"Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou." Deuteronomy 5: 13-14.
MARSHALL - Not too long ago, working on a Sunday by choice was frowned upon. These days though, a city can seem pretty dead on a Sunday morning, there are people who go to work just like any other day.
People have to eat, go shopping and sometimes Sunday is a good day for maintenance and repair while machinery is idle. And some people chose to work Sundays on second jobs.
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Andrea Hofmeyer works a full-time job as a mental health practitioner and clerks at Cattoors on Sundays. 'I work two jobs for play money,' Hofmeyer said.
Andrea Hofmeyer works part time at Cattoors, about 15 to 20 hours per week, and frequently works a morning shift from 7 a.m. till noon. Hofmeyer works full time as lead mental health practitioner at Brentwood.
"I work two jobs for my play money," Hofmeyer said. "I'm a single mom with two kids, so this is my fun money."
Hofmeyer is also in graduate school and believes in keeping busy.
"I love it," Hofmeyer said. "It gets me out of bed and active. Otherwise I'd just sleep till noon."
Pat Coequyt works as a mechanic and welder at Viessman trucking firm. He works an eight-hour shift one Sunday per month. Sundays are a day to do maintenance and repair on the hopper and tanker trucks that haul grain and wet feed to farms and businesses around the region.
Coequyt said he thinks the world is getting busier with more people working Sundays.
"It's part of my job, so I just do it," Coequyt said. "They run feed trucks out of here and sometimes Sundays is the only time to work on them."
Sunday shifts are a boon to students with part-time jobs. Danielle Anderson works the customer service desk at Hy-Vee Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"I don't mind, but I do miss out on football," Anderson said. "It's slow on Sunday, at least in this department. Up there, at the registers, it's pretty busy."
And some people just like to work on Sundays, perhaps as an alternative to idleness. Marisa Baune is a fifth-grade teacher in Willmar. Baune makes the drive down to Marshall to work a six-hour Sunday shift at Mike's Cafe.
"I worked here when I went to school," Baune said. "I like the environment and I like the people. I enjoy coming down, I have friends here."
It may be that Sunday is becoming just another day as far as work is concerned. Some things have to get done the same as any other day, and people have to buy what they need to do them.
Runnings Farm and Fleet store Manager Gary Becker sees a lot of people in the store buying supplies for work and hobbies on Sunday.
"There's a fellow in here buying a V-belt for his grain bin," Becker said. "Earlier we had a gentleman in here picking up work gloves. A lot of people are picking up things for their lawns after they were damaged in the heat."
Becker works Sundays whenever he's needed, often filling in for employees.
"I don't mind it one bit," Becker said.