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Kevin Duchschere

Reporter | St. Paul and Ramsey County government
phone: 651-925-5035
Kevin Duchschere has worked as a reporter and editor for the Star Tribune since 1989, covering Hennepin County, St. Paul City Hall, the Minnesota Legislature, other metro counties and numerous stadium campaigns. He was St. Paul bureau chief from 2005 to 2007, and he was a lead reporter on the Coleman-Franken race and recall in 2008 and 2009.
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T. Eugene Thompson, attorney who hired hit man to kill his wife, dies

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

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.
Green space coming down the tracks along University

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

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

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.
St. Paul advances pro soccer plan

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.
Husband now suspect in fatal shooting of Maplewood woman

Husband now suspect in fatal shooting of Maplewood woman

Police say Todd L. Tennin is “a risk to public safety.”
St. Paul's Grand Old Day expands to two days in 2016

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 City Council to weigh in on soccer stadium

St. Paul City Council to weigh in on soccer stadium

Sponsors are confident the council will back a tax exemption for Midway stadium site.
Ramsey County earmarks funding for Larry Cohen tribute

Ramsey County earmarks funding for Larry Cohen tribute

The “recognition project” would honor a longtime public servant who retired in 2002.
U paid $112,000 to the search firm that found Teague in 2012

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 proposes market-based plan to help downtown parking

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

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

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

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.
Staffing shortages send overtime soaring in sheriff's agencies

Staffing shortages send overtime soaring in sheriff's agencies

Counties are so short-staffed that even handling 911 calls is a struggle.
St. Paul's MLS interest is deep, e-mails show

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.
Twin Cities helicopter exercise long planned but poorly publicized

Twin Cities helicopter exercise long planned but poorly publicized

Documents show that Pentagon officials were unhappy with local criticism of the training exercise.
W. 7th Street: New era for an old boulevard

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

Years of grass-roots efforts and support from the city are paying off.
Mayor Coleman to Major League Soccer officials: Look at St. Paul

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.
Sunday growler sales ready to start in St. Paul

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.
Revamped search for soccer stadium site is slow off the mark

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.
County commissioner revealed abuse to 'give others a voice'

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.
Ramsey County official sues Boy Scouts for alleged sex abuse

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

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

Board approves $15 million project in downtown St. Paul.
Empty St. Paul pool where boys were hurt troubled apt. residents

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.
Duluth hoping to protect plovers at Park Point

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

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, son of former Ramsey County sheriff, dies at 26

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

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.
St. Paul Saints' new ballpark gets high marks for sustainability

St. Paul Saints' new ballpark gets high marks for sustainability

CHS Field will include solar and water systems and an aggressive recycling program.
St. Paul touts downtown "EcoDistrict”

St. Paul touts downtown "EcoDistrict”

Sustainable technology paired with educational website sets the district apart, officials said.
Five past and present St. Paul mayors come together

Five past and present St. Paul mayors come together

In the rare event, they gathered to talk about the city they love and kick off the St. Paul Foundation’s 75th anniversary celebration.
Minnesota mayors make plea for state money to fix local streets

Minnesota mayors make plea for state money to fix local streets

One proposal, in the Senate, would use a $10 license tab surcharge to provide funds for large and small cities.
Lots of parking in downtown St. Paul — but not always where you want it

Lots of parking in downtown St. Paul — but not always where you want it

A new six-month study makes it clear once and for all that parking squeezes in downtown St. Paul amount to a problem of convenience, not supply and demand.

St. Paul, couple settle suit over Crocus Hill teardown

New home will be designed for son with disabilities.
April 16: Angler's fatal stabbing shocks St. Croix Valley

April 16: Angler's fatal stabbing shocks St. Croix Valley

It was hard enough to think that such a thing could happen in St. Croix Falls, but it was impossible to believe “it could happen to such a good human being" as Peter Kelly, one friend said.
Coleman cites St. Paul's progress, urges efforts to close gaps

Coleman cites St. Paul's progress, urges efforts to close gaps

The mayor, speaking at the Ordway Center’s new concert hall, declared 2016 the Year of Music in St. Paul.
Klobuchar aide was only city attorney applicant St. Paul mayor interviewed

Klobuchar aide was only city attorney applicant St. Paul mayor interviewed

Others with more experience applied, but Mayor Chris Coleman said former Samuel Clark was best choice.
March 18: St. Paul school board renews Silva's contract

March 18: St. Paul school board renews Silva's contract

Superintendent’s term would go through 2018, but critics are vocal.
New home for St. Paul Saints isn't your average ballpark

New home for St. Paul Saints isn't your average ballpark

Instead of the red brick retro-style ballpark that some had hoped for, architect Julie Snow delivered a sleek low-slung structure of black concrete and steel with cedar accents that offers wide views of the Farmers Market, Lowertown and the city skyline beyond.

Detours for Kellogg work to begin in downtown St. Paul

Starting Wednesday, motorists who take Kellogg Boulevard and a couple of adjoining routes through downtown St. Paul will have to find other routes for the…
St. Paul scoops up livability Knight grants

St. Paul scoops up livability Knight grants

Could winter hats for new residents make St. Paul more welcoming? One of four grants went to artist to find out.

Two die in small plane crash after takeoff from Pine River, Minn., airport

Two people were killed when their small plane crashed shortly after taking off Friday evening from an airport in Pine River, Minn. The names of…
ID released of man killed in fire at Woodbury senior living center

ID released of man killed in fire at Woodbury senior living center

Authorities had not yet identified the cause of the fire, which started in the unit of the man who died.
First tows of year reach Hastings, opening river navigation season

First tows of year reach Hastings, opening river navigation season

The year’s relatively mild winter allowed a timely start to the barge season.

Downtown St. Paul bike loop takes step closer to reality

City’s new bicycle plan was unanimously approved Wednesday.

St. Paul schools lockdown over after report of shots fired

Several St. Paul public schools locked their doors as a precaution Thursday after shots were reported fired shortly before noon on Selby Avenue in the…
St. Paul council ready to initial Comcast agreement

St. Paul council ready to initial Comcast agreement

The 10-year deal should be approved on Wednesday.
St. Paul DFLers fail to endorse for First Ward council seat

St. Paul DFLers fail to endorse for First Ward council seat

Result likely means the fall election will feature all three DFL First Ward candidates.

St. Paul beat: Delegate challenges could be issue at ward convention

St. Paul DFL Party leaders are hoping that Saturday’s First Ward convention at Central High School will be about endorsing a City Council candidate, rather…
Como Zoo welcomes baby gorilla

Como Zoo welcomes baby gorilla

After mourning a newborn gorilla in the fall, Como Zoo is celebrating its latest arrival.
Como Zoo welcomes new baby gorilla

Como Zoo welcomes new baby gorilla

The first gorilla born at the zoo died shortly after birth last fall.
Part of Lilydale park that had deadly landslide will be reopened

Part of Lilydale park that had deadly landslide will be reopened

The St. Paul City Council opted to open up part of a popular regional park where two children died.

St. Paul, condo owners reach settlement over lost parking

The deal, worth $800K to the Market House Condominium Association, comes without convenient parking alternatives.
St. Paul mayor rejects City Council proposal on police body cameras, residency incentives for police

St. Paul mayor rejects City Council proposal on police body cameras, residency incentives for police

St. Paul’s mayor said police are already studying their use.

St. Paul City Council, seeking clarity, renames Como area streets

The City Council also appointed former Police Chief Finney to fill a Seventh Ward vacancy.
Former Police Chief Finney to be appointed to St. Paul City Council

Former Police Chief Finney to be appointed to St. Paul City Council

The former police chief will fill out the remaining 10 months of Council President Kathy Lantry’s unexpired term.
Macalester closes on purchase of century-old house, averting teardown

Macalester closes on purchase of century-old house, averting teardown

After plumbing repairs, it could be on the market in March.
Jan. 19: Black Lives Matter protesters march to Capitol

Jan. 19: Black Lives Matter protesters march to Capitol

The group of 2,000, which was critical of Gov. Mark Dayton, tried unsuccessfully to get onto Interstate 94 before peacefully heading back to University Avenue for a march to the State Capitol.
Former Mayor George Latimer: St. Paul's lion still roars

Former Mayor George Latimer: St. Paul's lion still roars

The ex-mayor has a new home, time to work and play, and memories of running St. Paul

Russ Stark primed to fill 'big shoes' as St. Paul City Council president

  A couple of summers back, I asked each of St. Paul’s City Council members to take me on a tour of their ward —…

St. Paul City Council approves police body camera, residency pilot programs

St. Paul police will develop pilot programs to use body-worn cameras and create financial incentives to encourage more officers to live in the city, under…

Macalester to buy house slated for teardown

Macalester College to purchase the structure; owner writes she and husband were harassed.

St. Paul explores police pilot programs

Residency incentives and body cameras are discussed.
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