1. How the Milky Way bar was born in a Minneapolis diner 100 years ago: The idea came from Frank Mars' son as the two sat in a Minneapolis diner. Read more.
  2. Businesses call for Buy Black movement to evolve past "virtue signaling" to lasting change: Black entrepreneurs and equity advocates in the Twin Cities sense much of the fervor around the Buy Black movement has cooled, with shoppers, corporations and even Black-owned businesses themselves needing to do more to evolve "buying Black" from a passing fad to a long-term priority. Read more.
  3. Delayed Dinkytown apartments are now open, but tenants say expensive units feel unfinished: Tenants have begun moving into a beleaguered Dinkytown apartment building more than a month later than promised, following construction delays that frustrated students and their families. But building residents and University of Minnesota student government representatives say Identity, where rent for a four-bedroom unit totals $4,800 per month, rushed tenants into unfinished facilities. Read more.
  4. Teen sentenced to 25 years for killing St. Paul father, hockey coach who interrupted car break-in: Kle Swee, 17, pleaded guilty to the shooting that killed 44-year-old Michael Brasel. The other suspect in the shooting is due in court Nov. 2. Read more.
  5. Ex-Rep. Liz Cheney says McCarthy deserved ouster during appearance at U: Former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Wednesday night in an appearance at the University of Minnesota that Kevin McCarthy, her fellow Republican and one-time political ally turned rival, is "absolutely unfit to be speaker." Read more.

Upstate N.Y. firefighters called to house fire, find "amazing" Halloween decor instead: "A very convincing Halloween display brought Upstate New York firefighters to a home that appeared to be going up in flames," the New York Daily News reports. See the video.

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9 Minnesota coffee shops that pour profits back into the community: These coffee shops have missions that extend beyond their brews. Read more.


Twins' plans fell apart — yet they're headed on in the playoffs: This Twins team headed for the ALDS against Houston looks nothing like the one we were watching a few months ago — or the one we imagined at the beginning of the season, writes Patrick Reusse. Read more.

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Why summers may never be the same: The globe's warmest months on record redefined summer for many Americans, Julie Bosman reports for the New York Times. Read more.


Oct. 5, 2019: Miles Blissett, 11, of St. Louis Park, bounds between hay bales during the 14th annual Celebrate the Harvest celebration at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. (Photo: Shari L. Gross/Star Tribune)