Brian Martindale drives truck in North Dakota, but his family is back home in Minnesota. Martindale is married with three young children, all under the age of seven.
Audio portrait by Todd Melby
Photo by Ben Garvin
This touching, with some bitter sweet. The fact that Brian has a good paying job outweighs most things, however being away from his family in order to support them, its like a catch 22 and a sign of the times.
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