The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 12, 2010

Late school starts due to snowfall

— Mankato public and non-public schools and a spate of area schools are starting classes two hours late Monday (Dec. 13) because of a slippery calling card left by Saturday’s snow deluge.

Beneath all that snow on area roads is a layer of ice left by freezing rains Friday that preceded the 8 inches or so of  snow that was exacerbated by wind-whipped drifts.

“I was out earlier (Sunday) and county roads particularly are ice-covered,” said St. Clair Supt. Tom Bruels.

He said the school district's bus transportation coordinator said drifting also was a continuing problem.

“It adds insult to injury with the ice underneath,” Bruels said.

He said the the 2 hours-late start buys a little time because safety of students is paramount. He said the delayed start also allows travel to classes to be done in full daylight, which furthers safety considerations.

Ice  isn’t the only factor contributing to late starts today. In some areas snowy roads still hold sway.

“The country roads aren't all plowed,” New Ulm Public Schools Supt. Harold Remme said Sunday. “I was out this afternoon and drove 28 miles in the country and the roads are really ice-packed and not totally plowed yet.”


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