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Working In The Cold

January 6, 2014, 4:57 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Working In The Cold

First, cold is an understatement for Monday's blistering temperatures. Many schools and businesses shut their doors, and some plan to open late on Tuesday.  But not everyone has that option.

The sun set on Sunday and temperatures plummeted.

As people crank up their furnaces, the talk heats up.

"Weather is a pretty common conversation piece when people come in and out," Joey Rotert said. 

Rotert works for the Sioux Falls Credit Union and isn't taking any chances by staying outside too long.  Lucky for him, his job is indoors.

"Today, we probably won't see a whole lot of people. Hopefully they're staying in and keeping warm," Rotert said. 

Unfortunately, in some lines of work, people just have to grin and bear the freezing temps. Jerred Schreur is working on a construction site, and he says going in and out of the building can be downright painful.

"It was cold! It was cold for sure. The wind on bare skin is almost unbearable, but you gotta do what you gotta do," Schreur said. 

While polar bears might be cut out for this kind of weather, the human body can only handle small doses.

We're not alone; vehicles of all makes and models are having a tough time getting going.

"I keep it in the garage, but even in the garage I had to let it heat up a little bit before putting the kids in to take them to day care," Rotert said. 

"When the truck doesn't want to start, you don't want to start," Schreur said.

Both men agree there are some common sense tips everyone should remember.

"Just make sure your cars stay running. Keep everything warm. Keep inside if you don't have to be out," Rotert said. 

Schreur says survival is all about facial hair.

"Grow a beard. Grow a beard. That's what you gotta do," Schreur said. 

Unfortunately, on a day this cold, even that may not be enough.

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