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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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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.
Ride remembers bicyclist, U researcher hit and killed in Minneapolis

Ride remembers bicyclist, U researcher hit and killed in Minneapolis

Jillian Friedrich has been on her way to do volunteer work.

St. Paul man charged with shooting in downtown Minneapolis that injured a bystander

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman requested high bail due to "senseless shooting."

Wadena County man, 88, dies in ATV crash

An 88-year-old man from Verndale, Minn., was killed after he was thrown from his ATV on Thursday, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s…
Swastika found cut into a green at Lakeville's public golf course

Swastika found cut into a green at Lakeville's public golf course

Grounds crew workers at Crystal Lake Golf Club were able to get rid of the symbol before golfers noticed.
Ex-official at Town & Country Club in St. Paul indicted in $1M scheme

Ex-official at Town & Country Club in St. Paul indicted in $1M scheme

Julie Ann Lee used stolen money to buy vehicles and property in northern Minnesota, a federal indictment alleges.
U student from St. Peter crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

U student from St. Peter crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Emily Annexstad, representing Nicollet County, will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families.
Mother charged with murder of Minn. teen; remains found in burn pit

Mother charged with murder of Minn. teen; remains found in burn pit

After growing up in Minnesota, Savannah Leckie went to live with her biological mother in Missouri and had been missing for many weeks.
Controversial Minn. State Capitol painting will go on view at James J. Hill House

Controversial Minn. State Capitol painting will go on view at James J. Hill House

"Attack on New Ulm" artwork, removed from renovated Capitol, will get a new home.

Crystal man pleads guilty to stealing $1.1 million from employer for car hobby

John Robinson used the money he took from North Central Stamping & Manufacturing to fund his car restoration hobby, authorities say.

Body found in Brainerd believed to be that of missing 29-year-old man

John Greenwaldt had been missing since July 4.

Minnesota chiropractors face new charges in $20M insurance fraud case

Chiropractors accused of taking advantage of state no-fault insurance law.
Patrick's Cabaret, foundation settle discrimination charge

Patrick's Cabaret, foundation settle discrimination charge

Under the settlement, the Laura Musser Fund paid $12,000 and will do diversity training.
Prince's favorite color enshrined by Pantone

Prince's favorite color enshrined by Pantone

The purple hue is named "Love Symbol #2" after the pop star's glyph.

Crash involving Gov. Dayton's security detail sends one to hospital

A state trooper also received a medical evaluation, authorities said. The governor's car was not involved in the crash.

Motorcyclist fatally injured in crash north of Duluth

A 50-year-old woman from Grand Forks, N.D., was fatally injured Wednesday afternoon when her motorcycle hit a pickup truck north of Duluth on the North…
Officers involved in Houston County chase, shooting identified

Officers involved in Houston County chase, shooting identified

The two suspects have been charged with seven felonies, the BCA said.
Twin Cities neighbors, police take a step toward harmony

Twin Cities neighbors, police take a step toward harmony

National Night Out, promoting partnerships between communities and police, was a welcome respite amid tragedy and a growing gulf.

Family identifies woman fatally stabbed in Mpls. parking ramp

Mai Yer Cha, 31, died Wednesday as the result of wounds she suffered in the July 15 attack.

Man fatally shot on Minneapolis' North Side

No one has been arrested, police said.

Hutchinson man sentenced for producing and receiving child pornography

Jeremy Mount was nabbed by a Homeland Security investigation.
Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul to close in October

Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul to close in October

The 96-year-old private club can no longer be financially sustained and will close in October, members were told.
'Justice for Justine' event offers police-reform ideas

'Justice for Justine' event offers police-reform ideas

Also, a search warrant application says someone hit or slapped the police car shortly before Justine Damond was shot.
St. Paul man charged with murdering girlfriend's 3-year-old

St. Paul man charged with murdering girlfriend's 3-year-old

The boy's severe injuries occurred in Devioun Johnson's care, an extensive investigation concluded.
Sister of Richfield shooting victim: 'We need to know why he was killed'

Sister of Richfield shooting victim: 'We need to know why he was killed'

The victim, 24, grew up near where the Monday night shooting occurred.
Indiana baseball player charged with assault on St. Paul wedding guest

Indiana baseball player charged with assault on St. Paul wedding guest

Anthony Cheky released from the Gary SouthShore RailCats, in town to play the Saints.
Authorities search Dakota Co. fairgrounds for missing man

Authorities search Dakota Co. fairgrounds for missing man

Authorities do not believe there was foul play.
Minneapolis man sentenced to 25 years in prison in baby daughter's death

Minneapolis man sentenced to 25 years in prison in baby daughter's death

The judge sided with a psychologist who said Cory Morris knew what he was doing when he punched the 5-month-old girl.

House fire kills one in Maplewood

The victim died a day after the blaze, authorities said.
$30K in stolen equipment nearly sinks popular water program in Roseville

$30K in stolen equipment nearly sinks popular water program in Roseville

Classes are back on after stolen equipment found.
Man killed in Wayzata crash was former Minnesota legislator

Man killed in Wayzata crash was former Minnesota legislator

Gordon Voss served in the Minnesota House from 1973 to 1988.
Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

Pride's parade ban is "divisive," Minneapolis police chief says, and she isn't alone in the criticism.
Police complain after being told they can't march in Pride parade

Police complain after being told they can't march in Pride parade

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau calls the move "divisive" after Twin Cities Pride organizers ask officers not to march in parade so soon after Jeronimo Yanez not-guilty verdict and continued tension.
Former South St. Paul airport manager pleads guilty to stealing more than $100K

Former South St. Paul airport manager pleads guilty to stealing more than $100K

Glenn Burke, 54, of Inver Grove Heights, is on unpaid suspension, the Metropolitan Airports Commission said.
Shakopee schools leader under investigation is expected to resign

Shakopee schools leader under investigation is expected to resign

Rod Thompson is under investigation for allegedly using district money for personal purchases.

Authorities investigating a child's death in Osseo

Osseo police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency at a roofing company, Hennepin County officials said.

Boy struck by car, killed in south Minneapolis

The driver is cooperating with investigators, police said.

Woman hurt when boat crashes into Stillwater Lift Bridge

The Stillwater woman was taken to the hospital with noncritical injuries.

St. Paul shooting victim dies on East Side while riding in a vehicle

Police found the person dead inside at Wilson Avenue and Van Dyke Street.

Man killed in Wayzata fire is identified

Daniel Martin, 69, was the victim of a blaze in his apartment on Wednesday.

Woman, 78, killed by UPS truck while using crosswalk in Fridley

Authorities are working to determine who had the right of way at the time.

Woman killed in crash on edge of downtown Minneapolis

Police found two men who were in the other vehicle nearby after they fled the scene.

Man's body pulled from Lake Minnetonka a day after abandoned sailboat was found

Hennepin County deputies recovered the body in Smith's Bay.
St. David's Center expands to downtown Minneapolis in partnership with Westminster Presbyterian

St. David's Center expands to downtown Minneapolis in partnership with Westminster Presbyterian

The expansion on Nicollet Mall is part of Westminster Presbyterian Church's multimillion expansion project.

3 girls who rescued fox in Mille Lacs County sought after it tests positive for rabies

The young good Samaritans may need medical care, authorities said.
St. Thomas Academy wins London competition for fast, energy-efficient cars

St. Thomas Academy wins London competition for fast, energy-efficient cars

After letdown of 2016, team won "energy-efficiency car" world title in return to London.

Adjunct faculty at St. Kate's petition for union election

If approved in June, it would represent more than 100 part-time instructors.
After long wait, Webber Park Library opens to a happy throng

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

New building, done 17 years after voters backed funding, welcomed on North Side.
Minnesota's medical cannabis providers have lost $11M in two years

Minnesota's medical cannabis providers have lost $11M in two years

MinnMed and LeafLine Labs have lost $11 million in the past two years.
FBI: $10K reward for information about Columbia Heights murder

FBI: $10K reward for information about Columbia Heights murder

Authorities are still looking for Phillip Leron Miller.
Woman fatally shot in north Minneapolis

Woman fatally shot in north Minneapolis

The homicide was the city's second in two days.
ACLU of MN sues Dakota County sheriff to stop routine DNA collection

ACLU of MN sues Dakota County sheriff to stop routine DNA collection

In Dakota County, the sheriff’s office collects DNA samples from those charged with violent crimes, in some cases doing so before the suspect is convicted.…

Closures from serious crash, car fire in Maple Grove expected to last to 2 a.m.

First responders are at the scene at Hwy. 610 and I-94.
BCA agent fired at wanted homicide suspect in Bloomington

BCA agent fired at wanted homicide suspect in Bloomington

Agents were in pursuit of the man, sought after a woman was found dead in her Crookston home. He was arrested after an intense six-hour search.
Twin Cities' Meals on Wheels opens dedicated kitchen in Minneapolis

Twin Cities' Meals on Wheels opens dedicated kitchen in Minneapolis

"Kitchen of Opportunity" viewed as a way to improve both service and quality for senior clients.
Man's body recovered from Mississippi River near Lake Street bridge

Man's body recovered from Mississippi River near Lake Street bridge

Ramsey County medical examiner's office will confirm the identification.
May Day rallies converge in Minneapolis, call for education funding and immigrant rights

May Day rallies converge in Minneapolis, call for education funding and immigrant rights

No one cause defined the group, which was taking a stand against "the political climate."
Grand Marais wins 'Best Midwestern Small Town' award

Grand Marais wins 'Best Midwestern Small Town' award

Grand Marais competed against 19 other small Midwestern towns, including Bayfield, Wis. Lanesboro, Minn., came in third place.
ATF: Minnesota permit to carry now satisfies background check for buying guns

ATF: Minnesota permit to carry now satisfies background check for buying guns

Any carry permits with expiration dates of Aug. 1, 2019, or later now qualify as alternatives to usual the FBI instant background checks.
Super Bowl Host Committee will pay back Minneapolis $5 million for services

Super Bowl Host Committee will pay back Minneapolis $5 million for services

The host committee must also purchase police liability insurance.
Mayor Hodges rejects police chief's pick to lead 4th Precinct

Mayor Hodges rejects police chief's pick to lead 4th Precinct

Police Chief Harteau responded Thursday morning, saying she was "disappointed" in the mayor's move and that she chose Lt. John Delmonico because of his leadership credentials.
Mayor Hodges says politics kept her silent about sexual abuse

Mayor Hodges says politics kept her silent about sexual abuse

The Minneapolis mayor told KARE 11's Jana Shortal that her decision to speak out "couldn't wait."
Historic Minneapolis City Hall clocks light up again

Historic Minneapolis City Hall clocks light up again

Several months and $2 million returned the landmark, which had unexpected damage, to its original condition.

Pedestrian hit by car, killed in Plymouth was 78-year-old man just 350 yards from home

The pedestrian struck and killed by a car Saturday in Plymouth was identified Wednesday by the Hennepin County medical examiner as John Dale Miklethun, 78.…
Edina hears debate on upping the age for legal tobacco sales

Edina hears debate on upping the age for legal tobacco sales

Proposal would make city first in state to restrict tobacco sales to those 21 and older.
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