1. Minneapolis Mayor Frey outlines spending plan focused on safety: The mayor's proposal — which calls for $1.6 billion in spending in 2023 and $1.7 billion in 2024 — also includes money for programs aimed at improving the quality of public housing, treating opioid addiction and combating climate change. Read more.
  2. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng reject plea deal offered by state prosecutors: The offer would have allowed them to avoid a state trial and additional prison time from the federal civil rights sentence they received in George Floyd's killing. Read more.
  3. 29 years after woman stabbed to death in Minneapolis, DNA leads to trial: Nearly 3 decades after a woman was stabbed to death in her Minneapolis apartment, the Isanti man accused in her death is expected to go to trial this week, where his attorney will try to persuade the jury that any of five other men could be the culprit. Read more.
  4. Safety campaign calls attention to dangers of running red lights: A 2020 survey by AAA found nearly a quarter of motorists admitted to committing the offense in the past 30 days, even though about 85% of drivers perceive running a red light as extremely or very dangerous. Read more.
  5. Judge blocks plan to return 18 people freed during pandemic to prison: The 18 former prisoners were among the 158 people granted conditional medical release as COVID raged through the prison population in Minnesota. Read more.

2007 Rock Paper Scissors Title Match: Did you know that ESPN used to host a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament? Here's the title matchup from 2007, where the winner walked away with $50,000 and bragging rights for all eternity.

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A final resting place for people — and their pets: Welcome to Better Place Forests, Minnesota's first memorial forest that allows the ashes of a loved one (human or otherwise) be laid to rest in the shade of a 112-acre wooded sanctuary. Read more.


Case Keenum, Kellen Mond and the infinite Vikings backup QB question: Kirk Cousins' latest COVID absence gave Kellen Mond, Sean Mannion and all of Vikings Nation an extended invitation to ramp up the consideration of the team's backup quarterback battle, writes Michael Rand. Read more.

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The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score: Across industries and incomes, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked. What is gained, companies say, is efficiency and accountability. What is lost? Read more.


Congratulations to Susan Luke! Susan was randomly selected from among the many readers who correctly answered that Nixta Tortilleria is the taco spot in the Twin Cities that restaurant critic Jon Cheng ranked number one. Susan wins a $15 gift card. Be sure to read Talkers on Friday for another trivia question!


Aug. 15, 2017: Independent testers sampled french fries at Cargill's "fry lab" in Plymouth to help the company taste test their new oil. (Photo: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune)