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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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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

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

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 DWI arrests were up over the holidays

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.
Missing Bethel University student has been found safe

Missing Bethel University student has been found safe

Sarah Kay Thommen, 19, was last seen Tuesday on the Arden Hills campus.
After firing, Keillor and MPR in mediation talks

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…
Man pleads guilty to killing food truck mechanic in Minneapolis

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

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

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 College of Music 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.
Stove device credited with helping stop Burnsville kitchen fire

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

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

The segment, crucial for commuters, has been closed for almost a week.
Thursday marks 76th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor

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

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

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 Mpls. police officer faces another brutality lawsuit

Former Mpls. police officer faces another brutality lawsuit

Christopher Reiter is awaiting sentencing in excessive violence case.
Key official no longer working on Minnesota's troubled vehicle licensing system

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

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 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.
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