Tricounty News

Stearns Co. plow drivers visit schools

A plow crew from Stearns County Highway Dept. came down to visit both Kimball Elementary and Holy Cross schools on consecutive days, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 24 and 25. Students watched a snowplow safety video, walked around the plows, and then each had a chance to sit inside a snowplow truck and blow the horn.

The trucks hold 10-12 tons of salt (they use 100 percent salt now, no sand), and use about 100 gallons of diesel fuel for an 8-hour shift. The drivers explained that they usually get calls at 2 a.m. to start plowing; sometimes after plowing until 8 or 10 p.m. It used to take two people to operate a plow truck, with one operating the wing plow, but now one person operates everything from driver's-seat controls. The trucks generally plow at 30 m.p.h.

Pictured are Jeff Voigt (who plows county roads in Kimball), Gary Kuefler (Rockville, Marty and Kimball), Jack Pelzer (Co. Rd. 75 and Division Street in St. Cloud), and Leon Feldewerd (St. Cloud area. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.