Bus drivers honored with their own day


For 11 years Marilyn Blizil has been getting students safely to and from school in Maple Lake. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Governor Mark Dayton will officially recognize dedicated drivers like Blizil by declaring it School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Gov. Dayton declares Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bus Driver Appreciation Day

What do you call 70 youngsters on a big yellow bus? You could call them students, but the drivers at M&M Bus Service in Maple Lake think of them as “precious cargo.”
Every day, twice a day, M&M’s 16 bus drivers deliver 500 to 600 students to school and home again, traveling about 300 square miles each day through the city streets and down the country roads of the Maple Lake School District.
“They become like our own kids,” said Marilyn Blizil who has driven for M&M for the last 11 years. “We’re responsible for them, and it’s a huge responsibility.”

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