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Sioux Falls elementary school holds recess indoors due to low temps.

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We didn't get any snow today but if you've been outside, you know it's bitter out.

For one local elementary school, they didn't call a snow day but a cold day. 

We met some students who usually enjoy recess outdoors but not today.

Most kids seem to love playing outside. In fact, sometimes we have to remind them to wear their mittens when going outside on days like these.

But at recess today, no mittens or scarves were required.

All's quiet on the playground at Oscar Howe Elementary School. Running, jumping and playing will have to wait for another day. School was in session but recess?  That's another story.

The school has a policy if the air temperature is below zero, the kids stay in.
But students didn't seem too disappointed principal Larsen kept them indoors today.

Fourth grade student Quinncy Little said "it's kind of great because I wouldn't really want to be outside because it's below zero."

"It's hard for you to have fun because you can't really do anything because you're too cold," Quinncy added.

Principal Larry Larsen said "they like to be inside. Days like this, where we haven't had many inside recesses, they're thankful to be inside. Now in past winters, when we've been in for a straight week, just like the adults, they're anxious to get outside also."

Some of the indoor activities kids could enjoy were playing board games, drawing, using their iPods, reading or just chatting with their friends.

One rule though, their teacher reminded them to use their indoor voices.
Principal Larsen tells us some teachers will greet students who arrive early in the morning for breakfast.

He says they make sure everyone, students and teachers alike, gets inside as quickly as possible to avoid spending too much time outside.

Other parts of the Midwest also are facing sub-zero temperatures and powerful winds. 

In Duluth, temperatures are hitting well below subzero temps.

In North Dakota, temperatures are 20 below zero and in some areas of Minnesota with the wind chill, makes it feel like it's fifty below.

The weather service issued a wind child warning for north-central Iowa, with temperatures in some parts reaching 34 below.

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