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Kevin Duchschere

Team Leader | West | East Suburbs
Phone: 612-673-4455
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Kevin Duchschere is the metro team leader for the Star Tribune's Suburbs team, supervising six reporters who cover the metro area outside Minneapolis and St. Paul. He has worked in the newsroom since 1986 covering St. Paul City Hall, the Legislature and four metro area counties including Hennepin and Ramsey, and also worked several years as a general assignment reporter. He was St. Paul bureau chief from 2005 to 2007. His specialties include local government and politics.


Duchschere grew up in Fargo and moved to the Twin Cities in 1976 to attend the College of St. Thomas, where he graduated in 1980 with a degree in history and political science. He earned a master's degree in mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 1986, and a master's degree in American history from the University of Virginia in 1993. A longtime resident of St. Paul, he recently moved to Minneapolis after securing his green card.
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Jack Lavold, a longtime member of the South Washington Watershed District, was appointed Tuesday to replace Karla Bigham on the Washington County Boar

Jack Lavold is named to Washington County Board

The longtime member of the South Washington Watershed District was appointed to replace Karla Bigham.
More than forty couples were scheduled to be married at the Hennepin County Government Center on Valentine‚Äôs Day by 19 judges from Minnesota‚�

Hennepin County courts getting ready for Super Bowl squeeze

Cases will be shifted to suburban sites if possible during Super Bowl week.

Ramsey County extending hours to handle tax prepayments

The county's Property Tax Services office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to accommodate the expected surge of taxpayers.
Grant.

REVIEW: 'Grant,' by Ron Chernow

NONFICTION: U.S. Grant, long dismissed as a brutish general and mediocre president, is convincingly rehabilitated by the biographer who made Hamilton sing.

Excelsior beaches closed again due to E. coli levels

Excelsior’s public beaches were closed Tuesday after tests showed levels of E. coli above the recommended standard. The city’s beach on Lake Minnetonka was closed…

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…

Jury finds South St. Paul man guilty of murder in stabbing death

A Dakota County jury found a South St. Paul man guilty Wednesday of first- and second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a woman in…

Hennepin County Board awards latest round of youth sports grants

The Hennepin County Board has approved nearly $250,000 in grants to help local cities and schools improve playgrounds and purchase equipment for sports fields and…
Women place stuffed animals on a sign outside Dr. Walter James Palmer's dental office in Bloomington, Minn., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Palmer reported

Woman who vandalized dental office of lion hunter will do community service

A Bloomington woman has been sentenced to community service and probation for vandalizing the office sign of a Bloomington dentist who drew protests last year…
Dave Thune in his St. Paul art gallery.

St. Paul's maverick Dave Thune riding into retirement

After 20 colorful and unorthodox years on the City Council, Dave Thune is ready to hop on a Harley and play more guitar.
In 2014, the team of artists did a test run and projected lights onto the steam plume at District Energy in St. Paul.

Colorful plume to frame St. Paul skyline this winter

St. Paul, the city that has made art out of sidewalks and stop signs, is painting on another canvas even more unusual and somewhat larger:…
A recycling route in St. Paul in 2009. The city's Public Works Department announced Thursday that it is seeking bids from companies to provide more co

St. Paul aims to give its recycling program a no-tubs makeover by 2017

St. Paul is seeking bids for the services, which will include wheeled and lidded carts instead of tubs.
St. Paul DFL Party Chairwoman Libby Kantner spoke at Tuesday’s postelection party at Urban Growler. Five candidates who won nonpartisan City Council

Work to settle St. Paul council race via ranked-choice runoff starts Monday

Recount will determine who will represent Second Ward on the City Council.
Fourth Ward City Council Member Russ Stark, left, and supporter Karl Carter were among those at Tuesday night’s DFL Party election gathering at the

St. Paul City Council incumbents win; Second Ward goes to runoff

Tight race for Second Ward seat will go to county to sort out ranked choices.
The Grand Avenue Business Association collected 3,000 signatures on a petition opposing parking meters.

St. Paul dropping plan for parking meters on Grand

A controversial proposal to install parking meters on St. Paul's Grand Avenue is being dropped, a council member said Thursday.

District Energy St. Paul aims to drop coal within five years

The year 2021 is the nonprofit's target as it eyes broader use of renewables.
Review: 'Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America,' by T.J. Stiles

Review: 'Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America,' by T.J. Stiles

NONFICTION: Pulitzer winner T.J. Stiles skillfully recasts the story of the legendary Boy General, focusing on a crowded life of ambitions and frustrations that would finally bring him to his fate at the Little Bighorn.
The former home of the Metro Transit bus barn is on part of the parcel proposed for a soccer stadium in St. Paul.

Lease talks formalized for St. Paul soccer stadium

Successful lease negotiations would give the city site control should Major League Soccer officials approve the St. Paul location, at Snelling Avenue and Interstate 94, for an 18,500-seat stadium.

St. Paul's Kellogg Boulevard project won't be finished until next spring

Unexpected terrain delays reconstruction of bridges.
A customer walked into Frattelone Ace Hardware passed a sign that asked for support of no parking meters along Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

St. Paul mayor sets Monday meeting on Grand Avenue parking meters

An age-old proposal still provokes plenty of wrath.
A sign posted in a store window on Grand Avenue in St. Paul conveyed the sentiments of businesses and residents about plans to add parking meters in t

St. Paul mayor to conduct community meeting soon on meters for Grand Avenue

Chris Coleman's office said he will conduct a community meeting on Grand Av. parking plan.
Forget pro soccer, parking regulations, housing teardowns and disputes over bike lanes. What City Council candidates are hearing most from voters as E

St. Paul voters in back-to-basics mood for council election

Stadiums and parking meters may get more attention, but streets, services and tax relief are bigger issues in City Council election.
The former home of the Metro Transit bus barn is on part of the parcel proposed for a soccer stadium in St. Paul.

Parties to propel lease negotiations for potential St. Paul soccer stadium site

City Council, Port Authority and Met Council press efforts at leasing site in Midway for pro stadium.

Grass-roots group urges St. Paul candidates to back its call for more responsive City Hall

With St. Paul elections less than a month away, a group of community leaders frustrated by what they say is a lack of transparency at City Hall.
A customer walked into Frattelone Ace Hardware passed a sign that asked for support of no parking meters along Grand Ave. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRI

Merchants decry plan for parking meters on St. Paul's Grand Avenue

Merchants in the St. Paul shopping district say parking meters will hurt business.
Rashad Turner, left, the leader of the St. Paul Black Lives Matter group meets Thursday in the office of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Protesters will demonstrate at but not interfere with marathon

Black Lives Matter officials said Thursday that city officials listened to their concerns about the police, which was the group's goal.
An eastbound Green Line train passed through St. Paul at the 10th Street Station one Friday night.

A dozen projects near Green Line win $600,000 in Knight Foundation grants

The Knight Foundation judged them best for neighborhoods.

St. Paul OKs metered evening parking for downtown

A controversial metered pilot project for Grand Avenue starts next year.

East metro counties agree to buy Newport garbage processing plant

Public ownership will mean more control over technologies and costs, commissioners say.

Hennepin, Ramsey county boards approve tax levy ceilings

The two counties raised their maximum property tax hikes to 4.5% and 2.8%, respectively.
The former home of the MTC bus barn is on part of the parcel proposed for a soccer stadium in St. Paul.

MLS chief praises St. Paul soccer site, but says no deal yet

The soccer league's commissioner offered praise for St. Paul's Midway area, but stadium details remain.
The Lofts at Farmers Market, in April 2014.

St. Paul expected to approve sale of Lowertown apartment building

The Lofts at Farmers Market would be put back in private hands.
The former home of the Metro Transit bus barn is on part of the parcel proposed for a soccer stadium in St. Paul.

Ramsey County Board backs tax break for soccer stadium site

Commissioners said a stadium could prompt development of the Midway shopping district.
Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire looked around CHS Field in St. Paul with team president Nick Rogers, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and MLS presiden

Minnesota United owner looked at 30 stadium sites, had 3 finalists

Bill McGuire told a St. Paul group of community leaders that they "will like" the kind of potential development being discussed in conjunction with construction of the 18,500-seat stadium.
Todd L. Tennin

Maplewood man suspected in wife's fatal shooting arrested in Illinois

Todd Larry Tennin had been missing for nearly two weeks since the Aug. 23 shooting that killed his wife, April.
The former home of the Metro Transit bus barn is part of the parcel proposed for a soccer stadium in St. Paul.

Major League Soccer team owners close in on stadium deal for St. Paul

St. Paul appears to be the choice of Minnesota United team officials as home for a new Major League Soccer team and $150 million stadium, sources told the Star Tribune.
T. Eugene Thompson, an attorney convicted in the1963 "murder-for-hire" case for the murder of his wife. This is a 1987 file photo.

T. Eugene Thompson, attorney who hired hit man to kill his wife, dies

Carol Thompson's murder and her husband's trial captured national attention and the case was said to have been an inspiration for the move "Fargo."
An eastbound Green Line train passed through St. Paul at the 10th Street Station on Friday night.

Green space coming down the tracks along University

More than a year after the Green Line made its inaugural run, new and renovated green spaces and public places around University Avenue are gaining momentum.
Downtown St. Paul library to close this fall for renovations

Downtown St. Paul library to close this fall for renovations

Updates will include innovation center and new spaces for meetings.
This yet-to-be-named female giraffe is the sixth calf born to Clover, and the 19th giraffe born at the Como Park Zoo since the early 1990s,

Como Zoo's new baby giraffe already stands at 5-foot-8

The yet-to-be-named female is the sixth calf born to Clover, and the 19th giraffe born at the zoo since the early 1990s, Como officials said. She already stands 5 feet 8 inches, and weighs 135 pounds.
The final report of a group formed to help businesses survive the building of the Green Line found that a majority of them lost customers, sales and p

Most Green Line biz lost customers but growth expected, survey finds

Most said they lost customers over the time of construction, but most also say they remain optimistic about growth in the five years ahead.
Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire at CHS Field in St. Paul earlier in the month with team president Nick Rogers, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and ML

St. Paul advances pro soccer plan

As the City Council lent its support, the Port Authority is looking to clear the way for a stadium through a lease agreement with the Met Council.
Todd L. Tennin

Husband now suspect in fatal shooting of Maplewood woman

Police say Todd L. Tennin is "a risk to public safety."
At the 40th annual Grand Old Day in St. Paul, a crowd of over 250,000 people were in attendance. Tiffany Bentford of Lichtfield gave Jay Schlie a brus

St. Paul's Grand Old Day expands to two days in 2016

The popular St. Paul summer kickoff will include Saturday as well as Sunday next year, organizers said.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, left, and MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott looked out over CHS Field. They were discussing St. Paul's b

St. Paul City Council to weigh in on soccer stadium

Sponsors are confident the council will back a tax exemption for Midway stadium site.
Former St. Paul Mayor Larry Cohen appeared at a St. Paul mayors’ forum during the annual St. Paul Foundation breakfast in May.

Ramsey County earmarks funding for Larry Cohen tribute

The "recognition project" would honor a longtime public servant who retired in 2002.
Teague

U paid $112,000 to the search firm that found Teague in 2012

Firm pledged to vet candidates for "areas of concern" in 2012.

Four challenge for seats on St. Paul City Council

Four St. Paul City Council members will face challengers in the November election.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talks to M.K. Nguyen, holding her 2-month-old son Stokely Phan-Quang, and Maurice Hodges, top right, both residents of th

St. Paul mayor proposes market-based plan to help downtown parking

Chris Coleman is proposing a 1.9 percent property tax levy increase for 2016 to help fund his $546 million budget.
The former home of the Metro Transit bus barn is on part of the parcel proposed for a soccer stadium in St. Paul.

As MLS officials visit St. Paul, division remains on potential stadium site

MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott and other MLS officials plan to arrive in St. Paul on Tuesday and meet with Mayor Chris Coleman about the site's potential.
Kleinschmidt

Property tax levy increases proposed for next two years in Ramsey County

County officials recommended a $641 million budget for 2016, a spending increase of 2.9 percent.

Former adult leader again named in sexual abuse lawsuit against Boy Scouts

John Doe 153 charges that he was used for child pornography.

St. Paul candidates line up to file for office

7 City Council seats and 4 school board seats are up for election this year.
Army special operations unit helicopters flew training exercises over downtown Minneapolis last August.

St. Paul nonprofit that dug into military training records is driven by need to know

Public Record Media uses freedom of information laws to pry internal documents out of government offices.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said his department has seen overtime use rise since 2011 as many employees have sought opportunities with higher-payi

Staffing shortages send overtime soaring in sheriff's agencies

Counties are so short-staffed that even handling 911 calls is a struggle.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges left a meeting with Minnesota United Fc officials and Minneapolis city leaders Friday for their first "working group" m

St. Paul's MLS interest is deep, e-mails show

The city's interest in a soccer stadium dates back well before it was publicly revealed. Minneapolis leaders met with team officials Friday.
Army special operations unit helicopters flew training exercises over downtown Minneapolis about 10 PM Tuesday night.

Twin Cities helicopter exercise long planned but poorly publicized

Documents show that Pentagon officials were unhappy with local criticism of the training exercise.
Drey Standberry, 17, filmed Repolia Robinson, 17, doing skateboarding tricks in front of the neighborhood’s Schmidt Artist Lofts.

W. 7th Street: New era for an old boulevard

Years of grass-roots efforts and support from the city are paying off.
There was great fanfare when Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, left, and Dr. Bill McGuire announced that Minnesota United FC will move to M

Mayor Coleman to Major League Soccer officials: Look at St. Paul

Chris Coleman hopes to persuade MLS officials to consider using a Midway location for new stadium.
The Burning Brothers Brewing Company in St. Paul is pictured in this 2014 file photo.

Sunday growler sales ready to start in St. Paul

St. Paul joins a growing list of Minnesota cities taking advantage of a new state law that permits Sunday sale of the 64-ounce refillable jugs.
There was great fanfare when Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, left, and Dr. Bill McGuire announce that Minnesota United FC will move to ML

Revamped search for soccer stadium site is slow off the mark

Neither St. Paul nor Minneapolis officials seemed especially energized Thursday by the news that Major League Soccer was going to explore possible stadium sites in St. Paul.
Ramsey County Board Chairman Jim McDonough alleges that he was abused repeatedly by an adult scoutmaster in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Here, McDo

County commissioner revealed abuse to 'give others a voice'

Ramsey County Board chairman Jim McDonough says he wants to hold the Boy Scouts accountable for abuse he suffered in the 1960s and '70s.
Jim McDonough, at his attorney’s office with his wife, Carol, said he hoped that breaking his silence would help others do the same.

Ramsey County official sues Boy Scouts for alleged sex abuse

"The shame is no longer mine," Ramsey County Board Chairman Jim McDonough said.

Ramsey County to help cities buy recycling carts

The city plans to buy 87,000 recycling carts by 2017; funds will reduce cost to residents.

Other St. Paul shelter dogs don't test positive for canine flu

Tests on five dogs that exhibited breathing problems at a St. Paul animal shelter indicate that none has canine flu, prompting shelter officials to resume…

St. Paul council delays action on Cleveland Avenue bike lanes

The council approved less controversial bike lanes on Front Avenue and Lexington Parkway

Cleveland Avenue businesses fear proposed St. Paul bike lanes

Companies on Cleveland, Lexington and Front in St. Paul fear loss of street parking.

Former Ramsey sheriff's deputy under investigation for missing evidence

The deputy, who retired as an investigator earlier this year, has not been charged.
The former West Publishing building, long tan building on left, and former Ramsey County jail building, squat reddish-brown building on right, are see

Ramsey County Board aims wrecking ball at St. Paul riverfront buildings

Board approves $15 million project in downtown St. Paul.
Rainwater sat in the bottom of an abandoned swimming pool in St. Paul on Monday from where firefighters pulled out two young brothers.

Empty St. Paul pool where boys were hurt troubled apt. residents

A boy was still hospitalized Tuesday after firefighters rescued him and his brother, years after alarm was raised about Princeton Place.
Male piping plovers have been spotted twice at Park Point in Duluth.

Duluth hoping to protect plovers at Park Point

Advocates, city officials trying to encourage species to nest in area where it was once plentiful.

Port Authority, St. Paul joining to build police training facility

Port Authority and city plan to team up on an $18 million project, with indoor firing range, at former office-warehouse site.
Dandelions have flowered and turned to seed in Loring Park as a pedestrian made her way through the park with the Basilica of St. Mary visible in the

Minneapolis, St. Paul tie for title of best city parks in the country

It's Minneapolis' third time at the top, and St. Paul hit No. 1 in its first year of eligibility. At a news conference today, leaders of both cities will meet near their border.
Kyle Fletcher, right, celebrated with his father, Bob Fletcher, when he was re-elected Ramsey County sheriff in 2006.

Kyle Fletcher, son of former Ramsey County sheriff, dies at 26

A musician who performed in the Twin Cities and Los Angeles, Kyle Fletcher fell into a coma after suffering a heart attack. He was to play the Cabooze on Wednesday.
Downtown St. Paul

Rejuvenated city of St. Paul nears 300,000 for first time in 45 years

Met Council figures show that St. Paul's population grew by 14,573 from 2010 to 2014, setting a pace that likely has pushed the city over the 300,000 mark by now.
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