Buses Slow to Start After Cold Spell

Updated: 01/08/2014 2:03 PM
Created: 01/08/2014 10:47 AM
By: Katherine Johnson

After two weeks and two days, school is back in session. Bus drivers with the Minnetonka School District devoted plenty of attention and care to the 120 buses in the lot over this historic cold spell. 

Drivers at the Tonka Bay lot kept the buses running overnight before heading out to pick up school kids after the long break from classes.

"We've had them running for a couple days now," driver Ralph Dvorak said.

Dvorak and the other drivers worked to make sure everything was running smoothly by school time.  

"We just go through the bus to make sure that everything is working in proper order," said driver Mike Arnao.  "Being that we're in the bus business, we're a time-sensitive business so people expect us to be there on time."

Siblings Greta and Joey Cutts said they were waiting for their school bus that was running a little behind the prompt schedule on their first day back.

"My mother made me layer up," ninth grader Joey said.

"Yeah our mom was just like, 'Okay put on three more sweaters before you leave!'" his sister Greta said.

Miakala Rath a ninth grader, said she begged her dad to take her to school so she wouldn't have to wait, but no luck and said she hoped the bus driver had the heat on high.

Fortunately, Rath's bus has been warming up just for her safety and well-being since Thursday.

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Minneapolis/St. Paul

42° | 28°
  • Feels like: 15° F
  • Wind: N 18mph
  • Humidity: 100%
  • Thu Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun
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  • Fri Mix of sun and clouds
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  • Sat Mainly cloudy and rainy
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