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Paul Walsh is a general assignment reporter at the Star Tribune. He wants your news tips, especially in and near Minnesota.

Walsh writes what's interesting and important, with interesting being his preference.
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Cynthia Grund

Lois Riess' sister accused of purposely running over adult son, putting him in hospital

The moth­er said she re­spond­ed to him say­ing, "Why don't you just run me over," ac­cord­ing to the Sher­iff's Office.
Taressa D. Wilson-Snyder

Police release description of car in fatal St. Paul hit-and-run

The vehicle is a 1996 to 1998 red Honda Civic, according to police.
Juan A. Vasquez Jr.

Man gets nearly 40-year prison term for fatal shooting on Minneapolis sidewalk

He'll serve roughly 25 years of his sentence in prison.

The bank robbery that wasn't: Man tells Minneapolis teller he wants $10,000

Police sort out the details and let the man go without charges.
Justin Morneau, now a TV broadcast analyst for Twins games, has been given Opening Day first-pitch honors.

Morneau throws first pitch, Har Mar Superstar sings anthem at Twins opener

A former All-Star, a self-described "superstar" and a Stars and Stripes battlefield defender are headlining Opening Day festivities for the Twins next week.
Lindsay Guentzel

Lindsay Guentzel again leaving WCCO Radio

The producer and on-air talent said she'll be starting a weekly podcast and taking up other opportunities.
This classic car was stolen and has since been recovered without damage.

South metro man's stolen '51 Chevy with 'significant sentimental value' found

The classic car showed no damage and "did not appear" to have been driven in the time it was gone, a sheriff's detective said.
Theotis A. Thomas

Charge: St. Paul gunman killed man who came to defense of shooter's girlfriend

The victim yelled "put the gun down" before being shot inside a home, according to the criminal complaint.
Fraider Diaz-Carbajal, Enedelia Perez Garcia

Man in country illegally gets 40 years for fatally stabbing ex-girlfriend in Shakopee

His criminal history in the U.S. includes an abuse conviction involving the same woman.
As part of her job with Urban Animal Kingdom, Stephanie Blooflat walked Toby (left) and Tegan the lurcher dogs down a street to avoid puddles and icy

Highs in the 50s this week for Twin Cities? It's been many months

The Twin Cities area hasn't seen a 50-degree reading since Nov. 1.
Thomas J. Benedict

Charges: Burnsville debit card manager stole $155K in prepaid cards, bought guns and jewelry

At the time of his arrest, Thomas Benedict had on a $1,687 gold chain he paid for with a card loaded with money stolen from the company.
Duane A. Johnson

Charges: Minnesota man gave ailing wife 'death party' featuring meth, heavy metal

The 69-year-old woman overdosed on meth; her body was found fully wrapped in a bedsheet, the charges read.

Man gets 16-year prison term for killing man at north Minneapolis market

The gunfire erupted at the store in the 2600 block of Emerson Avenue N.
Kaci Atherton measured the corpse flower as University of Minnesota horticulturist Angie Koebler watched. When it blooms, the plant smells like carrio

Hold your noses: U's stinky corpse flower about to bloom again

The flower stands tall as one of the stinkiest in its botanical family.
Bruce D. Peck

State report: Breathing tube error killed Minneapolis nursing home resident

The nurse's mistake cut off the resident's air flow, and he was dead 30 minutes later, a state finding of neglect determined.

Snowmobiler dies in late-night Sherburne County crash

The man was crushed when the machine landed on him north of Becker.
Luis Gonzalez-Perez

Texas man sentenced to 8 years for smuggling 4 pounds of cocaine to Bloomington

The drugs were taped to the car's undercarriage and found by a police dog.

Barn fire near Albert Lea kills dozens of goats

The blaze Monday evening also destroyed the barn, authorities said.
The road near a fire at the Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata was blocked by fire and police vehicles on Tuesday.

Fire departments battle blaze at Wayzata country club

The blaze burned for roughly 3 hours before it was declared under control.
Zebra mussels are a concern because they can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boa

Zebra mussel larvae discovery lands walleye-rich Red Lake on infested list

DNR adds Minnesota's largest inland lake to its official infestation list.
Richard Fisette

Driver who was high sentenced to prison term in fatal crash

A motorist who was high on marijuana and methamphetamine when he slammed into a parked car in northwestern Minnesota and killed the man behind the…
Ruth E. Michael was stuck outside a Fleet Farm in Cambridge and later died from her injuries.

Vehicle accidents claim two lives in the Twin Cities area

Vehicle accidents have claimed two lives in the Twin Cities area.Authorities have identified a woman who was accidentally run over outside a Fleet Farm outlet…

Driver stops on Fergus Falls highway to clear frost off window, is fatally hit by car

The driver who stopped did not have on his seat belt, patrol said.
Pure methamphetamine in rock form is known as ice.

'Under the radar' issue at center of meth-seizure surge in Minn.

Law enforcement recovered 1,150 pounds in 2018, more than five times the amount in 2014.
Natasha Cramer, of Robbinsdale, shoveled snow in her driveway after returning home from work Wednesday.

Twin Cities in line for a rainy, snowy weekend

The snowfall is expected to arrive Saturday morning and come down at 1 to 2 inches an hour for a time.
St. Thomas Academy boys’ swim team Coach John Barnes led an afternoon practice in 2016.

MSHSL says it has multiple reports of improper behavior by St. Thomas Academy swim coach

The reports came from other adults on the pool deck at the meet over the weekend, the head of the league said Thursday.

U alerts campus about 8 teens harassing female students at night outside hotel

The encounter included abusive language, an attempt to enter the victims' car, campus police said.
Jenna L. Bixby

Minister admits driving wrong way, killing Minneapolis 911 dispatcher

The dead woman's husband was listening to the emergency scanner when the call went out about the crash.

Woman, 59, found dead outside in Minnetonka; no foul play suspected

Authorities have yet to release the woman's identity or address the circumstances leading to her death.
A portion of a restraining order signed Thursday by Hennepin County District Judge Kevin Burke.

A foot of snow? Hennepin County judge issues restraining order vs. winter

Up to a foot of snow is possible in the Twin Cities this weekend -- despite the efforts of a Hennepin County judge to block it.
Angela Stanton, of Robbinsdale, removed snow from her roof to prevent ice dams from forming following Wednesday's snowstorm.

'Large-scale' snowfall poised to bury Twin Cities further this weekend

The potential is there for double-digit depths, but numerical specifics are not yet part of the forecast.

Man found dead in Rochester street was shot multiple times; no arrests

A man found dead in the middle of a Rochester street this week had been shot multiple times, and authorities are still looking for the…
Hot dogs and other items will be offered at discount prices at Twins games this season at two stands.

Twins to offer lower-priced hot dogs, pop, Budweiser at 2 Target Field stands

The team said it wants to make going to the game more affordable for families.
Jayvon Gant

Prolific Twin Cities bank robber gets 8 years in federal prison

When cornered, suspect jumped balconies before arrest.
Zane R. Pederson

Charges: Man dons mask, disguises voice, repeatedly rapes woman in her Winona County home

The woman did not know her attacker during her many hours of terror overnight as her child was nearby, according to the criminal complaint.
St. Thomas Academy boys’ swim team Coach John Barnes leads afternoon practice, Feb. 19, 2016. (Matthew Hintz, special to the Star Tribune)

MSHSL investigating complaint against St. Thomas Academy swim coach

The Minnesota State High School League has told the school there is video showing that Barnes "acted inappropriately" on a previous day at the meet.

Caregiver charged with sexually assaulting resident at St. Cloud senior home

The abuse spanned a two-week period, according to authorities.

Man with injuries found dead in street in Rochester

A passerby made the discovery about 4 a.m., authorities said.
Hall & Oates played to a packed audience at the Xcel Center.] Richard Tsong-Taatarii•

Hall & Oates to play State Fair in late August

Tickets go on sale Friday for the blue-eyed soul duo.
February saw more State Patrol squad cars hit than in any other month on record.

First 2 months especially deadly on state roads; State Patrol squads being hit in record numbers

2019's 45 fatalities exceed last year's tally; 8 troopers have been injured.
Sarah Doppler

Murder conviction yields year in workhouse for dealer who gave lethal drug to Minnetonka man

A 5-year term was stayed for the defendant, who was known to deal in illicit narcotics.
Trinidad Garcia

Charges allege motorist shot into another vehicle on I-35 north of metro with stolen gun

The driver of the targeted vehicle was not injured. The suspect had more than $11,000 on him at the time, according to charges.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announces stricter parking restrictions in St. Paul.

St. Paul joins Minneapolis with tighter winter parking rules

Parking will be banned on the side of residential streets with even-numbered addresses until April 1, following similar restrictions imposed last week in Minneapolis.
Crystal Jo Olson and Jeremy Pumper

Authorities ID couple killed in snowmobile crash south of Belle Plaine

Both victims had on helmets, authorities said.
Ken Mauer also coached football at St. Paul Harding High School.

Ken Mauer Sr., part of St. Paul baseball legacy, dies at 91

Mauer, a great-uncle to Joe Mauer, was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.
Temperatures well below average are in the Twin Cities forecast for the next two weeks -- at least.

Frigid temperatures are breaking records; warm-up expected by weekend

After record cold and snowfall in February, early March isn’t offering much of a reprieve. On Sunday morning, the Twin Cities tied the record for…
Robert Ivers

Former Hopkins mayoral candidate sentenced to prison for threatening to kill U.S. judge

Robert Ivers of Hopkins was angry over a ruling in an insurance lawsuit.

Minnesota man went to Alaska motel with candy to rape 9-year-old girl

Before moving to Alaska, Adam S. Pike lived in Minnesota as recently as 2017. During that time, he officiated high school and college volleyball. He was sentenced last week to 22 years in prison.
Leuea Loto was killed on Thanksgiving. A St. Paul man is jailed and charged with murder.

St. Paul man captured after fatal shooting at Seattle area pickup football game

The 25-year-old allegedly shot 11 times at a crowd, shrugged off actions by saying "that's what happens."
Joseph Poppy, of Robbinsdale, used a snowblower to remove snow from the front of his home during one of Feburary's many snowstorms.

As Twin Cities' snowiest February ends, March to start with more of same

The forecast is now calling for 2 to 4 inches Friday as bone-chilling cold stays frozen in place for many days to come.
Richard J. Hamer

Charge: Dozens of guns, drugs found in building owned by western Minnesota elected official

The occasional grave digger also has been convicted of purposely slowing down a funeral procession.
Jamaal Mays

Long prison term for man shot by clerk while trying to rob south metro Verizon store

The clerk pulled the trigger while a gun was pointed at his head, authorities said.
Sandy Zieba’s 1971 yearbook photo, and her present-day smile as Sandy Smith.

Plot twist accompanies book's return to high school library 49 years later

The tardy reader makes a not-so-serious confession about her scholarly credentials.
Daniel Anthony Cruz Hernandez

25-year term for man who fatally stabbed robbery victim in South St. Paul

The victim was the father of two and engaged to be married at the time of his death.
Gennie M. Kingbird

Charges: Night of drinking ends with northern Minnesota man fatally attacking his wife

The mother of five was left severely injured on a snowy road, according to authorities.
Travis Pineur

Grief spreads far and wide for hunting guide killed in accident near Faribault

Travis Pineur, who traveled the world in pursuit of big game, was fatally injured near his home.
Greenwood Lake

Daring rescue plucks 4 anglers from northern Minnesota lake in blizzard conditions

One of the anglers suffered "advanced hypothermia, frostbite and dehydration" and was stabilized on the way back to shore.
Fire in residential garage kills woman in Sherburne County

Fire in residential garage kills woman in Sherburne County

Her husband was able to escape the blaze.
Minneapolis and other parts of the Twin Cities area are in store for nothing but temperatures well below normal as February’s close draws near.

No mercy from February as sub-zero cold strikes once again in Twin Cities

The deep freeze has combined with deep snowfall to make this short month long on challenging conditions.
Terry Snoeyenbos and husband Brian Suilmann

Second person dies from blast that leveled high school sweethearts' Dakota Co. home

Authorities have yet to determine what caused the explosion.
Three people were rescued from impassable roads by the Minnesota National Guard. Here they are arriving at the Albert Lea armory.

Bitter cold sets in after dozens rescued during Sunday blizzard

Up to 150 people took shelter at the Owatonna armory as winds gusted to 50 mph, closing interstates in southern Minnesota. Snow emergencies were declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Semi and SUV crash near Red Wing; teenage girl killed

Three others in the smaller vehicle survived their injuries.
Karl-Anthony Towns missed Friday’s game after the car he was riding in was involved in a collision that morning.

Towns unavailable again for Wolves; details of crash emerge

The State Patrol said the Timberwolves All-Star had a minor injury as a result of Thursday's car crash and declined treatment at the scene. He missed a second consecutive game Saturday.
Ryan F. Rivers

Charge: Guard recruiter sexually assaulted prospective recruit in armory

The Guard is doing its own investigation and will be assisting civilian authorities as well.
Abdi Yusuf Hassan

Somali-born U.S. citizen arrested in Minneapolis, charged with taking journalist captive

The defendant and others held their victim captive in Somalia for nearly 2 years and demanded $20 million ransom.
Dustin R. Barrett

Feds: 2 gunmen shot dead trying to steal drugs from traffickers on Red Lake Reservation

One of three trafficking defendants is accused of shooting the two would-be robbers, an FBI agent testified.
People and vehicles by the thousands on the lake is a common sight at the annual Eel Pout Festival.

Eelpout Festival starts this week with size limits for vehicles on part of lake

Sheriff says there is concern about the ability of the ice to hold up with so many vehicles and thousands of people in a confined area.
A Dakota County resident had this classic car stolen early this month.

'51 Chevy with 'significant sentimental value' is stolen in south metro

The owner bought it as a tribute to his father, who had a similar car soon after serving in WWII.
Jayden Garcia, 10, took advantage of a snow day Wednesday to play with his dog, Milo, 2, in the alley behind his Robbinsdale home.

February snowfall record gets broken, and it's not over yet

Most of the Twin Cities metro area already has received 9 inches of snow. And more will come this week, according to the forecasts.
This is the window where inmate Michael Simon broke out of jail last fall.

Man gets nearly 2 years for his seventh-floor escape from Hennepin County jail

The 57-year-old career burglar broke out a seventh-floor window and caught a ride to Little Canada before being located.

Motorist, 71, dies in Elk River crash; his passenger badly hurt

The couple's car crossed into the path of the other vehicle, the patrol said.
Snow is about to come back to the Twin Cities starting Wednesday.

Mpls., St. Paul schools call off classes today

Other closures followed, including Anoka-Hennepin, as the forecast calls for 5 to 9 inches of snow. That would make this month the metro's snowiest February on record.
This overdue book showed up in the mail at Robbinsdale Cooper High School nearly 49 years after it was signed out.

Principal shelves fine for library book returned nearly half-century later

The book about poetry was mailed into Cooper High School with a note of apology.
Bruce A. Tweed, 71, of West Fargo

Drunken Fargo school bus driver takes students on perilous ride on busy street, police say

Passengers were running up and down the aisle as "the bus was swerving all over," police said.
Joshua Jones

Unlicensed repeat drunk driver gets prison for hit-and-run crash that killed 21-year-old

The motorist has been convicted many times for drunken driving, according to court records.
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