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January 5, 2014

CHILLED TO THE BONE: Arctic air, snow sock Southern Indiana

Area schools closed in anticipation of bone-chilling temperatures

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — OUTDOOR EXERCISE

Stephen Regenold is a self-described fitness freak who has, he says, enjoyed winter his whole life. Now 36, Regenold runs 5 miles daily around Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun, and bikes to work every day no matter the weather.

“I go crazy if I don’t get those endorphins and get those fitness fixes every day,” Regenold said.

Regenold’s other love is equipment, which he writes about as the “Gear Junkie.” Looking for pro tips for outdoor athletic survival? He’s got them.

Keeping the core warm is easy, he says; focus instead on extremities. He wears mittens, and on the coldest days swears by a versatile hat that can be worn to cover neck, head or both (He often wears two, plus a regular winter hat).

“To me it’s less about being tough, but more about embracing where I love and not letting the weather man and the media scare me from what I love to do,” Regenold said.

SCHOOL BUSES

Extreme temperatures also can cause plenty of other problems that can strand drivers — even those who drive school buses.

In St. Louis County, one school district canceled classes Friday after 20 of its buses wouldn’t start, and 85 others didn’t have working air brakes because of temperatures that hovered around zero at 6 a.m.

Crews will be working over the weekend to make sure the company’s buses are in good mechanical condition, said Stephanie Creech, a spokeswoman for Cincinnati-based First Student Inc., which operates buses in the Rockwood School District. But there’s no guarantee that they will be able to operate when the mercury drops below zero.

“Monday, it would appear there could be safety issues,” Creech said. “Delays could be severe enough that students might not be picked up in a timely manner, and if so we will make a recommendation to the school systems that we don’t operate the buses.”

News and Tribune reporter Gary Popp contributed to this report. Also, Associated Press writers Amy Floriti, Bill Draper in Kansas City, Mo., and Jim Salter in St. Louis contributed to this report.

 

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Judy Lunsford works on a lesson plan for her students with fellow teachers, Ellen Rothstein and Adam Stephens, in her classroom at Northaven Elementary in Jeffersonville Wednesday afternoon. Lunsford, a new addition to Northaven, will be teaching second grade.

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