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Operator Jeremiah Babolik of Pine City, Minn., uses an excavator with a “muncher” to chew through concrete and sort recyclable metal from rocky material and other debris during the demolition of the KDLH and Palladio Buildings earlier this month.( Bob King /

Sam Cook column: Watching a master of movement at work

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I want to be Jeremiah Babolik for at least two hours. Maybe all day.

Standing in an alley above Superior Street in downtown Duluth earlier this month, I’m staring through a chain-link fence watching Babolik tweak the controls of a Caterpillar 330 CL excavator.


He flicks a lever. The yellow boom extends like the neck of a brontosaurus.

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