Some people can’t simply stay home when the weather and the roads get rough. Essential personnel have to show up.

Nurse Andy Diaz Gonzalez works at the Sanford Hospital in Bismarck. She wakes up every morning around 3 to get her workout in, then starts work around 5, saying the patients make it all worth it.

Driving in North Dakota’s winter weather isn’t so bad with a four wheel drive pick-up. But before Andy clocks in, a lot of planning goes into her day.

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