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Karen Zamora

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Phone: 612-673-4647
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: Spanish

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."
Recent content from Karen Zamora
The sign on the Chipotle restaurant on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

St. Paul Chipotle manager says she was standing up for her employees

Dominique Moran asked for time to decide if she will return to her job.
The sign on the Chipotle restaurant on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

Chipotle fires St. Paul restaurant manager, retrains staff after viral video

A manager at a St. Paul Chipotle was fired this week after a video went viral of employees refusing to serve five black men and…
Ann Loring Woodworth Meissner

Ann Loring Woodworth Meissner, psychologist and lifelong learner, dies at 93

She had a penchant for helping others, her family said.
Al Bangoura, left, the recreation superintendent for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, and Seve Ghose, the Metro Parks and Recreation Departmen

Two interview for Minneapolis Park Board superintendent

One is a longtime former Minneapolis Park Board employee and the other a newcomer.
Joseph "Nicholas" Williams, director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Development in Oakland, California

One of three finalists for Minneapolis Park Board leader steps aside

A candidate for the Minneapolis Park Board superintendent dropped out of the race Tuesday, leaving two others still in the running. Interim Superintendent Mary Merrill…
Jeff Johnson made his concession speech at GOP headquarters. ] GLEN STUBBE ï Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Republican Electio

Jeff Johnson to retire from politics at the end of term

His term as Hennepin County commissioner ends in 2020.

Chronic wasting disease found at quarantined Crow Wing County farm

The farm was quarantined in 2016 after two deer were infected with the fatal disease.
Minneapolis Park Board superintendent job down to three

Minneapolis Park Board superintendent job down to three

Goals include diversity, serving a wider public.
In 2017. Michael Engel, with Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning, used a gas analyzer to test for elevated carbon monoxide levels in a heater's exhaust

Danger period begins for higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, Minn. officials say

Now is the time to check furnaces, CO detectors, health officials say.

Mpls. Park Board members to learn this week if panel recommends a pay raise for them

Recommendation to be shared on Wednesday.

Green Line train hits, injures pedestrian in St. Paul

Train service was resuming after a halt from Hamline to Western as police investigated.

New Ulm man struck by car, fatally injured

A man from New Ulm, Minn., died Thursday afternoon after being hit by a car while crossing a main street in the Brown County city.…
Keegan Lund, an aquatic invasive species specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, showed off a concrete block covered in zebra m

Zebra mussels confirmed in five more Minnesota lakes

Lake Riley in Carver County had 91 of the 100 mollusks the DNR found.
Former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley, shown this summer.

Tom Foley registers as write-in candidate for Minnesota attorney general

The former Ramsey County attorney said "a number of people" asked him to run so their votes could be counted.

Minnesota records 300th traffic fatality of the year

With drunken driving leading the way, state is ahead of last year's toll.

Minneapolis Park Board wants to hear your vision for Hiawatha golf course property

What is your vision for the future of the Hiawatha Golf Club, the nearby lake and surrounding area?Perhaps a food forest, or a place filled…
A rowing crew skimmed across a placid Lake Nokomis with fall colors and the Minneapolis skyline Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Minneapolis.

After a golden day in Minnesota, cooler weather lies ahead

Friday promises sunshine, but a brisk wind, rain and maybe snow will follow.
Interim Minneapolis Park Board Superintendent Mary Merrill.

Interim Minneapolis Park Board superintendent proposes $120.1 million budget for 2019

Property tax hike, overdose plan, new focus on youth programming part of plan.
Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Dayton resting at Mayo after a second back operation

Surgeries were similar to ones governor underwent in 2012 and 2015.
Zebra mussels have been found in lakes in Grant, Stevens and Wright counties, adding to a list of Minnesota waters that have recently reported infesta

Zebra mussels found in three more Minnesota lakes

The mollusks turned up as equipment was removed from lakes for the season.
"Ronnie's. Killer." a killer-clown character at Scream Town, high-fived Tarynn King, 5, and her brother Hunter, 6, of Carver as they waited in line Fr

Scream Town reopens after deal with Carver County

Visitors were greeted by a sign that read, "All are welcomed here."
A photo of a previous year at Scream Town. Carver County has terminated its contract with the Halloween attraction after a controversial Facebook post

Carver County briefly shuts down Halloween haunt Scream Town

Carver County administrator promised enforcement action if Halloween attraction violates stop order.
Gov. Mark Dayton

Water use is targeted in state sustainability report

Update on sustainability finds progress in cutting emissions and waste.
A scene from Scream Town in a previous year. The popular Halloween attraction is on 30 acres near Chaska.

Popular Scream Town apologizes for targeting Somali customers

The owner wrote a public apology on Scream Town's Facebook page saying safety is a top priority and the first post "seemed to generalize."
Man running across tracks fatally struck by Green Line train in St. Paul

Man running across tracks fatally struck by Green Line train in St. Paul

The man and a friend were crossing the tracks on Syndicate Street, about a block east of the Hamline station. The friend made it.
Christopher White

Body of missing Mpls. man believed to be found in Austin, Texas

Christopher White was visiting college friends and attending a music festival in Austin, Texas.

Decomposed body found in St. Paul drainage ditch

An Xcel Energy maintenance employee found the body around 4:30 p.m. near Randolph Avenue and West Seventh Street, police said.

Detroit Lakes bicyclist dies in Hwy. 10 crash

A man from Detroit Lakes, Minn., riding a bicycle across Hwy. 10 in Wadena was fatally struck by a pickup truck Thursday night. The Minnesota…
Shut down for hours after fatal crash, Hwy. 12 reopens near Maple Plain

Shut down for hours after fatal crash, Hwy. 12 reopens near Maple Plain

The highway was closed between Valley Road and Railroad Avenue west of Maple Plain in Independence, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Minneapolis Park Board President Brad Bourn, shown in 2017, is asking the panel of former and city officials to give its recommendations about raises

Minneapolis Park Board asks panel to consider raises for board members

The board also extended the contract of interim leader Mary Merrill.

Two men killed in separate accidents involving semis in Rogers, Coon Rapids

  Two men died on Minnesota roads Tuesday afternoon in separate accidents. A Pillager, Minn. man was fatally struck near Interstate 94 in Rogers. As…

Charges possible in alcohol-linked death of man who died in Bemidji State fall

The 19-year-old man who died in an apparent fall from a residence hall at Bemidji State University was drinking alcohol at a large off-campus party…
Izetta Cooley

Warrant issued for Moorhead woman suspected of kidnapping her children

It's possible they are not all together, authorities said.
Jay Meekin and Steve Golat walked their dog Duffy on a walking path in the future home of a park next to the Graco factory with a view of downtown. Th

Settlement between Graco, Park Board means Minneapolis will get riverside park

The agreement ends a yearslong legal dispute over a parcel of land.
Last year, about 62 percent of Minnesota children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years received vaccinations last influenza season.

Vaccinate kids for flu, Minnesota health officials plead

New data underline how deadly last winter's influenza season was nationwide.
Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington said there are about 180-250 homeless people riding buses and light rail each night. “For one, transit is

Response team created for homeless on buses, light rail

It's also experiencing a rise in crimes, resulting in more officers on board.

Faribault prison locked down in most recent violence at state prisons

The state prison in Faribault, Minn., was placed on lockdown Monday after an inmate punched a corrections officer in the face. Three of the responding…
A small plane was ripped from its hangar and flipped by a tornado at Faribault Municipal Airport earlier Thursday night.

Severe storms cause 'significant' damage in southeastern Minn.

In the Twin Cities, residents sloshed through flooded streets in some areas. Clouds and storms are expected to clear out Friday, with clear skies and cool temperatures moving in.
Capt. Stephanie Christoffels, a chaplain, held son David, 4, after Thursday's departure ceremony in St. Paul. She will be deployed for 10 months to Ku

650 from Minnesota National Guard bound for Kuwait honored before sendoff

Ceremony at the St. Paul RiverCentre pays tribute ahead of deployment by the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.
Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, Park interim-Superintendent Mary Merrill, and Abdirahman Mukhtar the Parks' community outreach and access coordinator

Minneapolis Park Board will hold police listening sessions next month

Residents are invited to discuss park policing and safety at two listening sessions to be held next month by the city's Park and Recreation Board.
The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire Wednesday at Metal-Matic in Minneapolis.

2 injured in blast, fire at Minneapolis industrial building

The two employees were taken to a hospital with serious burns and other injuries after the blast at Metal-Matic.

Minneapolis Park Board wants to ask taxpayers for at least $3.5 million more in 2019

Board of Estimate and Taxation to make a decision on the $3.5M request on Sept. 26.
Kids jumped off the raft off Thomas Beach into Lake Bde Maka Ska in July.

Minneapolis residents will help pick next Park Board executive

Those who want to be on Mpls. selection committee must apply by Sept. 20.
Harvey Djerf

Harvey Djerf, naturalist and biology teacher, dies at 96

Born and raised in south Minneapolis, he became an avid outdoorsman who studied forestry in college before being drafted to serve in World War II.
In July, park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, Interim Superintendent Mary Merrill and Abdirahman Mukhtar, Minneapolis parks' community outreach and access

Minneapolis Park Board: Bodycam video of Minnehaha Park incident not public

The two park police officers involved are still on the job.
The under-construction Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park during snowy April.

Loppet Foundation owes $400,000 for Trailhead project in Wirth Park

Outdoors hub is to be donated to the city once payment dispute resolved.
I-90 near Austin reopens after flooding from heavy rain in southern Minn.

I-90 near Austin reopens after flooding from heavy rain in southern Minn.

Downpours have flooded streets in Rochester; a possible tornado was spotted near Albert Lea.
Augsburg Prof. Mzenga Wanyama and his wife, Mary, waited outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in April.

Augsburg University professor facing deportation gets to stay for now

Mzenga Wanyama will be teaching English literature this fall at Augsburg.

Two listening sessions left before Minneapolis Park Board superintendent application closes

The sessions are part of a push to hear from specific community members — including those of diverse ages and races.
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. C

St. Thomas law professor among many urging Congress to confirm Kavanaugh

Gregory Sisk is among 150 legal scholars supporting the confirmation.
Minneapolis Park Board candidates in 2017 at the DFL convention in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Park Board debates raises that could pay more than double

Supporters insist higher salaries will attract a broader array of members, but others point out the cost is park programming.
Adrielle Bedessem, 3, of Brooklyn Park showed her mother Delaine Bedessem how well she fared at swimming and keeping cool in a Lake Nokomis beach, Fri

Minneapolis, St. Paul parks rank in top 10 for beaches, ice rinks

Both cities won eight top 10 rankings in a survey that breaks down the component parts of successful park systems.
What’s behind this prediction of milder winter weather? A decrease in solar activity and the expected arrival of a weak El Niño, according to the O

Old Farmer's Almanac predicts milder winter for Minnesota

The yearly winter predictions call for above-normal temperatures almost everywhere in the U.S., except for the Southwest, where it's expected to be colder than normal.
Michelle Agyei’s on-board delivery was terrifying: “I thought I was going to die.”

Passengers help deliver baby born on city bus in St. Paul

Frightened mother cried out for help, and passengers rushed to her aid.

Two die in separate water incidents in Washington County

A scuba diver has been identified; a boater also died.

Scuba diver who was struggling in lake near Stillwater is found dead

The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a report in May Township just before 8 p.m. that a diver was having difficulty in the water.
Jeanie Ockuly, a k a the “Blue Lady,” kept the beat with percussion sticks while guitarist JG Everest, right, entertained beach-goers.

Revamped south beach opens at Cedar Lake in Minneapolis

The improvements included a restroom, a foot-wash station, benches and bike racks.
These signs are proliferating in Excelsior, where some residents say the small city’s vintage charm is at risk.

'You can't manufacture charm': Excelsior residents fight onslaught of development

While some fight to protect the old, others promote the new.
Developers want to build a condo tower on this Minneapolis lot but so far don’t have access from the parkway to their ramp.

Mpls. Park Board, developers at odds over access to parkland

The Park Board has hit back against what it says is a unique list of requests by developers to encroach on parkland, with many projects seeking access to the park system's 50 miles of parkways.
Maria Ellis, 20, right, played with her brother Da' Macus Ellis 4, at Webber Park pool after it reopened July 10in Minneapolis.

Webber Pool in north Minneapolis is open again

It has been closed more times this summer than it has been open.

Webber Pool in north Minneapolis is open again

Testing showed all the water safe, so the pool should remain open this weekend.
The Minneapolis Park Board voted Wednesday night to drastically reduce the amount of water pumped off the course, meaning that much of the current cou

Minneapolis Park Board votes to reduce pumping at Hiawatha Golf Course

Reduced water pumping could shrink 18-hole Hiawatha golf course to 9 holes.
Students practiced putting at Hiawatha Golf Course.

Future of Hiawatha Golf Course likely not as an 18-hole course

Minneapolis Park Board to weigh continuing pumping, other options.
Joseph Gomm

Dayton: Flags to half-staff for slain corrections officer

Gov. Mark Dayton ordered flags at all state and federal buildings to be flown at half-staff on Thursday to honor the corrections officer who was…
Bruce Fry

Minneapolis stabbing victim was 24-year-old man

Shequill Halbert had confronted the suspect, accusing him of sharing nude photos of Halbert's sister.
Robert Brown, a water resource specialist for the Minneapolis Park Department, tested the water at Webber Park Pool, Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Minneap

Webber Pool will remain closed this weekend

If it reopens Tuesday, it would mark the first time in 20 days it's been open.

Man killed in south Minneapolis bike crash ID'd

Dana Leonard Michael Schwan, who police said ran a red light, died of multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the medical examiner's office.
Originally approved in 2012, the Trailhead will provide equipment and training for activities all year. In the summer it will offer mountain bike rent

Theodore Wirth's new Trailhead hub for outdoor sports opens

The massive North Side center will host year-round outdoor activities.
Volunteer Dale Hammerschmidt rode in a triple seater with clients Pallavi Shattuck, left, and Amy Ward, center. Caito Bowles-Roth and her husband Tomm

Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling helps people with disabilities learn to ride

Nonprofit brings joy back to people who thought they could no longer ride a bike.
Zachariah Seals,10, far left, got a kick out of the new computers at the new Webber Park Library in north Minneapolis.

2017: After long wait, Webber Park Library opens to a happy throng

New building, done 17 years after voters backed funding, welcomed on North Side.

2 men killed in separate Minneapolis shootings are identified

No one has been arrested in either shooting.
The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights, which is Minnesota's only level five, maximum security prison.

Officer seriously injured in altercation at Oak Park Heights prison

The attacker is serving a life sentence for aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Woman injured when she's hit by semi on Hwy. 52 in Rochester

The woman, who was on foot when she was hit, was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester with life-threatening injuries, the State Patrol said.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, seen Oct. 30, pushed back against a Rolling Stone article written about President Donald Trump's recent visit to the city.

Duluth isn't 'Trump Country,' mayor tells Rolling Stone

Mayor Emily Larson's response, shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook, was lauded for firing back with a biting but positive open letter.
Friends Rosie Mudrey and Bruce Hawks smoked cigars while hanging out after work at Hidden Beach. “It’s always had a reputation of being a laid bac

At Cedar Lake's Hidden Beach, it's not all fun in the sun

Neighbors in the affluent Kenwood neighborhood say they're turning the beach's reputation around with family-friendly events and money to pay for extra police patrols. But it's an ongoing battle, with police incident reports doubling last year.
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