All Minnesota schools shutting down Monday, activities cancelled in DL
All school-related activities for the Detroit Lakes School system are being cancelled for tonight, Saturday and Monday, according to school officials.
Gov. Mark Dayton is closing schools Monday because of predicted frigid weather.
“The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority,” Dayton said. “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.”
The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for northwestern Minnesota tonight into Saturday, with snow, freezing rain and sleet likely for much of the rest of the state. But the big blow comes Monday, when highs of 15 below zero to 20 below zero are expected across much of the state.
Overnight lows early next week could tip as low as 30 below, which Dayton’s office reports will be the coldest temperatures in a decade.
The governor's office said the decision to close schools was announced today so school administrators, teachers and parents could make plans. The state Education Department reported it is coordinating with school districts throughout the day to notify the public about Monday’s school closings.
“Children's safety is always our top priority, and as a former superintendent, I know these are never easy calls,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said.
State law gives the governor authority to order schools to close.
Detroit Lakes Education Director Lowell Nicklaus says they were not notified by state officials, but rather found out about the announcement through the media.
He says school leaders are working on putting together an announcement to notify parents of Monday’s cancellation.
Activities are being cancelled Monday as well. “That is our policy, that when there’s no school, there are no activities,” he said, adding that this is only the second time he’s seen a statewide school cancellation in his 28 years in Minnesota.
“One other time in 1994 Arnie Carlson did it,” he said.
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