1. Minnesotans reevaluate finances after Supreme Court rejects student loan forgiveness plan: The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday struck down President Joe Biden's plan that would have forgiven student loan debt for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, forcing many of them to reevaluate their finances months before payments are set to resume. Read more.
  2. For some St. Paul tenants, rent control falls short: St. Paul voters passed the Midwest's first rent-control policy in 2021. But hundreds of tenants are seeing their rents increase at rates beyond the 3% annual cap they supported. Read more.
  3. Why is Minnesota such a hotbed of professional wrestling? Before WWE was a household brand, locals here helped develop the sport back when wrestling was dominated by major regional centers. Curious Minnesota digs into the colorful history. Read more.
  4. Women traveling from other states fuel Minnesota abortion increase: The procedures jumped 20% last year, with the highest proportion of out-of-state patients since at least 1980. Read more.
  5. "Please help us find this beloved animal": One of three goats that calls the Great River School in St. Paul home is missing, and community members are asking for the public's help to get her home. Community members suspect the goat was stolen. Read more.

Alligator enters Louisiana home through pet door: "We're getting the full Cajun experience," said New Iberia (La.) homeowner Don Schultz. See the video.

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The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week: Classic breakfast fare, Korean barbecue and a winning fries-and-champagne combo are among the best things our food writers ate this week. Read more.


For Gophers QB Athan Kaliakmanis, family, football and fishing run deep: He is the next great hope at quarterback for the Gophers and Kaliakmanis is starting to feel right at home in Minnesota. We joined him on a trip to Otter Tail County to talk about his greatest passions. Read more.

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How parents outraged by library books, diversity initiatives and sex ed transformed one N.J. school board: An angry parent confronted a New Jersey school board president, accelerating a chain of events that pushed the board to the right, Nicole Carr reports for ProPublica. Read more.


Trivia will take a brief hiatus this week: Due to the Independence Day holiday, Talkers will be off Monday and Tuesday next week. It will return on Wednesday. Happy 4th of July!


June 30, 2021: Sheep sought relief from the hot midday sun under solar panels as they grazed on the native prairie and flowers planted at one of Enel Green Power's solar farms in Shafer, Minn. (Photo: Anthony Soufflé/Star Tribune)