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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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Adjunct faculty at St. Kate's petition for union election

If approved in June, it would represent more than 100 part-time instructors.
After long wait, Webber Park Library opens to a happy throng

After long wait, Webber Park Library opens to a happy throng

New building, done 17 years after voters backed funding, welcomed on North Side.
Minnesota's medical cannabis providers have lost $11M in two years

Minnesota's medical cannabis providers have lost $11M in two years

MinnMed and LeafLine Labs have lost $11 million in the past two years.
FBI: $10K reward for information about Columbia Heights murder

FBI: $10K reward for information about Columbia Heights murder

Authorities are still looking for Phillip Leron Miller.
Woman fatally shot in north Minneapolis

Woman fatally shot in north Minneapolis

The homicide was the city's second in two days.
ACLU of MN sues Dakota County sheriff to stop routine DNA collection

ACLU of MN sues Dakota County sheriff to stop routine DNA collection

In Dakota County, the sheriff’s office collects DNA samples from those charged with violent crimes, in some cases doing so before the suspect is convicted.…

Closures from serious crash, car fire in Maple Grove expected to last to 2 a.m.

First responders are at the scene at Hwy. 610 and I-94.
BCA agent fired at wanted homicide suspect in Bloomington

BCA agent fired at wanted homicide suspect in Bloomington

Agents were in pursuit of the man, sought after a woman was found dead in her Crookston home. He was arrested after an intense six-hour search.
Twin Cities' Meals on Wheels opens dedicated kitchen in Minneapolis

Twin Cities' Meals on Wheels opens dedicated kitchen in Minneapolis

"Kitchen of Opportunity" viewed as a way to improve both service and quality for senior clients.
Man's body recovered from Mississippi River near Lake Street bridge

Man's body recovered from Mississippi River near Lake Street bridge

Ramsey County medical examiner's office will confirm the identification.
May Day rallies converge in Minneapolis, call for education funding and immigrant rights

May Day rallies converge in Minneapolis, call for education funding and immigrant rights

No one cause defined the group, which was taking a stand against "the political climate."
Grand Marais wins 'Best Midwestern Small Town' award

Grand Marais wins 'Best Midwestern Small Town' award

Grand Marais competed against 19 other small Midwestern towns, including Bayfield, Wis. Lanesboro, Minn., came in third place.
ATF: Minnesota permit to carry now satisfies background check for buying guns

ATF: Minnesota permit to carry now satisfies background check for buying guns

Any carry permits with expiration dates of Aug. 1, 2019, or later now qualify as alternatives to usual the FBI instant background checks.
Super Bowl Host Committee will pay back Minneapolis $5 million for services

Super Bowl Host Committee will pay back Minneapolis $5 million for services

The host committee must also purchase police liability insurance.
Mayor Hodges rejects police chief's pick to lead 4th Precinct

Mayor Hodges rejects police chief's pick to lead 4th Precinct

Police Chief Harteau responded Thursday morning, saying she was "disappointed" in the mayor's move and that she chose Lt. John Delmonico because of his leadership credentials.
Mayor Hodges says politics kept her silent about sexual abuse

Mayor Hodges says politics kept her silent about sexual abuse

The Minneapolis mayor told KARE 11's Jana Shortal that her decision to speak out "couldn't wait."
Historic Minneapolis City Hall clocks light up again

Historic Minneapolis City Hall clocks light up again

Several months and $2 million returned the landmark, which had unexpected damage, to its original condition.

Pedestrian hit by car, killed in Plymouth was 78-year-old man just 350 yards from home

The pedestrian struck and killed by a car Saturday in Plymouth was identified Wednesday by the Hennepin County medical examiner as John Dale Miklethun, 78.…
Edina hears debate on upping the age for legal tobacco sales

Edina hears debate on upping the age for legal tobacco sales

Proposal would make city first in state to restrict tobacco sales to those 21 and older.
In a reversal, Maple Grove votes to bring Portillo's restaurant to mall

In a reversal, Maple Grove votes to bring Portillo's restaurant to mall

City Council had initially voted against hot dog spot over traffic concerns.
Man fatally shot in St. Paul; more gunshots at vigil for victim

Man fatally shot in St. Paul; more gunshots at vigil for victim

A man was fatally shot Monday near St. Albans Street and Fuller Avenue, St. Paul police said. The shooting is a separate incident from one…
Man allegedly pulled real gun on teens playing with Nerf guns in Edina

Man allegedly pulled real gun on teens playing with Nerf guns in Edina

No shots were fired and no arrests were made, Edina police said.
Five new cases of measles confirmed in Hennepin County

Five new cases of measles confirmed in Hennepin County

The total of affected children — all unvaccinated — is now eight, health officials said. Seven are from the Somali-American community.

Minneapolis man sentenced to 2 years in prison for stealing credit cards from gym lockers

Ronald Lee Guy stole wallets of 12 victims while they are using the gym facilities.
New allegations against Burnsville teacher charged with criminal sexual conduct

New allegations against Burnsville teacher charged with criminal sexual conduct

An e-mail to members of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church said more minors have come forward.

Minn. lawsuit dropped over transgender student's use of locker room

The ACLU, which intervened on the Virginia, Minn., student's behalf, called it a victory.

St. Anthony residents air concerns over redevelopment of mobile home park

Residents, developer at odds over the future of Lowry Grove.
One dead in Minneapolis house fire

One dead in Minneapolis house fire

The two-alarm blaze broke out in the 4100 block of Beard Avenue S.

Man dies after car rolls over near St. Cloud

The victim was from Marshall, Minn.
Body of missing St. Cloud State student found in river

Body of missing St. Cloud State student found in river

The body of a missing St. Cloud State University student was recovered from the Mississippi River Friday evening, authorities said.The Stearns/Benton County sheriffs' dive team…
Dolphin Staffing owner charged with possessing child pornography

Dolphin Staffing owner charged with possessing child pornography

His family says he has a brain disorder that causes impulsive behaviors.

Motorcyclist identified in fatal I-35 crash after north metro police chase

The crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on southbound Interestate 35 just south of Hwy. 97 near Forest Lake, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
St. Paul reaches record $2M settlement in police misconduct after man was kicked by police and bitten by K-9

St. Paul reaches record $2M settlement in police misconduct after man was kicked by police and bitten by K-9

Record settlement with man kicked, bitten by dog needs final approval.

Man dies in construction accident in Woodbury

The victim was found entangled in industrial equipment near Carver Lake Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Harteau ranked No. 22 in Fortune's list of 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders'

Harteau ranked No. 22 in Fortune's list of 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders'

The national magazine called her leadership amid turmoil a "role model" for others.
Blaine man guilty in fatal sidewalk hit-and-run

Blaine man guilty in fatal sidewalk hit-and-run

Adam Rodman was speeding and drunk when he hit Danilo Aguilar, authorities have said.

Man found shot in Minneapolis house identified

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office has identified the man who was found shot in a Minneapolis home Friday as 24-year-old Kamani Kristopher Salaam Davis.…

Gov. Dayton vetoes bill diminishing PUC oversight

He said law would hurt renewable energy progress made by state.

Man who said 'God made me do it' pleads guilty in fatal Minneapolis shooting

Police found the victim lying in his front yard on July 4 of last year.
You're in luck: Metro Transit offers free rides for St. Patrick's Day

You're in luck: Metro Transit offers free rides for St. Patrick's Day

The free rides are available from 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.
Mayo's private-insurance preference has Minn. officials concerned

Mayo's private-insurance preference has Minn. officials concerned

Minnesota's DHS commissioner called Dr. John Noseworthy's comments "very concerning."
Gift from Augsburg men's hockey team makes precious reunion possible

Gift from Augsburg men's hockey team makes precious reunion possible

Custodian will be reunited with father and brother in Norway in wake of mom's death.
Missing Minnesota girl found in Tennessee, reunited with father

Missing Minnesota girl found in Tennessee, reunited with father

Girl's mother and her boyfriend were arrested. She is expected to appear in court in Minnesota soon.

Woman dies after being ejected from car in Freeborn County crash

The 37-year-old woman from Austin, Minn., was not wearing a seat belt, the State Patrol said.
Deputy Minn. commerce commissioner out of job after arrest in St. Paul prostitution sting

Deputy Minn. commerce commissioner out of job after arrest in St. Paul prostitution sting

Michael Deal had served in the state government role for more than three years.

Four shot outside north Minneapolis convenience store

One of the victims is in critical condition, police said.

Man, 42, arrested after alleged sex with student at Champlin Park High

The sus­pect was ar­rest­ed as he left the school, auth­ori­ties said.

Woman taken to hospital after Eagan highway standoff

Police closed Hwy. 3 for a time as they negotiated with the armed driver after she crashed her car.
Planned Parenthood supporters rally outside Rep. Erik Paulsen's Eden Prairie office

Planned Parenthood supporters rally outside Rep. Erik Paulsen's Eden Prairie office

Still frustrated by the lack of engagement from U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen and by his support of defunding Planned Parenthood, dozens of protesters — many…
Likely tornado touches down near Zimmerman

Likely tornado touches down near Zimmerman

It's earliest recorded in state. Winds may howl at 50 to 60 miles per hour Monday night into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.
Final tally shows Hennepin County opioid deaths were up 39% in 2016

Final tally shows Hennepin County opioid deaths were up 39% in 2016

A new anti-overdose initiative will focus on prevention.

Minneapolis apartment fire sends woman to hospital

The blaze broke out about 5 p.m. in a unit in a building on 44th Avenue N.

Washburn High in Mpls. briefly placed on lockdown after ammo found

Washburn High School in Minneapolis was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday after ammunition was found on campus, school officials said. School staff responded appropriately and…
Girls help shatter stereotype at robotics industry expo

Girls help shatter stereotype at robotics industry expo

In showing off robots at Minneapolis event, Rubies and Ponytail Posse members are adamant about making a career in the STEM fields.

Driver who struck, killed St. Paul jogger appeared impaired, police say

The crash occurred at the intersection of Dayton Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard.
Friday: U of M police investigate flier with swastikas posted on campus

Friday: U of M police investigate flier with swastikas posted on campus

The flier, on a pole, brought attention to a neo-Nazi website.
South St. Paul teacher charged in armed robberies of drugstores

South St. Paul teacher charged in armed robberies of drugstores

According to the charges, Melanie Sue Parkin displayed a handgun and demanded oxycodone.

Pequot Lakes man dies in head-on collision in Crow Wing County

The crash involved a pickup and a semitrailer truck.
Duluth homicide victim was UMD student, son of St. Paul officer

Duluth homicide victim was UMD student, son of St. Paul officer

Duluth police officers have identified a possible motive but have yet to release further information.

Thief River Falls woman dies in crash on icy road

Also Tuesday, the names of two people who died of injuries suffered in previous crashes were released.

'Person of interest' detained after man fatally shot in Duluth

The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon inside a residence on E. 11th Street.
Two found guilty in 2015 Twin Cities rampage that left two people dead

Two found guilty in 2015 Twin Cities rampage that left two people dead

Three other defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Roseville man wanted, charged in woman's drug death is arrested in Circle Pines

Roseville man wanted, charged in woman's drug death is arrested in Circle Pines

Victor W. Lynch is charged in the October death of a 28-year-old White Bear Lake woman.
St. Paul mayor and police chief to Muslims: 'We will stand with you'

St. Paul mayor and police chief to Muslims: 'We will stand with you'

More than 200 showed up to talk about their concern over the travel ban.
Bill would restrict cellphone use by drivers

Bill would restrict cellphone use by drivers

Bill would allow only hands-free use by drivers.
Minnesota reaction to federal judge's ruling on executive order

Minnesota reaction to federal judge's ruling on executive order

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, who was part of the lawsuit at the heart of Friday's decision, applauded the ruling in a statement. “Five federal…
Minnesota joins lawsuit vs. Trump over executive order

Minnesota joins lawsuit vs. Trump over executive order

In a statement, Attorney General Lori Swanson called the executive order banning refugees and travelers from a list of predominantly Muslim nations "unconstitutional."
Ruling expected soon for 10 Gophers football players

Ruling expected soon for 10 Gophers football players

Over two days, a panel heard the Gophers' appeals of their recommended punishments.

Second water main break closes Ridgedale service center

The Ridgedale service center in Minnetonka will remain closed Friday due to a second water main break at the Hennepin County facility, officials said. In…
Pregnant woman found dead in Eagan; 23-year-old man under arrest

Pregnant woman found dead in Eagan; 23-year-old man under arrest

The 25-year-old victim found at a townhome was 32 weeks pregnant, police said.

Delays reported on I-94 near Woodbury

Motorists were encountering a several-minute wait due to possible police activity involving a would-be jumper.
Bus crashes into Columbia Heights house, Fire Department says

Bus crashes into Columbia Heights house, Fire Department says

No one was hurt, but a gas line was hit.
Mpls. radio exec dies in Puerto Rico trying to save son from drowning

Mpls. radio exec dies in Puerto Rico trying to save son from drowning

"You want people like him in your life. … he always put others first."

North Dakota deputy shot and killed; suspect also dead

The deaths happened in northern North Dakota near the town of Belcourt after a chase involving a stolen truck, according to reports.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by pickup truck in Howard Lake

Alcohol was detected on the driver, the State Patrol said.
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