Minnesota governor orders statewide closure of K-12 schools

CREATED Jan 3, 2014

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The governor of Minnesota has cancelled school for the entire state Monday due to historically cold air set to invade the area.

The Star Tribune reports Dayton made the decision because "the safety of Minnesota's schoolchildren must be our first priority." The closure affects only K-12 schools.

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

The governor's office says state law allows Dayton to order a statewide closure.