1. Multi-day storm could bring up to 20 inches of snow to the Twin Cities: In a winter that has already served up more than 55 inches of snow, the midweek dumping is poised to land on the list of the largest snowstorms ever. Read more.
  2. As free school meals near passage, Minnesota districts worry about funding tied to aid: With the DFL pushing forward with universal school meals legislation, critics and supporters have questioned the legislation's price tag and the way it could alter how schools qualify for funding to help their neediest learners. Read more.
  3. Biden declares 'Kyiv stands' in surprise visit to Ukraine: Biden spent more than five hours in the Ukrainian capital, consulting with Zelenskyy on next steps, honoring the country's fallen soldiers and seeing U.S. embassy staff in the besieged country. Read more.
  4. How would paid leave and sick time plans work in Minnesota?: Whether it's a day with the flu or months with a newborn, Minnesota workers would be able to take time off and still get paid under two proposals moving quickly at the State Capitol. Here's what the bills mean for Minnesota employees and businesses. Read more.
  5. Comics pay tribute to Minnesota legend Louie Anderson in a laugh-packed memorial: Jason Schommer, Anderson's long-time opening act and constant road companion, hosted the invite-only event at New Hope Cinema Grill, one of several local venues the legendary comic continued to perform at even after achieving national fame. Read more.

How these buildings made Turkey-Syria's earthquake so deadly: When a pair of earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria February 6, over 3,000 people were killed. In this video, Vox examines how unsafe infrastructure and building practices likely contributed to the high death toll and level of destruction. See the video here.

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Twin Cities' favorite TV meteorologists swap weather stories in Star Tribune forum: If you assumed a gathering of rival meteorologists would result in a lot of icy stares, you'd be mistaken. A Star Tribune forum last month featuring KARE's Belinda Jensen, KSTP's Chris Reece, KMSP's Ian Leonard and WCCO's Chris Shaffer was all sunshine. The formidable foursome teased, praised and hugged each other as they discussed the weather — and a whole lot more. Read more.


Twins' Matt Wallner close to living major league dream that started in Forest Lake: After playing with nine different teams since starting college, Wallner made his debut with the Twins in September. What are the odds of him returning to Target Field in 2023? Read more.

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The US is finally dealing with the exploitation of child influencers: "The Washington state legislature held its first hearing this week for House Bill 1627, which aims to ensure that children who are heavily featured or star in online content have a right to financial compensation for their work. The proposed bill also empowers children to maintain their privacy by requesting the deletion of videos and other content they're featured in once they reach the age of majority," reports CNET's Katie Collins. Read more.


Congratulations to Tom Rosch! Tom was randomly selected from among the many readers who correctly answered that Lake Huron was the Great Lake that National Guard airmen were flying over when they shot down an unidentified object last week. Tom wins a $15 gift card. Be sure to read Talkers on Friday for another trivia question!


Feb. 20, 2021: Jeremy Lambert raced across the finish line in his 1957 Chevrolet to win this first race of the day on the ice track on the Allouez Bay. Over a dozen racers came out for the Lake Superior Ice Racing Association event. (Photo: Alex Kormann/Star Tribune)