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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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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.
Beverly Burrell

Drug dealer sentenced to 8 years for fentanyl overdose of ex-Marine

Burrell is now serving 14 years in prison on separate opioid-related cases in Hennepin County. Two more cases involving deaths are pending.

Juneteenth festivities in Minneapolis commemorate the end of slavery

Minneapolis has been home to the one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the country.
Joanna Pluszcz reacted after she realized she had won her division during the Mr. & Ms. Natural Minnesota competition in Bloomington.

Social media pump new energy into women's bodybuilding in Minnesota

Bodybuilders endure grueling workouts and diets for just few seconds on stage to strut their stuff.
The little brown bat is Minnesota’s most common bat species. While bats inspire fear in many and occasionally spread rabies, they are vitally import

Woman being treated after handling rabid bat in St. Paul

The creature was found near the Como Lakeside Pavilion, authorities said.

Three motorists killed during Memorial Day weekend

At least three motorists, including two who were riding motorcycles, died in separate crashes on Minnesota roads during the four-day Memorial Day weekend.
Sisters Kathryn and Eleanor Piersma played the outdoor xylophone at Martin Luther King Park in south Minneapolis. Katheryn, left, is 11 and Eleanor is

Minneapolis and St. Paul rank as top two park systems in the country

This year's rankings took into account the number of restrooms and splashpads.
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.
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