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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Sanitation driver gives Minot boy a special birthday present

Sanitation truck visit

City of Minot sanitation truck driver Chris Simonson paid 3-year-old Brex Hochhalter and his family a special visit on July 20.


Brex Hochhalter got a big surprise for his third birthday.

Brex waits for the City of Minot sanitation truck to drive by his southeast Minot home every Monday and Thursday. When the weather is nice, the fascinated youngster goes outside to wave at the driver; when it’s cold out, he waves from the window.

“When he hears the truck coming, he sits out here and waits for the truck. If he’s not out here, he knows which window to look out so he can wave at the driver,” said his mother, Sarah Hochhalter. “He loves it.”

On July 20, City of Minot Public Works employee Chris Simonson stopped by the Hochhalter residence to wish Brex a happy birthday, and to give Brex and his family an up-close look at one of the automated trucks the City began using three years ago.

The excited youngster, wearing a t-shirt with an image of a sanitation truck and the number 3 on the front, watched excitedly as Simonson demonstrated how the truck works and showed him the inside of the truck’s cab.

Simonson, who’s been driving this southeast Minot sanitation route for seven years, used the truck’s hydraulic arms to lift and dump the family’s trash cart, much to the delight of Brex.

Brex’s mom said her son was a little bit shy with all the attention paid to him during Simonson’s visit, but she knew the shyness wouldn’t last long.

“I know when everybody leaves, this is all he’s going to talk about for the rest of the day,” Sarah said.

The visit was also special for Simonson.

“Thank you for asking me to visit today. I see him out here or in the window every time I come by,” Simonson told Sarah and her husband, Justin. “I’ve got kids at home, too. This made my day.”

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