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The National Weather Service wants to recruit more cooperative weather observers across the region, including the Bemidji area, to keep daily weather statistics. Currently, the weather service is not keeping accurate snowfall totals in Bemidji. In this file photo, a City of Detroit Lakes, Minn., road grader plows snow on Willow Street near the Washington Avenue intersection on Nov. 24, 2010. File photo by Brian Basham/Forum Communications Co.

Weather service hoping to recruit volunteers to collect data

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It sounds like a help wanted classified, one that wouldn't attract many applicants:

Current vacancy for detail-oriented person to trudge outside during all types of weather, particularly snowstorms and rain showers. Position requires access to an area exposed to the elements and providing reports of daily measurements. No pay. Long-term commitment needed.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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