1. Lawsuit alleges Minnesota inmate died from COVID-19 because prison doctors didn't act: The complaint says that chronically ill grandfather never should have been sent to Faribault amid widespread prison outbreak. Read more.
  2. New Minnesota Renaissance Festival transportation plan eases traffic, parking headaches: The real test will come in the final weeks of the festival, when attendance is highest. Read more.
  3. DFL Rep. Dan Wolgamott of St. Cloud pleads guilty to drunken driving: Wolgamott, 32, pleaded guilty this week in Kanabec County District Court to a fourth-degree count of driving above the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08%. Read more.
  4. Attorneys decry Minneapolis demands for private data in government transparency lawsuit: The lawsuit hinges whether "coaching" police officers following policy infractions constitutes as formal discipline. Read more.
  5. Homeless encampments aren't a new Twin Cities phenomenon. But the latest ones are different: From Bohemian Flats to "Rooseveltville," the urban core has a long history of makeshift housing — and local leaders trying to erase it. Read more.

Time-lapse of August super blue moon over Lake Harriet: The second full moon of August — a phenomenon called a "blue moon'' — was also of a rare super variety. See the video.

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The State Fair bucket list: We asked readers to suggest essential State Fair experiences for a first-timer, then sent one of our newest Star Tribune staffers to rate the day. Read more.


How'd that happen? Five things from the Gophers shocking win over Nebraska: Nebraska still looked like a team coached by Scott Frost and the Gophers showed a ton of resiliency — though the running game and offensive line is a work in progress. Read more.

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The women's recession is officially over — but not everyone has recovered equally: In just three years, women have recovered the job loss they experienced in early 2020. In the process, they may have made the workforce better for themselves in the long haul. Read more.


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Here is this week's question: What two in-demand boutique ice creams made their debut at the Minnesota State Fair this year?

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Sept. 1, 2006: Seven-year-old Abby Gibbons of East Bethel encourages her assigned rooster to crow. Abby and her mom, Gail Gibbons, were 'crowing counters' for Friday's Rooster Crowing Contest at the Poultry Barn. They counted the number of times their assigned roosters crowed in a half an hour. The rooster Abby was counting for crowed 43 times, one short of the winner, however the top two finishers compete Monday in the finals. (Photo: Joey McLeister/Star Tribune)