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Fillmore County survives arctic cold, polar vortex moves out


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

For the first time in 17 years, all Minnesota public schools were ordered closed by Governor Mark Dayton on Monday, January 6 due to dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills. The last Minnesota governor to close public schools statewide was Arne Carlson, who closed schools three times during his governorship—once in January 1994, once in February 1996, and once in January 1997.

In addition, several Fillmore County businesses closed their doors in order to cope with the frigid temperatures, a call made to keep both employees and customers safe. Even though weather data is often unpredictable, the temperatures experienced from January 6 through January 8 is some of the coldest many will probably see for a significant duration of time—or at least many hope.

What’s really behind the presence of the cold air was really a not-so-common phenomena that weather experts call a ‘polar vortex,’ or an upper-level polar wind current that spins in a clockwise direction. Normally such a system is located up around the north pole, and rarely does it travel far enough southward to affect a good portion of the United States.

According to the National Weather Service records from January 6, 2014, the coldest wind chill recorded at the Fillmore County Airport in Preston, Minn. was -51 with a temperature of -22 degrees Fahrenheit at 5:22 a.m. This is cold enough to freeze exposed skin in as little as five minutes or less.

In a statement to the public about statewide school closure, Governor Dayton stated, “The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority.” Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius went on to say, “Children’s safety is always our top priority, and as a former superintendent, I know these are never easy calls.”

The Governor of Minnesota has the authority to allow the commissioner of education “to alter school schedules, curtail school activities, or order schools closed.” Though, the governor did leave Tuesday’s closures up to the school districts, all public schools in Fillmore County were closed Tuesday.

With at least two more months of winter weather ahead, there will no doubt be a fair share of snowfall and freezing temperatures. Using your best judgment for safety when outside and on roadways is a necessity for Minnesota winters.

Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 18 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest entri ..... 
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DNR launches habitat restoration projects at two southeast SNAs

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct habitat restoration projects involving tree removal and other work this winter on two state nature preserves in the southeast corner of the state. At Mound Prairie Scientific and Natural A ..... 
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Minnesota Encourages Customers to Make Winter Safety Checks as we Prepare for Below Zero Temperatures

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rosemount, MN – As weather reports indicate another round of below zero temperatures is expected, Minnesota Energy Resource encourages residents to put ‘safety first’ and offers the following information to ensure customers stay safe and war ..... 
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The National Trout Center, an investment in our future

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The New Year celebrates the fifth operating year of the National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn. Conceived in 2009 by the Preston Economic Development Authority as a regional economic development engine, the NTC showcases the extraordinary land ..... 
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CD based youth snowmobile safety class

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The CD Based youth snowmobile safety training class is an introductory class designed primarily for the snowmobile rider with little to no experience in snowmobile operation. Students obtain and study the safety information on the interactive CD a ..... 
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Tips for staying safe on the roads over the holidays

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The holidays are a time of good cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and inclement weather all the way to the homes of your loved ones. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers, so Better Business Bureau of Minnesota ..... 
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The value of Trees

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

December commentary from the Fillmore Soil and water Conservation District Board of Superviors: Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pamela Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley The winter winds ..... 
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US Fish and Wildlife boat launch at Dresbach Bridge opens Dec. 14

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Access to the US Fish and Wildlife boat launch from the Dresbach Travel Information Center will open to the public Saturday, Dec. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Access to the USFWS boat launch ha ..... 
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