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Herón Márquez Estrada

Reporter | South metro
phone: 952-746-3281
He has been a professional journalist for 30 years and has worked at newspapers in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, New York and Minneapolis.
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Burnsville schools gauging impact of technology on learning

The district has ramped up its use of technology in a slower, more-targeted way than some neighbors. A presentation Thursday looks at how it’s been going.
Mound Westonka reduces suspensions of hockey players

Mound Westonka reduces suspensions of hockey players

But Mound Westonka High School officials’ effort to quell anger for “rushing to judgment” over Harlem Shake dance failed.
St. Paul police investigating deaths of 3 at Victoria St. apartment

St. Paul police investigating deaths of 3 at Victoria St. apartment

Police said they were not searching for a suspect and that the public is not in danger.
School-shooting hoax means tense morning for New Prague

School-shooting hoax means tense morning for New Prague

In the wake of a massive police response, a 12-year-old boy was held for making hoax calls about a shooter at a New Prague school.

South school briefs: Burnsville school board has vacancy for 2-year term

Burnsville School board has vacancy for two-year term The Burnsville School District is looking for a new board member after Paula Teiken resigned with about…

Dakota Technical College has major impact on area economy

The college accounts for 1,500 jobs and $160 million in economic impact, study finds.
Searchers fan out once more for missing St. Paul woman

Searchers fan out once more for missing St. Paul woman

Kira Trevino was last seen Feb. 21 and is presumed to have been killed. Her husband, Jeffrey Trevino, has been charged and remains jailed in her death.

Aug. 8, 2001: Boy dies, brother hurt in St. Paul shooting

A 15-year-old boy was killed and his 14-year-old brother was wounded Tuesday in St. Paul in a shooting that their father said grew out of…

Feb. 10, 2001: Man charged in St. Paul home invasion

He and a man who was shot to death were trying to steal drugs from the house, police say.
Lakeville North activities director seeks transfer after second DWI arrest

Lakeville North activities director seeks transfer after second DWI arrest

Bob Ertl was convicted of DWI in December and faced possible downsizing due to budget cuts next year.
Food fight in the school lunchroom

Food fight in the school lunchroom

Students don't like to be told what to eat and say portions are too small. Lunch staffers seek patience and buy-in to the goal of healthier kids.

St. Paul crime lab puts 350 cases at risk so far

Three county attorneys say they're looking to drop drug charges and "take corrective action" in light of St. Paul police crime lab's troubles.
St. Paul crime lab director replaced

St. Paul crime lab director replaced

The troubled St. Paul police lab has already suspended testing of drug evidence, and will seek outside help to improve the lab.
May 22, 2011: Deadly tornado crashes through north Minneapolis

May 22, 2011: Deadly tornado crashes through north Minneapolis

Powerful storm blew into metro, killing 1, injuring 30 and putting North Side under curfew.
Feb. 23: Court denies visitation for Lakeville dad

Feb. 23: Court denies visitation for Lakeville dad

But the judge will consider joint custody of son who was left behind by Steven Cross and led to believe his mother was dead.

Burnsville weighs shorter school weeks as part of cost-saving plan

Looking for savings, district may lengthen days, use four-day weeks.
Skis? Skates? Try shorts, kites

Skis? Skates? Try shorts, kites

Winter took a Christmastime holiday Monday, with the temp hitting an un-Twin Cities-like 52 degrees.
KSTP hit with $1 million defamation verdict

KSTP hit with $1 million defamation verdict

A holistic healer said she was defamed by a 2009 news story.
Litany of complaints plague owner of rental properties

Litany of complaints plague owner of rental properties

At the Wayzata apartment complex owned by Lindahl Properties, swarms of ants and other insects led to a court complaint.
South St. Paul dentist with 'lewd' record keeps license

South St. Paul dentist with 'lewd' record keeps license

Complaints against Dr. Keith Ostrosky include touching women's breasts.
State reopens: Relief, hard feelings

State reopens: Relief, hard feelings

As workers returned to state offices, the people they serve aren't sure what the shutdown accomplished.
Saint of Death casts pall

Saint of Death casts pall

Known as the patron saint of death, her presence in statues, candles and tattoos has mirrored the rise of Mexican drug cartels.
Eagan shooter known, but not motive

Eagan shooter known, but not motive

Robin C. Bhattacharyya shot himself Tuesday after killing his ex-wife and her husband, Eagan police said.
Twins sale: Letting go, moving on

Twins sale: Letting go, moving on

Like anyone planning a move, the Twins are getting rid of some things before they go.
Aging and active in Carver County

Aging and active in Carver County

Carver County wins accolades as one of the best places in America to grow old in good health.

Man dies, another rescued in drama along Mississippi River

Rushing rainwater swept two urban explorers into the Mississippi River. A frantic rescue ensued, but one died.

Several killed, injured in crashes in region

A pregnant woman who was a passenger in a car hit broadside by a pickup truck Saturday in Scott County miscarried as the result of the crash, the Minnesota State Patrol reported Sunday.
Chaska Bakery, open since 1884, sells its last bread today

Chaska Bakery, open since 1884, sells its last bread today

Like many small bakeries, it has faced growing competition from supermarkets; the recession was the final straw.
Feb. 8: A lost daughter, but a new life

Feb. 8: A lost daughter, but a new life

Kari Palashewski lost her daughter in a car crash but miraculously gained a granddaughter. "Nobody knew Jamie was even pregnant. I don't know if she even knew."

New potato plant raises some eyes in Chaska

A proposed potato-processing plant sparks opposition from folks who are fearful of odors, traffic and water-use issues.

Southdale is back to normal after Friday's shooting

It was business as usual at the Edina center after two boys were shot and injured in a parking lot.
Waconia teachers turn winter break into higher learning

Waconia teachers turn winter break into higher learning

A world geography teacher and his Clearwater Middle School colleague used a two-week adventure on the tallest mountain in the Americas to create a compelling schoolwide event for students back home.

Assessor is the decider: What exactly is a farm?

How many chickens does it take to make a farm? How many cows must a landowner have to qualify as a farmer? And do grazing horses a real farm make?

Second food shelf opens in Chaska as times get tight

The city expects need to grow as economy has ripple effect.

I-94 traffic jams propel demand for more lanes

A coalition says bumper-to-bumper backups between Rogers and Monticello hurt businesses and fray drivers' nerves.

Delays could mean changes for Heights of Chaska

The economy has halted the ambitious project, which might be scaled back and reassessed.

Rumble strips are raising grumbles

Seen as a way to improve safety along rural highways, they have instead sparked noise complaints from residents and fixes by the counties that installed them.
A preacher who stands tall and carries a big ax

A preacher who stands tall and carries a big ax

In posting as Paul Bunyan, Richard Mark turns heads wherever he goes.

Homeowners are trapped in middle of a permit fight

Corinna Township is issuing shoreline construction permits that Wright County officials maintain are invalid and illegal.

Driver who killed teen in crash avoids prison again

Dylan Kaskinen was drunk when he killed his passenger. Now, after violating probation, he was sent for treatment.
Weed with bite eating acres across state

Weed with bite eating acres across state

Watch out for wild parsnip: It can cause severe blisters.

New stretch of Hwy. 212 opens

The $238 million project -- more than 50 years in the making -- is expected to drive development in the southwest metro. A grand opening ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. today.
Uproar over prayer service for gays grows

Uproar over prayer service for gays grows

Protests are planned today at St. Joan of Arc in south Minneapolis over the archdiocese's order about a gay pride event there.

EPA tests: No vapor hazards in St. Louis Park

"The emergency is taken care of"; now the hunt is on for the source of the contaminated groundwater that led to the vapor alert.

Scientists, just plain folk, go batty for Bioblitz

The U's Bell Museum is hoping to make biology relevant and fun doing a nature census.

Stadium builder failing to meet minority hiring goals

Mortenson Construction has not met its goals for hiring minority workers and contractors so far in construction of the new Twins ballpark. But the company assured state officials it will honor its commitment.

Tainted ballpark dirt ends up near river

Tons of contaminated soil from the site of the new Twins stadium is piled in a flood plain beside the Minnesota River while the Ballpark Authority, contractors and the state wrangle over its disposal.

Firefighter talks about rescuing two children

Forest Lake deputy fire chief Bruce Wightman describes rescuing two children from a fire in a mobile home early Wednesday morning. Photo courtesy KSTP-TV
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