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January 31, 2013

Walking students a factor in school closure

Wind chills lead to decision

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MANKATO —

Some smaller districts, such as Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial School, which doesn’t have many students who walk to school, decided to open at the normal time.

“We have significantly less (walkers) because we’re a rural district, so we bus a much higher percentage,” said Supt. Tom Farrell.

The district also has in-town buses that are available this time of year to pick up students within walking distance of school, even just a couple of blocks away who would normally walk.

Thursday night is forecasted to be the coldest of the winter with wind chills here expected to be 30 to 40 below. The wind chill warning is in effect until noon Friday.

 Allen said she would be checking the forecast at 9 p.m. Thursday and again first thing Friday morning to make the call on a possible late start or closure Friday.

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