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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | St. Paul public safety
phone: 612-673-4495
Nicole Norfleet started as the St. Paul public safety reporter in 2013. She was previously a night public safety reporter, Minneapolis general assignment reporter and a member of the Star Tribune's Whistleblower team. Prior to covering Minneapolis, she worked at the paper's south bureau and wrote about parts of Dakota County.
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Local ad agencies, companies catch digital fever around Super Bowl

Local ad agencies, companies catch digital fever around Super Bowl

It took 48 wings drenched in Blazin' sauce, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and some reconfigured GoPro cameras for Buffalo Wild Wings to create its Super Bowl ad.

U.S. lawyers have 'very alarming' alcohol problem, study finds

The rate of problem drinking among lawyers is three times higher than for the adult population as a whole, the study of 15,000 lawyers found.
Arctic Cat's turnaround hits another bump with third-quarter loss

Arctic Cat's turnaround hits another bump with third-quarter loss

The company's stock fell as investors reacted to a loss they didn't expect.
Mithun name going away with firm rebranded as McCann Minneapolis

Mithun name going away with firm rebranded as McCann Minneapolis

An unspecified number of layoffs accompany the move.
Polaris lays off 100 workers, half in Twin Cities

Polaris lays off 100 workers, half in Twin Cities

The company announced a drop in fourth-quarter profit and warned of a steeper one in the first quarter.
U.S. Bank launches new branding campaign with help from Minneapolis agencies

U.S. Bank launches new branding campaign with help from Minneapolis agencies

Minneapolis agencies Carmichael Lynch, Little and Co. crafted the strategy and ads.
In a competitive marketplace, colleges pay more attention to branding

In a competitive marketplace, colleges pay more attention to branding

Thorburn Group and other agencies help to connect with prospective students.
Carlson may explore options for its hotel business

Carlson may explore options for its hotel business

Report says it's looking at alternatives for its Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
Meet the new generation of Twin Cities black leaders

Meet the new generation of Twin Cities black leaders

For many, the civil-rights work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. remains unfinished. A new generation of black leaders in the Twin Cities area has emerged to carry their message of justice forward.

Tom O'Neill named new CEO of the Nerdery

Tom O'Neill, who was president, is now chief of the software design firm.
How to hire the best talent in a tight job market

How to hire the best talent in a tight job market

Companies will need to update their playbooks to snag the best employees.
Mpls.-based Oppenheimer merger part of trend of law firms combining

Mpls.-based Oppenheimer merger part of trend of law firms combining

Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly's merger follows a nationwide consolidation trend.
3M sues for alleged patent infringement of paint protection films

3M sues for alleged patent infringement of paint protection films

The federal suit is filed against XPEL Technologies for its paint protection film product.
Honeybear is hoping to shake up the apple scene with Pazazz

Honeybear is hoping to shake up the apple scene with Pazazz

After years of development, Honeybear is positioning its new apple on national scene.
After fatal St. Paul shooting, brother says police 'were supposed to help'

After fatal St. Paul shooting, brother says police 'were supposed to help'

Philip Quinn knew he needed help. After recently telling St. Paul hospital staff that he planned to kill himself, Quinn tried to get into a…
Pentair another founding partner for new Vikings stadium

Pentair another founding partner for new Vikings stadium

Company to provide sustainable water for U.S. Bank Stadium.
Obituary: 100-year-old Fred Hall spent his life logging and helping residents

Obituary: 100-year-old Fred Hall spent his life logging and helping residents

Fred Arvid Hall spent much of the last century rooted to the wilderness of northern Minnesota where he grew up.His family described the 100-year-old logger…
Charitable giving up and evolved post-recession

Charitable giving up and evolved post-recession

Even as giving to Twin Cities nonprofits has rebounded in recent years, organizations face new challenges in getting their share of the money.Donors are likely…
Broadhead evolves its business with three new companies

Broadhead evolves its business with three new companies

The marketing agency forms independent sister branches.
Doug Spong stepping down from his powerhouse PR agency

Doug Spong stepping down from his powerhouse PR agency

Spong's move comes after he helped usher in a new president for the company last month and recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the firm's launch.

Piper Jaffray buys energy specialist Simmons & Co. for $139 million

It bought Simmons & Co. International for $139 million.

Minnesota ACLU launches app to help citizens record police interactions

Advocates say the Mobile Justice MN app is meant to hold law enforcement officers more accountable.

St. Paul police interactions with residents key to policing

Officer Lou Ferraro has patrolled St. Paul’s East Side for six years. Although he’s usually busy responding to calls, Ferraro tries to find time to…

Man charged in St. Paul shooting outside bar

A St. Paul man was charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a man outside a bar.
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith says he will retire in 2016

St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith says he will retire in 2016

Smith, lauded by the mayor and other leaders, made community engagement a hallmark of his six-year tenure.

Minnesota Historical Society plans to buy archdiocese building in St. Paul

The Minnesota Historical Society has agreed to buy the Monsignor Ambrose Hayden Center from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for $4.5 million to…

St. Paul woman is last defendant sentenced in large sex trafficking ring

Group trafficked more than 100 women across 14 states, prosecutors said.

Victim testifies how sexual abuse by Minnesota priest altered his life

The 52-year-old man continued his testimony Thursday in a clergy abuse case against the Diocese of Duluth.

Serial peeping Tom charged with new offenses in St. Paul

A St. Paul man with a history of peeping into women’s windows was charged again Wednesday after police searched his home and found numerous videos…

Minneapolis woman charged in fatal shooting of St. Paul woman

She is 4th person charged in death of mother, 24.

Third man charged in fatal shooting of St. Paul woman

A 30-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with murder Monday in the fatal shooting of a St. Paul woman after he and two other men burglarized…

St. Paul officials release results of audit of police review board

St. Paul's police-civilian review board needs changes, auditors say.
St. Paul police make headway in solving spurt of fatal shootings on the East Side

St. Paul police make headway in solving spurt of fatal shootings on the East Side

Over the course of two days, police arrested five suspects in two of the deaths.
Run of fatal Twin Cities shootings alarms police veterans

Run of fatal Twin Cities shootings alarms police veterans

In a span of one week, eight people have been fatally shot in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Two arrests made in fatal shooting of woman on St. Paul's East Side

Two arrests made in fatal shooting of woman on St. Paul's East Side

St. Paul police have arrested a 42-year-old woman and 24-year-old man with extensive criminal histories in connection with the fatal shooting Sunday of a young…
Oct. 22: 24-year-old St. Paul mom fatally shot steps from her front door

Oct. 22: 24-year-old St. Paul mom fatally shot steps from her front door

No arrests have been made in what is the city's 10th homicide this year.
Minneapolis and St. Paul endure 5 homicides in one week

Minneapolis and St. Paul endure 5 homicides in one week

Five people have been shot dead in three days, and no arrests have been made.
Man shot and killed at St. Paul vigil is identified

Man shot and killed at St. Paul vigil is identified

Synika G. James, 37, of St. Paul , was shot during a vigil for woman murdered in 2012.
Another search planned on Saturday for Henry McCabe

Another search planned on Saturday for Henry McCabe

Searchers will be back out again this weekend looking for a Mounds View man who has been missing since early September. Henry McCabe, 32, was…
St. Paul family mourns father shot while getting backpack from car

St. Paul family mourns father shot while getting backpack from car

Relatives believe Htoo Baw, 54, died in what was a robbery attempt. Police are still searching for a suspect.
Oct. 1: Protesters will demonstrate at but not interfere with marathon

Oct. 1: Protesters will demonstrate at but not interfere with marathon

After meeting with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Thursday, Black Lives Matter organizer Rashad Turner said, "Our voices are being listened to."

Historical Society plans racial equity event at CHS Field

Twin Cities leaders who made trip to Selma are behind Wednesday's gathering in St. Paul.
St. Paul NAACP to investigate arrest of 15-year-old boy

St. Paul NAACP to investigate arrest of 15-year-old boy

St. Paul police are reviewing an arrest of a 15-year-old boy who was taken into custody after he said that police disrespected his mother.

Boy, 9, raises money for St. Paul police K-9 unit

  Most 9-year-old boys want toys for their birthday. Perhaps an action figure. Maybe an Xbox game, if they’re lucky. Ethan Flint celebrates his birthday…
Woman found dead in St. Paul home; man arrested

Woman found dead in St. Paul home; man arrested

Victim's family said the woman had wanted to end the relationship.
Judge orders evaluation of 90-year-old Maplewood man charged with killing son

Judge orders evaluation of 90-year-old Maplewood man charged with killing son

A 90-year-old Maplewood man charged with fatally shooting his oldest son during an argument over watching television will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if…
Maplewood man shot son over dispute about TV, police say

Maplewood man shot son over dispute about TV, police say

90-year-old told police there was also friction over son caring for him.
Mpls. police officer Jordan Davis pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Mpls. police officer Jordan Davis pleads not guilty to corruption charges

The Minneapolis police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, cannot carry a gun.

18-year-old charged in St. Paul shooting of good Samaritan who tried to stop robbery

Two others teens have pleaded guilty to robbery in the case.

St. Paul man critical after being shot breaking up robbery attempt

A 30-year-old St. Paul man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot Wednesday night while trying to break up a robbery along University Avenue,…
St. Paul firefighter remembered fondly by those who knew him best

St. Paul firefighter remembered fondly by those who knew him best

Shane Clifton died Monday after collapsing at his fire station while exercising.
Police union official calls chant at Saturday march 'disgusting'

Police union official calls chant at Saturday march 'disgusting'

A video posted on Twitter that showed protesters who appear to be in the front of the march and can be heard shouting, "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon!"
Extra police staffing to handle Black Lives Matter protest at the fair

Extra police staffing to handle Black Lives Matter protest at the fair

Mayor Chris Coleman said authorities are prepared to help keep people safe Saturday and encouraged people to not let the protest dissuade them from attending the fair.
Black Lives Matter pushes ahead with fair protest plans

Black Lives Matter pushes ahead with fair protest plans

The group plans to hold a march and rally outside the fair at 11 a.m. Saturday to call attention to issues facing black communities and to alleged disparity issues at the fair.
Former U student, a journalist, is detained in Thailand for having body armor

Former U student, a journalist, is detained in Thailand for having body armor

Journalist Kwan had a flak jacket, helmet in his luggage.
Wild assistant coach Sydor charged with drunken driving

Wild assistant coach Sydor charged with drunken driving

Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday in Anoka County under suspicion of drunken driving as he gave his 12-year-old son a ride to the son's hockey game. His blood alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit.
Mpls. police halt prostitution stings at massage parlors

Mpls. police halt prostitution stings at massage parlors

Minneapolis police officials said Thursday that they're ending the practice of sending undercover officers to investigate suspected prostitution in massage parlors after three male officers had sexual contact with the female suspects.
First Avenue works to open main room after ceiling collapse

First Avenue works to open main room after ceiling collapse

Days after part of the ceiling collapsed, the club is reopening its Depot Tavern and the 7th Street Entry.
Inspectors work to determine cause of First Avenue collapse

Inspectors work to determine cause of First Avenue collapse

First Avenue will be closed today and Friday as the cause of the collapse is investigated. Three people were injured by the ceiling collapse Wednesday night.
Ex-student charged after shutdown of Coffman Union at U

Ex-student charged after shutdown of Coffman Union at U

Gas-soaked towels and flares were found; he remains jailed.
Mpls. police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, suffering from stomach cancer, dies

Mpls. police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, suffering from stomach cancer, dies

Jesse Garcia, a Minneapolis police sergeant who for years was the public face of the department as its chief spokesman, has died, the police union…

Activists say they were assaulted by Minneapolis police during arrest

Mpls. police are investigating the arrest of a teen due to claim.
Minneapolis authorities say W. Broadway fire may have been arson

Minneapolis authorities say W. Broadway fire may have been arson

Months after a fast-moving fire ravaged a historic block of buildings along a commercial corridor of north Minneapolis, police and fire investigators said Tuesday that…

Man arrested in most recent fatal Minneapolis shooting

One died, one was wounded when two cars pulled over near 34th and Morgan avenues N. and gunfire erupted.
Pastor, other community activists rally to help stop gun violence in Minneapolis

Pastor, other community activists rally to help stop gun violence in Minneapolis

Community activists rallied Monday at a south Minneapolis intersection that has been the scene of recent shootings to decry a rash of gun violence that…
Last session for Minneapolis body camera policy discussion is Saturday

Last session for Minneapolis body camera policy discussion is Saturday

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission will listen to residents who want to share their opinions on when cameras should be turned off and on, restrictions on camera use, viewing of recordings and other policy issues.
Officers launch campaigns to show positive side of police

Officers launch campaigns to show positive side of police

Officers hope social media campaign will help them connect with residents; critics call it misguided.
Critics call for dissolution of Minneapolis police review board

Critics call for dissolution of Minneapolis police review board

Activists cite statistics to make their case that few officers are disciplined.
Activist Al Flowers sues Minneapolis police for alleged force used in arrest

Activist Al Flowers sues Minneapolis police for alleged force used in arrest

Suit asserts that officers violated the activist's rights in 2014 incident.

St. Paul police officer cleared in 2014 fatal shooting

A Ramsey County grand jury on Wednesday cleared a St. Paul police officer in the shooting death of a man on the city’s West Side…
Mom says teen killed in Mpls. shooting needed help to stay safe

Mom says teen killed in Mpls. shooting needed help to stay safe

Sabrae McAlester, 16, died in an unusually violent weekend in downtown Minneapolis.
Passenger killed in suspected drunken-boating incident was Eden Prairie swim coach

Passenger killed in suspected drunken-boating incident was Eden Prairie swim coach

Fishermen rescued the survivors, which included a 4-year-old. Man in jail is from Minnetonka.
Mother describes shooting that wounded her, baby daughter

Mother describes shooting that wounded her, baby daughter

They were caught in crossfire as they strolled by Peavey Park in Minneapolis.

Man charged in Minneapolis pedal pub crash

A dozen riders were injured in the collision.
Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Four people on the patron-powered vehicle remain hospitalized Thursday.
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