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Now is the time to transition to fall routines

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Now is the time to transition to fall routines
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What a difference one day makes.

Labor Day may prove to be the last vestiges of a hot, clear summer, as temperatures toying with 90 and high humidity gave us chance for one last shot at summer. Tuesday, the fall came in more ways than one.

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Rain and temperatures in the 50s for most of the day certainly signaled a change in the seasons.

Second, the pace seemed to quicken. Breakfast shops saw more early business, people seemed to be scurrying everywhere. And school started.

Tuesday saw most of us return to fall schedules, whether it be on our businesses, students off to local public schools or college students who now take the place of tourists in our local economy.

While we transition to a more disciplined pace, it's also important to keep our guard up, especially for the vast number of youngsters making their way to and from school. It's especially important for drivers to note kids walking along the roadways, and to remember to stop for school buses with extended stop arms.

Some tips for children include walking with a friend, pay attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards, cross only at marked crosswalks and never run between parked cars, look both ways before stepping into the street and make sure drivers see you.

Those taking the school bus should not play in the street while waiting for the bus, board the bus in an orderly fashion, wait for the bus driver to signal you to cross a street once embarking and walk away from the front of the bus so the driver can see you.

Drivers need to be extra cautious also, remembering that mornings are getting darker. Drivers need to stay focused during before and after school times when the most kids are walking to and from school, slow down in school zones, take care at crosswalks and be aware of children who may be crossing streets, and don't pass a school bus with red lights flashing and stop arm extended.

It may take all of us a few days (or maybe even a few weeks ) to become adjusted to the change of seasons, either physically or mentally, but in the meantime let's all practice caution, safety and common sense. Let's make the fall a safe season. -- Bemidji Pioneer

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