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Somerset Boy Scout Troop 144 camped outside in minus-21 degree weather to earn Zero Hero patches on Jan. 3-5. (Standing, from left) Assistant Scoutmaster Mary William, Jake Wittstock, Glenn Coerber, Snow Base guide and Eagle Scout Tracen Vail, Cole Erickson, Will Scheder, Andrew Williams and Scoutmaster Peter Johnson. (Sitting/kneeling, from left) Brady Williams, Johnnie Johnson, Connor Darrow, Sam Koeller, Ben Schmitt and Sepp Swanson. (Submitted photo)

Camping tough in minus-21 degrees

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Most people don’t want to go outside when the temperature dips below zero, let alone go camping in a hollowed out snowbank.

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Tell that to Somerset Boy Scout Troop 144, led by Scoutmaster Peter Johnson.

They wanted to earn their Zero Hero patches and earn them they did, Johnson said.

“I think they should have earned a patch for every degree below zero,” Johnson said. “That would have been 21 patches each.”

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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