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

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…
St. Paul's maverick Dave Thune riding into retirement

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.
Colorful plume to frame St. Paul skyline this winter

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

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

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

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.

St. Paul announces discussions of police-civilian board

Public is invited to give feedback on audit of board that reviews police complaints.
St. Paul dropping plan for parking meters on Grand

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.
Lease talks formalized for St. Paul soccer stadium

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

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

An age-old proposal still provokes plenty of wrath.
St. Paul mayor to conduct community meeting soon on meters for Grand Avenue

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

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

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.

Grand Avenue businesses to host meeting on parking meters

Plan to install meters has sparked outcry, petition.
Merchants decry plan for parking meters on St. Paul's Grand Avenue

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.
Protesters will demonstrate at but not interfere with marathon

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

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

The Knight Foundation judged them best for neighborhoods.
Eastwood named library director in St. Paul

Eastwood named library director in St. Paul

Jane Eastwood has been city's education director since 2010.

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

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.
St. Paul expected to approve sale of Lowertown apartment building

St. Paul expected to approve sale of Lowertown apartment building

The Lofts at Farmers Market would be put back in private hands.
Ramsey County Board backs tax break for soccer stadium site

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 looked at 30 stadium sites, had 3 finalists

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

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.
Major League Soccer team owners close in on stadium deal for 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, 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."
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.
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