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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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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. According to a report from

Teen birthrate in Hennepin County fell sharply in 2018

Rates have dropped by nearly two-thirds since 2009.
Surveillance video at Salaam Mosque in Northeast Minneapolis shows an individual smashing a glass door in the mosque.

Vandal damages northeast Mpls. mosque in possible hate crime

Video surveillance shows the perpetrator breaking out a glass door in the middle of the night and fleeing.
Ocean Christofferson Credit: Facebook

American Legion commander's son found dead in burning home in Red Wing

The 25-year-old was alone in the house at the time.
This deer stand in Dunn County was targeted by vandals.

Animal welfare activists suspected of vandalizing western Wisconsin deer stands

Animal Liberation Front logo on one of the stands.
Joshua Demmerly Credit: Roseau County jail

Prison, lifetime gun ban for ex-Warroad cop who sexually assaulted, stalked teen

He gets 3 years for sexually assaulting teen.
Shermeika Franklin

Woman pleads guilty to fatally stabbing another woman in downtown Mpls.

Plea deal calls her the 39-year-old to serve about 8 years in prison and another 4-plus on supervised release.
A few hundred thousand visitors are expected for this season’s Holidazzle at Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis. Credit: Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribu

Holidazzle returns to Loring Park starting day after Thanksgiving

Fireworks, winter season movies among the main attractions during the downtown Minneapolis festivities.
Rachel Harberts, daughter Emerson Harberts and son Jaxon Harberts. Credit: Facebook

Up to a year in jail for distracted driver who killed Minnesota mom and daughter

The driver admitted the he was looking down and putting away his phone at the time his Hummer rear-end the car.
Fans watched from atop a staircase as Minnesota Twins players passed below them on their way to the practice field Feb. 19 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Twins add $1 to price of 'vast majority' of spring training tickets

Top price for a seat now at $46, while grandstand price stays the same at $9.
Vikings and 'Wobby' of KFAN fame part ways; both sides mum

Vikings and 'Wobby' of KFAN fame part ways; both sides mum

Mike "Wobby" Wobschall declined to say whether his radio gig has been affected.
Concord Elementary School

Police: Juvenile was responsible for swastika on Edina school property

The youth was questioned and confessed to scrawling the swastika and a phallic symbol.
In this Sept. 20, 2018 photo, voting booths stand ready in downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis man charged with helping 13 people cast fraudulent ballots in 2018

He said he was working for a campaign when forging his father's signature on absentee ballot submissions, according to police.
Samuel Moreno Credit: Chisago County jail

Fatal crash charges: Unlicensed drunk driver was found on I-35 rest stop bathroom floor

The crash occurred in Interstate 35 in North Branch, killing a 63-year-old man from Moose Lake.
Concord Elementary School

Edina school vandalized with swastika

A suspect was apprehended, but police said there was no arrest.
One person was killed at this crash scene Sunday morning in I-94 in Washington County. Credit: MnDOT traffic camera

State Patrol IDs driver jailed after fatally hitting pedestrian on I-94

Authorities have identified the motorist, now jailed, who is accused of running over and killing a pedestrian along Interstate 94 near an east metro rest…
Dan O'Gara, owner of St. Paul's O’Gara’s Bar & Grill, held a press conference at O'Gara's State Fair location in Falcon Heights to talk about his

St. Paul's legendary O'Gara's won't reopen after all

Restaurant's owner blames closure on $15 minimum wage, sick time requirements
Police officers walked by the scene where a suspect was shot and killed by Police in the 7400 block of Hidden Valley Court South in Cottage Grove on M

Police kill gunman suspected in Cottage Grove home invasion

A gunman who terrorized victims in multiple communities with crimes including kidnapping, sexual assault, carjackings and home invasion was fatally shot in Cottage Grove, police said.

Gunfire erupts at Bloomington house party, killing one man and injuring another

No arrests have been announced.
Hakeem M.D. Flax

Minneapolis gang member who killed rival is 4th sentenced in drug, gun conspiracy

The crimes spanned more than a year during an ongoing war among members of the 1-9 Block Dipset, Tre Tre Crips and Young-N-Thuggin gangs.

Patrol: Unlicensed driver was drunk when he killed other motorist north of Twin Cities

The suspect was driving after his license was revoked, according to authorities.

Arson suspected in fire north of Duluth that destroyed logging harvester worth $500K

Logging activity was idle at the time of the blaze, authorities said.
Taje Smith-Perry

Charges: Teen directed burglary 'empire' across Twin Cities metro area

An abandoned car, its doors wide open, and a purse lying on the street in a quiet Eagan neighborhood were the first clues that something…

New Ulm teenager riding in bed of pickup dies after rollover crash

The driver and another passenger in the cab were not hurt, police said.
Jayron Kearse celebrated after a sack last season.

Vikings' Kearse faces drunk driving, gun charges; had teammate in car

Jayron Kearse had a semiautomatic handgun loaded with more than two dozen rounds, as well as a teammate in his car, when police pulled him over early Sunday, according to charges filed Tuesday.
Shawn M. Olthoff

Prosecutor: Sergeant's shooting of Moose Lake man 'justified'

The sheriff's sergeant and others "were about to take gunfire" when the suspect was shot, read a statement from the Carlton County Attorney's Office.

Boy, 2, found in pond on Brooklyn Park golf course dies

The child had been reported as missing earlier that morning, police said.
Deshon I. Bonnell, of Hibbing

Execution-style murder in Iron Range woods draws life term for shooter

The 33-year-old victim was marched into the woods blindfolded and shot twice in the face.
Mark Pavelich

'Miracle on Ice' player Pavelich found incompetent to stand trial

A judge suspended the assault case against the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" hockey star.
A general manager at this Cowboy Jack's in downtown Minneapolis was knocked out with one punch during a robbery in August 2019. Photo by Paul Walsh, S

Charges: Fired security guard robs Cowboy Jack's of $24K at gunpoint, knocks out manager

Video captures Hakeem Coles holding woman at gunpoint, knocking her unconscious, taking money, indictment says.

Prison for ex-Hennepin County worker, husband who stole nearly $250K in public assistance

The two were also ordered to pay back what their fraud conspiracy reaped.
Jayron Kearse

Vikings' Kearse jailed, accused of driving drunk with a loaded gun

Defensive back Jayron Kearse was pulled over early Sunday on a Minneapolis freeway while drunk and with a loaded gun in his vehicle, according to authorities.
Protests were mostly peaceful outside of Target Center as President Donald Trump addressed his supporters at a rally in Target Center in Minneapolis.

Police file assault charge over man punched leaving Trump rally

News media video of someone being punched while leaving President Donald Trump's rally in downtown Minneapolis two weeks ago has led to an arrest and…
A St. Paul Police officer photographed evidence at the scene of a double shooting in a parking lot off Pascal St. in St. Paul Sunday night.

Teen charged in shooting near St. Paul's Allianz Field

The 16-year-old suspect and another male were wounded; one bullet nearly hit a baby in a car.
This poster from the FBI noted the capture of Robert Evans and includes a photo of him on the day he allegedly robbed a bank in Moorhead, Minn. Credit

FBI 'Most Wanted' suspect is arrested, charged in Moorhead bank heist

Man is suspected in multistate crime spree, including robbery of bank branch in Moorhead, Minn.
Ramona and Bret Wakefield

Raid west of Twin Cities yields drugs, AR-15 and a working cannon; couple charged

The husband and wife, in their 50s, were arrested at the scene and charged.
Erica Manzano

18-year-old found dead outside her Austin home; man nabbed after fleeing

Police say the teen had suffered no obvious signs of trauma.
Mason Barth called 911 from 50 feet above ground after his parachute became entangled in the guy wire of the tower. Credit: Menomonie, Wis., police

Thrill seeker calls from 50 feet up after 300-foot jump in Menomonie, Wis., goes awry

A 20-year-old thrill seeker has been charged with a felony after he had to be rescued while attempting a BASE jump from atop a 300-foot…
Clovin McVay Credit: Facebook

Patrol IDs man killed in I-35W crash; passenger severely injured

The car veered off the interstate and hit a tree, according to the patrol.
Neve Campbell Credit: Associated Press

Report: Neve Campbell to play mom of dying Twin Cities teen who wrote 'Clouds'

The song became a worldwide sensation at the time of his death from a rare form of bone cancer in May 2013.
The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District’s mission is to increase the number of downtown restrooms available to the public. Steve Wortman place

Project wants downtown Mpls. businesses to increase public access to bathrooms

Downtown Minneapolis' booster group is asking building owners to open their restrooms to everyone.
Mary Knowlton

No prison for ex-Florida cop who fatally shot Twin Cities retiree during demo

Her husband spoke at sentencing against the plea deal. He was there when his wife of 55 years was shot.
Chrissie Olson took a photo of her 5-month-old daughter Marion as T.C. Bear jokingly took a bite of the youngster during a free "Post-season Push" par

Twins part with man who was T.C. Bear, plan auditions for replacement

An early hint of Greg Wilfahrt's departure from the Twins was this week's creation of the 'OriginalTCBear' account on Twitter, which adds: "No longer affiliated with the organization.'

Minnesota BCA: Driver opens fire on law enforcement during chase, shoots self in head

Speeds reached 100 mph over the course of the pursuit, according to emergency dispatch audio.

Man, 27, found stabbed to death in street near Dinkytown

He was found in a residential area of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.
Squad car video shows officers Mark Riley, left, and Micah Mesman escorting Kelvin Rodriguez from an auto dealership parking lot in January. Mesman is

ACLU suit: Worthington police brutality left man with broken ribs, bleeding internal organs

The civil rights organization says medical attention was delayed despite the man begging to be taken to a hospital.
Gunfire severely damaged this South St. Paul squad car in July 2018. Credit: South St. Paul Police Department

Man pleads guilty to shooting 2 South St. Paul officers during eviction

The gunman has a history of mental illness, was angry over being evicted.

Minnesota woman admits falsely collecting $108K in Postal Service disability benefits

Former U.S. Postal Service employee falsely claimed disability benefits.
The 170 hunters who joined Gov. Tim Walz took a total of 44 roosters, including the governor’s bird. Credit: Governor's Office

First time hosting Governor's Pheasant Opener, Walz bags a rooster

DNR says Minnesota's pheasant population is down from last year, but birds are still abundant in some areas.
Minneapolis police investigated the scene where a shooting victim was found dead on N. Lyndale Avenue near 18th on Friday night.

Teen arrested in man's killing in north Minneapolis; victim ID'd

A 25-year-old died while en route to a hospital, 2nd man hurt in Mpls. gunfire.
Jackson Pfister who would have turned 16 late this week. Credit: Facebook

Heart disease ruled cause of collapse and death of Esko football player

Esko superintendent says teen had medical clearance to play.
Clifford L. Lea Credit: Minnesota Department of Corrections

Minneapolis man gets 25-year sentence after third rape case

He attacked a woman he met through an online dating app.
Jackson Pfister would have turned 16 late this week. Credit: Facebook

Announcer: Esko player who died got to his feet, collapsed a second time

Jackson Pfister of Esko, who would have turned 16 this week, died Friday night after he collapsed on the field during a game at Aitkin High School in northern Minnesota.
A Trump supporter got in a fight with a protester after his hat was grabbed off his head outside the Target Center after President Donald Trump visite

After mostly peaceful start, protests around Target Center escalated

Peaceful chants and sign-waving turned into an impasse with police. One group of protesters burnt a pile of Trump merchandise, while the president's supporters sped away flipping middle fingers.
A protester poured milk on his face after being pepper spray led by police outside the Target Center as President Donald Trump visits Minneapolis, Min

Police shoot pepper spray outside amid protest as Trump rally wraps up

Multiple incidents turned especially tense well into the president's marathon speech.
Terri Stephenson, Michael Serres

Judge orders years of Valentine's Day reminders for driver whose Feb. 14 crash killed partner

Drunken driver's partner died in a rollover crash after a holiday night out.
Joseph Schumacher Credit: Clay County jail

Gun charges filed against Trump backer for alleged road rage encounter with Warren supporter

The 27-year-old defendant was released from jail without having to post bail.

Moorhead police: Man flashes loaded gun at teen driver over Warren bumper sticker

The suspect was soon jailed and awaits potential felony charges.
Police searched for evidence last week at a shooting scene in south Minneapolis. Credit: Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Man fatally shot in Seward neighborhood is identified

The gunfire was prompted by a dispute over a woman, according to charges.

Worker fatally pinned between 2 pieces of excavation equipment in west metro neighborhood

Authorities have yet to identify the man, his employer and the type of work being done at that address in Corcoran.

Prior Lake HS student arrested after arriving at school with BB gun, knife

Police arrested the 16-year-old about 1½ miles to the north of the high school.
Lt. Robert Staupe Credit: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

Hennepin sheriff's official demoted after squad found in Wis. ditch

Robert Staupe remains on leave after unmarked SUV is found in a Wisconsin ditch with a vodka bottle inside.

Bicyclist on rural Sherburne County road hit from behind by pickup and killed

The Sheriff's Office said the teen stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
Credit: Provided by Transport America

Trucker wins $22,500 from Eagan employer in rift over his service dog riding along

Transport America agreed to pay the amount to trucker Matthew Ellison, 30, of Linton, N.D., as well as revise its policies.
Access to westbound Hwy. 55 was blocked Wednesday in Inver Grove Heights after a fatal crash. Credit: Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic c

Driver runs red light in Inver Grove Heights is hit twice and killed

Car's driver was hit first by a pickup truck and then a semi, the patrol said.
This north Minneapolis crash in June 2018 left two people dead.

Unlicensed Blaine driver who killed 2 in Mpls. alley crash gets 10-plus years

Motorist with 4 DWIs on her record was drinking and using cocaine shortly before the wreck, according to police.

Medical emergency suspected in fatal crash southeast of Prior Lake

The SUV went off the road, through a ditch and hit some trees.
Terrence Hall Credit: State of Michigan

Authorities ID man shot dead near Salvation Army's downtown Mpls. shelter

No arrests have been announced in the shooting nearly a month ago.
A driver smashed into a bakery at 17th Avenue and Lake Street on Monday after carjacking a vehicle and injuring at least five people, Minneapolis poli

Siblings on walk to ice cream shop victims in Mpls. carjacking rampage

Police say the suspected driver is a violent repeat offender who was on probation and under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
Varnell David Allen

Charge: Suspect pistol-whipped, fatally shot stranger walking with girlfriend in Minneapolis

Varnell D. Allen, 23, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Enzo Herrera-Garcia, of Apple Valley.
Minneapolis Police union President Bob Kroll said news of the ban on officers wearing uniforms to political events was given to him Friday, one day af

Tied to Trump rally? Union sees politics in Mpls. ban on uniformed cops at campaign events

Lt. Robert Kroll says the police union wasn't told of the ban until the day after the Oct. 10 Trump rally at Target Center was announced and that many officers "are outraged."
Kacey L. Feiner Credit: Facebook

Murder charge: St. Paul gang member stood over rival, shot him 'at very close range'

Suspected gang member charged in St. Paul slaying.
Melissa S. Capaul, 24, of Eden Prairie, and Levi M. Roth, 22, of Chaska.

Update: Missing west metro man, woman located safe days later in Nevada

The two hadn't been seen since Thursday, police said.
Marshall A. Knoll, 60, of Rosemount Credit: Dakota County jail

18th DWI means 20 months in prison for driver who was high at time of serious Dakota Co. crash

License was revoked when he injured Rochester pair.
Daniel Johnson Credit: Hennepin County jail

Hopkins man admits killing friend, points to being high on pot gummies and drunk at the time

Plea deal calls for at most slightly more than 10 years in prison followed by supervised release.
Contreal T. Bush Credit: Ramsey County jail

Rift over drug buy sparked latest St. Paul fatal shooting, charges say

A 38-year-old Minneapolis man is charged with second-degree murder.