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District 31 Transportation Coordinator Greg Liedl along with Fleet Manager Jeff Baltzell holds a jar of bio-diesel discuss the multiple problems they face keeping the seventy eight school buses running when they face extreme cold conditions. With the increase of bio-diesel percentage increasing in 2015 problems in the cold will escalate. A simple solution is having heated garages. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Buses battle bitter cold: Whether to hold, delay or cancel school often comes down to the buses

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BEMIDJI — The day after Christmas break, Greg Liedl got a most-unwelcome gift: a frozen tank.

Liedl, the transportation coordinator for Bemidji Area Schools, was weighing whether he believed class could be held that day as scheduled when he was told an electric heater in one of his buses had failed, thus allowing the diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF, to freeze up.

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