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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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Jose O. Vasquez-Guillen

Driver who was drunk when he killed St. Paul man is deported

The 20-year-old from El Salvador pleaded guilty to a felony, was turned over to immigration officials and put on a plane Monday back to his homeland.
Elsa Segura Credit: Hennepin County jail

Woman who allegedly lured slain Twin Cities Realtor surrenders to police

One of three people charged in Monique Baugh's death remains at large.
Michael Maguire Credit: Dakota County jail

Eagan mayor crashed SUV into snowbank while drunk, charges say

An officer found the vehicle running and the mayor behind the wheel, according to the criminal complaint.

House fire in northwestern Minnesota severely burns man, kills 2 dogs

Fire officials say the home is a total loss.
Justin M. Slanina

Man killed in St. Paul house fire leaves behind 3 young sons

Authorities believe the blaze began accidentally.
Elsa Segura

Minneapolis police seek 2 people charged in kidnap-murder of Realtor

Woman accused of luring victim to her death was released from custody.

Man with 'obvious trauma' found dead in north Minneapolis alley

He had been shot at least once; his identity has not been released.
A state plow did its thing early Sunday along Hwy. 23 in southwestern Minnesota.

Windblown snow keeps driving treacherous in southern Minnesota

Highways are covered with ice and drifting snow spanning the width of southern Minnesota to the southern Twin Cities area and north almost to St. Cloud.

Suspicious death in western Wisconsin home has someone under questioning

The body was found Wednesday evening, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Probation for unlicensed Cottage Grove care provider allegedly drunk with 12 kids in home

She pleaded guilty to not having a home day care license, while the more serious child neglect charge was dropped.
A violent robbery occurred Thursday at the University of Minnesota’s Territorial Hall. Credit: University of Minnesota

Masked perpetrator pulls off violent robbery outside U residence hall

The suspect fled on foot, according to school officials.
Troy Traut, left, and Jacob Larson Credit: Douglas County jail

Jury convicts one of two charged in fatal beating outside western Minnesota bar

Alleged accomplice in a firefighter's death pleaded to a misdemeanor as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Woman run over and killed in south Minneapolis ID'd

The driver was cooperating with authorities.
Monique Baugh, Jon Mitchell-Momoh and 3-year-old daughter Legend.

Accusations add to grief of partner of woman found dead in Mpls. alley

Jon Mitchell-Momoh pushes back on allegations that he was a drug-dealing rival to the suspected gunman.
A snowstorm made for a difficult morning commute in St. Paul in December.

Forecast: 6-12 inches of snow in Twin Cities starting Friday

Snow is expected to arrive Friday and last well into Saturday. Before and after, expect some bitter cold.
This sign was on the house where a homeowner shot a man fleeing police in St. Paul. Credit: Shannon Prather/Star Tribune

Probation for St. Paul resident who arrived home, shot criminal suspect sitting by side door

Court orders surrender of guns by resident, who had a permit to carry a firearm at the time of the shooting.
Daryl “Taddy” Drusch Credit: Howard Lake Fire & Rescue

Minnesota fire chief dies from suspected heart attack soon after answering emergency call

Death is considered in the line of duty because of the timing.
Andrew Otero Albertorio

10-year term for Maple Grove restaurant ex-manager who raped 14-year-old worker

Judge pointed to "some sense of a relationship" for why she rejected the longer sentence the prosecution wanted.
Brittany Schulz

Charges: Unlicensed driver was high when he caused Minn. crash that killed girlfriend

The crash is just the latest and most serious of many alleged driving offenses against the 34-year-old man.
Trevor Boysen

Charges say $70 pot deal proves deadly for seller outside Rochester apartments

The suspected 18-year-old shooter has a serious rap sheet as a juvenile.
Spencer Douglas

2nd teen from southern Minn. community dies from New Year's crash

Their car collided on New Year's Day with a truck hauling cattle.
Lexii Alijai, who was found dead on New Year’s Day in a downtown Minneapolis hotel room. Credit: Facebook

Overdose suspected in death of ascending Twin Cities rapper

Authorities are awaiting toxicology results, a police spokesman says.

Charges: Driver high, speeding, checking cellphone before 35W crash killed passenger

Authorities tested his blood and it came back positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to prosecutors.

Driver admits being high, on cellphone just before crashing and killing passenger on 35W

Driver was high, speeding and on the phone before hitting I-35W barrier wall.

Two at .40% BAC among DWI arrests over holidays in Minnesota

The statewide total of 2,353 arrests was 15% below the previous year's tally and the lowest since the late-year enforcement effort began in 2014.
Paul J. Moulton

Man avoids jail for threatening to shoot St. Paul College staffers

Paul J. Moulton, 40, was sentenced to two years' probation after pleading guilty to felony reckless threat of violence.

Husband, wife die in crash into watery ditch east of Lake Mille Lacs

The vehicle was spotted upside down in the water, authorities said.
Micah K. Pittman Credit: Facebook

Authorities ID barge worker who fell into river and drowned near Hastings

The 44-year-old man's death has been ruled accidental.

Gunfire erupts as police try to search home in Dayton; 2 arrested

The incident had a portion of the neighborhood across the street from a large public park closed off for more than three hours.
Bertrand Davis Credit: Facebook

Authorities ID man intentionally run over following downtown Minneapolis fight

His death was part of a violent sequence of events, according to police.
Waseca Police Chief Penny Vought addressed reporters Tuesday. Behind Vought is Drew Evans, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension superintendent. A Waseca po

Officer 'gravely wounded' in Waseca is in critical condition

The suspect in the encounter was shot twice but expected to survive, according to the BCA. The incident happened Monday night after police responded to reports of a disturbance at a residence in the city, about 70 miles south of the Twin Cities.
Dustin A. Bilderback

20-year term for mentally ill man who shot, wounded 2 South St. Paul cops

He will serve part of his sentence in the Minnesota Security Hospital.
Marquell D. Johnson

10-year term for drive-by shooter who wounded girl sleeping in Mpls. home

Although the prosecution was seeking a 13-year term for Johnson, County Attorney Mike Freeman said, "This is an appropriate sentence under the present Minnesota sentencing guidelines."
Law enforcement officers were at the scene Tuesday morning in Waseca, Minn., after a police officer and a suspect were shot Monday night following rep

Police officer, suspect hospitalized in Waseca shooting, BCA says

Both were taken to North Memorial, and details were not released. A 10 a.m. news conference is scheduled.
Monique Baugh

Man charged in New Year's Eve abduction, killing of Mpls. woman

Realtor was abducted New Year's Eve and found shot to death in an alley.
Lawson W. Ward

3 women charged as accomplices in rape

A 39-year-old predatory offender is accused of rape in Forest Lake townhouse.
Charles Wylie, 40, of Elko New Market, is one of two Minnesota Million Raffle winners in this the third year he has played the game.

3 lottery prizes of $1 million or more are newly claimed in Minnesota

Biggest payout, $1.6 million, shared by Gopher 5 players from the same family in Hermantown.
Jeff Jabas, of New Prague, and buddy Zak Wilhelm arrived at police headquarters Wednesday as an accidental tandem. Police officer Aaron Machtemes did

Magic trick with handcuffs goes awry at Eagan birthday party

Two pals surrendered to an Eagan police officer, who set them free from their magic trick slipup.
In 1999, three of the Think-Off contestants laugh with an audience member. (Left to right) The contestants are Debra Tastad, a registered nurse from N

Great American Think-Off tackles the morality of winning at all costs

This year's debate starting point asks, "Which is more important: to win or to play by the rules?"
Dylan A. Delaney Credit: Facebook

Minnesota teen killed in crash with truck hauling cattle is ID'd

2 others in the car were severely injured, the patrol said.
Justin E. Warnke

Authorities: Homicide victim died in one location, later found along Meeker County road

A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death and awaits charges.
Derrick Forest Credit: Hennepin County jail

Murder charge: SUV driver intentionally ran down victim after downtown Mpls. fight

Suspect says man stabbed him in downtown Mpls.
Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder briefed reporters on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Minneapolis carjacking ends with 3-year-old found safe

The suspect remains at large, police said.
Olivia Johnson Credit: Facebook

Ex-U student, former Star Tribune intern is among 2 killed in Wisconsin crash

Authorities on Monday identified two people killed in a highway crash involving a semitrailer truck and a car in northwestern Wisconsin over the weekend, and…
Kerrie Hauser was a valued volunteer at the annual International Festival of Owls in southeastern Minnesota.

Woman run over, killed walking dog in southeast Minnesota known as active volunteer

Driver of SUV sought; he also killed the victim's dog in the Dec. 24 hit-and-run.
Lawson Waples Ward

Charges: Man raped 21-year-old in Forest Lake home as 3 women held her down

Three other women are accused of restraining her during the assault.

2 dead in crash involving semi and car in NW. Wisconsin

The mangled car was surrounded by a large field of debris on the two-lane highway.
Gabriela R. Ramirez

Maplewood police ID 'out of control' murder suspect, accused of running over woman

The 21-year-old St. Paul woman made it difficult for police to arrest her.
Jonathon Bundy Credit: Stearns County jail

Stearns Co. charges: Driver hit parked USPS vehicle, left mail carrier unconscious

Suspect on probation for previous drunken driving conviction.
Myah Watters Credit: Facebook

No charges in death of little girl who walked out of NW. Wisconsin home, went in river

The toddler and her father fell asleep together.

Police arrest driver who ran over and killed woman in Maplewood

Police said Monday they’ve arrested a motorist who ran over and killed a woman in a Maplewood street after a dispute. The female driver remained…
File photo of someone filling out a Powerball ticket in Minnesota.

3 lottery tickets sold in Minnesota hit last week for at least $1M

Ticket purchasers have yet to claim Powerball, Gopher 5 winnings.
Davion Davis caught a pass during preseason drills for the Vikings at TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

Vikings practice squad member charged with drunken driving

State patrol said he was going 81 mph on I-94 in St. Paul at the time.

Part of historic Rochester hotel damaged in fire

Fire damaged part of a landmark hotel in the heart of downtown Rochester on Sunday morning.  The blaze broke out about 8:40 a.m. on the…

We now have 2 lottery ticket buyers in Minnesota who hit this week for at least $1M

A Powerball ticket bought in Mankato came up a $1 million winner in Wednesday night's drawing, lottery officials said
“According to nurses in our birth centers, parents are continuing to select older, more traditional names,” read a statement issued by HealthPartn

HealthPartners reveals parents' top baby names for 2019 in Twin Cities

Traditional baby names came in strong for 2019, big hospital group finds.

Authorities ID Minnesota trucker fatally hit by train in eastern North Dakota

The collision occurred about 25 miles south of Grand Forks.
Salvation Army officials believe there is one person — identity unknown — who has been gathering up $100 bills and putting them in bell ringers’

Mysterious 'St. Grand' at it again: now it's $1,500 a pop with each red kettle donation

A mystery donor has upped the ante this year, putting six bundles of $100 bills in Salvation Army kettles since Nov. 29.
Michelle A. Bengtson Credit: Facebook

Driver killed in rollover crash in Meeker County

The 32-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene.
Aida Shyef Al-Kadi, of St. Louis Park

Muslim woman paid $120K in suit alleging Ramsey County jail forced her to remove hijab, strip

Settlement requires copies of St. Louis Park woman's Ramsey County booking photo to be destroyed.

Gopher 5 ticket sold in Duluth area hits for $1.6 million

The ticket was sold by a retailer in Hermantown.
Dennis Krenz

Charges: Snowmobiler was speeding on lake near Faribault when he hit friend

Authorities say the 20-year-old showed signs of being under the influence; his friend has broken legs, facial fractures and brain injuries.
Jason Rothmeyer Credit: Sherburne County jail

Drunken driver who caused fatal crash while fleeing police sentenced to 10 years in prison

"There's no one ... that hates me more than I hate myself," a sobbing defendant said during sentencing.
Many restaurants like the Freehouse tack on a 3% surcharge for health insurance benefits for employees.

Restaurant group sued over health care surcharge for workers

The Arden Hills man who filed the suit said the 3% health charge wasn't disclosed on the menu when he visited the Freehouse, part of the Blue Plate restaurant group, in mid-November.
Deondre R. Cush

Prison for burglar accused of hitting about 80 Twin Cities retailers

He hit establishments in all around the metro area for more than a year, according to prosecutors.

Speeding snowmobiler hits pickup south of Twin Cities and is killed

The collision occurred about sunset Saturday near Montgomery.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Angie Craig

Minnesota's Angie Craig decides she'll vote to impeach

Freshman U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat representing a swing district in the southern Twin Cities suburbs, said Sunday she will vote to impeach President…
Sarah Papenheim was a drummer in the Twin Cities music scene.

6 years in prison, psychiatric lockup for killer of Twin Cities drummer in Europe

Sarah Papenheim was overseas studying when she was stabbed by her roommate.
Christopher Paul Seiple

Ex-employee admits stealing $33K from historic Twin Cities church to feed gambling habit

The New Brighton man wrote fraudulent checks to vendors but instead he deposited them in his own bank account.
Yvonne and Johnny Palka, at Cascade River State Park in Minnesota in September. Credit: Submitted photo

Death of academic, author at Mpls. intersection adds to surge in pedestrian fatalities

The 81-year-old Maple Grove woman was in an unmarked crosswalk with her husband at the time they were struck, police said.
Carlos Mendoza Serrato

Mastermind in massive Minneapolis meth ring gets 22 years in prison

More than $7 million in illicit drugs seized; 12 others snared by investigators.
This man and woman are suspected as working as a tandem to steal older women’s wallets. Credit: Apple Valley Police Department

Police say group of criminals is using distraction to steal Twin Cities shoppers' wallets

Four victims in Apple Valley were older women, police said.
Sheryl Miller was described by family as a caring daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.

Charge: Driver had 11 shots of booze in hours before fatally running over woman in Blaine

Eight of those drinks came the night before and another 3 early in the morning, according to the criminal complaint.
A man was found shot to death in this fourplex on Portland Avenue in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Authorities ID Mpls. man shot to death in Portland Avenue apartment

Police have not made any arrests but say "the investigation is going well."

Disney coming to Minnesota this week in search of kids to play 'precocious' 8-year-olds

The casting call will be at the Mall of America, and there is no experience necessary.