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A worker walked to work along an icy sidewalk Monday morning in downtown Willmar as the mercury hovered at - 22.

Upper Midwest shivers at midday Monday as everyone deals with frigid Arctic temperatures

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday decided to leave the decision about closing schools on Tuesday to local officials as the Upper Midwest fought bitterly cold weather today, with Tuesday warming in some places but still remaining frigid.

Dayton took the rare step Friday of announcing that public schools statewide would be closed today.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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