Pavement pounding: Record high temps lead to buckling roads

By |2018-05-28T05:40:18-05:00May 28th, 2018|

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, [...]

Report: Midwest business conditions index rose again

By |2018-04-03T05:58:20-05:00April 3rd, 2018|

A report says a business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states has surged again - a sign of continued improvement in regional economic conditions. The report released Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 62.1 in March, compared with 59.7 in February. The January figure was 57.3. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says 20 percent of the survey participants reported rapidly expanding economic growth in their areas. The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that [...]

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