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Published December 12, 2010, 08:32 AM

Outdoor Workers Braving Bitter Cold

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) - As brutally cold temperatures set in, we are having to bundle up with many layers of clothing. Several businesses are gearing up as well. Colder weather means harder work for some companies.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAZ

"It slows us down quite a bit," worker at Greg's Lawn Care And Snow Removal Sam Scholler.

Mitch Nerby owns Greg's Lawn Care and Snow Removal in Grand Forks. The cold can have an impact on this privately-owned company.

"People don't want to go out and work as much as they do in the summertime and we do all this at night basically. It's a lot colder at night," Nerby said.

As the snow piles up and temperatures dip lower, outdoor jobs like snow removal can get a little more challenging.

"Most of our machinery runs off diesel and you get a real bad gel up problem when it gets below 10 or 15 below," Scholler said.

Other business owners like Jeff Vatnsdal, who is selling Christmas trees, have challenges as well.

"The toughest part is just waiting for customers to come by because it's cold out and they don't want to get out of their cars," Vatnsdal said.

Not only does the chilly weather keep Vatnsdal in his car to keep warm, but it has an effect on his product.

"The cold makes the trees brittle so you have to be careful with them otherwise the branches will break," Vatnsdal said.

Although the temperature may reach 20-below, the cold air doesn't stop some outdoor workers from loving what they do.

"We don't mind it, just dress in layers," Nerby said.

"It's just the laid back nature. I love the guys I work with and just doing my thing." Scholler said.

Vatnsdal's Christmas trees can be bought in the parking lot of Hugo's on 32nd Avenue.

For snow removal in Grand Forks,contact Greg's Lawn Care and Snow Removal at 701.330.8540.