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Another dose of winter descends on Douglas County

Street plowing crews had another workout Wednesday morning, moving huge mounds of snow off Broadway in Alexandria. (Echo Press photo by Amy Chaffins)1 / 3
Neither rain, sleet nor 10-inches of snow will stop the mail from getting through. Doug Bogie completed his route on Wednesday morning just like it was a day in July. (Echo Press photo by Amy Chaffins)2 / 3
A snowplow was temporarily out of action Wednesday morning after getting a flat tire near Irving Street and 7th Avenue. It was quickly repaired. (Echo Press photo by Amy Chaffins)3 / 3

Residents woke up to about 10 inches of snow across Douglas County - and that's not counting the wind-whipped drifting.

For those who made it to work this morning, there was plenty of watercooler banter about every one's challenging drive in to work. Then, there's this guy - Doug Bogie, a 23-year veteran of the United State Postal Service, was trudging through the snow banks along 7th Avenue East as he made deliveries on his route. "It will be a long day," he told the Echo Press, "But it's not that bad."

Alexandria's public works crew were moving the heavy snow as quickly as they could Wednesday morning. Around 8:30 a.m., at the corner of 7th Avenue East and Irving Street, a city plow cut the corner short and popped a tire on a fire hydrant. Like a racetrack pit crew, public works workers arrived to help change the tire and get the plow on its way again.

Area schools were closed for the day and the Douglas County Sheriff advised no uneccesary travel. The winter storm warning is set to expire at 8 p.m.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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