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Volunteer Keeps Attraction Open

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With this cold weather keeping up, the job of taking care of some the region's outdoor attractions becomes taxing.

The wet, heavy snow we have been getting can be difficult to move, especially when the volunteer doing the work is over 90 years old.

Emily Medalin introduces us to a man who gets the job done for the Scandinavian Heritage Park.

While most of us enjoy curling up at home drinking hot cocoa in weather like this, John Sinn has other plans.

At 92 years old, he continues to stay active in Minot by keeping our Scandinavian Heritage Park clean.

John came to North Dakota in 1940 and says he has never seen consistent snowing into April like we've had this year.

(John Sinn, Scandinavian Heritage Association Volunteer) "It's too late to be using the snowblower. We wish we could be going. Last year at this time we were working in our shirt sleeves."

Even with the cold weather, he's out and about working on what needs to be perfected around the park.

With a background in engineering, John is the "go-to" man when anyone needs help or advice.

(Carroll Erickson, SHA Volunteer) "Anything that goes on, John reviews, checks it over, and makes sure it's perfect. Otherwise, you stop your job and start all over again."

Working outside in the cold and pushing a snowblower is hard work for anyone.

At 92 years old, John says he feels great and is working on 93 with no problem.

(John Sinn, SHA Volunteer) "I feel good and ready to go to work every day. Have a good appetite. Anxious to go to work and do something. I figure you live longer if you do that."

Being a volunteer for the Scandinavian Heritage Association, John doesn't get paid in money for his service.

But he does get to see people get out and enjoy the park every day, and that's more than enough for him.

In Minot, Emily Medalen, KX News.

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