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Our view: Saluting those who brave the brrr for us | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Published January 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Our view: Saluting those who brave the brrr for us

Let’s pause today — with temperatures dipping again, part of another freeze-thaw cycle that can bring its own underground destruction — to recognize and to pat the backs of those utility workers who go out in the frigid subzero cold, in the middle of the night and in screaming protest of every natural instinct to the contrary to find those breaks, to fix them and to get our water flowing again.

We just had to know it was going to be a tough year for water main breaks. Duluth’s underground system of pipes is famously antiquated already. Then we saw the massive damage done above ground during the June flood, and we were left to shudder at the shifting, sinking and other imagined, unseen horrors wreaking havoc underground. Just this month, downtown’s busiest thoroughfare, Superior Street, flooded in what was described as the largest water main break in recent years, and Piedmont Heights residents were left without water for days.

So let’s pause today — with temperatures dipping again, part of another freeze-thaw cycle that can bring its own underground destruction — to recognize and to pat the backs of those utility workers who go out in the frigid subzero cold, in the middle of the night and in screaming protest of every natural instinct to the contrary to find those breaks, to fix them and to get our water flowing again.

Sure, it’s their job and they’re compensated, sometimes quite handsomely, as newspaper headlines have been eager to point out. But how many of us are willing to brave Duluth’s nastiest elements at the ungodliest of hours to complete such a thankless but necessary chore?

And while we’re saluting utility workers, let’s give ear flap salutes to our newspaper carriers, mail carriers, phone and cable crews, firefighters and others who similarly brave the brrr on our behalf to keep our frigid north country humming — no matter the unseen horrors wreaking havoc.

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