Brainerd Dispatch photographer Kelly Humphrey wears her Milwaukee brand heated vest outside the Brainerd Dispatch. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch
It seems like a winter that will never end, with more than enough snow and cold to go around.
Area residents have felt wind chill values fall to 63 degrees below zero and too many more days of below zero days to count. It was so cold the U.S. Postal Service even stopped delivering mail for a day.
People have been told by state and local agencies to stay indoors when the weather is frightful. However, we still have to get to work, go to school and shovel snow-and basically live our lives. I mean, we live in Minnesota so we know what to expect. We love the outdoors and one way to stay warm is heated clothing. There are several brands and types of clothing gear to choose from. A person can purchase heated jackets, heated vests, heated socks or soles, heated gloves-even a heated hat. Sounds nice and cozy to me.
I personally have not tried any heated clothing myself. However, two of my co-workers have and shared their thoughts on the heated gear. Brainerd Dispatch photographer Kelly Humphrey is always out in the cold covering everything from fires, to winter family events to sports, and she recently purchased a heated vest. My other co-worker, Jim Stafford, often assists the newsroom with video and uses a drone to gather footage for a variety of features. In his personal life, he does a lot of activities outdoors and he purchased a pair of heated socks and gloves.