1. What you need to know about Minnesota's marijuana legalization bill: The DFL-controlled House voted 73-57 late Thursday to give its final approval of the legislation, while a Senate vote could come Friday. With Minnesota poised to become the 23rd state to legalize recreational cannabis, here's a detailed look at what the bill would allow — and what it wouldn't. Read more.
  2. Former Sears store at Burnsville Center declared hazardous building: Burnsville city officials have declared the vacant former Sears store at Burnsville Center a hazardous building, citing nonfunctional sprinkler and fire alarm systems and only a metal gate separating the empty store from the rest of the mall. Read more.
  3. Saturday Dumpling Co. honors immigrant family's legacy, seals its Minneapolis success: Within just two years, Saturday Dumpling Co. has grown from a pandemic pastime to a booming business, bringing in about $10,000 to $15,000 in revenue from selling as many as 10,000 of their frozen folded pockets of goodness each week for pickup and at-home cooking. The owners' next goal is to open their own brick-and-mortar restaurant. Read more.
  4. Rep. Craig seeks answers from FAA after feces rain down on woman's car in Burnsville: The woman reported waiting for coffee at a Caribou drive-thru when brown, smelly material rained down on her vehicle. Read more.
  5. How did Minnesota become a recurring "Golden Girls" joke? Chickens play piano and cows have the right to vote in Rose Nylund's fictional hometown of St. Olaf, Minn. Read more.

Baby elephant rescued from well on Thai golf course: A video from Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand shows the moment an excavator operator freed the baby elephant from the well as its mother watched closely. See the video.

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The 5 best things our food writers ate this week: From cornbread ice cream to birria ramen, here's a rundown of the greatest hits from their dining diaries over the past seven days. Read more.


Gophers hockey star Logan Cooley will return for sophomore season: Cooley, a Pittsburgh native, was Hobey Baker Award finalist for the Gophers last season as a freshman. Read more.

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The world's most grueling race journeys 1,000 miles down the Yukon River: "In a test of skill and courage, competitors navigate dangerous river rapids, narrow channels and rummaging bears in the wilds of Alaska and Canada," Max Ufberg writes for Smithsonian Magazine. Read more.


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May 19, 2022: Dan Simon from Apulanda Alpacas works on shearing the neck and face of an alpaca named Apollo at Triple T Alpaca in Foreston, Minn. (Photo: Alex Kormann/Star Tribune)