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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • To the Editor: Thank you to our snow plow drivers

  • Sometimes in a Minnesota, we like to think we have seen the worst that winter has to offer. Bone-chilling temperatures, whiteout conditions, slick roads: even the hardiest of us can begin to feel the toll that the snow takes on us. This is felt most of all when we are driving through these conditions. In the worst of the...
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  •     Sometimes in a Minnesota, we like to think we have seen the worst that winter has to offer. Bone-chilling temperatures, whiteout conditions, slick roads: even the hardiest of us can begin to feel the toll that the snow takes on us.
        This is felt most of all when we are driving through these conditions. In the worst of these conditions, driving on a road in Minnesota can be incredibly dangerous. With whiteout conditions visibility can go down to only a few feet. With slick roads, any speed on a highway can become dangerous. Yet even in these most difficult conditions there are drivers who go out on the roads.
        For some drivers it is their very job to go out in the most difficult conditions and make the roads safer for everyone. These are the 1,650 full-time and backup snowplow drivers with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. During the winter they plow nearly 12,000 miles of state highways and interstates. Without their tireless work, businesses would not open, students would stay home and people in need and danger would not be able to get the help they need.
        While our students may enjoy staying at home the truth is our snowplow drivers help us keep our cold weather state going even on the coldest of days. Up before dawn and driving before many of us are even warming our coffee, they keep our roads safe in the worst conditions. It’s good to know these folks are on the front lines when other drivers can’t get on the roads.
        As we make our way through another character-building Minnesota winter, I would like to give a thank you to our snowplow drivers and all of the tireless work they put in. 

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