While most Blue Earth County residents were content to watch last week’s snowstorm through the kitchen window and over their morning coffee, Chris Segar saw it up close and personal through the windshield of a Blue Earth County snowplow.

As a driver of one of the 16 plow trucks and nine road graders the county Highway Department dispatched into the snowy maelstrom beginning Friday at 5 a.m., Segar pulled 12-hour shifts steering the 29,000-pound Sterling truck on his designated stretches of Blue Earth County roads.

He estimates he logged more than 200 miles daily, using the array of seven levers that control the wing plow, side plow, under-body plow, and sander that hang from his bright yellow truck to keep the roads clear of wind-blown snow.

A 10-year veteran of battling snowstorms for the county, Segar said except for a couple of times early in his career, this latest storm was one of the toughest.

“At least it was as far as guys going into the ditch,” he said. “Storms like this ... sometimes it’s kind of fun to really have something to plow.”

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