SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Residents of the Dakotas are used to cold winters, but temperatures and wind chills not seen in a decade have been moving into the area.
In Grand Forks, N.D., an air temperature of -19 degrees and 18 mph winds drove the wind chill down to -46 on Sunday afternoon.
The Northlands Rescue Mission homeless shelter is opening its doors to anyone needing to escape the bitter cold. Robert Raymer, who's been living at Northland for a month, tells WDAY-TV that he's seen a lot of people come in to escape the cold and no one is turned away.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple encouraged superintendents to use their discretion and make student safety a priority in deciding whether to close schools.
Monday classes were canceled in Sioux Falls.
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