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Lyle classes to resume Friday

The Lyle Public School will reopen for classes on Friday. It will be a shortened day, and it’s optional.

“We understand some families may not feel comfortable attending,” says a statement posted Wednesday afternoon on the district’s website. “Please use parental discretion as students will be excused if they do stay at home.”

Classes will release at 1:30 p.m.

A semi-trailer driven by  Jeffrey Mark Kohls, 52, of Plato, Minnesota, crashed into the school building Tuesday morning after rear-ending a car on Highway 218 near Pershing Avenue, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Two children in the school and one in the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to school officials and the Patrol.

No charges have been filed.

Kohls has more than 15 misdemeanor level traffic convictions in Minnesota, including multiple speeding violations,  failure to yield and failure to stop at a stop sign.

On Wednesday, plywood covered the roughly square hole that extended from ground to ceiling.

Lyle-Pacelli sports teams moved their practice to  the Austin Catholic school’s Austin campus on Wednesday.

Tonight, the girls basketball team will play its junior varsity and varsity games at Pacelli. It was originally scheduled to be the Pink Out game in Lyle to raise money to fight cancer.

Tonight’s boys games are being rescheduled, but Friday’s games will be at Pacelli as scheduled.

No charges are filed in the crash, which is still under investigation. The  State Patrol’s crash report says alcohol was not involved. It notes the road conditions were snow and ice.

Everyone in the two vehicles was wearing seatbelts.

The semitrailer cab was almost entirely inside  an art room because of the crash.