Nelson said.

Road conditions made it the perfect day for Arnold's Cafe in Hermantown to close for the day to get some extra work done.

Nelson, who was helping his brother clean up, says, "Give her a good clean out, it was just a good day. We didn't think any people would be out so it was a good day to do it."

Some said the county is doing a good job taking care of the roads, but those roads also don't impact them as much as they may impact others who need them for their daily commute.

Mathisen said, "I didn't realize some of the roads I drove on were county roads. But I haven't really had any bad experiences since they've been on strike. Most of what I drive is not county roads."

As long as they're safe, people said that's what's they care about.

"I just want to make sure they're drive-able, that's all. That's the most important thing," added Mathisen.

Today is the fourth day of the St. Louis County teamsters union plow driver strike.

At this time there is no update on negotiations.

Strikers say they will picket until their demands are met.

Emma Quinn

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