1. Minnesota heat wave continues: Heat and humidity that have overtaken the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota this week is expected to be at its worst Thursday, when it will feel as hot as 108 degrees. Read more.
  2. After three years of cautioning Minnesotans, state epidemiologist got long COVID: Michael Osterholm, Minnesota's longtime infectious disease specialist and Biden White House adviser, has been a voice of caution through the pandemic. And one of the most careful among us in protecting himself from COVID. Read more.
  3. Biden names state Appeals Court Judge Jeffrey Bryan to Minnesota's federal bench: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said that Bryan's experience as an assistant U.S. attorney in Minnesota — where he prosecuted white-collar defendants, violent gangs, drug trafficking organizations and career criminals — will be helpful in winning the support of Republican senators. Read more.
  4. P.J. Fleck calls report of player mistreatment within Gophers program 'baseless': The media outlet Front Office Sports published a report Wednesday critical of Fleck's program, describing it as "an environment fraught with intimidation and toxicity.'' Read more.
  5. Why is everyone obsessed with this tiny house in Duluth?: The asking price for the 205-square-foot home has drawn wide-ranging criticism on social media. Read more.

Healing hands: Biologists release a young sea lion back to the ocean after helping it recover from a neck injury caused by a piece of plastic. See the video.

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15 of the best breakfast sandwiches in the Twin Cities area: The recent opening of two notable egg-sandwich-centric spots made it hard not to return to the tried-and-true favorites. Here is the shortlist (if you can believe it) of the egg sandwiches we love in the metro area. Read more.


Gable Steveson set for WWE debut; but college, Olympic wrestling still in play: The Olympic gold medalist and NCAA heavyweight champ will make his prime-time bow Sunday against Baron Corbin. Read more.

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They needed mental health care treatment. They were thrown in jail without charges instead: In every state, people who present a threat to themselves or others can be ordered to receive mental health treatment. The process is called civil commitment. But Mississippi Today and ProPublica could not find any state other than Mississippi where people are routinely jailed without charges for days or weeks during that process. Read more.


July 27, 1975: ore than 1,500 cartons went into the submarine built by a class at the St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute as part of milk-carton races held at Bde Maka Ska. (Photo: John Croft /Star Tribune)