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Open for business during the storm

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The spring snow storm shut down Rapid City and closed many businesses; but there were a few that stayed open for business.

While some people enjoyed a 'snow' day with a day off; others, such as Don Deutsch at Boyd's Drug Mart had to go into work.

"We were open yesterday until 4:30 PM and open again today. So people can fill prescriptions if they need them," said Deutsch, Manager at Boyd's Drug Mart.

Boyd's was open while most of the city shut down; but only four staff members made it to work.

"We normally have a lot more than that, at least 15-20 people", said Deutsch.

 "Hospitals do not have the privilege of shutting down," said Tim Sughrue, CEO of Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Over at Rapid City Regional Hospital condition snow was in place.

Meaning supplies were checked, plows were ready, and employees were asked to sleep at the hospital.

"I kept going around telling people it was going to be like a slumber party," joked Ivy Bigge, a Registered Nurse at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

For Ivy and her husband Jeremy, both nurses, the decision to stay was easy.

"When you become a nurse you decide to be able to work the weekends, the night shifts anything that's needed really," said Ivy.

 "They needed help so I volunteered," said Jeremy.

After working their normal shift, they were able to take a break.

"After work we got to go downstairs and sleep and get paid for it," laughed Jeremy.

Sleep and begin work again today.

"It went really well," said Ivy.

For those who weathered the storm to stay open for business; it's nothing out of the ordinary.

"That's just part of our job," said Deutsch.

Sughrue says he spent Tuesday night at the hospital as well.

He says it's standard procedure to make sure the hospital is staffed at all times.

 

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