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INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Voyageurs National Park and the U.S. Mint will hold festivities next month to mark the release of a commemorative quarter honoring the park on Minnesota's northern border. The Voyageurs quarter is part of a series of 56 commemoratives highlighting America's national parks. It shows a loon with a rock cliff in the background. The Mint will put the quarter into circulation June 11 and hold ceremonies June 14 in International Falls.

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 and several cities have opened up cooling centers. Several cities reported highs in the mid- to upper-90s.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Authorities are warning boaters and swimmers to be aware of changing weather conditions, after authorities rescued two young Duluth women who drifted into Lake Superior on an inflatable raft. The Star Tribune reports that fire department and Coast Guard personnel were called to the scene after the raft drifted into Lake Superior about a half-mile from shore. Authorities say the women, ages 18 and 19, were taken out further into the lake by wind and currents. No injuries were reported.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number of people covered by small group health insurance in Minnesota grew by 15 percent last year, ending a string of annual enrollment declines stretching back to 2004. The Star Tribune reports that price hikes and tight limits last year on doctor and hospital choices in the individual market prompted consumers to look for ways to go back to the small group market. The small group market had been shrinking for years as employers struggled with rising health care costs.

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