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Karen Zamora

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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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Injured bald eagle rescued from Wisconsin highway

The bird was taken to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha for care.

Investigator for Hennepin County charged with soliciting minor

Clayton James Smeby, a criminal investigator with the public defender's office, is in custody after he allegedly offered money and other services to a 15-year-old girl in exchange for sex.

Accomplice in Rucki daughters disappearance case found guilty

Dede Evavold of St. Cloud faces sentencing Nov. 10 in parental rights case.
More wet weather is to come after record night of rainfall

More wet weather is to come after record night of rainfall

A stationary line of storms dropped heavy rain, with as much as 8 to 10 inches in some areas, paralyzing traffic, closing roads around the region and sending some cars floating down streets. Waseca has had nearly 14 inches in two days.
Vikings superfan known as 'Sir Death' is charged after marijuana seizure

Vikings superfan known as 'Sir Death' is charged after marijuana seizure

Karl R. Heinrichs adopts the persona of "Sir Death" in the Viking World Order fan during gamedays.
Vikings, Wetterling Center team up for donation drive

Vikings, Wetterling Center team up for donation drive

Fans can text the word "JACOB" to 91999 to donate to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.
Obituary: Dr. William Gamble, surgeon and missionary, dies at 82

Obituary: Dr. William Gamble, surgeon and missionary, dies at 82

A short time after his teenage son, David, died in 1975, Dr. William Gamble boarded a plane to Honduras for a faith-based medical missionary trip.…

Man shot in leg at Brooklyn Center Walmart

Authorities are investigating a shooting at a Brooklyn Center Walmart where a man was injured Tuesday afternoon. The man is being treated for a noncritical…
Protest causes brief light-rail delays in downtown Minneapolis

Protest causes brief light-rail delays in downtown Minneapolis

Replacement buses were called in to ferry passengers. The demonstrators said they were marking the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison uprising.

Names of 2 people killed in Twin Cities crashes released

One crash was in Burnsville, the other in Richfield.
Philando Castile vigil briefly halts traffic near State Fair

Philando Castile vigil briefly halts traffic near State Fair

Demonstrators protesting the death of Philando Castile on Monday briefly stopped traffic outside the Minnesota State Fair. The group of about 25 people lined themselves…
Le Sueur man charged in stabbing death of Eden Prairie man, 74

Le Sueur man charged in stabbing death of Eden Prairie man, 74

Nathan Foth was arrested on his way to Minnesota from Oregon via bus, police said.
Suspect in custody in fatal stabbing near University of Minnesota

Suspect in custody in fatal stabbing near University of Minnesota

A male acquaintance of the victim was taken into custody, Minneapolis police said. The two are not believed to be students.
Robbinsdale council approves Terrace Theatre teardown; lawsuit filed to halt demolition

Robbinsdale council approves Terrace Theatre teardown; lawsuit filed to halt demolition

Vote comes as lawsuit seeks restraining order against site's razing.
Long lines at U.S. Bank Stadium for 1st show, but smooth transit

Long lines at U.S. Bank Stadium for 1st show, but smooth transit

The will-call windows and women's bathrooms saw long waits at Friday's Luke Bryan concert at U.S. Bank Stadium. But after the venue's first concert, Metro Transit trains and buses cleared people out quickly.

Green Line train strikes, injures pedestrian in St. Paul

The accident caused traffic delays for a time.
Obituary: Dorothy Dahle, first Mrs. Minnesota, dies at 91

Obituary: Dorothy Dahle, first Mrs. Minnesota, dies at 91

Dorothy Dahle was best-known for her voice — warm, soft, operatic. As a child, she imagined herself as Jeanette MacDonald in the classic 1937 “Maytime”…

Roseville cemetery cancels 'Rods and Stones' car show after complaints

Plans for the "Rods and Stones" event had distressed some residents.

Pedestrian hit and killed near Centennial Lakes Park was Edina man

Mark Gmitro, 65, was hit on France Avenue near Minnesota Drive.

Fox bites woman in Minneapolis near Lake Harriet

The unprovoked attack occurred in the Lake Harriet area, police say. The woman was not seriously hurt.

2 die from injuries suffered in Minnesota motorcycle crashes

The first crash was July 30 near Brainerd, the second Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Wisconsin woman, 19, killed in southern Minnesota rollover crash that split her car in two

When her rear tire blew out, she lost control of her vehicle, which rolled over, split in half, then was hit by 3 other vehicles.

Police: Fatal northeast Mpls. shooting appears to be neighbors' dispute

The shooting was reported about 8:30 p.m. near Main Street and 15th Avenue NE.
New Cottage Grove police strategy hopes to head off violence

New Cottage Grove police strategy hopes to head off violence

Murders in 2006 became a turning point and sparked a mission to prevent tragedies like them.

Two people found dead on Mahnomen County farm

Deaths of woman, 71, and man, 75, under investigation.

Girl found unconscious in Hopkins swimming pool

The condition of the 11-year-old, who was taken to a hospital, was not known Tuesday evening.
Sandra Grazzini-Rucki found guilty of hiding teen daughters

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki found guilty of hiding teen daughters

A Dakota County jury has found a Lakeville mother guilty of hiding her two teenage daughters from their father for more than two years.
Jury deliberations underway in Sandra Grazzini-Rucki's trial

Jury deliberations underway in Sandra Grazzini-Rucki's trial

Grazzini-Rucki is charged with hiding the girls on a western Minnesota horse ranch.
Lakeville father pleads guilty in attempted murder-suicide involving 2 young sons

Lakeville father pleads guilty in attempted murder-suicide involving 2 young sons

A Lakeville man accused of trying to kill himself and his two young sons last fall pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder.Jay Anthony Ernst, 28,…
Blaine man, worried his son was on drugs, shot and killed him, charges say

Blaine man, worried his son was on drugs, shot and killed him, charges say

A Blaine man who told authorities he feared his son because he was under the influence of an illicit drug was charged with second-degree murder…

Officers pepper-sprayed, 21 arrested after riot breaks out in St. Paul

Riot had been reported in the Payne-Phalen area.
Jurors hear from David Rucki, father of the Lakeville girls who were missing for 2 years

Jurors hear from David Rucki, father of the Lakeville girls who were missing for 2 years

David Rucki, the state's first witness, spent less than an hour on the stand.
Trial begins today for Lakeville mom accused of hiding 2 daughters

Trial begins today for Lakeville mom accused of hiding 2 daughters

The number of felony counts against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki of Lakeville has grown to eight.
Rosedale mall protest scrapped as security ramps up

Rosedale mall protest scrapped as security ramps up

The mall "has already started to shut itself down," Black Lives Matter St. Paul said in a Facebook post.
Monday: Riot charges filed against 46 protesters in I-94 melee

Monday: Riot charges filed against 46 protesters in I-94 melee

Hundreds of people protested in connection with the gathering late Saturday and early Sunday that turned violent and injured 21 law enforcement officers after protesters began throwing rocks.

Oakdale man had 'firearms easily accessible' when officers raided his home for a marijuana grow operation.

Mark Kuzel, 53, fired a weapon at officers who were serving a search warrant for a marijuan grow operation.
'We are Orlando': Twin Cities Pride unfurls with nod to victims

'We are Orlando': Twin Cities Pride unfurls with nod to victims

As local Pride parade rolled on, security was especially visible.
Bodycam video shows Burnsville officers fatally shooting man with knife

Bodycam video shows Burnsville officers fatally shooting man with knife

3 officers who killed man with a knife were cleared.
5-year-old girl missing after fatal house fire in Bemidji

5-year-old girl missing after fatal house fire in Bemidji

Authorities are asking for help in finding Brittany Rose Balcer, who was last at a house where an adult's body was found early Wednesday.
Shortage forces Twin Cities fire depts. to get creative with recruiting

Shortage forces Twin Cities fire depts. to get creative with recruiting

As supply has diminished, suburban demand has risen for paid on-call firefighters to fill department vacancies.
Ex-Anoka County judge removed from bench can practice law again

Ex-Anoka County judge removed from bench can practice law again

Alan Pendleton lied to voters about his residence.

Lawbreakers seek forgiveness from state's Board of Pardons

Of 18 cases reviewed by the board, only a few were granted clemency.
State Patrol seeks help to solve hit-and-run that killed Minn. 10-year-old girl

State Patrol seeks help to solve hit-and-run that killed Minn. 10-year-old girl

State Patrol says they have "no knowledge of any witnesses" to the crash, but asks for anyone with information to come forward.
Golden Valley's inaugural LGBT Pride festival draws 2,000

Golden Valley's inaugural LGBT Pride festival draws 2,000

A somber feeling cast a shadow Sunday afternoon on the metro's first suburban Pride event.

Mendota Heights council votes to fire suspended police officer

Dozens turned out at the meeting to support Sgt. Bobby Lambert, a 20-year-veteran of the force who had claimed retaliation after being put on paid administrative leave in February pending an internal-affairs investigation.

Mpls. man pleads guilty in shooting death outside North Side market

Brandon Benjamin Broszko will likely receive 10 years.
Obituary: Violinist and music teacher Mary L. Bahr touched hundreds with her craft

Obituary: Violinist and music teacher Mary L. Bahr touched hundreds with her craft

Mary L. Bahr spent her life devoted to her first love: the violin. Whether she was performing or teaching hundreds…

2 people found dead at Maplewood motel

Two people were found dead at a Maplewood motel Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said officers received a welfare check call…
$1M bail for Plymouth man suspected of wheeling unresponsive mother into bank

$1M bail for Plymouth man suspected of wheeling unresponsive mother into bank

David John Vanzo was booked in Hennepin County jail on Tuesday after being extradited from California, where he was arrested.

State investigates $500,000 in missing medical marijuana oil

Vireo, the parent company of Minnesota Medical Solutions, denied the accusations, saying the missing cannabis oils were destroyed.
Trapped by abuse: Boyfriend's fatal stabbing was her only escape

Trapped by abuse: Boyfriend's fatal stabbing was her only escape

The case of Arteisha Love, 31, highlights complexity of partner violence.
Chilling video shows Brooklyn Park officer's struggle for his life

Chilling video shows Brooklyn Park officer's struggle for his life

The assault was caught on the squad car's video camera and presented as evidence in the trial.

North St. Paul teen found unresponsive, dies on prom night

After attending her prom, a North St. Paul high school senior was found unresponsive and later died at a hospital Saturday night, the school district…
A life of mere 'minutes' for Eden Prairie victim Ellis Savenok

A life of mere 'minutes' for Eden Prairie victim Ellis Savenok

As the father appeared in court on charges of murdering his wife and the child she was pregnant with, the medical examiner assigns an age to the youngest victim.

No charges for Fridley priest who worried Edina neighbors

Fridley cleric has since resigned from his post at Church of St. William and is on "required leave from ministry."
Eden Prairie man charged with fatally stabbing pregnant wife

Eden Prairie man charged with fatally stabbing pregnant wife

Charges say the husband stabbed her; boy was born prematurely and died.

Nerf wars game leads to New Hope crash; 2 teens injured

Incident follows a December Nerf wars crash that killed two Lakeville teens.
Former Gophers recruit Jones makes first court appearance

Former Gophers recruit Jones makes first court appearance

When police searched Jones, they found 1.78 grams of cocaine and a loaded .38-caliber handgun, the arrest record said.
Charter school teacher named 2016 Minn. Teacher of the Year

Charter school teacher named 2016 Minn. Teacher of the Year

Abdul Wright, who teaches eighth-grade language arts, is the first from a charter school to win the award. "He is the role model our children need," said a colleague.

Court trial begins in Scott County for young father who murdered 2-month-old baby

In an unusual move, defense attorneys waived a jury and the trial is set before Scott County District Judge Chris Wilton.
To meet leap in demand for gun permits, Hennepin Co. opens office for applications

To meet leap in demand for gun permits, Hennepin Co. opens office for applications

Hennepin County, responding to need, has opened its first office dedicated solely to issuing permits to people seeking to legally carry a firearm.

Blaine woman who fatally stabbed boyfriend pleads guilty to manslaughter

Arteisha Love will be sentence on May 10 at the Anoka County District Court.

Richfield man acquitted of murder in 2013 shooting death of another man

Jonathan Tadeo Bello-Sanchez, 24, was charged in June 2013 in the shooting death of Fernando Leon-Celis, 20, inside Bello-Sanchez's home.

South St. Paul woman charged with manslaughter after she co-slept with baby while under the influence of drugs, alcohol

Jessica Lee Grass tested positive for meth, Xanax and alcohol when she slept next to her 5-month-old daughter, Vaida Rose Grass
Deaths of Ramsey couple may be murder-suicide

Deaths of Ramsey couple may be murder-suicide

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is investigating as a murder-suicide the deaths of a husband and wife who were found fatally shot late Friday in…
Kids flee fire from lightning strike; 2 NW metro homes destroyed

Kids flee fire from lightning strike; 2 NW metro homes destroyed

2 of the homes are total losses; among the rescued were children from a soccer group at a sleepover.

Two expected to plead guilty to murder Thursday in beating death of Carver County man

The hearings will begin Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the Carver County District courthouse in Chaska.
After 24 hours of gun violence in St. Paul: 2 dead, 6 injured

After 24 hours of gun violence in St. Paul: 2 dead, 6 injured

It was not clear whether the shootings Sunday night and Monday were related. "We're still trying to figure that our ourselves," St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster said.

Franken: Federal funds for Southwest LRT are at risk if state doesn't act

Senator says nearly $900 million in federal dollars will go away if the state does not fund its share of the project.

Inver Grove Heights police chief on paid leave, under criminal investigation

Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Larry Stanger was named the city's top cop in 2012.

Teen falls while 'car surfing' in Columbia Heights, is critically hurt

The boy fell while the car was traveling 20 mph in a residential neighborhood.
Ex-Mrs. America charged with making $5,000 in phony returns to Macy's

Ex-Mrs. America charged with making $5,000 in phony returns to Macy's

Tags were switched on returned items, store says.
40-year-old son, suspect in Shakopee couple's deaths, kills himself

40-year-old son, suspect in Shakopee couple's deaths, kills himself

Friends and family identified the victims as Terry Weimer, 68, and Renee Ahrens, 67. The retired substitute teachers were engaged to be married. Their bodies were found next to each other in their home, police said.

16-year-old who allegedly drove stolen tractor from St. Paul to Hopkins faces charges

The teen was charged in Ramsey County Monday in a juvenile petition with felony theft of a motor vehicle and first degree criminal damage to property.

Medical examiner IDs man fatally shot by Minneapolis police

Raul Salvador Marquez Heraldes, 50, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner. He was taken to HCMC and died there.
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