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Builders battle freezing temps to keep construction boom going

by Adrian Ma Feb 21, 2018
With tight deadlines, construction often doesn't stop for the weather.
"You just gotta suck it up," said Kai Yee, a laborer in Cleveland, Ohio when asked how he deals with extreme cold. “If [you] can’t do the job, they’ll bring somebody else who can. Everybody’s replaceable.” 
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Wisconsin lake yields prized sturgeon, if you can spear it

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 6, 2017
Frozen Lake Winnebago is no deterrent for anglers looking for the huge fish that is the source of Russian caviar.
Freshwater sturgeon can be found around the world and can weigh up to 100 pounds.
David Silverman/Getty Images

Repairs keep Great Lakes shipping industry working through winter

by Marketplace Contributor Feb 8, 2017
Changing its business model helped Great Lakes Towing survive and expand.
Workers build the tug Cleveland at Great Lakes Towing. The newer tugboats are named after ports.
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Biking industry keeps pedaling into winter with fat tires

by Marketplace Contributor Feb 3, 2017
Fat bikes have increased in popularity recently all over the country, not just for riding in cold temperatures. They can be used like a standard mountain bike on all kinds of terrain.
Fat bikes hang in the maintenance department of Freewheel Bike in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Britta Greene

Warm winters mean investors’ cold shoulder for coat makers

by Jed Kim Dec 2, 2016
The market for winter clothing is shrinking, but manufacturers haven’t acted.
Pedestrians walk along wet and slushy streets in Manhattan as warmer temperatures melt snow on January 27, 2016 in New York City.
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Fake snow is a genuine business plan for ski resorts

by Marketplace Contributor Jan 29, 2015
"Juneuary" weather forces ski areas to employ a costly option, snowmaking machines.

Telecommuting is killing the snow day

by Nova Safo Jan 27, 2015
People working from home help keep storm's cost down to relatively low $500 million.

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Final Note

Cost of melting icy roads ... is heating up

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 26, 2015
In New York, the price is up 27 percent from last year.
Final Note

Want to track a snowplow? There's an app for that.

by David Gura Jan 19, 2015
Data delivered via smartphone can show skeptics that snowplow drivers are doing their jobs. Or not.

Falling oil won't mean huge savings on home heating

by Adam Allington Nov 20, 2014
Winter has got an early grip on the country.
A woman bundles up against the cold. Cold temperatures are already striking hard in the midwest and northeast parts of the country.
(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)