Metro Spotlight: Super Commuters

Metro Spotlight: Super Commuters

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - Many of us drive, take a train, bike or even walk to work, but there are a growing number of people who have to travel much further.

They're called "super commuters" and KARE 11 caught up with one of them.

"I live in Minnesota and I fly to New York every week for work," said Ian Bearce a Maple Grove resident and a super commuter.

On Mondays Ian flies from Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport to LaGuardia in New York, which is approximately 1,050 miles. He then flies back to the Twin Cities on Fridays, which adds up to 2,100 miles a week, more than 100,000 miles a year.

KARE 11 first found out about Ian when after seeing a video he posted online that captured his weekly commute that he's been doing this for four years.

"Being away from Megan and the kids that is the hardest and worst part of the job," said Ian.

A dream job he can keep with help from his wife who knows it's not easy.

"Not having someone that can help out taking turns is really challenging at times but otherwise I think we have a pretty good system down everyone kind of knows what happens each day," said Ian's wife Megan Bearce.

As a marriage and family therapist Megan decided to put her own experience into words and wrote a book, Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When a Job Keeps you Apart. A book on how they and other super commuter couples make their relationship work.

"Organization, calendars are really a big piece of it and just communicating," said Megan.

For Ian, home is where the heart is.

"I don't have any desire to live move my family to New York," said Ian. "The quality of life here is just way too good to give up it's a great place to live."


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