Cities pleading for patience amid mountains of snow

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE and RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: December 13, 2010 - 11:48 PM

Minneapolis officials declare a second snow emergency, as St. Paul did on Sunday.

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greatcommentDec. 13, 10 8:09 AM

Wait...Aren't we in Minnesota, here, Folks...? MPLS and St. Peezey becoming soft on us...? I would have never DREAMED!

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enonormanDec. 13, 10 8:31 AM

Funny how the outlaying schools are capable of a regular day, or only a 2 hour late start, but the metro is unable to do this. Does this say something about the dedication of the staff and administration of the school district???? They just have to make sure that they take every possible snow day, holiday, winter break, spring break, just every possible day off. If they would work as hard attempting to teach, they might see some progress, but that is low on the Education Minnesota union's program. Get back to work, all of you, especially the administration.

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schnirriDec. 13, 10 8:42 AM

If you've seen the condition of the St Paul and Minneapolis streets firsthand, you'll understand exactly why these school districts made these decisions. Most of the residential streets are simply impassable.

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bradhertkoDec. 13, 10 8:43 AM

Go for a drive around the inner city and tell me you think those streets are navigable by a school bus... This was obviously a serious snow event. Give these folks a break already.

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skylab2Dec. 13, 10 8:43 AM

"Does this say something about the dedication of the staff and administration of the school district????"Ummm no. It says that the streets and alleys still aren't plowed.

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juliasaDec. 13, 10 8:45 AM

enonorman, you must not live in either City. My son went to Mpls public schools for 12 years and had only a few snow days the entire time. You really shouldn't make comments you don't know anything about. I think they made it clear they were concerned about the children's safety. Have you driven on Mpls side streets yesterday or this morning? I have, they made the right decision.

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hoisonsauceDec. 13, 10 8:45 AM

@enonorman: Are you serious? This has absolutely nothing to do with the work ethic of the staff and administration of the urban school districts. The reason why outlaying schools are able to do it is because they have smaller school populations.

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mngirl99Dec. 13, 10 8:46 AM

enormoman, go put your butt out on a subzero bus stop and wait for a bus that does not come. Have you driven ANY of the non snow emergency routes in mpls in the last day? Even as late as last night I say 6+ cars stuck on side roads that had not been plowed. How about thinking of the kids rather than railing against an administration. I applaud the school districts for not holding school when it cannot be assured that buses will be able to get through in a timely manner or at all and it is subzero.

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kevin110Dec. 13, 10 8:47 AM

i used to walk to school and back home and it was UP HILL BOTH WAYS what people don"t understand is a lot of cities don"t allow parking on the the street from oct. to may this is the case in my little town the roads in mpls. and st.paul will be BAD until june then road work good luck

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kevin110Dec. 13, 10 8:56 AM

enonorman you must live in a area that dont allow parking on the streets you should not comment on something you do-not understand maybe you had too many snow days growing up

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