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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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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 files recount in Minneapolis' Sixth Ward

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.
Minn. state senator accused of harassment

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.
Shakopee man charged with murder in girlfriend's death

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.
Archdiocese releases names of 19 men suspected of sexually abusing minors

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.

Minneapolis woman charged with 3rd degree murder in connection with opioid death

Lethal drug was carfentanyl — a general anesthetic used for large animals such as elephants and never intended for human use.
Dakota County sheriff has stopped DNA collection practice

Dakota County sheriff has stopped DNA collection practice

After settling with the ACLU, the county will destroy existing samples.
Stan 'Krusher' Kowalski, former Minneapolis pro wrestler, dies at 91

Stan 'Krusher' Kowalski, former Minneapolis pro wrestler, dies at 91

He was born Bert Smith, but Minnesotans knew him primarily as the "Krusher", "Killer" or "Big K" — part of a pro wrestling tag team called Murder Incorporated.

Driver killed in head-on collision near Brainerd

A 58-year-old man from Pillager, Minn., was killed in a vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon when his car hit a pickup head-on as he tried…
Onetime prized Gophers football recruit Garcia dies in St. Paul

Onetime prized Gophers football recruit Garcia dies in St. Paul

Jojo Garcia committed to play for the Gophers, but he changed his mind with the departure in 2015 of head coach Jerry Kill.
Suspect in Mendota Heights killing charged with first-degree murder

Suspect in Mendota Heights killing charged with first-degree murder

Lucifer Nguyen is charged with killing Beverly Cory.
Former Mrs. America sentenced to 2 years' probation over swapping tags on clothes

Former Mrs. America sentenced to 2 years' probation over swapping tags on clothes

If she completes her probation, the felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Blaine man killed in car-semi crash identified

Mohamed Amin, 19, of Blaine, was killed in the crash Thursday night.

Teen critically wounded on Metro Transit bus among 4 Mpls. shootings

Minnehaha Avenue, downtown and north Minneapolis were the sites of gunfire.
Falcon Heights moves toward new policing contract with Ramsey County

Falcon Heights moves toward new policing contract with Ramsey County

Earlier, Sheriff Jack Serier said that the county has signed an agreement to take over policing of Falcon Heights.

Somali community leaders announce fundraising for Mogadishu victims

Mosques will collect money to help those affected by the bombing.
Nikko the snow monkey dies at age 34 at Minnesota Zoo

Nikko the snow monkey dies at age 34 at Minnesota Zoo

"It is never easy to lose an animal that you have worked with for so many years," said a zoo worker.

At least one dead in crash of small plane into river near Ramsey

But not a lot is known about the single-engine plane that went into Mississippi River, including the number of people on board, the departure point and the destination.
Gas leak capped, not before forcing 12 blocks in Mpls. to evacuate

Gas leak capped, not before forcing 12 blocks in Mpls. to evacuate

A fiber optics company doing work at the intersection of Diamond Lake Road and Wentworth Avenue struck a 24-inch gas main, causing the leak, said Minneapolis Fire Deputy Chief Todd White.
Hmong cooking class brings generations together

Hmong cooking class brings generations together

Young people and their elders are brought together as they re-create traditional delicacies.
Fans and Lynx rock the Barn anew, this time in WNBA title celebration

Fans and Lynx rock the Barn anew, this time in WNBA title celebration

A jubilant parade down University Avenue was followed by a noisy rally at Williams Arena.
Ralphie May, whose American Indian jokes created stir in Minn., dies

Ralphie May, whose American Indian jokes created stir in Minn., dies

Last year, he was the subject of a controversy connected to an event planned in Bemidji.

Names released of 2 people found dead in Coon Rapids parking lot

The deaths were said to be accidental, but their exact cause has not yet been released.
Arrest made in fatal stabbing near Lake Street LRT station

Arrest made in fatal stabbing near Lake Street LRT station

Minneapolis police have arrested a 43-year-old man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man near the Lake Street light-rail station Tuesday night. The…
Man fatally stabbed near Lake Street light-rail station in Minneapolis

Man fatally stabbed near Lake Street light-rail station in Minneapolis

Investigators say they believe the victim and suspect are known to each other, with a portion of the stabbing caught on surveillance cameras.

Former assistant principal in Bemidji pleads guilty to child porn

Authorities said Brandon Bjerknes used social media to entice more than 50 minor victims.

Caregiver charged after 6-month-old critically injured at Shakopee in-home day care

The babysitter allegedly waited 45 minutes before calling authorities.

Mound man pleads guilty to using $1 million in investors' money to fund lavish lifestyle

Jeremy Lundin stole more than $1 million from dozens of investors, the charges say.
About 300 gather to honor St. Thomas student left to die in Minneapolis crash

About 300 gather to honor St. Thomas student left to die in Minneapolis crash

Prosecutors have charged 21-year-old Michael Laurence Campbell with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Plymouth waste disposal operators charged in fraud scheme

They're accused of unlawfully reselling toxic materials.
Education advocacy group, former refugee win Facing Race awards

Education advocacy group, former refugee win Facing Race awards

The St. Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations on Monday honored one man and one group for fighting to eliminate racism in Minnesota.Inside the Ordway Center…

Brooklyn Center man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Jamal Newell took the plea deal as he was about to go on trial on first-degree murder charges in the 2016 death of an Eagan man.
Ex-Metro Transit officer in viral video gets $50K settlement

Ex-Metro Transit officer in viral video gets $50K settlement

Payout came after Metro Transit officer voluntarily resigned his part-time post.

Two injured, one of them critically, in south Minneapolis shooting

Minneapolis police are investigating a shooting in south Minneapolis that left two people injured, one critically. Just after 9 p.m., police responded to a 911…

Four people were injured in Zimmerman after man drives truck into their workplace

The Sheriff's Office suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Teen fatally hurt in North Shore fall was Somerset, Wis., student

Teen fatally hurt in North Shore fall was Somerset, Wis., student

The 14-year-old girl who died after falling from a cliff while visiting Minnesota's North Shore with friends on Sunday has been identified as a Somerset,…
Le Sueur man sentenced to 32 years in stabbing death of Eden Prairie man, 74

Le Sueur man sentenced to 32 years in stabbing death of Eden Prairie man, 74

Nathan Foth broke into the home of Allen Retzer in July 2016 and stayed in his basement for two days before killing him.

Motorcyclist who dies in Rosemount crash identified

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has identified the motorcyclist who died in a Rosemount crash Wednesday evening as Clive Christian Jorgensen, 57, of Eagan.…

Pipe bomb found in Carver County mailbox is detonated

No injuries or permanent damage was reported.
Vapor intrusion scare delays start for St. Paul school

Vapor intrusion scare delays start for St. Paul school

The MPCA says the air at Crossroads Elementary Science and Montessori School is not contaminated, and vapor mitigation is being installed.
Ride remembers bicyclist, U researcher hit and killed in Minneapolis

Ride remembers bicyclist, U researcher hit and killed in Minneapolis

Jillian Friedrich has been on her way to do volunteer work.

St. Paul man charged with shooting in downtown Minneapolis that injured a bystander

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman requested high bail due to "senseless shooting."

Wadena County man, 88, dies in ATV crash

An 88-year-old man from Verndale, Minn., was killed after he was thrown from his ATV on Thursday, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s…
Swastika found cut into a green at Lakeville's public golf course

Swastika found cut into a green at Lakeville's public golf course

Grounds crew workers at Crystal Lake Golf Club were able to get rid of the symbol before golfers noticed.
Ex-official at Town & Country Club in St. Paul indicted in $1M scheme

Ex-official at Town & Country Club in St. Paul indicted in $1M scheme

Julie Ann Lee used stolen money to buy vehicles and property in northern Minnesota, a federal indictment alleges.
U student from St. Peter crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

U student from St. Peter crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Emily Annexstad, representing Nicollet County, will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families.
Mother charged with murder of Minn. teen; remains found in burn pit

Mother charged with murder of Minn. teen; remains found in burn pit

After growing up in Minnesota, Savannah Leckie went to live with her biological mother in Missouri and had been missing for many weeks.
Controversial Minn. State Capitol painting will go on view at James J. Hill House

Controversial Minn. State Capitol painting will go on view at James J. Hill House

"Attack on New Ulm" artwork, removed from renovated Capitol, will get a new home.

Crystal man pleads guilty to stealing $1.1 million from employer for car hobby

John Robinson used the money he took from North Central Stamping & Manufacturing to fund his car restoration hobby, authorities say.

Body found in Brainerd believed to be that of missing 29-year-old man

John Greenwaldt had been missing since July 4.

Minnesota chiropractors face new charges in $20M insurance fraud case

Chiropractors accused of taking advantage of state no-fault insurance law.
Patrick's Cabaret, foundation settle discrimination charge

Patrick's Cabaret, foundation settle discrimination charge

Under the settlement, the Laura Musser Fund paid $12,000 and will do diversity training.
Prince's favorite color enshrined by Pantone

Prince's favorite color enshrined by Pantone

The purple hue is named "Love Symbol #2" after the pop star's glyph.

Crash involving Gov. Dayton's security detail sends one to hospital

A state trooper also received a medical evaluation, authorities said. The governor's car was not involved in the crash.

Motorcyclist fatally injured in crash north of Duluth

A 50-year-old woman from Grand Forks, N.D., was fatally injured Wednesday afternoon when her motorcycle hit a pickup truck north of Duluth on the North…
Officers involved in Houston County chase, shooting identified

Officers involved in Houston County chase, shooting identified

The two suspects have been charged with seven felonies, the BCA said.
Twin Cities neighbors, police take a step toward harmony

Twin Cities neighbors, police take a step toward harmony

National Night Out, promoting partnerships between communities and police, was a welcome respite amid tragedy and a growing gulf.

Family identifies woman fatally stabbed in Mpls. parking ramp

Mai Yer Cha, 31, died Wednesday as the result of wounds she suffered in the July 15 attack.

Man fatally shot on Minneapolis' North Side

No one has been arrested, police said.

Hutchinson man sentenced for producing and receiving child pornography

Jeremy Mount was nabbed by a Homeland Security investigation.
Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul to close in October

Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul to close in October

The 96-year-old private club can no longer be financially sustained and will close in October, members were told.
'Justice for Justine' event offers police-reform ideas

'Justice for Justine' event offers police-reform ideas

Also, a search warrant application says someone hit or slapped the police car shortly before Justine Damond was shot.
St. Paul man charged with murdering girlfriend's 3-year-old

St. Paul man charged with murdering girlfriend's 3-year-old

The boy's severe injuries occurred in Devioun Johnson's care, an extensive investigation concluded.
Sister of Richfield shooting victim: 'We need to know why he was killed'

Sister of Richfield shooting victim: 'We need to know why he was killed'

The victim, 24, grew up near where the Monday night shooting occurred.
Indiana baseball player charged with assault on St. Paul wedding guest

Indiana baseball player charged with assault on St. Paul wedding guest

Anthony Cheky released from the Gary SouthShore RailCats, in town to play the Saints.
Authorities search Dakota Co. fairgrounds for missing man

Authorities search Dakota Co. fairgrounds for missing man

Authorities do not believe there was foul play.
Minneapolis man sentenced to 25 years in prison in baby daughter's death

Minneapolis man sentenced to 25 years in prison in baby daughter's death

The judge sided with a psychologist who said Cory Morris knew what he was doing when he punched the 5-month-old girl.

House fire kills one in Maplewood

The victim died a day after the blaze, authorities said.
$30K in stolen equipment nearly sinks popular water program in Roseville

$30K in stolen equipment nearly sinks popular water program in Roseville

Classes are back on after stolen equipment found.
Man killed in Wayzata crash was former Minnesota legislator

Man killed in Wayzata crash was former Minnesota legislator

Gordon Voss served in the Minnesota House from 1973 to 1988.
Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

Pride's parade ban is "divisive," Minneapolis police chief says, and she isn't alone in the criticism.
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