Just part of the job: Working in frigid temps keeps them on their toes
BEMIDJI — For many of us, simply running from the house to the car, or from the car back to inside is tough enough when the thermometer reads about 25 below. But there are others who have to brave the frigid temps every day as part of their jobs. To them, it’s just another aspect to the job.
For example, Charles Rosebear, who works carrying out groceries for customers at Lueken’s Village Foods, said he doesn’t mind working out in the cold. It’s all about getting used to the conditions, he said.
Beverly Kingsbury, who has been a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service for 21 years, delivers to 694 households each day. Her route can take anywhere from seven to nine hours depending on the weather. Her route includes driving up to mailboxes, hopping in and out of the truck and walking up to 5 miles each day. Kingsbury said keeping her neck, toes and hands warm is the most important consideration when working in below-zero weather.
The brutal cold will continue for Charles, Beverly and the rest of us for the next few days. In fact, much of northwest Minnesota is in a wind chill advisory through noon today, with wind chills expected in the 25 to 40 below range, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, N.D.
For today, the last of 2013, the high temperature is only forecast at 11 below, with a wind chill of close to 39 below in Bemidji, according to the weather service. If you’re going out on New Year’s Eve, make sure to bundle up, as tonight’s low could get to 27 below, the weather service said. For the first day of 2014, expect temperatures again to be frigid, with a high of about 3 below. However, there could be some relief by the end of the week — Friday is forecast at a balmy 14 degrees.