1. 5 takeaways from Trump's runaway victory in the Iowa caucuses: After nearly a year of campaigning, more than $123 million in advertising and an inglorious, frozen-over finish, the Iowa caucuses ended much as the race began: Donald Trump, the dominant front-runner, was declared the winner before most of the votes had even been cast. Read more.
  2. Minnesota schools have strong chance to improve reading scores, national report says: The National Council on Teacher Quality rates the state highly for its policies, but educators say implementation is also important as training gets underway statewide. Read more.
  3. Motorist slides down embankment, rescues truck driver who crashed into icy west metro river: A motorist dashed out of his warm pickup truck on a west metro highway into the bone-chilling cold Monday afternoon, did a "baseball slide" down a snowy embankment to rescue a driver whose box truck plunged into the icy Crow River. The spontaneous drama unfolded on and beneath Hwy. 101 in Rogers, the State Patrol said. Read more.
  4. U dance team "elated" after 22nd national title: The University of Minnesota dance team is flying high — almost as high as their perfectly coordinated aerial turns — after a national championship win and a weekend of online accolades. Read more.
  5. Supreme Court declines to step into fight over bathrooms for transgender students: The Supreme Court on Tuesday passed up a chance to intervene in the debate over bathrooms for transgender students, rejecting an appeal from an Indiana public school district. Read more.

Lake Michigan lighthouse encased in ice: YouTube user natesdronography6260 shared this drone footage of the St. Joseph North Pier Inner Lighthouse and the pier leading to it in St. Joseph, Mich, covered in ice amid frigid temperatures across the midwest. See the video.

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"Cheers," "Ally McBeal casts reunite at otherwise predictable Emmy Awards: "Succession," "Beef" and "The Bear" met high expectations Monday by dominating the 75th annual Emmy Awards, but the ceremony was at its best when honoring a more distant past. Read more.


Who should the Wolves purse to stay among NBA's elite? Daily Delivery podcast host Michael Rand also discusses what in the world happened to the Eagles this season and what the eight remaining quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs tell us about the path the Vikings should (or shouldn't) take this offseason. Listen here.

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Canadian man who claimed wildfires were government conspiracy pleads guilty to setting 14 fires: "A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes," Jacob Serebrin reports for the CBC. Read more.


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Jan. 16, 2020: M/V Burns Harbor approached the Superior Entry Lighthouse through fog and icy waters as it moved towards the Duluth-Superior Harbor. It was the last freighter to pull into the harbor for winter layup in Superior, Wis. (Photo: Alex Kormann/Star Tribune)