1. Twin Cities office vacancies rising even as employees return to in-person work: The metro market is like a game of musical chairs, with companies downsizing space while upgrading amenities. Read more.
  2. As Rep. Dean Phillips weighs presidential run, DFL eyes turn to his House seat: The prospect of Phillips potentially running in the Democratic presidential primary this cycle, and whether he'll end up on the ballot next year seeking a fourth term in Congress, is stirring interest in his suburban Third Congressional District seat. Read more.
  3. Palestinians flee northern Gaza after israel orders 1 million to evacuate as ground attack looms: Palestinians began a mass exodus from northern Gaza Friday after Israel's military told some 1 million people to evacuate toward the southern part of the besieged territory, an unprecedented order ahead of an expected ground invasion against the ruling Hamas militant group. Read more.
  4. Minneapolis negotiators reject police union's proposal for one-year contract as not "fiscally responsible": The city says the union's proposal would cost $11 million in one year and includes no accountability measures. Read more.
  5. Man pleads guilty to stealing "Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers from Minnesota museum in 2005: Terry Jon Martin, 76, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of theft of a major artwork. The shoes from the film were stolen in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in the late actor's hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and recovered in 2018 by the FBI. Read more.

Wild players, one mom star in "back to school" video: The Wild's latest "Not Weird. Wild" video, starring goalie Filip Gustavsson, was timed perfectly to Thursday's opening-night shutout. See the video.

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Your guide to the new food at MSP Airport: As travel season picks up, we toured the airport to see what's changed on the food scene and gather tips for foodies on how to make the most of airport dining. Read more.


Would the Twins still be playing if so many umpire calls hadn't gone against them? By two different but related measurements, the Twins were victims of incorrect ball-strike calls consistently throughout the postseason. Read more.

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Arizona dad strips down at school board meeting to make "clear argument" about dress code: "Ira Latham, a father of four Higley Unified School District students, took off his clothes during a board meeting in late September to reveal short shorts and a crop top – an outfit he believes is inappropriate for students in school," Fox 12 reports. Read more.


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Oct. 13, 2018: Eden Prairie High School football coach St. John's University class of 1979 graduate Mike Grant, pictured with his father Bud, was honored by his alma mater with the Bob Basten Excellence in Leadership Award as the Johnnies hosted rival St. Thomas in Collegeville. (Photo: Shari L. Gross/Star Tribune)