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Arctic cold settles in across Minnesota [UPDATED]

Published 11:43am Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Updated 11:47am Tuesday, January 22, 2013

With the temperature reaching 16 below zero and winds reaching 18 miles per hour Monday and similar weather forecasted for the next two days, Fergus Falls and the rest of Minnesota is feeling winter’s bone.

Hillcrest Academy was closed Monday due to the cold, and some schools in Minnesota plan to close or open late as the coldest air of the winter settles in.

The Duluth News Tribune reports all public, private and charter schools in Duluth will be closed Tuesday because of the extreme cold and wind-chills.

Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth closed early Monday because of the cold.

Freezing pipes caused a water leak at Woodland Lodge, which is just finishing the final phase of construction in Fergus Falls. Woodland Lodge is an enhanced assisted living facility located on the corner of Hwy. 27 and Woodland Drive. The crew was able to catch the leak early, but the community open house scheduled Jan. 29, has been postponed. A new date has not yet been set. The facility is scheduled to open in February.

Insurance companies are busy not only because of cold, but also because of high wind.

An adjuster for Northstar Insurance is headed out to rural Battle Lake this week to inspect roof damage on a three-year-old home that lost a large section of shingles Saturday.

The National Weather Service says Monday’s high temperature at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport only reached 2 below zero. That breaks a 4-year-old record of continuous high temperatures at or above zero at the airport.

 

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