1. Viking Jordan Addison told trooper dog emergency was reason for going 140 mph, filing reads: The 21-year-old wide receiver, a first-round pick out of USC this year, released a statement Friday that read: "Yesterday morning I made a mistake and used poor judgment, I recognize and own that. I am going to learn from this and not repeat the behavior. I am truly sorry." Read more.
  2. Le Creuset's famous factory sale is coming to Minneapolis and it's a big deal: It's the first time the sale of the beloved, high-end cookware will be held in Minnesota. Read more.
  3. First lawsuit filed on behalf of female Northwestern University athlete as hazing scandal widens: The hazing scandal at Northwestern University has widened to include a volleyball player who is suing the university over allegations she was retaliated against by the coach for reporting her mistreatment. Read more.
  4. Prison for woman with gambling habit who stole $1M while working for Twin Cities property manager: Mix Houa Xiong, 47, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis after pleading guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making and subscribing a false tax return. Read more.
  5. Twin Cities small businesses take marketing into their own hands with Instagram: Using the photo-based social media platform can offer home chefs and small businesses direct access to customers, bypassing traditional growth tools. Read more.

Why Minnesota's northern border is so weird: This TikToker gives a brief history of the relationship between Minnesota and Canada when it comes to the state's northern border. See the video.

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Minnesota's Barbie artist photographs the iconic plastic doll: Nicole Houff spends hours posing dolls and scouring the internet for props, all for the perfect photograph. We talked with Houff about her photographic homage to Barbie. Read more.


Feeling better about the Twins? Thank the law of averages: Two key metrics have been very much in the Twins' favor since the All-Star break, vaulting them back into first place. Read more.

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July 24, 2022: Aaralyn Vastine, 5, plays with a kitten at the Yoga Retreat Center in the presence of other kittens from the Bitty Kitty Brigade, which is a no-kill animal rescue that focuses on orphaned kittens in St. Louis Park. (Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii /Star Tribune)