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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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Pickup truck driver dies in rollover north of the Twin Cities

The man's identity has yet to be released.

Man who ran into Apple Valley road and hit by vehicle dies

The driver had "little time to react before the impact," a police statement read.

11-year-old driving SUV in Grand Forks hits trees, house

Driver's father and sister were slightly hurt, police said.
Trumpeter swans are federally protected and cannot be killed without authorization under state law.

9 days already served is sentence for Lino Lakes man who shot and killed 2 trumpeter swans

The 25-year-old man sat in a kayak while shooting the federally protected birds.
A bystander who had joined in pursuit of the runaway bus jumped in and put the bus in park.

Passerby jumps into runaway school bus, brings it to halt on Minn. highway

A deputy pulled his squad SUV in front of the bus and "performed a rolling roadblock," the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office said.
The captain of this ship navigated his way to a jet skier bobbing about and lost on Lake Superior. Credit: Photo by Marc Dease provided by Rand Logist

After 22-mile trip to Isle Royale, Jet Skier says he's 'embarrassed' for needing rescue

The freighter captain said the 42-year-old was lucky to survive his ordeal.
The North End Event Center, covering 12,000 square feet, will host museum-quality exhibits that will change from year to year. Credit: Minnesota State

Sprawling exhibit center at State Fair highlights what's new this year

$16 million event center with interactive exhibits to be added to north end.
On June 7, Mohamed Noor was sentenced to prison.

Noor appeals his murder, manslaughter convictions in Damond case

A spokesperson said the "totality of his circumstances, including his role as a police officer," led to the move to another state. Noor was convicted of killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond in a Minneapolis alley after she called 911.
David Berger

Ex-professor who sued Inver Hills Community College accepts $82K settlement, lifetime ban

Berger was one of the leaders of a faculty no-confidence vote against the college's president, Tim Wynes, who later retired.

Authorities ID man shot to death over weekend in north Minneapolis

Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the killing.
Tate Doom

Charges: I-94 semi driver was viewing porn on phone when he fatally hit hwy. worker

The semi was going 72 mph in a construction zone, killing worker.
The temperature climbed into the mid-90s on Sunday, but Minnesotans found ways to stay cool. A boy does a backflip off a bridge over Lake of the Isles

Hot and muggy hour after hour today, even after sunset, for Twin Cities

Heat advisory covers until at least 10 p.m., prompts cautionary message from National Weather Service.
This is where Amaya Nelson was sitting when the car hit a moose on a dark Minnesota highway.

Father: 'It is a miracle' that teen driver survived collision with bull moose

Her father said she "was able to escape the car without assistance, climb the embankment and call 911, all after a major impact with multiple skull fractures and nearly every bone in her face broken."
Police closed off the intersection of Highpoint Rd and Windsor Ln following an officer involved shooting. ALEX KORMANN ¥ alex.kormann@startribune.com

Police shoot man in Woodbury who was taunting 'come kill me'

A man who taunted officers late Sunday morning to kill him was shot and wounded by police in a residential Woodbury neighborhood, authorities said.A.J. Nobello…
The van became lodged in the trees, “partially suspended ... above the ground,” the Duluth police chief said. Credit: Duluth Police Department

Duluth cop on way to work rescues 2-year-old girl trapped alone in van that rolled down hill

The van became lodged in the trees, "partially suspended ... above the ground," the Duluth police chief said.
Elk River man claims $21.6 million lottery jackpot

Elk River man claims $21.6 million lottery jackpot

It had long been one of Jeffrey Love's dreams to visit the lottery office and claim a big prize.

Motorcyclist hits parked vehicle north of Twin Cities and is killed

The crash occurred about late in the afternoon in Chisago County.
Brendan A. Durant Credit: Wright County jail

Teen admits to break-in as spree grows with 3 burglaries in Eden Prairie

The plea deal for the 18-year-old calls for him to serve no more than 6 months.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, near the site where a North Memorial Health helicopter crashed where the pilot and the nurse died at the scene, F

Paramedic tells of helicopter pilot making 'go-around' before Brainerd crash

The aircraft then spun and hit and the ground, he told the NTSB. Pilot and nurse died.
A State Trooper conducted a field sobriety test on a driver he stopped for a traffic violation in south Minneapolis.

No right to lawyer for DWI suspects served search warrant for blood, high court rules

State justices OK blood test without legal counsel.
Brandon M. Lieffring Credit: St. Croix County jail

Charges: Driver was high, fleeing capture when he fatally hit motorcyclist from Stillwater

Deputies were pursuing Lieffring on a report that he had violated a no-contact order by being with his girlfriend, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Former University of North Dakota star Greg Johnson (22, playing for Nashville in 2000) had 145 goals, 224 assists and 369 points in 785 NHL games. He

North Dakota hockey's career leading scorer, Greg Johnson, dies at 48

Johnson played for North Dakota from 1989 to 1993 and is also the school's reigning leader in assists.
Johnny Odir De Leon

Minneapolis man accused of raping two women while out on bail for earlier sex assault

A judge set his bail at $75,000 in December. He picked up two women on Lake Street months later and raped both of them, according to prosecutors.
Over 100 people attended St. Louis Park City Council session.

Trump vows to join fight for restoring Pledge at St. Louis Park council meetings

The president notes that "outrage is growing" in Minnesota and adds, "I will be fighting with you!"
The scene around bar close in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning. ] Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com Steve Fletcher wants to

Calls for more cops grow as authorities ID man fatally shot in downtown Minneapolis

Shakopee man is third homicide victim since Memorial Day weekend in downtown Mpls.

Man shot dead in downtown Minneapolis; shooter at large

The death came on a weekend of frequent gunfire in the area.
David Beck, of Superior, Wis. Credit: Facebook

Boy, 14, pulled from bottom of lake northwest of Duluth has died

He was swimming with two other friends.
Isak Aden

Man killed during exchange of gunfire with officers in Eagan is identified

The 23-year-old was from Columbia Heights, state officials said.

Trucker hits another semi in northwest Twin Cities and dies

The crash occurred on Hwy. 10 early into the morning commute, the State Patrol said.
People hold umbrellas to block the sun while watching a soccer game in 2017 at the Hmong Freedom Celebration Festival in St. Paul.

Threat involving Hmong festival has attention of St. Paul police

St. Paul police investigating intent of threats circulating in fliers, social media for weekend event.

Authorities ID St. Louis Park man killed in crash near downtown Minneapolis

The 61-year-old died three days after the wreck.
Darrell Pfannenstein Credit: Facebook

Man becomes unresponsive on northern Minnesota lake and dies

The victim is a 58-year-old from St. Joseph, Minn.
“He said he wants to shoot the police also,” the dispatcher relayed to officers in Minnetonka late Saturday.

Minnetonka couple 'swatting' victims after false claim of murder to police

They have no idea why they were targeted, and police say catching a suspect will be difficult.
Kimburly L. Loycano Credit: Facebook

Teen run over and killed as she left disabled vehicle on N. Minnesota road to seek help

The 18-year-old was walking toward a home looking for help, the State Patrol said.
Michael A. Reyes Credit: Goodhue County jail

Charges: Man killed in Red Wing in mistaken identity was wearing shirt brother had worn

"The shirt my brother had on, I had that on earlier."
Jason Jaques and Nancy Dyson stand next to their mobile shower van they will operate as part of their nonprofit, Neighbors to Friends, during an inter

Mobile shower for St. Cloud area homeless offers soap, water, dignity

For some people in the St. Cloud area, getting to shower now means more than feeling clean. It’s also about respect and a sense of…
University of Minnesota Credit: Star Tribune file

Onetime U staffer admits using school funds to buy, resell $134K worth of computers

He used school money, banked more than $125,000 in profits.
Jordan Wolfrum Credit: Ohio State University

Former St. Cloud State swim star, ex-St. Ben's coach to lead UCLA team

"The legacy of athletic and academic excellence at UCLA is unmatched," said Jordan Wolfrum.
This image of Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Tom Weber accompanied announcement of their engagement. Credit: @LtGovFlanagan

Lt. Gov. Flanagan engaged to former MPR reporter

Disclosure of their relationship in early 2018 cost Tom Weber his morning show.
This exterior image shows a suspected burglar leaving a northern Wisconsin pawnshop with many guns.

Feds offer $10K reward in Wisconsin pawnshop gun heist

About a dozen firearms were recovered, and some had been used in crimes.
Marcus Hinkle Credit: Anoka County jail

Youth worker gets 20 years in prison for soliciting nude images from teen boys

He solicited teenage boys through Instagram and Xbox, authorities say.
This is the scene at the Mall of America where a boy was thrown nearly 40 feet to the floor below in April. Credit: Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

'Serious complications' for boy thrown from MOA's 3rd floor

The 5-year-old boy thrown off a Mall of America balcony has undergone many surgeries and will be hospitalized indefinitely, his family says.
“This is a big day for the survivors,” said attorney Jeff Anderson, seen in 2016 with New Ulm abuse victims. The New Ulm Diocese agreed Wednesday

New Ulm Diocese reaches $34M settlement in clergy abuse case

If approved by the courts, the $34 million settlement will be the third in Minnesota.

Target shooter's stray bullet hits motorcyclist in chest in Carver County

Target shooters were using handguns.
Many a brow could need wiping this weekend in the Twin Cities, much the way Tiffany Carrels did in the summer of 2011 while selling sweet corn in Nort

'First heat wave of the season' on tap for Twin Cities

Temperatures forecast to climb into the 90s on Saturday and Sunday amid increased humidity.
This grave marker in Arlington Public Cemetery has been waiting for more than six decades to be paired with the person behind the name it bears. Credi

Freed from Alaskan glacier's decades-long grip, Minnesota airman's remains heading home

Air Force mechanic Verne C. Budahn died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1952.
Daniel R. Laskowski Credit: Hennepin County jail

Ex-Columbia Heights teacher, coach sentenced for sexually assaulting former pupil

Ex-Columbia Heights middle-school teacher recorded acts on video.
St. Thomas Academy boys’ swim team coach John Barnes (2016 photo).

St. Thomas Academy swim coach suspended for behavior at state meet

Nationally honored coach John Barnes will sit out three meets at the start of the season and is barred from the postseason.
Alicyn I. De Santis Credit: Hennepin County jail

Drunk mom admits leaving baby with intoxicated strangers in Twin Cities bar

Plea agreement calls for probation, treatment.
Daniel J. Corr Credit: Facebook

Family identifies bicyclist fatally hit last week by Northstar commuter train

The Minneapolis man was hit in Fridley and found dead in Coon Rapids.
Darwin L. Schmitt Credit: Facebook

Witness, dump truck driver give conflicting accounts over fatal Minnetonka crash, police say

Man killed in Minnetonka crash had a green light, a witness told police.
The camper caught fire in northwestern Wisconsin. Credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office

Driver dies in fiery crash of camper in northwestern Wisconsin

The wreck occurred late Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
Colton Senogles Credit: Facebook

Jurors convict Brooklyn Center woman of murder in death of baby in her care

Jurors convicted a Brooklyn Center woman of killing a 9-month-old boy she handled in a rough and aggressive manner while he was in her care.Jennifer…
Judith Grell Credit: Facebook

Two-vehicle crash in Cambridge, Minn., kills passenger, injures 2 others

The collision occurred at a Cambridge intersection, the State Patrol said.
Matthew Mohs

St. Thomas Academy announces headmaster's departure 'effective today'

Matthew Mohs is entering "the next phase of his career," the school's board announced, offering no specifics.
Bruce Webster

Minneapolis law firm wins death sentence reversal for Arkansas man with intellectual disability

"This is a groundbreaking and just outcome," said Dorsey & Whitney attorney Steven Wells.
Conn Legeros, at the Uptown car wash he operated. Credit: Star Tribune file

Man killed while riding scooter was 88-year-old from St. Louis Park

Conn Legeros and his family ran businesses in Uptown for many years.
Zayden Lawson Credit: Eagan Police Department

Prison for Eagan woman who allowed boyfriend to abuse her foster child, 3, killing boy

The boyfriend has also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
Rico Sisombath Credit: Facebook

Family IDs motorcyclist who topped 90 mph before dying in crash in Maple Grove

The crash occurred Tuesday night near Bass Lake Road and Jewel Lane N.

Scooter operator killed in collision with car in St. Louis Park

The operator of a scooter was killed after colliding with a car Wednesday at a St. Louis Park intersection, authorities said. The crash occurred about…
U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz

U.S. judge cites 'a lot of rot' in profession, sends Minn. chiropractor to prison for fraud

The practitioner billed insurance companies for services he didn't provide.
Luis Alfredo Cortez Mendoza

2nd suspect arrested in abduction, shooting of woman left to die near Stillwater

The alleged shooter and suspected gang member was arrested and charged with murder and kidnapping; an accomplice is at large.
Anthony E. Cannady Credit: Hennepin County jail

Brooklyn Center man admits spraying gunfire at Minneapolis bar, killing 1

He was mad after the bouncer kicked him out, according to prosecutors.
Thomas J. Incantalupo Credit: Hennepin County jail

Twin Cities skating coach admits sexually abusing girl he instructed

The plea deal allows prosecutors to seek up to a 30-year sentence and nothing less than 12 years.
Maria L. Dalton, as a Minneapolis firefighter. Credit: Facebook

Murder charge dropped in plea deal with man who sold lethal drugs to Edina woman

He'll serve slightly more than 2 years in prison before being put on supervised release.

Minnesota man trampled to death by his cattle

His body was found near where two cows and a bull were roaming.
Trumpeter swans

Kayaker shot and killed trumpeter swans on Anoka County lake, charges say

A DNR officer saw the man trail one of the birds as it swam and then kill it with a shotgun blast, according to the charges.
Steven Markey

Teens targeted victim for robbery in NE. Minneapolis, murder charges say

The boys, 15 and 16, had planned to steal vehicle.
Scott Randolph-Stephen Fox Credit: Faceboook

Swimmer's body recovered from Anoka County lake a day after he went under

He had taken off his life jacket and was swimming near a boat, the Sheriff's Office said.
Vincent Switala Credit: Facebook

Authorities ID driver who died after crashing in swampy Anoka County terrain

Two passengers survived the wreck in Oak Grove.
A family from Minneapolis was canoeing near this spot on the Lake Superior shore and needed to be rescued. Credit: National Park Service

Minneapolis couple, 2 kids rescued after falling from canoe on Superior

Minneapolis couple and 2 kids were stranded after canoe was swamped.

Charge: Member of Guard caught taking video of man in next MSP stall

The 18-year-old said he's been doing this for the past few months, according to the criminal complaint.
Davion Allyn, left, and Brendan Durant

2 charged in connection with home burglary spree across Twin Cities metro

Neighborhoods in Hennepin, Wright, Sherburne and other counties have been targeted, authorities said.
Firefighters on Park Avenue worked the scene of a fire Thursday morning at the Canopy Hotel, at the corner of S. 3rd Street and Park in downtown Minne

Small fire burns inside new downtown Minneapolis hotel

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames in the early 20th century building.
Tametria S. Gillespie Credit: Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office

Woman says she shot boyfriend at Roseville strip mall after arguing about where to eat

She said he hit her in the face while she drove and threatened to kill her, according to the criminal complaint.
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