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Karen Zamora

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Karen Zamora is a Southern California native who joined the paper in 2014 after graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos. Previously, Zamora interned in the Star Tribune's features department, at the San Antonio Express-News and with NPR's "All Things Considered."
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Former UMD women hockey coach Shannon Miller described a pattern of discrimination.

Ex-UMD women's hockey coach wins discrimination case, $3.7M award

Shannon Miller will receive monetary awards for lost wages and emotional distress.
Annie Young served on the Minneapolis Park Board for nearly 30 years.

Minneapolis Park Board to celebrate Annie Young at newly named park

The late Annie Young will be honored on Saturday.
Kim Griffith, motor vehicle supervisor in Bloomington, speaks to the committee about the problems with the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System

Fired Minnesota IT leader says system's problems go much deeper

Paul Meekin, who was key in developing Minnesota's troubled multimillion dollar computer system for vehicle licensing, said he is considering legal options.
The Edina High School Young Conservatives Club is calling a victory in its federal lawsuit against the district, saying the club has been reinstated a

Edina's Young Conservatives Club reinstated after suit

An American flag is now hanging in every classroom at Edina High School as part of what the club is calling a victory in its federal lawsuit against the district.
Lora Walker

Chisago County commissioner charged in fatal wrong-way crash on I-35

Charges against Lora Walker say she failed to report serious problems with diabetes management.

State trooper injured after crash, fight with motorist in St. Paul

A citizen stepped in on the I-35E shoulder and helped restrain the woman, the patrol said.

Cloquet, Minn., girl arrested over social media threats aimed at schools

Police found an Airsoft pistol at the girl's home.
Plows cleared the roads in Apple Valley Monday evening.

Delayed storm packed a punch for when it finally arrived

About 6 to 10 inches fell in the southwest metro. Hundreds of accidents were reported with dozens of injuries.
An arsenal of weapons found in the home of a Vadnais Heights teen after threats were reported.

Three arrested after weapons found in Vadnais Heights home

Boy, 13, and parents arrested after threat leads to search of Vadnais Heights home.
The South St. Paul Quick-Serv License Center in 2017, where problems plagued a rollout of a system upgrade for Minnesota's licensing and vehicle-regis

Layoffs looming after lawmakers decline $10M for MNLARS fixes

The Minnesota House voted down a DFL request for the money for the state's licensing and vehicle registration system.

Girl, 6, dies of injuries suffered in Richfield bus-car crash

Her father, brother and sister were also injured Monday.
On a cool October morning, fog rises from the Mississippi River Valley at sunrise in Winona. Quality of life helped Minnesota to rank highly among the

New ranking shows Minnesota is second-best state in the country

Last year, Minnesota ranked third in the country, according to the same annual study from U.S. News and World Report.

Fight ends in fatal shooting near downtown Minneapolis

The victim and the shooter "exchanged words" before shots were fired in the 700 block of E. 18th Stree, police said.

Semi hits stopped car on Hwy. 36 in Lake Elmo, killing driver

A 54-year-old man from Amery, Wis., died at the scene.
Dozens of protesters shouted and held signs outside the University of Minnesota building where conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is speaking Monday

Dozens protest outside Ben Shapiro speech at University of Minnesota

Police were on standby and erected barricades outside the St. Paul center.
Several people were injured in a vehicle crash that occurred at a slick intersection of Nicollet Ave and 66th St in Richfield early Monday afternoon.

Wintry mix ices up roads, causing hundreds of accidents in state

At least two deaths were reported; a second round of nasty weather looms Tuesday. Another inch of snow could hamper the morning commute.
Founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke, speaks at the University of Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn. at Coffman Memorial

Tarana Burke, founder of Me Too movement, speaks at U about 'power of empathy'

She described her 20-year journey in speech at sold-out event.

15-year-old boy hit by vehicles, killed on Hwy. 7 in St. Louis Park

The pedestrian was struck at Hwy. 7 and Texas Avenue E. just after 6 p.m.

After Fridley crash, driver brandishing knife is shot by motorist who stopped at scene

A motorist who was not involved in the crash shot the man after he reportedly tried to assault another driver with a knife, police say.
The vehicle with the blown out back window was being investigated. Police are on the scene of what is reported to be an officer-involved shooting in B

Man who fired at Brooklyn Center police has died

The 32-year-old Golden Valley man had aimed gun at his father.
A house on the 9600 block of Trenton Lane N. in Maple Grove was the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday.

Man with knife is shot, critically wounded by Maple Grove police

Family members identified the man and said he had a long history of drug problems.
Maxim Magazine's VIP Super Bowl party in a giant temporary dome with DJ Marshmello on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn.

On eve of Super Bowl, downtown bar scene brought a show of its own

Thousands of additional revelers filled bars and restaurants, creating a chaotic but peaceful scene.

Man shot to death by police in St. James approached officers with knife, Minnesota BCA says

The three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Gilberto Salas, 20, also were identified.

Officers involved in fatal shooting of man in St. James are identified

St. James Assistant Police Chief Rochelle Hanson, a 14-year veteran, fired the shots that killed Gilberto Salas of Gaylord, the BCA said.
Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., 8, died late Wednesday of his injuries.

Snowmobiler who fatally hit 8-year-old boy on Chisago Lake faces updated charges

Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. died late Wednesday of his injuries.
Esera Tuaolo welcomed Inclusion Party attendees, along with MC Rusty Kath, right.

'Inclusion Party' builds ties between NFL, LGBT community

"It's a party for everyone," said former Viking Esera Tuaolo, the host.
Police cars were parked outside the Graduate Hotel on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.

Woman released as standoff at hotel near U enters 2nd day

The standoff played out throughout the day Monday on the East Bank, where students and guests went about their business despite closed roads and a large police presence.
Former Viking Esera Tuaolo, photographed at Pourhouse in Minneapolis, where he will host his Inclusion Party ahead of the Super Bowl.

January: Ex-Viking's Super Bowl party for LGBT fans is a sign of change

Sixteen years after former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo came out as gay, the fear he once had that he'd be an NFL outcast has faded.

Federal grand jury convicts former camp staffer of producing, possessing child pornography

Scott F. Fortier, 38, of Blaine, had been associated with Circle R Ranch, a coed horseback riding summer camp in Todd County.
Ricky Arlen Turner

'Prolific' sex trafficker who operated from Wayzata home pleads guilty

Ricky Turner convicted now in both Hennepin, Washington counties.

Chisago City man dies of injuries suffered in Forest Lake crash

A man from Chisago City, Minn., died Wednesday as a result of injuries he suffered in a crash in Forest Lake the day before. The…

Police investigating gunfire near Rosedale Center

A vehicle parked in a mall lot appeared to have been hit by bullets.

Calif. priest pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with Twin Cities woman

He pleaded guilty to having had sexual contact with a woman while conducting a private mass at her home in Mendota Heights.
A car stuck halfway up the hill on Ramsey Street gets a push from a good samaritan.

Rough sledding: Snow strands students, flights and commuters

The first major snowstorm of 2018 brought the Twin Cities to a halt Monday, stranding students at school and littering streets, alleys and highways with stuck cars.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell

St. Paul police seek feedback on updated use-of-force policy

Residents will be invited to share their opinions at several community meetings.

Man pleads guilty in Minneapolis drive-by shooting that killed bicyclist

The shooter, who was 17 at the time, had been certified for trial as an adult before a plea deal was struck.

Man charged with fatally stabbing his sister at Crosby senior living center

The man confessed and said he also thought about killing other people, according to authorities.
Garrett Bruce Ittel

Argument about rent money led man to stab brother to death in Plymouth apartment, charges say

The two were drinking when they started fighting, charges say.

Victim of deadly fight between brothers identified as Champlin man

Jamison D. Ittel, 27, of Champlin, was arguing with his brother late Monday and early Tuesday when the fight escalated and he was fatally stabbed in the chest, authorities said.
Minnesota authorities said 2,656 motorists were arrested during a 2017 holiday DWI enforcement period that ran from Thanksgiving through New Year’s

Minnesota DWI arrests were up over the holidays

Citing dramatic anecdotes, authorities implored drivers to have a plan during Super Bowl festivities that involve alcohol.
Sarah Kay Thommen, 19

Missing Bethel University student has been found safe

Sarah Kay Thommen, 19, was last seen Tuesday on the Arden Hills campus.
FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Garrison Keillor, creator and former host of, "A Prairie Home Companion," talks at his St. Paul, Minn., offi

After firing, Keillor and MPR in mediation talks

Garrison Keillor is in mediation with Minnesota Public Radio after his former employer fired him for allegations of "inappropriate behavior" with a co-worker late last year.

Block near downtown Minneapolis LRT station to be closed Friday night

A caution to those trekking to downtown Minneapolis on Friday night — a block of roadway near the Warehouse District light-rail station will be closed…
Henry Benjamin Cousins

Man pleads guilty to killing food truck mechanic in Minneapolis

The gunman told the courtroom that he didn't mean to kill the victim, who owed him money.
Missing 16-year-old girl from Little Canada is found

Missing 16-year-old girl from Little Canada is found

Ashley Ann Baker was last seen leaving her house Friday.

1 arrested, 5 vehicles damaged in police chase that ended near downtown

No injuries reported, police said.

Standoff with suicidal man in Inver Grove Heights ends peacefully

Inver Grove Heights chief calls the peaceful resolution an example of a successful mental health crisis response.

Charges: Mound woman helped husband with $1 million Ponzi scheme

Alex Lundin's husband, Jeremy, pleaded guilty last year to crimes authorities say financed their lavish lifestyle.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar pinned the Purple Heart on 93-year-old Minnesota World War II veteran Wayne Sundberg on Wednesday at the Veterans Services Bui

72 years after war's end, Minn. World War II veteran gets Purple Heart

After time in a German POW camp, Wayne Sundberg just wanted to get home, so he didn't receive his medal. It took decades before he got his chance.

Woodbury parents ask district to address racism at schools

District says it's addressing issue, but critics say it's not acting fast enough.
Cordale Handy

St. Paul police officers cleared in fatal March shooting of Illinois man

Prosecutor says officers had reason to fear after Cordale Handy pointed gun at them.
McNally Smith music school in St. Paul is closing abruptly.

McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul is closing abruptly

The school's administration told students and staff members in an e-mail that financial difficulties have forced the decision.
This photograph shows two Stove-Top Fire Stop devices in place above the range top. The device over the fire activated and extinguished the flame.

Stove device credited with helping stop Burnsville kitchen fire

The relatively new device is another tool to reduce fire danger, officials say.

Elk River man shot at Ham Lake gas station; road-rage report was fabricated, officials say

A 21-year-old is in critical condition after he was shot in the chest at a Ham Lake gas station Wednesday night, authorities said. The Anoka…

Wasting disease detected in second deer on southeastern Minnesota farm

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been identified in a second whitetail deer on a southeastern Minnesota farm, state regulators said Friday.

Minnesota, Fond du Lac Band formalize agreement to hunt, fish

There is no significant changes to state hunting and fishing regulations.
A water main break in Oakdale early Sunday morning caused a large washout under Interstate 694, closing the highway for days.

I-694 in Oakdale expected to reopen Saturday morning, MnDOT announces

The segment, crucial for commuters, has been closed for almost a week.
FILE--Three U.S. battleships are hit from the air during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo. From left are: USS West

Thursday marks 76th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor

Among those honored: the 84 Naval Reservists from Minnesota serving on active duty at the time of the Japanese attack and who fired the first U.S. shots.
CAIR executive director Jaylani Hussein spoke during a news conference to denounce President Donald Trump's travel ban Tuesday.

Minnesotans gather at Capitol, decry Supreme Court decision on travel ban

A few dozen gathered at the State Capitol to protest the Trump administration's travel ban.
A man dressed in medieval garb delivered an unusual cease-and-desist letter to Modist Brewing in Minneapolis on Friday.

Minneapolis' Modist Brewery receives medieval-style cease-and-desist order

The brewery's "Dilly Dilly" Mosaic Double IPA crowlers prompted the Bud Light messenger's visit.
Former Minneapolis police officer Christopher Reiter, 36, right, arrives at court with his attorney Robert Fowler Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Hen

Former Mpls. police officer faces another brutality lawsuit

Christopher Reiter is awaiting sentencing in excessive violence case.
The South Saint Paul Quick-Serv License Center. The state’s new $97 million vehicle licensing system has been a huge headache for many Minnesotans,

Key official no longer working on Minnesota's troubled vehicle licensing system

A top MNLARS developer is on a leave of absence.

Minnesota kindergarten teacher accused of sex with teen to stand trial next week

Megan Jo Johnson reported to authorities that she had had an inappropriate sexual relationship with the teen, according to the criminal sexual conduct charges.
Al Franken

36 women who worked with Sen. Franken on SNL offer support

Franken was a founding member of the SNL's writing staff and featured cast member.

Minnesota officials to present economic forecast

The estimate will be used to guide state spending during the next two years.

Carver County man charged with fatally running over girlfriend with pickup

The markings on Jessica Ludenia's body were consistent with tire tracks, the charges say.

Shakopee woman dies in head-on collision with truck in Jordan

A Shakopee woman died in a head-on collision in Jordan Wednesday evening, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Barbara Joan Fashant, 67, was driving a 2003…
Mohamud Noor, left, wants a recount after narrowly losing to Abdi Warsame in the Mpls. City Council race.

Mohamud Noor files recount in Minneapolis' Sixth Ward

Incumbent's unofficial margin was 239 votes in the Mpls. council race.

Man fatally shot by police officers in Crystal

The suspect, reportedly suicidal, had fired shots at police from inside a garage, authorities said.

Former Minneapolis principal pleads guilty to theft

Anne DePerry has since moved to California, where she is working at a charter school.
DFL State Sen. Dan Schoen, shown in 2016, denies allegations that he sexually harassed women involved in state politics.

Minn. state senator accused of harassment

Minnesota lawmakers called on DFL Sen. Dan Schoen to step down over the allegations, described in a report as "persistent and unwanted invitations to meet to physically grabbing a woman from behind." Schoen has denied the allegations, saying they were false or taken out of context.
Ruzana Yedvabnik

Shakopee man charged with murder in girlfriend's death

The woman was in the process of being kicked out of the home they shared, a friend of the victim said.

'This hurts,' says friend of woman slain in Shakopee

Victim was looking for a new place to live when her boyfriend allegedly killed her, friends said.
St. Paul Cathedral

Archdiocese releases names of 19 men suspected of sexually abusing minors

14 of the men have died; none who survives serves in any pastoral role.

Suspect arrested after three men shot, wounded in Minneapolis

The victims, all men, suffered noncritical wounds, police said.
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