Winter storms cause many places to close down
KSTP.com reports the winter storm on Thursday was the second biggest storm of the year in a week. Minnesota was still under blizzard warnings up until Friday.
"It's a whale of a storm," Gov. Tim Pawlenty pronounced on his Friday morning radio show.
The StarTribune.com reports "the Minnesota Department of Transportation wasn't able to completely open Interstate Hwy. 90 from Albert Lea west to the South Dakota border at noon on Friday. All westbound lanes remain closed, but a MnDOT spokeswoman says eastbound lanes from Fairmont to Albert Lea are now open."
The University of Minnesota is one of the few schools still holding classes on Friday in the metro area. The University of Minnesota was actually one of the few places open on time on Friday. Many of the schools did not want to deal with low attendance and other inconviences caused by the winter storm. The schools are not the only places closed down for the day. General Mills in Golden Valley was closed Friday. Then there were businesses that opened late. "Boston Scientific in Arden Hills, Medtronic in Fridley, Land-O-Lakes and Blue Cross in Eagan and the Internal Revenue Service Twin Cities office all opened two hours late."