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Editorial: Be prepared

The city of Red Wing called its first snow emergency in several years Monday -- and called it well in advance of Tuesday's storm, thereby giving people plenty of notice to park vehicles off the street and ease the way for plows.

Township, city, county and state highway crews applied chemicals at key intersections and on hills ahead of the storm to reduce icy conditions. Crews began cleaning roads in the wee hours.

Red Wing School District canceled school at 5:30 a.m. -- an early, sensible decision given the National Weather Service's forecast.

Our governments did what they could to prepare us for the storm and to keep citizens safe. We hope you appreciated and heeded the warnings

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