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WASHINGTON — Think it’s cold where you are? Quit yer bellyachin’.

Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota has experienced record low temperatures this week, with the mercury sinking to — wait for it — minus 39 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a weather official there.

And that’s when the wind’s not blowing.

“Oh yeah, we’ve had worse than that,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Haught of the 319th Operations Support Squadron weather flight. “During the day [on Thursday], it was minus 66” with the wind chill. The mark of 39 below broke the previous January record of minus 36, set in 1951.

Haught said airmen there find ways to cope.

“There’s a lot of indoor activities,” he said.

A lot of it revolves around the base fitness center, he said.

“There’s a a swimming pool competition, where we build boats out of cardboard and duct tape and, theoretically, go across the pool.”

Is it the coldest he’s ever been?

“Yeah. I was born in Singapore,” he said. “I came here from Hawaii, in January 2001.”

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