1. Supreme Court strikes down affirmative action in college admissions: The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that two universities that consider race as one of many factors in their admissions decisions violate the constitution, a ruling that is likely to send some Minnesota institutions scrambling to figure out if they need to change their own processes. Read more.
  2. Taylor Swift fans gave economic boost to rival Super Bowl, Final Four: The concerts — plus Pride festival and a convention — helped set a record high of 9,888 occupied hotel rooms in Minneapolis on June 23. Read more.
  3. Sanford Health sued after human torso found in medical waste: Monarch Waste Technologies filed a lawsuit in North Dakota against Sanford Health, making several allegations, including breach of contract and trespassing. The main incident centers on Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) — which Sanford oversees — allegedly mishandling human remains by disposing of a human torso in a plastic container at the waste disposal facility. Read more.
  4. Cruise company to end Great Lakes tours after this season: American Queen Voyages is ending its Great Lakes tours, which has included cruises on Lake Superior that made stops in Duluth. Read more.
  5. Your questions about Minnesota's bad air quality and wildfire smoke, answered: We asked readers for their questions on Canadian wildfire smoke and bad air quality. We've gathered some answers — and tips on how to protect yourself and your family. Read more.

What it's like to have a commercial flight all to yourself: After storms caused his American Airlines flight from Oklahoma City to Charlotte to be delayed 18 hours, Phil Stringer found himself as the only passenger left when it came time to board and he made a TikTok documenting his experience. See the video.

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These Minneapolis-made, New York-style bagels have become an instant sensation: Startup Mogi Bagel is satisfying East Coast bagel cravings across the Twin Cities. Read more.


What's it like to catch a 100-pound tarpon on a fly? This Minnesotan is a master. Evan Carruthers grew up in Morris fishing at his family's lake spot. Now he's dominating the tarpon fishing circuit in Florida with a string of tournament wins. Read more.

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See how bad wildfire smoke has been in your area: The Washington Post mapped air quality data from across the country to show which areas have been hit the hardest by wildfire smoke Read more.


June 29, 2022: The Federal Aviation Administration tracks military and civilian flights from the Tyler FAA Radar Site in Ruthton in southwest Minnesota,(Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune)