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COLD CANCELLATIONS: Recycling collection, warming houses, and more

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The dangerously low temperatures forecasted for Monday have many agencies preemptively warning the public that they won't be risking a venture to provide their usual services.


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PARK PROGRAMS

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced that all city park buildings will be closed and both indoor and outdoor programs will be canceled between 6 p.m. Saturday and noon on Tuesday in light of the historic cold air.

The closures also affect:

- Wirth tubing hill
- Rec Plus childcare

St. Paul's indoor and outdoor park programming will also be canceled Monday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION

Eureka Recycling won't be collecting from residential areas in certain Minnesota municipalities on Monday due to the frigid forecast, and will instead delay all collection by one day for the rest of the week in the following Minnesota cities:

- Arden Hills
- Lauderdale
- St. Paul
- Roseville

This means collections that would normally have occurred on Monday will instead be picked up on Tuesday, and that pattern will continue through Saturday, when crews will collect what they normally would have on Friday.

Anyone who is seeking additional information can either call Eureka Recycling's zero waste hotline at 651-222-7678 or visit eurekarecycling.org.

SCHOOLS

Gov. Mark Dayton announced that all Minnesota public schools would not open their doors on Monday to protect students from frostbite or hypothermia.

"The safety of Minnesota's schoolchildren must be our first priority," Dayton said in a statement. "I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures."

The governor's order covers all K-12 public schools in the state, but private schools are technically allowed to remain open if they wish; however, since many have transportation systems that are linked to public schools, it is unlikely. A full list of school closures can be found here.

"We don't want to put children in a dangerous situation," Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota's Education Commissioner, said. "We want to make sure they are safe and warm in their homes."

Even with the closures, some Minneapolis Public Schools staff will need to return on Monday. Those affected were notified by e-mail.

Yet, not all institutions of learning will be shutting down. Carlton College plans to start its winter semester as scheduled, and although classes are not currently in session, the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus also does not plan to close. University Dining Services may limit which locations remain open, and more information can be found online.

WARMING HOUSES

Although Rosemount parks usually keep warming houses open at the outdoor skating rinks, anyone looking for a quick warm-up will have to go elsewhere on Monday.

Minneapolis also plans to close all ice rink warming houses as well.

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