- $200 to be a member at Best Buy? Retailer launches Twin Cities pilot program: Customers who sign up will receive benefits such as free or discounted Geek Squad services, a concierge service to answer questions on products, a 24-month warranty on purchases, special discounts and free and faster shipping.
- Police reform deadline puts pressure on Congress: President Joe Biden's call to pass police reform legislation by the anniversary of George Floyd's killing adds urgency to the task of federal lawmakers and the Minnesota delegation to find an agreement. Biden urged lawmakers to "find a consensus" by May 25.
- Internet trailblazers Yahoo, AOL sold again: Verizon will sell Verizon Media, which consists of the pioneering tech platforms, to Apollo Global Management in a $5 billion deal.
- Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears: Bavarian officials said there are too many risks in hosting the celebrations — which bring in visitors from around the world — during a global pandemic..
- One-year-old girl dies in hit and run: An unlicensed motorist on probation for careless driving ran over a toddler in a residential driveway southeast of Walker, Minn., and briefly fled the scene, authorities said.
- Nurses, doctor help 'lucky' mom who gave birth on flight: A doctor and a team of neonatal medical professionals were in the right place at the right time — helping a Utah woman deliver her premature baby onboard an hourslong flight to Hawaii.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge post rare family video: They tweeted a video of their family in a thank you for the messages they received on their 10th anniversary.
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- Lowry Hill gem 'with so much character' restored to former glory: An avid birder poured sweat, heart and a lot of emotion into a six-bedroom, five-bath Minneapolis home.
- Make Mother's Day brunch special with these 20 recipes from the Star Tribune's archives: We have all kinds of delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes that will help make Mother's Day special.
- Nominations are in and now it's time to vote for your Minnesota favorites. Support your favorite local businesses by voting for Minnesota's Best in hundreds of categories, including Home & Garden, Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Minnesota Fun and more. Vote daily through May 21.
- Too early for grades, but here's what to like (and dislike) about the NFL draft: Good grades are handed out way too easily when the draft is analyzed. The best time to hand out finals grades won't be for a few years. But that isn't stopping the Star Tribune's Mark Craig.
- Bench Kirk Cousins? Now the Vikings have a different and viable option: While Cousins is still the unquestioned starter and is likely to hold that job the entire 2021 season, the feeling will be different than in past years if he struggles because of third-round pick Kellen Mond.
- Gophers forward Brandon Johnson enters transfer portal: The 6-foot-8 former grad transfer declared for the NBA draft last month but could still return to college elsewhere or with the Gophers.
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May 3, 2019: Country music superstar Garth Brooks performed at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune)