Midwife employs a Minnesota solution to commuting nightmare

There are some problems that can only be solved by being uniquely Minnesotan.

Take Paige and Rich Hardy of Chokio in western Minnesota. She’s an on-call midwife in a business in which babies don’t care about your bomb cyclones.

She had a shift that started at 8 a.m. Thursday and continued to Friday morning at 8 a.m. at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, according to the Brainerd Dispatch.

“I have driven too many times on bad roads,” Hardy said. “It’s scary. I have moms that are due.”

The solution? Plop the family ice house in the parking lot of the University of Minnesota Morris, where Rich works.

“It’s easier to do it this way. It’s less stressful,” Hardy said.

No family wants a stressed-out midwife, she said.

  • joetron2030

    Great thinking!

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  • Jeff

    That’s one nice ice house. I was thinking of a shack until I looked at the picture in the article. Clearly I am not abreast of ice house technology.

  • Kassie

    When I attended that University we had a student who spent the entire school year living in a camper in a parking lot. The next year they created a rule that said people could not sleep in the parking lot. I wonder if they rolled that back? Or maybe it only applied to students?