Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students.
Thousands of school kids across the state got to stay home again Thursday because of the extreme cold. This is the third day this month, the sub-zero temperatures have kept students out of class and that’s very unusual for Minnesota school districts.
Governor Mark Dayton closed every Minnesota school Monday because of the weather, but he’s allowing school districts to make their own decisions on Tuesday. State officials say the governor called off schools because the dangerous cold came while districts were not completely prepared after coming off of a two-week holiday. Many local districts are opting to close for a second day, including Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul.