"I pretty much power walk everywhere," Kyle Hayslett, an ISU student said.
"I'm from Chicago, but it doesn't get this cold. This is the first time I've ever felt five degrees," Alexis Stiff, a student at ISU said.
The university remained open despite the frigid temperatures.
Dustin Yancey-Ferrell thinks his school made the right call.
"Your only outside for five or six minute," Yancey-Ferrell said.
A daytime high in the mid-teens isn't ideal for construction workers stuck outside for the bulk of their day.
Workers tell NBC 2 the key to staying warm is dressing in layers.
Some communities have put the lid on trash collection because of the cold weather, but in Terre Haute the pickup continues despite the frigid temperatures.
"I'd rather get the the job done and take care of the customer they're dependent upon us to get it off the curb," Andy Batchelor, a trash collector with Wallace Brothers Disposal said.
Customer service at a cost.
"The hardest part is trying to stay warm and keep your skin covered and watch for all the ice patches," Batchelor said.
An especially high one for Jason Martinez Who rides on the back of the truck.
"At times you can't feel your face, but you tuck in as much as you can and keep moving and keep warm," Martinez said.
All this in a winter day's work.
"You never get use to it, but you learn to endure it," Martinez said.
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