Extreme cold

Emily Bialkowski/The Caledonia Argus
Emily Bialkowski/The Caledonia Argus

Dangerously cold temperatures swept though Houston County and the Upper Midwest Jan. 6.

At 7:20 a.m. the thermometer at Eitzen State Bank-Caledonia read 20 degrees below zero without the windchill. When accounting for the wind, temperatures dipped to a range between 40 and 55 degrees below zero.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called school off across the state. “The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority,” Governor Dayton said in a press release. “I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures… I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”

Simultaneously, Houston County Emergency Management announced a warming shelter had been established for persons or families in need beginning Sunday, Jan. 5 through Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Houston County Justice Center, 306 S Marshall St. in Caledonia. This warming shelter will be available on a 24-hour basis. Anyone needing shelter from the extreme cold was welcome. The local Red Cross provided cots and blankets for those in need. Persons choosing to use emergency sheltering are encouraged to bring extra clothing and personal hygiene materials with them. For information on the emergency shelter call 507-725-3379, ext. 1.