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Cool jobs on a hot day

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- We've had a hot couple of days here in Eastern Iowa, leaving many of your looking for ways to escape the heat. But what if you got paid to escape the from the heat?  It turns out, hot days make for some pretty "cool" jobs.

Stepping inside a grocery store on a hot and humid day can be a relief.

"I've been doing it for 25 years," Mark Hansen said.

But step inside the meat cooler and that's where you'll probably find Mark Hansen.

"Probably about 8 hours a day in the cooler and maybe a half hour in the freezer," Hansen said.

He is the manager of the meat department at Eagle Country Market. Each day, he and his crew cut, grind and package meat for customers. Inside the cooler, the temperature is quite different from outside.

"It's between 30 and 35 degrees," Hansen said.

He says summer is his favorite time to work here. Not only are they busy but he doesn't have to be outside.

But before you jump to conclusions, remember that this "cool" job isn't easy.

"It takes a few years to learn how to do it. You just gotta learn all the different cuts," Hansen said.

And learn to keep up with the hot demands of summer grilling.

"Just keeping up with the day to day stuff, keeping the meat case looking fresh and nice for the customer," Hansen said.

Think this is a fun job in the summer? Ask what it's like during the winter and you'll likely get a different answer.

Hansen says his body is used to going from hot to cold but that it takes a while to get used to. And the toughest months of the job happen to fall in January and February when the temperature inside the cooler is warmer than outside.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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