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What to do on July 4th weekend in the Twin Cities

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🇱🇻 The 15th annual Latvian Song and Dance festival is happening now in downtown St. Paul. The Ordway, St. Paul Cathedral, Xcel Energy Center and others are hosting performances through July 4 — check out the lineup. Prices vary.

🎩 Prom season isn't over yet! If you missed out, make up for it at Back 2 The Prom at the Granada Theater on Friday, a queer-centered community prom and drag show. 18+, $10.

Hot homes: 5 houses for sale in the Twin Cities starting at $370K

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1273 Fairmount Ave. Photo: In View Fotos, courtesy of Shane Montoya

This week's Hot Homes collection includes a sunny Dutch Colonial and a sleek one-story in Highland Park.

Torey Van Oot
Jul 1, 2022 - News

Opioid settlement money starts to flow to Minnesota

Data: Minnesota Department of Health; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios
Data: Minnesota Department of Health; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Hundreds of millions of dollars stemming from a major settlement related to the opioid epidemic will begin flowing to Minnesota this month.

The big picture: Minnesota's state and local governments are set to see $300 million over the next 18 years as part of a 46-state, $26 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson and three other drug companies. That settlement was finalized in February.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are skipping July 4 fireworks

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

The skies will be dark in St. Paul and Minneapolis this 4th of July as both cities are skipping fireworks again.

Why it matters: Fireworks are an Independence Day staple, but due to COVID restrictions, high costs, staffing shortages and other logistical challenges, we haven’t had city-sponsored displays in years.

Dine out with your dog at these three Twin Cities restaurants

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Dog owners can dine next to their dogs at Unleashed Hounds and Hops. Photo: Unleashed Hounds and Hops.

Did you and your dog develop separation anxiety during the pandemic? Fear not! There are plenty of places that will now serve both you and your pup during a night out on the town.

Nick Halter
Jun 30, 2022 - Business

Delta Air Lines warns of rocky July 4 travel weekend

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Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

Delta Air Lines has issued a systemwide waiver for travelers to rebook at no charge July 1-4, a sign that there is likely to be mass cancellations this holiday weekend.

  • Last weekend, Delta, the dominant carrier at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, canceled more than 600 flights and delayed more than 2,000.
Nick Halter
Jun 29, 2022 - News

Minnesotans are slow to embrace electric vehicles

Data: S&P Global Mobility; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

The Twin Cities have been slower to adopt electric vehicles than other major metro areas across the country, though local sales are picking up.

Driving the news: In April 2022, only about 2.7% of new vehicle registrations in the Twin Cities were electric, lagging far behind other big metros, according to recent numbers from S&P Global Mobility.

6 cool Airbnbs driving distance from the Twin Cities

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Whether you're looking for a family lake retreat or a couples' getaway, here are six beautiful Airbnb escapes, all under four hours driving distance from the Twin Cities.