This was one of those days where you wanted to spend as much time inside as possible.
With wind chills across the area well below zero....it would be painful to work outside.
We found a group of guys who had to do that.
When you have to work outside....no shelter....no chance for warmth....it is important to try to put things in perspective.
"It could be this cold...snowing... wind blowing. Two years ago in Okoboji, it was -27 straight temp and we were working in it." Chad Toft has been working in home construction for more than two decades and not all that time was spent in sunshine and warmth.
He has his crew working on Sioux Falls' southwest side....building homes...and to do this you have to be tough....and maybe a little crazy.
When we were shooting this story...the temperature was just above zero...and this guy didn't even have a hat on! "It ain't easy. it takes longer."
Don't get Chad wrong. The fact that he and his crew are doing this doesn't mean it's a walk in the park.
Building in conditions like this takes a lot longer. "Things don't want to run. guys don't want to work. things break down. forklifts don't move for hours."
But for the moment, they are moving....in the bitter cold...trying to get as much done as they can.
They know later this week, things will probably be worse.
And when we asked Chad how he can stand to work out in this....he told us the mantra that he....and the rest of his guys on the crew....live by. "If you can't handle it....go home."
And Chad assures us he and his guys have work in temps much lower than what we saw today.
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