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MnDOT driver Jeff Holte of Garfield came upon a crash while he was out on Interstate 94 on February 20 and by digging snow with his hands, he rescued a driver who had become pinned in the rollover. Contributed photo

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It’s not always a squad car, fire truck or ambulance that comes to the rescue -- sometimes, an everyday hero shows up in a big orange truck.


Jeff Holte has been driving a snowplow for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for 14 years and one of the most memorable moments of his career happened just a few weeks ago on Interstate 94, near Evansville.

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Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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