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Bundled up and hustling through his route, Tennis Sanitation hauler Drew Striebel, of Hastings, empties recycling bins in a St. Paul Park neighborhood Monday morning as the temperature read 15 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service. (Forum News Service photo by Scott Wente)

Minnesota leaves school closing decision to local districts as state shivers

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday decided to leave the decision about closing schools on Tuesday to local officials as the Upper Midwest fought bitterly cold weather today, with Tuesday warming in some places but still remaining frigid.

Dayton took the rare step Friday of announcing that public schools statewide would be closed Monday.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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