1. Online threats force Richfield to close its secondary schools: The district's decision came three days after gunfire wounded two people outside its high school homecoming football game on Friday. Read more.
  2. Putin grants Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden: The former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency has been living in Russia since 2013 to escape prosecution in the U.S. after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs. Read more.
  3. Hurricane Ian on path to strike Florida as Category 4: Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it approached the western tip of Cuba on Monday, on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday. Read more.
  4. Blaine fights back against street racing: The suburb has passed an ordinance — the first of its kind in Minnesota — that makes it a crime for two or more vehicles to engage in street racing and allows police to cite spectators who show up to watch. Read more.
  5. Canada to drop vaccine mandate for entering country: The Canadian government also announced it will no longer require people to wear masks on planes to guard against COVID-19 starting Oct. 1. Read more.

NASCAR driver melts down after accident: Andrew Grady attacked his rival Davey Callihan after an accident during an early heat Saturday at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway.

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All under one "woof": A Plymouth veterinarian has opened an indoor dog park, restaurant and pet retreat, all in one. Read more.


Five keys to Vikings last-minute win: There were the obvious moments. And then there were some underrated ones that led to the Vikings' improbable 28-24 win over Detroit. Read more.

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The epicenter of Minneapolis violence: A half-mile radius from a north Minneapolis intersection that is home to the embattled Merwin Liquors and a Winner Gas station is where nearly one of every 10 killings citywide has taken place since 2010, according to a Star Tribune analysis. Read more.


Congratulations to Bridget Ryan! Bridget was randomly selected from among the many readers who correctly answered that Owatonna's Bushel Boy announced it will grow cucumbers year-round. She wins a $15 gift card. Be sure to read Talkers on Friday for another trivia question!


Sept. 26, 2013: The sun set over the Bakken Oil Formation, behind an oil well near Williston, N.D.. (Photo: Jim Gehrz/Star Tribune)