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Weather strands tour group in SF, making the most of it

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While the weather shows no signs of slowing down, Sunday night, it left a big impact on thousands of travelers across the region. With major interstate closures for miles, travelers are stuck in cities throughout the state.

One group was making the way back to North Dakota from Omaha after the UND v. UNO hockey game, over the weekend. Now, they're stuck in Sioux Falls and making the best of it.

"Started coming back, made it this far and realized we won't go any further," Mike Schmitz said.

Schmitz and his group of guys were just passing through Sioux Falls. Little did they know, blizzard conditions and interstate closures would keep them in town longer than expected.

"There are guys enjoying themselves, people in the pool and hot tub, people just resting," Schmitz said. "I've got people who have been wanting to go home, others say this isn't worth risking. I said 'hey this is what we're doing', it's tough but the right thing."

Schmitz owns Midwest Sports Tours, taking big groups to big events and says this experience is definitely a first.

"I do anywhere from 6-12 trips a year, we've gone anywhere from Texas, the cities, Colorado. I've been blessed to not have to be stranded anywhere, like today," he said. "I hope we can get out of here tomorrow but I'm not going to put anyone in danger either."

They stayed at the Ramada Inn along Russell Street. Hotel managers say they've seen a 60% increase in reservations, Sunday alone, due to the weather.

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