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Kevin Duchschere

Reporter | Hennepin County
phone: 612-673-4455
Kevin Duchschere covers Hennepin County government. He has worked as a reporter and editor for the Star Tribune since 1989, covering 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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Empty St. Paul pool troubled apartment residents

Empty St. Paul pool troubled apartment 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.

St. Paul restricts archery to classes and approved ranges

Sport will be limited to classes on public property or soon-to-be-built range at Pig’s Eye Park.

Two landlords settle with St. Paul in federal housing case

The suit brought by the remaining plaintiffs is expected to go to federal district court this spring.
Army to pay for New Brighton water treatment for next 30 years

Army to pay for New Brighton water treatment for next 30 years

The pact settles the city’s contamination suit over ammunitions plant.
Felon sentenced to 10 years for crash that injured his children

Felon sentenced to 10 years for crash that injured his children

A Brooklyn Park man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for crashing his van on a St. Paul street last summer and fleeing, leaving his young son in the crumpled vehicle with a broken leg and his teenage daughter paralyzed.
Mayor has bruising campaign on Crashed Ice course

Mayor has bruising campaign on Crashed Ice course

Red Bull Crashed Ice lived up to its daredevil name Wednesday, as Mayor Chris Coleman and other St. Paul city officials donned skates and hockey…
Lantry named new public works director in St. Paul

Lantry named new public works director in St. Paul

The longtime council member will step down from office in February.
St. Paul's Ford site cleanup, rezoning sets stage for developers

St. Paul's Ford site cleanup, rezoning sets stage for developers

With St. Paul ready to begin rezoning the 122-acre parcel, and Ford Motor Co. applying finishing touches to prepare it for sale, it may not be long before the future of the Highland Park site starts to come into sharper focus.
Sept. 21: Ford site draws attention from state, river advocates

Sept. 21: Ford site draws attention from state, river advocates

Automaker has been asked to study the prospect of removing a riverside mound of waste.

First-time candidates flocking to St. Paul City Council races

A generational shift appears to be in progress as 12 new faces run for council seats.
Minn. ice: St. Paul gears up for Winter Carnival

Minn. ice: St. Paul gears up for Winter Carnival

Maybe King Boreas won’t get an ice palace this year, but at least he’ll have a throne in an outdoor courtyard of crenellated ice walls…
Suspect in killing of Mendota Heights cop indicted on murder, attempted murder charges

Suspect in killing of Mendota Heights cop indicted on murder, attempted murder charges

Dakota, Ramsey counties join forces in case of fatal shooting in West St. Paul.
St. Paul setting the stage for icy antics at Winter Carnival

St. Paul setting the stage for icy antics at Winter Carnival

Maybe King Boreas won’t get an ice palace this year, but at least he’ll have a throne in an outdoor courtyard of crenellated ice walls…
New chief has big ideas for Twin Cities' only national park

New chief has big ideas for Twin Cities' only national park

John Anfinson wants to make more people aware of what’s offered by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
Locals wonder: Did Bing Crosby ever take the Road to Stillwater?

Locals wonder: Did Bing Crosby ever take the Road to Stillwater?

Most people don’t know, even in Stillwater, that the mother of the most recorded performer in history was born there and lived on Main Street.When…
Midway Stadium site scores state money for cleanup

Midway Stadium site scores state money for cleanup

Nine other state projects got cleanup/redevelopment funds.
County Line: Did Bing ever take the Road to Stillwater?

County Line: Did Bing ever take the Road to Stillwater?

It doesn’t appear that he did, even though the singer of “White Christmas” expressed a wish to see the town where his mother was born.

St. Paul City Council overrides Coleman veto of funding for more library hours

The St. Paul council also approved a contract with a new vendor at the Como Lakeside Pavilion.
Coleman vetoes council effort to expand library hours

Coleman vetoes council effort to expand library hours

The St. Paul mayor objected to use of St. Paul parking funds, but is likely to be overruled by City Council.

St. Paul man charged with arson in St. Mark's church fire

A St. Paul man has been charged in connection with a fire Friday morning that caused more than $100,000 in damage to a W. 7th Street church.

St. Paul City Council passes budget with most of what mayor wanted — and then some

The mayor says he will veto one action that uses parking funds to expand hours at library branches.

St. Paul sets another deer hunt for Highland Park

It’s not the first time the city has sent bow hunters to make room for arriving fawns.

St. Paul bike plan on track, despite worries about parking impacts

Most citizens support the plan, but downtown businesses worry about the loss of on-street parking spaces for customers.
St. Paul selects new vendor for Como Park pavilion

St. Paul selects new vendor for Como Park pavilion

Move comes after $800,000 parting with former vendor Black Bear Crossings.
St. Paul adopts regulations for ridesharing services

St. Paul adopts regulations for ridesharing services

The regulations resemble measures that were passed this summer in Minneapolis.

Despite parking concerns, new St. Paul eatery gets liquor licenses

The Cathedral Hill eatery could open in a few weeks.

Group hopes to bring free-spirited puckelball to St. Paul

  By this time next year, puckelball may have its first U.S. field in St. Paul — thanks to Joy of the People. I recognize…
St. Paul hummingbird catches a flight to Texas

St. Paul hummingbird catches a flight to Texas

After taking an errant left turn to Minnesota, Wrong-way Rufous has finally made his way down south for the winter, thanks to a private jet supplied by an anonymous donor. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota said Monday that the rufous hummingbird — not often seen in these parts, and certainly not in November — was flown south this weekend and released Sunday in Texas.
Nov. 12: Coastal hummingbird gets ticket out of St. Paul

Nov. 12: Coastal hummingbird gets ticket out of St. Paul

The tiny rufous hummingbird usually winters in Mexico and wouldn’t last long in a Minnesota winter, but the bird is now with a Roseville wildlife hospital, which is trying to place it on a big bird headed south to resume its annual migratory trek.
Lights for Phalen Park show are stranded in epic Buffalo snow

Lights for Phalen Park show are stranded in epic Buffalo snow

Two semitrailer trucks headed for St. Paul with more than 60 holiday light displays have been hung up by the record-setting snow in Buffalo, N.Y., pushing back preparations for this year’s Holiday Lights in the Park event at Phalen Park.

Two arrested in bank robbery on St. Paul's East Side after I-94 chase

Two men were arrested Thursday evening in connection with the robbery of a bank in St. Paul’s Battle Creek neighborhood. According to police, men ages…
St. Paul approves loan to renovate Grandview, Highland theaters

St. Paul approves loan to renovate Grandview, Highland theaters

City approves a $166,250 loan to keep the Grandview and Highland theaters in business.
St. Paul Saints ballpark will be green, city says

St. Paul Saints ballpark will be green, city says

The $65 million project is following state sustainability guidelines, which officials say are similar to LEED standards.
Journalist Jim Ragsdale dies at 64

Journalist Jim Ragsdale dies at 64

Pancreatic cancer claims veteran political journalist.

Two St. Paul libraries reopen with bigger, brighter look

Highland Park, Sun Ray branches remodeled to expand children’s areas, meeting space.
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