Our roundup of recommended reading, listening or viewing by MinnPost’s staff and contributing journalists.
Plus: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey outlines spending plans; an exit interview with state Rep. John Thompson; the Chapel of Love at Mall of America to close; and more.
Plus: Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins tests positive for COVID-19; Best Buy is cutting jobs across the country; pop artist KAWS redesigns General Mills’ Monster Cereals boxes; and more.
Plus: The Minneapolis Police Department shares gun violence trend data; the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder turns 88; the Mall of America turns 30; and more.
Plus: Post-primary, Zaynab Mohamed is one step closer to becoming the first Black woman in the Minnesota Senate; a camp counselor is charged for launching arrows at children; Minneapolis adds motivational messages to downtown bollards; and more.
Plus: General Mills CEO made $12 million in the last fiscal year; many Minnesota gas stations are below the $3.99 mark for unleaded; recalling Olivia Newton-John’s 1978 visit to Olivia, Minnesota; and more.
Plus: Russel Balenger selected as the interim council member for Ward 1 in St. Paul; Napheesa Collier returns to the Lynx; Melissa Etheridge cancels Canterbury Park show due to COVID-19; and more.
Plus: Traverse County Attorney files a motion to intervene in the Doe v. Minnesota case; the University of Minnesota is eliminating “in-house captioning;” officials are investigating what killed off thousands of fish in Rush Creek; and more.
Plus: Former Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon is suing the city; “corn sweat” is making Midwest heatwaves worse; Dr. Cedric Alexander confirmed as Minneapolis’ first community safety commissioner; and more.
Plus: Minnesota reports 39 confirmed cases of monkeypox; state Rep. Tony Albright resigns; deputies wrangle two runaways cows off of Interstate 35 near Wyoming; and more.
Plus: Abria Pregnancy Resources in St. Paul vandalized; more multi-family homes being built in the metro than single-family ones; 1st Congressional District candidate Jeff Ettinger tests positive for COVID; and more.
Plus: Bail has been set at $1 million for Nicolae Miu, accused in the Apple River stabbings; six people are facing felony charges in connection to sex trafficking stings in St. Paul and Stillwater; two $1 million-winning Mega Millions jackpot tickets were sold in Minnesota; and more.
Plus: Ethics subcommittee dismisses most of an ethics complaint against state Sen. Omar Fateh; Xcel Energy posts a 3.4% increase in second quarter profits; a Minneapolis dog named Luigi who spent 29 days in the BWCA was found and returned to his owners; and more.
Plus: A staff member at the Edina Community Center found a noose hung in one of the courtyards; MPD can no longer provide enough off-duty cops for U.S. Bank Stadium events; 1,200 workers are still needed for the Minnesota State Fair; and more.
Plus: 3M to establish $1 billion trust for legal claims over ‘defective’ combat earplugs; three men were arrested after Minneapolis homes and a police precinct were hit by gunfire; the U of M plans human trials this fall on a male birth control pill; and more.
Plus: Ukrainian soldiers arrive in Minnesota for prosthetic limbs; drought conditions continue for Minnesota farmers; Roseville Grumpy’s Bar & Grill is closing; and more.
Plus: Sen. Tina Smith tests positive for COVID-19; the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 1.8%; Texas Monthly reviews Minnesota barbecue; and more.
Plus: Met Council approves the final plan for Metro Transit’s E Line; Minneapolis officials promise a “significant presence” of law enforcement at the Aquatennial festival; First Avenue getting backlash for allowing Dave Chappelle to perform; and more.