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Published August 26, 2013, 03:45 PM

Minnesota steams under excessive heat warning

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students have returned to school in Minneapolis amid some of the most sweltering conditions of the summer.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students have returned to school in Minneapolis amid some of the most sweltering conditions of the summer.

Minneapolis public schools have 18 buildings that lack air conditioning and another 11 with only limited cooling, so schools are providing water to help keep students and staff cool and hydrated. Parents were advised to dress their kids in light clothing, while staffers are watching for any symptoms of heat-related illness.

But Ken Mowll of Minneapolis held his sixth- and seventh-graders home from Sanford Middle School.

"Most of their friends did go to school. I can't imagine most kids are going to learn anything, and the poor teachers, they're the ones who are going to have to work through this," Mowll told the Star Tribune. "The first day of school is not a whole lot of learning anyway."

St. Paul Public Schools canceled strenuous activities at sports practices Monday afternoon and evening, and postponed afternoon and evening games.

Temperatures on Monday are forecast to approach a record 98 in the Twin Cities, but the humidity will make it feel like 100 to 110 across much of southern Minnesota. An excessive heat warning remains in effect for the region through Tuesday.

The Twin Cities hit 94 at 3 p.m., with a heat index of 102. Red Wing was at 97, and even northern Minnesota was sweltering, with Grand Rapids reporting 91 and Duluth 89.

Misting stations are operating at the Minnesota State Fair, where around 90 people had been treated for heat-related illnesses through Sunday.

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