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Snow Plow Operator Week

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They're often up all night, making sure your drive in the morning is safe.

And they frequently battle the worst weather Mother Nature has to offer.

"They" are snow plow drivers and this week is their week, as proclaimed by the governor.

Bonnie Campo reports.

(Jody Luck, Minot Supervisor) "It's nice to be appreciated. I think people, their expectations have come out to the point of we're expected to be out there, and it's just kind of gone away, our visibility to a certain point even to just expecting that when they travel in the morning the roads are all going to be good, and really that takes a lot of dedication out of the three-hundred and fifty-five operators."

One of those operators is Mark Sherlock, and he says this week make people aware of what the drivers jobs are, but also how they can be safe on the roads.

(Mark Sherlock, Driver) "When we have these trucks out on the road, we can't see everything all the way around. Please stay back, behind us away, or pass when it is safe to pass."

There isn't much snow on the roads this week in Minot, but D-O-T is still at work.

(Jody Luck, Minot Supervisor) "I don't know if I would call it a week off, or soaking it in, but you know I guess, basically I mean this weekend, and the last couple of weeks that's what we have been doing is cleaning up truck, working on trucks. Making sure that when it happens we are ready to go."

They both believe it takes a special kind of person to sign up for this job in North Dakota, but most wouldn't trade it for anything.

(Mark Sherlock, Driver) "I think right now, I am happy with where I have landed. That's the best way I can say it. I have no regrets whatsoever. Unless tomorrow we end up with two feet of snow, and the wind is blowing fifty miles an hour."

In Minot-- Bonnie Campo KXNEWS.

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