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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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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.

Alleged intruder killed by Mille Lacs deputy; dozen people at home at time

A Mille Lacs County deputy fatally shot an alleged intruder who was pointing his weapon at several witnesses inside a home Thursday night, authorities said.…

Man pleads guilty to stealing tree tops from Chippewa National Forest

The 70-year-old Grand Rapids man cut more than 2,700 trees over a six-year period, the charges said.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar calls Backpage.com shutdown 'long overdue'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar calls Backpage.com shutdown 'long overdue'

Backpage.com, which operates like Craigslist, denies the allegations.

Minnesotans felt confusion, terror as chaos unfolded

Amid Friday's chaos at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Minnesotans Kevin and Leisa Baartman crouched inside luggage bins on the tarmac, confused and terrified.Moments earlier, the…
Suit filed against Eden Prairie officer over 2015 accidental shooting

Suit filed against Eden Prairie officer over 2015 accidental shooting

Matthew Hovland-Knase was shot in the arm in what the officer later called an unintentional discharge of his firearm.

St. Paul police investigating suspicious death near Beaver Lake

The investigation is taking place in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, on the city's East Side.

Teens allegedly robbed during drug deal near Eagan High School

A drug deal near a southeast metro high school Tuesday morning ended with three teenagers allegedly being robbed at gunpoint, authorities said. The three male…

Icy roads cause scores of spinouts Monday evening; some spots still slippery

Freezing drizzle and black ice on Monday evening caused dozens of crashes and spinouts that stranded cars and trucks in ditches across the metro area,…

Forest Lake officer dragged, suspect tased during warrant stop

The Washington County Attorney's Office is investigating an incident in which a Forest Lake police officer was briefly dragged and a suspect was shot with…
Pipeline opponents sing anti-bank carols outside U.S. Bank function

Pipeline opponents sing anti-bank carols outside U.S. Bank function

When guests arrived at a holiday party at U.S. Bank Stadium Tuesday evening, they were met with a group of nontraditional Christmas carolers.

Carver man faces charges after teens climbing on shed faced gunfire

The man, who fired 3 shots at the ground, told police that he was worried about being burglarized.

Missing man who had dementia found dead in St. Cloud

There's no indication of foul play in the 60-year-old man's death, police said.

Sprint customers briefly affected by fire at Omaha facility

Minneapolis offers alternative number for emergency services.
Obit: Eva Brunson Steiner was the first Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes

Obit: Eva Brunson Steiner was the first Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes

Steiner, whose exceptional elegance and grace were often exclaimed over by those who followed her, died Nov. 21. She was 95.

Fatal crash on Hwy. 52 in Olmsted County involved pedestrian, four vehicles

At least one person was killed Thursday evening in an Olmsted County crash that involved a pedestrian and four vehicles, according to the Minnesota State…
Report: Gun violence costs Minnesota $764 million annually

Report: Gun violence costs Minnesota $764 million annually

A bipartisan advocacy group argues that stricter gun measures would save money as well as lives. That got a cool reception from a prominent gun rights advocate.

Medical examiner identifies woman killed in Minneapolis house fire

A 78-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition.

Icy roads claim three in crashes in northern Minnesota

Overcorrections were cited in two crashes near Ely and Littlefork.

Woman shot at North St. Paul business; suspect arrested in Coon Rapids

A man has been arrested after he allegedly shot a woman believed to be his ex-wife at her workplace in North St. Paul on Wednesday…

Winona County is first county in Minnesota to pass frac sand ban

After debate over jobs and land, the ban passed 3-2.

Woman killed in fatal car-pedestrian collision in Burnsville

Burnsville officers responded to a fatal car accident involving a pedestrian at 5 p.m. Tuesday at McAndrews Road and County Road 11, the department tweeted.…

Former Eagan teacher sentenced for stalking 12-year-old student via Snapchat

The student told police she "felt creepy and unsafe" in Cody Woodrow Hansen's classroom.
Suspect identified in death of Saudi student at UW-Stout

Suspect identified in death of Saudi student at UW-Stout

Police in Menomonie, Wis., say the deadly assault does not appear to have been a hate crime.
Shooting in Anoka County spurs chase, ends with suspect shot

Shooting in Anoka County spurs chase, ends with suspect shot

The suspect reached at least 120 mph before the chase with law enforcement ended in Anoka on Hwy. 10, according to emergency scanner communication.
Minneapolis students march downtown in protest

Minneapolis students march downtown in protest

The young people were protesting Trump's election and views, as well as construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Thousands of anti-Trump protesters block I-94 Thursday in Minneapolis

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters block I-94 Thursday in Minneapolis

Thousands of protesters blocked Interstate 94 in Minneapolis for about 45 minutes Thursday night after they marched there from an anti-Trump rally at the University of Minnesota.

Richfield man dies from car accident

A 41-year-old man has died from injuries he sustained in a car accident in Richfield in October. Francisco Javier Ramirez, of Richfield, died Friday morning…

Sauk Rapids woman dies after crash into light pole, pickup near St. Cloud

The accident happened on Hwy. 15 near County Road 1.
Hennepin County deputies leave Dakota Access pipeline protest

Hennepin County deputies leave Dakota Access pipeline protest

Sheriff Stanek told DFL legislators that deputies' mission is done.

One shot in Minneapolis, taken to hospital

Police were investigating late Friday in the area of 36th, Queen and Penn avenues N.

Man pursued by police dies after crashing car near North Branch

A Chisago County deputy and another driver suffered minor injuries.
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