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Gov. Dayton closes Minn. schools Monday ahead of cold

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton is canceling all public school classes statewide on Monday ahead of dangerous cold.

Dayton issued the order Friday. He says the safety of Minnesota's school children is the state's first priority. Dayton says all Minnesotans should be cautious about the weather in the coming days.

High temperatures on Monday are expected to be in the minus teens.

This is the first time a Minnesota governor has closed schools in response to cold weather since January 1997, when former Gov. Arne Carlson canceled schools as temperatures plunged to 32 below in the Twin Cities. Carlson also closed schools in January 1994 and February 1996.

Some Siouxland schools already are posting a few delays, click here to see them

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's spokesperson said the governor lets local school districts decide if they think school should be closed. 

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's spokesperson said the governor doesn't have direct authority over Nebraska schools. So it's up to each local superintendent to make the decision as to whether or not to have school.

The South Dakota governor's office says the decision to close school is also left up to the local school districts in South Dakota.

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