• Student arrested, no injuries after shots fired at Plymouth Middle School: A student fired gunshots Monday morning inside Plymouth Middle School, and no injuries were been reported, police said. A school resource officer apprehended the student, who fired the shots in a hall outside a bathroom, police and the district superintendent said during a media briefing late Monday morning.
  • U.S. Census Bureau to reveal if Minnesota will lose a seat in Congress: The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release population counts on Monday that will determine whether Minnesota will keep all eight of its seats in Congress.
  • Minnesota nursing home worker's death triggers record COVID fine: Sholom Community Alliance paid $27,100 in fines after David Kolleh, a manager in the facility's memory care unit, died from the coronavirus as it spread in the home, newly released inspection files from the state Labor Department show.
  • Immediate investigation into George Floyd's death was a whirlwind of evidence, interviews and false tips: Hundreds of pages of records obtained by the Star Tribune provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the probe into Floyd's death frantically unfolded as Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents spent countless hours poring over video footage, interviewing witnesses and reviewing forensic and digital evidence.
  • Supreme Court to take up right to carry gun for self defense: The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal to expand gun rights in the United States in a New York case over the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. The case marks the court's first foray into gun rights since Justice Amy Coney Barrett came on board in October, making a 6-3 conservative majority.
  • Advocates hope Metro Transit safety, fare collection changes take hold at Legislature: Transit advocates are hopeful that efforts to bolster safety and fare collection on Metro Transit buses and trains, seemingly stalled at the Legislature only a few weeks ago, may bear fruit in the waning weeks of the session.
  • I-94 work in downtown St. Paul could disrupt traffic for next two summers: The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be working on I-94 between Western Avenue and Mounds Boulevard and on I-35E between I-94 and University Avenue for the next two summers.
  • Couple picking up trash find man's remains along western Wisconsin highway, police say: Two people picking up trash along a western Wisconsin highway came across human remains of a man that authorities believe had been there "for a period of time," authorities said Monday.
  • E.U. set to allow vaccinated U.S. tourists visit this summer: The fast pace of vaccination in the United States, and advanced talks between U.S. authorities and the European Union over how to make vaccine certificates acceptable as proof of immunity for visitors, will enable the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, to recommend a switch in policy that could see trans-Atlantic leisure travel restored.


Glenn Close steals show at Oscars doing "Da Butt": This moment during an audience trivia portion of the Academy Awards ceremony last night may have been scripted, but it was quality television.

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  • "Nomadland" wins top awards in history-making Oscars ceremony: On paper, a stripped-down Oscars seems about as appealing as celebrating your wedding anniversary at White Castle. But the team behind Sunday's ceremony did an impressive job under bizarre circumstances, inviting viewers into an intimate dinner party mere mortals never get to crash. "Nomadland," which has dominated Oscar talk ever since it debuted at the Venice Film Festival last fall, made good on that Sunday night at the 93rd Academy Awards, taking home three trophies, including best picture. In the biggest surprise of the evening, Anthony Hopkins won best actor for "The Father," an award that nearly every pundit had ceded to the late Chadwick Boseman for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." After the ceremony, Hopkins honored Boseman in an Instagram video, hailing his fellow performer as a man "taken from us far too early."
  • Celebrate a return to travel with these 7 essential U.S. vacation destinations: This will be the summer to dive into America — maybe literally, in one of our oceans or lakes. We've pulled together our top domestic destinations for summer 2021, from east to west.
  • North Loop condo is a baseball lover's dream: The top-floor unit is northeast of Target Field, where the Twins play, with sightlines to the scoreboard. It's not close enough to catch home run balls like they do in Chicago, but occupants still can soak up the action and the sounds bubbling up from the games.
  • Former Gophers receiver Rashod Bateman's draft prospects rising: Bateman is on track to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, despite an uneven finish to his college career.
  • Vikings could use depth from strong class of receivers: Another receiver option could bolster a currently thin depth chart behind star wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
  • Twins' awful stretch of baseball does not mean it's time to give up: Worry? Yes. Panic? No. This is a talented team that still has five months of games to play, writes Jim Souhan.

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How Americans moved during the pandemic: "A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, after much speculation about emptied downtowns and the prospect of remote work, the clearest picture yet is emerging about how people moved. There is no urban exodus; perhaps it's more of an urban shuffle. Despite talk of mass moves to Florida and Texas, data shows most people who did move stayed close to where they came from—although Sun Belt regions that were popular even before the pandemic did see gains," Bloomberg's Citylab reports.


Congratulations to Tracy Stille! Tracy was randomly selected from among the many readers who correctly answered that St. Louis Park is the home of Roller Garden, the roller rink that announced last week that is closing its doors after 52 years. He wins a $15 gift card. Be sure to read Talkers on Friday for another trivia question!


April 26, 2018: Dale Kraus of Hopkins took a picture of the ceiling inside the locker room during the Minnesota Vikings draft party held at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Photo: Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune)