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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune
  • Kathy’s Conundrums

  • If I were still teaching school, I would be spending my day finishing putting my Christmas decorations like so many other Minnesota teachers today. Even in Arizona, well actually nationwide, folks are talking about the cold temps in Minnesota. There are even news reports with video showing how cold it is. The talk ...
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  •     If I were still teaching school, I would be spending my day finishing putting my Christmas decorations like so many other Minnesota teachers today.
        Even in Arizona, well actually nationwide, folks are talking about the cold temps in Minnesota.  There are even news reports with video showing how cold it is.
        The talk of the community down here on Sat was that Highway 212 between Montevideo and Granite Falls was closed.  The news we got down here was that 6 cars, a semi and a snowplow were all in the ditch or disabled.  Someone even said they saw a photo.
        By now, folks nationwide know that Governor Dayton has ordered all K-12 Minnesota schools closed today (Monday) because of the extreme cold.  I remember when a governor ordered all K-12 schools in Minnesota closed due to extreme cold.  I think it was Rudy Perpich, but a friend said it was Arne Carlson. The talk then, as it is now, is who pays for that day of school that is cancelled; the district or the state government?  I’ve heard comments then and now like, “the governor has no right to order schools closed”.
        Wrong.  According to state law the governor has the authority to “authorize the commissioner of education to alter school schedules, curtain school activities, or order schools closed.”
        I agree with the governor that the safety of our children must come first.  No one should be standing outside waiting for a school bus, or stranded in a vehicle that has ‘died’ along a stretch of country roads because of the extreme cold, or even walking a few blocks to school.
        When I was in college I fell victim to Mother Nature’s cold winter beauty.  One early morning in January, it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, and the air felt cold and brisk as I stepped out the door to head to class.  About half way to my class I felt a weird feeling in my knees. (I was wearing a short skirt and knee highs)  By the time I realized how really cold it was, I was at a point of no-return so I kept on going to class. After class I reported to the infirmary and found out that I had severe frost bite on both knees.
        I was in college!
        I love the stamina of Minnesotans and North Dakotans.  Even in the extreme cold, some look for the silver lining in everything, even -40 degree temps.
        Here are a couple of posts I found on facebook this morning:
    Page 2 of 2 -     “Ok, yes it is cold out…but the moon is beautiful and bright!”
        “Forecast low is -38 degrees….good grief!  A possible silver lining…I read at -40 degrees sustained for a number of hour, 98% of the emerald ash borer larvae will die off.”
        Most of the posts, however, where more along the tone of these:
        “Coldest day of winter, Minnesota colder than Antartica and Alaska.”  Taken from the Updraft/ blog/Paul Huttner, meteorologist. January 6, 2014 9:00 am.
        “My van hates me this morning. Won’t start.  May have to tow it somewhere…I hate winter…”
        “My favorite thing about winter?  When it’s over.”
        "I’m done with winter; next season please.”
        Then there are those who respond with humor.
        Friend living in Georgia, “white stuff floating in the air…YUCK! I HATE YOU MOTHER NATURE.”  Response:             “It’s just Minnesota sending you a little love!”
        And my all time favorite:
        “It’s so cold; I just saw a deer fart a snowflake!” 

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