Gov. Dayton cancels all Minnesota schools for Monday

MINNESOTA - With temperatures across Minnesota to stay well below zero on for the next few days, Gov. Mark Dayton has taken the unusual step of cancelling schools statewide for Monday.

Dayton said in a news release Friday the safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority.

“I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday,” he stated. “I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”

Although the state is used to frigid winters, the expected deep freeze surpasses even what hearty Minnesotans can handle.

According to the governor’s office, state law gives the governor ability to “authorize the commissioner of education to alter school schedules, curtail school activities, or order schools closed.”

Despite that, the step is rare. Back in 1994, then Gov. Arne Carlson made front page news for cancelling all schools when it was so cold that wind chills in some areas reached down to 80 degrees below zero.

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