Too Cool for School


For the first time in 17 years, Minnesota’s governor canceled all public school classes due to below-zero temperatures throughout the state on Monday.
“The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority,” Gov. Mark Dayton said on Friday. “I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”
In Maple Lake, temperatures bottomed out at -22, with a windchill of -46, and peaked at -13 on Monday.
With similar low temperatures forecast for Tuesday, and a high of -1, the Dayton administration left the decision of school closures up to local administrators.
“Governor Dayton is leaving the decision about school cancellations for Tuesday to individual school districts,” Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius wrote in a message to superintendents.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.