1. Inside the fight to save the last of a "most Minnesota butterfly": 20 years ago, this butterfly disappeared from the state. Now, biologists are fighting to keep the last few survivors alive. Read more.
  2. Who was Hennepin and why did Minnesota name so many things after him? The 17th century Catholic priest spent a short time in Minnesota, but left a long legacy. Curious Minnesota digs deep into the history. Read more.
  3. Two Rochester sisters who fled Honduras as teens reach $80K settlement over treatment by border agents: Their lawsuit against the federal government alleged they were mistreated along the U.S. southern border while detained in a cage and housed at other sites. Read more.
  4. Are the clangs on Duluth's William A. Irvin the creaks of an old ore ship — or something else? On a late September night, local paranormal investigators toured the 85-year-old ship docked in the Duluth Harbor. Here's what happened next. Read more.
  5. Minnesota's economy shrank for a second quarter, meeting one definition of recession: The state is one of 40, along with the U.S. overall, that saw economic activity decline in the second quarter. Read more.

There's now a place where you can have a traditional schvitz and a soak: Take a look at a watery oasis that bills itself as the only communal bathing and spa center in the Twin Cities. Watch here.

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The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities (and beyond) this week: Our food team ate some great meals, from a booya to a spicy chicken sandwich that you have to try. Read more.


Why is football so bad right now (and why can't we help but watch)? Podcast host Michael Rand has some ideas. Read more.

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Here is this week's question: What pioneering Twin Cities brewery is celebrating its 10-year anniversary?

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Oct. 7, 2010: It was star wide receiver Randy Moss' first day back as a Minnesota Viking. (Photo: Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune)