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Construction workers take advantage of warmer weather

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- We've been waiting for this day for a while. A day above freezing and a day to thaw out for a bit.

For the people that have been working in the cold all winter, Tuesday's warm temperatures and sunshine was a welcome change.

"It takes a big toll on us. A lot of breaks, warm up breaks. Below zero everyday we have to start later in the day. Not getting as many hours in during the week. Just not getting as much done," said construction worker Rick Peterson while referring to the cold winter.

Cold weather has slowed construction because it has been unbearable to be outside for many days.

"When you stop at different places and talk to other people, they are looking forward to this weather, so are we. We're tired of it just like everybody else. Especially when you have to work in it," said Mike Grene.

Grene, Peterson, and their co-workers are installing siding on a Rochester apartment building. It's a task that is not easy to do with gloves. But Tuesday gave workers all around a chance to take off some layers and smile again.

"This morning I was able to take off my bibs, my coat, another sweater. With less clothes you can move a little faster," said Peterson.

If you lived here long enough you know how long these winters can go and what it does to mind, and maybe days like today put a little more spring in your step.

"You can just kind of tell the mood in everyone. It brings the 'Minnesota nice' back in everyone. Everyday our motto is we're one day closer to Spring. Bring it on," said Peterson.

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