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Confusion Over Paid or Unpaid Snow Removal Continues

UPDATE 1:31PM: From Bryan Reynolds - The Star Tribune is reporting this is back to an all volunteer effort, as reported earlier by SBNation Minnesota. When contacted today, the U of M Athletic Department said:

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On the University's end, this is a volunteer effort. The University is not paying anyone to shovel. If the Vikings want to work something out, they are more than welcome to do so.

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The release from the Vikings has been removed from their website, so the likelihood of that happening appear slim. If anything changes, yet again, SBNation Minnesota, will let you know.

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Original post:

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The efforts to get TCF Bank Stadium ready for Monday night's game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings are going to be monumental, but you can be a part of those efforts if you would like to be.

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With all the snow that fell in the Twin Cities over the course of the weekend, somebody has to remove it. If you would like, you could be one of those somebodies. Starting tomorrow (Thursday), you will be able to assist with the efforts to clear snow from TCF Bank Stadium.

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And, get this. . .you can get PAID for doing so!

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Yes, for working a 6-hour shift shoveling snow, you can make as much as $15 an hour to help line your pockets a little bit. According to a statement released by the Vikings, here are the shifts that will be available and the pay scale.

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7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – THURSDAY, DEC. 16 - $10 per hour
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – THURSDAY, DEC. 16 - $10 per hour
7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – THURSDAY, DEC. 16 - $13 per hour
1:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. – THURSDAY, DEC. 16 - $15 per hour

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7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – FRIDAY, DEC. 17 - $10 per hour
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – FRIDAY, DEC. 17 - $10 per hour
7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – FRIDAY, DEC. 17 - $13 per hour
1:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. – FRIDAY, DEC. 17 - $15 per hour

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7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – SATURDAY, DEC. 18 - $10 per hour
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – SATURDAY, DEC. 18 - $10 per hour
7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – SATURDAY, DEC. 18 - $13 per hour
1:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. – SATURDAY, DEC. 18 - $15 per hour

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7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – SUNDAY, DEC. 19 - $10 per hour
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – SUNDAY, DEC. 19 - $10 per hour
7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – SUNDAY, DEC. 19 - $13 per hour
1:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. – SUNDAY, DEC. 19 - $15 per hour

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If you wish to volunteer, please contact the Minnesota Sports Turf Managers Association office at 952-473-3722. Keep in mind, these shifts could finish before Sunday if all the snow gets cleared out.

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Thank you in advance to anyone that assists the Vikings and the U of M for undertaking this task!

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.