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Midwest ending summer with a sizzle

Record-high temperatures force cancellations across region

8:01 PM, Aug. 27, 2013
Five-year-old Grace Kennedy cools off Monday in a water fountain in Stinson Park in Omaha, Neb.
Five-year-old Grace Kennedy cools off Monday in a water fountain in Stinson Park in Omaha, Neb.
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An intense and record-breaking late-summer heat wave is searing much of the upper Midwest this week, closing schools and affecting outdoor events.

The heat is described as "oppressive and even potentially dangerous," according to Weather Channel meteorologist Jon Erdman, who said several record-high temperatures have been set this week across the Midwest. This included a 97-degree reading Monday in Minneapolis.

Misting stations kept people cool at the Minnesota State Fair, where about 90 fairgoers had been treated for heat-related illnesses over the weekend. ...

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