Sales and repairs of snowblowers have been increasing in Minnesota, with last season's snowy winter cited as the cause. "A lot of people who wanted one didn't get one last year because there was short supply. They don't want to get caught," said John Madson, assistant manager at Jerry's Do It Best hardware store in Edina, Minn. Meanwhile, Wright's Small Engine Services in Rochester, Minn., has a five-week backlog of repair orders.

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