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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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Ellie Drews and her boyfriend Clarence Insixiengmay walked down the Stone Arch Bridge last month. The Stone Arch Bridge may close this summer if state

Minneapolis Park Board, MnDOT asks for state money to repair Stone Arch Bridge

The historic bridge's foundation is deteriorating, raising safety concerns, park officials say.
Richfield police and deputies from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office investigate a shooting at the Richland Court apartments in Richfield.

Police investigate shooting at Richfield apartment complex

One man found shot in a car was taken to HCMC.
Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Jon Olson hugged Superintendent Jayne Miller before the start of a December City Council meeting in which Miller's

Minneapolis Park Board picks search firm for new parks leader

A St. Louis Park firm was selected to help select a new superintendent to replace Jayne Miller.

Motorcycle rider killed in crash that shut down I-35 near Wyoming

At one point, traffic was backed up for 9 miles near Wyoming, Minn.
After a late start due to April storms, Minneapolis Park Board forestry crews are scrambling to get 8,000 new trees in the ground.

Minneapolis arborists scramble to plant 8,000 new trees

Minneapolis park and recreation crews are working overtime to plant new trees.

Cedar Avenue near Little Earth now reopened; Mpls. police arrest two

Police arrest two people.

Twins donate money to Minneapolis parks for baseball, softball program

Marking their 25-year partnership, the Twins Community Fund has donated $100,000 to the Minneapolis Park Board for the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.
Rafael Moux practiced putting at Hiawatha Golf Club in Minneapolis on Tuesday while a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the property’s future.

A new round of contention for Hiawatha Golf Club

The ongoing flood debate continues to gurgle as the new golfing season begins.
Jane Tilka loves her five oak trees, now threatened by gypsy moths. The oldest oak predates 1910, when her house was built.

Minnesota zeroing in on gypsy moth infestation

Lowry Hill has been quarantined since last summer because of the pests, preventing residents from taking trees and shrubs out of the area.
Four-year-old Aiden Giefer was happy to swing in the sun Monday with his dad, Joel Giefer, at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul.

Minneapolis lakes slow to melt, set latest ice-out record

As of Monday afternoon, Bde Mka Ska, Cedar, Harriet, Isles and Nokomis lakes all had ice left, except for some small spots of open water. The Minneapolis Park Board said ice-out is delayed by about 2 weeks.
There are no public restroom facilities on Nicollet Island. Visitors either have to use the porta potty or walk almost half a mile to the nearest indo

Nowhere to go? Nicollet Island Inn owner wants public restrooms installed

Nicollet Island Park has only one portable toilet. Inn owner wants an attractive and permanent structure.
Martha Kaemmer

Martha Meade Kaemmer, Cooks of Crocus Hill co-founder, dies

Martha Meade Kaemmer, co-founder of Cooks of Crocus Hill, was known for her wisdom, generous spirit and curiosity about food. For most of her adult…
This photo provided by the South Padre Island Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal deputy marsh

Lois Riess captured in Texas, officials say

Citizens spotted the Minnesota murder fugitive in the resort area of South Padre Island and alerted authorities. Riess was arrested without incident in a restaurant, officials said.
Scott Staska

New charges for former Rocori superintendent charged with indecent exposure

Eight new counts were added against Scott Staska, who had already faced 10.

Richfield woman charged with stealing $2,000 from friend's GoFundMe campaign

The suspect allegedly used the funds to make purchases from Amazon, iTunes and pizza places.

Gunfire injures 2, one critically, in north Minneapolis

Two men were wounded, one of them critically, when an argument escalated into gunfire Thursday evening in north Minneapolis, police said. Minneapolis police said two…

BCA identifies Washington County deputy who shot suicidal man

The Washington County sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a suicidal man early Thursday in Lake Elmo has been identified.
Shoppers left Cub Foods at the Quarry in Minneapolis, loaded with groceries to get through the incoming April storm.

Metro area gets ready for storm, up to 15 inches of weekend snow

The snow is likely to come along with hail and high winds. In western Minnesota, 2 feet or more of snow is possible.

Firefighters injured, 1 man arrested in suspected arson, assault in Linwood

Man believed to have live there was armed with blunt objects, then a knife, authorities said.
An officer removed a damaged bicycle from the scene of a fatal crash between a Blue Line train and a cyclist Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

Bicyclist dies after being struck by Blue Line train in south Minneapolis

The northbound Blue Line train struck a cyclist Tuesday evening.
Snow this morning slowed traffic near the I-35 W and I-94 interchange, seen from the 24th Street foot bridge Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Mi

Hundreds of crashes reported across Minnesota

A spring snowstorm caused slick and dangerous roads.
A golfer shown at Hiawatha Golf Course.

Mpls. Park Board could update spitting, lurking ordinances

Voted in on a progressive wave five months ago, the Minneapolis Park Board is considering getting rid of outdated, hard-to-enforce ordinances as it begins to bring about bigger changes to the city's massive park system.
Phillips Aquatic Center

After months of renovation, Mpls. Park Board will soon open its first indoor pool

After years of fundraising to give low-income families a place to learn how to swim, the renovated Phillips Aquatic Center will soon be open to…
Thomas Edward Boyd credit: Hennepin Co. Sheriff

Richfield man charged in near-fatal stabbing of ex-girlfriend

A 29-year-old Richfield man has been charged in the near-fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend during a Monday morning attack in his home.Thomas Edward Boyd…
Maplewood police Cmdr. Dave Kvam

Maplewood police will stop using specific firearm holster after student's misfire

The school resource officer was not put on administrative leave, police said.
Former UMD women hockey coach Shannon Miller described a pattern of discrimination.

Ex-UMD women's hockey coach wins discrimination case, $3.7M award

Shannon Miller will receive monetary awards for lost wages and emotional distress.
Annie Young served on the Minneapolis Park Board for nearly 30 years.

Minneapolis Park Board to celebrate Annie Young at newly named park

The late Annie Young will be honored on Saturday.
Kim Griffith, motor vehicle supervisor in Bloomington, speaks to the committee about the problems with the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System

Fired Minnesota IT leader says system's problems go much deeper

Paul Meekin, who was key in developing Minnesota's troubled multimillion dollar computer system for vehicle licensing, said he is considering legal options.
The Edina High School Young Conservatives Club is calling a victory in its federal lawsuit against the district, saying the club has been reinstated a

Edina's Young Conservatives Club reinstated after suit

An American flag is now hanging in every classroom at Edina High School as part of what the club is calling a victory in its federal lawsuit against the district.
Lora Walker

Chisago County commissioner charged in fatal wrong-way crash on I-35

Charges against Lora Walker say she failed to report serious problems with diabetes management.

State trooper injured after crash, fight with motorist in St. Paul

A citizen stepped in on the I-35E shoulder and helped restrain the woman, the patrol said.

Cloquet, Minn., girl arrested over social media threats aimed at schools

Police found an Airsoft pistol at the girl's home.
Plows cleared the roads in Apple Valley Monday evening.

Delayed storm packed a punch for when it finally arrived

About 6 to 10 inches fell in the southwest metro. Hundreds of accidents were reported with dozens of injuries.
An arsenal of weapons found in the home of a Vadnais Heights teen after threats were reported.

Three arrested after weapons found in Vadnais Heights home

Boy, 13, and parents arrested after threat leads to search of Vadnais Heights home.
The South St. Paul Quick-Serv License Center in 2017, where problems plagued a rollout of a system upgrade for Minnesota's licensing and vehicle-regis

Layoffs looming after lawmakers decline $10M for MNLARS fixes

The Minnesota House voted down a DFL request for the money for the state's licensing and vehicle registration system.

Girl, 6, dies of injuries suffered in Richfield bus-car crash

Her father, brother and sister were also injured Monday.
On a cool October morning, fog rises from the Mississippi River Valley at sunrise in Winona. Quality of life helped Minnesota to rank highly among the

New ranking shows Minnesota is second-best state in the country

Last year, Minnesota ranked third in the country, according to the same annual study from U.S. News and World Report.

Fight ends in fatal shooting near downtown Minneapolis

The victim and the shooter "exchanged words" before shots were fired in the 700 block of E. 18th Stree, police said.

Semi hits stopped car on Hwy. 36 in Lake Elmo, killing driver

A 54-year-old man from Amery, Wis., died at the scene.
Dozens of protesters shouted and held signs outside the University of Minnesota building where conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is speaking Monday

Dozens protest outside Ben Shapiro speech at University of Minnesota

Police were on standby and erected barricades outside the St. Paul center.
Several people were injured in a vehicle crash that occurred at a slick intersection of Nicollet Ave and 66th St in Richfield early Monday afternoon.

Wintry mix ices up roads, causing hundreds of accidents in state

At least two deaths were reported; a second round of nasty weather looms Tuesday. Another inch of snow could hamper the morning commute.
Founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke, speaks at the University of Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn. at Coffman Memorial

Tarana Burke, founder of Me Too movement, speaks at U about 'power of empathy'

She described her 20-year journey in speech at sold-out event.

15-year-old boy hit by vehicles, killed on Hwy. 7 in St. Louis Park

The pedestrian was struck at Hwy. 7 and Texas Avenue E. just after 6 p.m.

After Fridley crash, driver brandishing knife is shot by motorist who stopped at scene

A motorist who was not involved in the crash shot the man after he reportedly tried to assault another driver with a knife, police say.
The vehicle with the blown out back window was being investigated. Police are on the scene of what is reported to be an officer-involved shooting in B

Man who fired at Brooklyn Center police has died

The 32-year-old Golden Valley man had aimed gun at his father.
A house on the 9600 block of Trenton Lane N. in Maple Grove was the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday.

Man with knife is shot, critically wounded by Maple Grove police

Family members identified the man and said he had a long history of drug problems.
Maxim Magazine's VIP Super Bowl party in a giant temporary dome with DJ Marshmello on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn.

On eve of Super Bowl, downtown bar scene brought a show of its own

Thousands of additional revelers filled bars and restaurants, creating a chaotic but peaceful scene.
Salas

Man shot to death by police in St. James approached officers with knife, Minnesota BCA says

The three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Gilberto Salas, 20, also were identified.
Salas

Officers involved in fatal shooting of man in St. James are identified

St. James Assistant Police Chief Rochelle Hanson, a 14-year veteran, fired the shots that killed Gilberto Salas of Gaylord, the BCA said.
Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., 8, died late Wednesday of his injuries.

Snowmobiler who fatally hit 8-year-old boy on Chisago Lake faces updated charges

Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. died late Wednesday of his injuries.
Esera Tuaolo welcomed Inclusion Party attendees, along with MC Rusty Kath, right.

'Inclusion Party' builds ties between NFL, LGBT community

"It's a party for everyone," said former Viking Esera Tuaolo, the host.
Police cars were parked outside the Graduate Hotel on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.

Woman released as standoff at hotel near U enters 2nd day

The standoff played out throughout the day Monday on the East Bank, where students and guests went about their business despite closed roads and a large police presence.
Former Viking Esera Tuaolo, photographed at Pourhouse in Minneapolis, where he will host his Inclusion Party ahead of the Super Bowl.

January: Ex-Viking's Super Bowl party for LGBT fans is a sign of change

Sixteen years after former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo came out as gay, the fear he once had that he'd be an NFL outcast has faded.

Federal grand jury convicts former camp staffer of producing, possessing child pornography

Scott F. Fortier, 38, of Blaine, had been associated with Circle R Ranch, a coed horseback riding summer camp in Todd County.
Ricky Arlen Turner

'Prolific' sex trafficker who operated from Wayzata home pleads guilty

Ricky Turner convicted now in both Hennepin, Washington counties.

Chisago City man dies of injuries suffered in Forest Lake crash

A man from Chisago City, Minn., died Wednesday as a result of injuries he suffered in a crash in Forest Lake the day before. The…

Police investigating gunfire near Rosedale Center

A vehicle parked in a mall lot appeared to have been hit by bullets.

Calif. priest pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with Twin Cities woman

He pleaded guilty to having had sexual contact with a woman while conducting a private mass at her home in Mendota Heights.
A car stuck halfway up the hill on Ramsey Street gets a push from a good samaritan.

Rough sledding: Snow strands students, flights and commuters

The first major snowstorm of 2018 brought the Twin Cities to a halt Monday, stranding students at school and littering streets, alleys and highways with stuck cars.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell

St. Paul police seek feedback on updated use-of-force policy

Residents will be invited to share their opinions at several community meetings.

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.
Otey

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.
Garrett Bruce Ittel

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 authorities said 2,656 motorists were arrested during a 2017 holiday DWI enforcement period that ran from Thanksgiving through New Year’s

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.
Sarah Kay Thommen, 19

Missing Bethel University student has been found safe

Sarah Kay Thommen, 19, was last seen Tuesday on the Arden Hills campus.
FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Garrison Keillor, creator and former host of, "A Prairie Home Companion," talks at his St. Paul, Minn., offi

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…
Henry Benjamin Cousins

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.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar pinned the Purple Heart on 93-year-old Minnesota World War II veteran Wayne Sundberg on Wednesday at the Veterans Services Bui

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.
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