SAUK RAPIDS -- Central Minnesotans appear to have planned ahead for the winter this year.

Hollis Rickbeil of Mimbach Fleet Supply in Sauk Rapids says they started getting snow blower tune-ups back in October, almost two months earlier than usual. He also says they have already sold about 40% of their snow blower inventory.

But, he says that doesn't mean they have immediate appointments available.  Rickbeil says they are about a week out for snow blower repairs and tune-ups.  Even so, Rickbeil says some tune-ups go rather quickly and if you need to get yours running, it's a good idea to bring it in and get on the list.

He also says they still have plenty of new models available in case you want to upgrade.