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John Adam has been with the Minnesoa Department of Transportation 32 years. He started as a mechanic, then began plowing highways in 2004. He's never had a crash with his plow. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Driving a highway plow is no walk in the park -- 'It's pretty tense stuff'

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PARK RAPIDS -- The sky is darker than a pocket when John Adam reports to work at 3 a.m.

His supervisor, Gary Kennedy, has likely been at work since 1, driving the district roads before he sends plows out.

Six inches of new snow greet Adam; four more will have arrived by the time he's made his first run north to Itasca State Park, plowing U.S. Highways 71 and 200 to the north side of the park and back.

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