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Britton residents brave -40 wind chills

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While it's been extremely cold in Sioux Falls today, it was even colder up Interstate 29 in Northern South Dakota. 

Near Britton, SD, they're still digging out from 7 to 12 inches of snowfall earlier this week while dealing with today's wind chill lows of 40 below.  

But no matter how low the temperatures go, nothing can stop this resilient group of guys from their morning cup of coffee at Holland's Convenience Store in Britton. 

"This is the highlight of my day to get down here to this with my old boys here," said Doug Carlson. 

Like, Carlson, most of the morning coffee attendees have lived in Britton all their lives. 

"I've been here all my life; I've been here 63 years," said Carlson. 

For this group of guys, sub zero temperatures are nothing new. 

"Seen a few days like this one except worse...the coldest we've been out is 40 below, just 40 below without wind chill," said Carlson. 

If anyone knows about working out in the elements, it's Doug Carlson, the residential snow removal man. 

"We're going to get out with a couple motor graders and clean up some roads so Dan can get his school buses out there and not get stuck," said Carlson. 

But Dan Yelkin and the Britton School District didn't take any chances with their buses today. 

"We'll go 36 miles west and 36 miles east so we get quite a ways out and have bus trouble and if both of them have trouble there's no way to get to them and that kind of makes the decision easy on whether or not we have school on a real cold day," said Yelkin. 

So Today Dan was the lucky one who didn't have to venture out to far in the cold, but he'll also never hear the end of it. 

"They've got to get on his case once in a while," said the morning coffee crew. 

For this group, coming together for coffee isn't just about a good cup of Joe, its all about coming together to be with friends.  However, in these freezing cold temperatures, a hot cup of coffee is also a great way to try and warm up.

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