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Winter workers report for sub-zero shifts

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When dangerous cold sets in, the best advice is often to avoid going outside -- but some workers can't do that because their office is outside, and they report for duty despite the historic low temperatures.

Some people were able to stay home when the coldest January morning seen in 102 years dawned in Minnesota on Monday. Some were only faced with a quick run to the car, to the office, and back again -- but others were out in the elements to earn their pay.

The sound of movers loading up trucks outside the Metrodome wasn't silenced by Monday's severe cold.

"Going all the way over to TCF stadium with this stuff too, so it will be good," Sherlock Bradshaw told Fox 9 News.

Crews are hauling away the kitchen equipment before demolition begins, keeping pace with a brisk schedule despite the blustery conditions even though most people would prefer to postpone moving anything outdoors until Mother Nature becomes a bit more hospitable.

"You get to go to the Metrodome, get to see all the deconstruction going on," Bradshaw said, listing the perks of his position. "That's a bird's-eye view."

Inside, the turf is being rolled up, the seats dismantled -- all under a very welcome Teflon bubble protecting those workers from the arctic air. Up in the concourse, suite owners hauled away furnishings for their own posterity, appreciating the very reason the Dome began even as they dismantle it.

"Watching that Green Bay game yesterday, you would have appreciated having a roof over your head," Tom Boehland said.

Down in Rosemount among the car carcasses at AAA Auto Parts, Justin Jahnz can't avoid the cold because parts won't pull themselves.

"After a while, you kind of get used to it," he said. "Negative 5 feels like negative 30, seems like, after working in it all day."

They deal with it by dressing for it, and they can hop in the truck if they need to warm up for a bit -- and the bosses brought in some warm food for a serving of morale.

"We got chili and coffee brought in for us today," Jahnz told Fox 9 News.

Although it may be a cold weather news cliché, Fox 9 also found a mail carrier who, like everyone else, dressed in layers with almost no skin exposed.

"Trying to stay warm, trying to drink a lot of fluids so I don't get dehydrated," Neng Yang said.

Private garbage haulers were also out in Minneapolis on Monday even though city-operated pick-ups were canceled, and a temporary worker who spoke with Fox 9 said he hopes his frigid fortitude will help him become a full-time, permanent employee.

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