Golden Valley mail carrier shrugs off cold

MINNEAPOLIS - After more than 60 hours of negative degree weather, even the heartiest Minnesotans worry about those who have to work outside.

KARE 11 Photojournalist John Drilling spent part of Tuesday with a Golden Valley mail carrier who says it's not just sleet and snow, he's willing to bear with the bitter cold as well.

"Tough winter," said Randy Sainio. "It started on Dec. 4 and it hasn't quit since."

He said it came at the worst possible time -- right during the Christmas rush.

"Actually today feels warm compared to yesterday, which is ridiculous," Sainio noted.

Sainio said he did suffer a little frost bite on Monday in one of his fingers, but that wasn't going to stop him from coming back out the next day.

"When they do that it makes our job so much nicer," Sainio said.

After 26 years delivering mail, he says he has endured good and bad winters.

"Snow is the biggest obstacle, but days like yesterday, you don't have a chance, you can't keep your hands warm," he said. "Yesterday was a face mask day and today's not."

No surprise Sainio says a warm weather vacation sounds pretty good.


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