Pavement pounding: Record

high temps lead to buckling roads

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It has been a hot holiday weekend across areas of the Upper Midwest.

Record high temperatures were recorded Sunday across Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas, where authorities have reported concrete roads buckling from the heat.

Several cities reported highs in the mid- to upper-90s.

The heat took its toll on many roads. In Wisconsin, the southbound lane of Interstate 41 near Fond du Lac was shut down for about two hours after the concrete broke apart. In South Dakota, a similar situation was reported along Interstate 90 near Chamberlain.

Several cities have opened up cooling centers, including in Rock County, Wisconsin, and the Twin Cities metro area.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for Monday for several cities in the southern part of the state.

Oral injuries lead to recall

of Spam, other Hormel product

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another product made by Minnesota-based Hormel after four consumers complained about metal objects in the food.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says the canned chicken and pork in question was produced in February at the company’s plant in Fremont, Nebraska. The agency says “minor oral injuries” have been reported.

The recall covers 12-ounce metal cans containing “SPAM Classic” with a “Best By” date of February 2021.