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SW Minnesota Schools Close Ahead Of Blizzard

February 20, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

SW Minnesota Schools Close Ahead Of Blizzard

Winter is rearing its ugly head once again, and that led to some schools in Minnesota to take the safe route, calling off school early.

"Tired of winter? You betcha. We're ready for spring," Bob and Sharon Meyer said.

It's a sentiment shared by parents and administrators with area school districts. Adrian Elementary principal Russel Lofthus kept in touch with other Southwest Minnesota schools about whether to send students home ahead of an approaching winter storm. With falling snow and predicted 40 mph winds, he decided to make the call.

"We made the decision based on the safety of their children, so that's why we do that. Sometimes it's a tough call, and right now it looks really nice out, but the winds are still projected to blow, so we have to go with the best information that we have," Lofthus said.

The students left the school shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday. For Bill and Sharon Meyer, they came from out of town to pick up their grandchildren because the parents were out of the country.

"Well, we got ready to pick up the grandkids at the school so we could bring them home. It was snowing very heavy at the time," Bill said.

Based on what they saw, the decision to cancel school early seemed justified.

"Well, I think it's a good idea, because the way it was snowing. It sounded like the wind was going to start blowing, but it hasn't started blowing here," Bill said.

The worst of the storm did skip over Adrian, and the predictions of strong winds and snow didn't come true, but Lofthus says he would make that decision again, saying it's better to be safe than sorry.

"That's always a concern, that it's going to get better, but again, if you think about the overall student safety and you look at the National Weather Service forecast, you have to trust those things when you make those decisions," Lofthus said.

Lofthus says the biggest concern for him was students who live out of town, which he says is about 60 percent of the student body. Any blowing snow would've created very dangerous conditions for everyone involved.

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