Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Excitement for linebackers, praise for Harris, Floyd and more from camp

On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — The Vikings are excited about their…

What you missed at Vikings training camp on Friday, July 31

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SETTING THE SCENE: A cloudless sky with temperatures in the low 80s and only 39 percent humidity made this the best weather day of camp.…

Severe Risk Central and Southern Minnesota - A Touch Cooler Next Week

8:58am
A fine Saturday is shaping up, but watch for a few boisterous to potentially severe T-storms by evening. Conditions are ripe for some hail and damaging winds with a few of these storms. Otherwise the forecast looks pretty good - especially considering that most of the USA is sizzling right now. We get off easy.
Vikings
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Linebacker talk with Adam Zimmer

In case you missed it, I wrote a story for today’s newspaper on the Vikings’ linebacker corps, which outside linebacker Chad Greenway feels is as…
Twins
12:00am

Postgame: Molitor emphasizes he still believes in Santana

Walker throws second one-hitter in Target Field history; Sano has mixed results playing third base
Sports
July 31

Fowles helps set the tone in Lynx victory

A quick start leads to easy victory for the Lynx on the first night of back-to-back games.
Sports
July 31

Cruz won't play tonight

Recovering from a sprained right ankle, Cruz could play Saturday in Tulsa
Twins
July 31

Milone tries to snap his run of bad luck against Mariners

Lefthander has lost three straight to Seattle, but will try to help Twins hold off wild-card pursuers
Twins
July 31

Twins get reliever Kevin Jepsen from Tampa Bay

He's striking out 7.34 batters per nine innings and walking 4.32 per nine. His fastball has averaged 94.4 miles an hour this season, so that will boost a bullpen that lack velocity.
Sports
July 31

Highlights from Day 2 of Big Ten football media days

Big Ten Media Days wrapped up with Gophers coach Jerry Kill and new coaches from Michigan Jim Harbaugh and Nebraska Mike Riley in the spotlight.
Local
July 31

North Side residents offered chance to help shape greenway

Proposal would create temporary greenway to show how it would work
Sports
July 31

Who is Chih-Wei Hu and will the Twins regret trading him?

Hu started the season as MLB.com’s 24th-ranked prospect in the Twins organization (not in all of baseball, just in the organization).
Twins
July 31

TwinsCentric: So how did Aaron Hicks get so hot?

Aaron Hicks has been killing baseballs dead this past month. How did he suddenly join some of the league's best hitters?
July 31
Gov. Mark Dayton listened as residents spoke about how the walleye crisis is affecting their lives and businesses.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to halt walleye netting in 2016

A spokesman for Melanie Benjamin, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, said tribal leaders would halt the netting of walleye next year.
Variety
July 31

"Albatross' -- an excellent book on exceptional birds

One of a series of well-done animal profiles
July 31

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appoints health care task force

Gov. Mark Dayton has selected his former budget commissioner, a former state senator and others as members of a new state task force on the future of Minnesota's public healthcare programs.
Sports
July 31

Big Ten continues to lead change, eyeing tougher football schedule

Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as way to stand out in playoff selection process.
Sports
July 31

Chris Berman will call Vikings season opener on ESPN

The early game (Philadelphia at Atlanta) will get the top announcing crew of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
Vikings
July 31
Sharrif Floyd (73)

Sharrif Floyd comfortable, confident in second year under Zimmer

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, when he was healthy enough to be on the field, quietly had a pretty strong second season with the Vikings. Floyd…
Vikings
July 31

Turner: Harris has looked "surprisingly good" in transition to guard

The Vikings are giving him the first crack at winning the right guard position in camp after playing tackle previously in his NFL career.
Sports
July 31

RandBall: The Mariners really intentionally walked Hicks to get to Joe Mauer

Repeatng: The Mariners really intentionally walked Aaron Hicks to get to Joe Mauer in Thursday night’s 9-5 Twins victory.
Local
July 31

Weekend traffic: I-94 and 394 closures plus half marathons to bring traffic challenges

Thousands of motorists traveling in the metro area will have to find alternate routes this weekend as the Minnesota Department of Transportation shuts down portions of two freeways starting Friday night.
Eat & Drink
July 31

Burger Friday: Taking on a beefy Iowa tradition at Dakota Junction in Mound

This week’s recommendation isn’t exactly a burger, but it’s close. It’s the Iowa tradition of the tavern — or loose meat — sandwich. Think of it as a burger, minus the patty.