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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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Jay Nelson

NW. Minn. law enforcement officer found shot to death in hunting incident

The former small-town police chief was found dead in his vehicle in Becker County.

Neighbor IDs man shot dead in Plymouth; ex-prosecutor from N.M. jailed

The shooting occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday at a residence in the 3100 block of Walnut Grove Lane, police said.

Construction worker dies in farm field near Willmar

Authorities believe he got pinned between heavy equipment.
Massoud Amin

U prof quits leadership post amid sentence for falsifying retirement balances to cheat ex-wife

A University of Minnesota professor has been sentenced to four years of probation and four months in the workhouse for falsifying the value of his…
A White Bear Lake firefighter went into an icy lake and rescued a deer Sunday morning.

Doe rescued from icy lake by White Bear firefighter

Doe had nowhere to go until a firefighter went in the frigid waters and made the save.
Empire Township is one of nearly 1,800 towns in Minnesota and is located in southern Dakota County.

State's townships as a whole increased revenue, cut expenses in 2017

Outstanding debt was also down, report says.
A crime lab technician worked at the scene where a man was shot Tuesday and later died outside a Minneapolis Speedway gas station. (Photo by Libor Jan

Fatal Mpls. gas station shooting began as dispute over boxed-in SUV, charges say

A gunman answered a rock-thrower with bullets at a south Minneapolis gas station and shot a teenager to death, according to charges filed Thursday.Rodney D.…
Scott F. Fortier

25 years in prison for man convicted of raping girls he met at Minnesota youth camp

Scott F. Fortier gets 25 years in prison for assaulting girls at camp.
Public records show Brent Holck was earning more than $90,000 as of 2015 in base annual salary overseeing sales to games, concerts and other events on

Fired U ticket director charged in alleged ticket-order scheme

The criminal complaint said Brent A. Holck would locate completed sales in the U's ticketing system, delete orders and have refunds issued to accounts under his control.

Two years in prison for ex-Plymouth official who took bribes, kickbacks for city contracts

A onetime Plymouth city official has been sent to prison for taking bribes and kickbacks in exchange for awarding city contracts.Ronnie E. Taggart, 51, of…
Police tape lined the scene where a man was fatally shot in Minneapolis in late April.

Jury convicts Minneapolis man of drive-by killing that left victim dead on street

Jurors took four hours before reaching their verdicts.
Young Jayna Kelley, with her mother, Robin Kelley, a teacher at Jayna’s elementary school, during the roadside cleanup on Saturday. The photo was ta

Driver who hit Scouts on Wis. road allegedly was 'huffing'

Officials say driver had been inhaling chemicals before getting behind the wheel. "There's a deep sadness in this town," says Chippewa Falls minister.
Olympic cross-country skier Jessie Diggins photographed at her home in Afton, Minn.

Driver charged in alleged 'road rage' incident with Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins

Olympic skier said Afton incident easily could have turned tragic.

Gun threat with 'some credibility' cancels classes for St. Croix Falls School District

A suspect was arrested after a threat to the St. Croix Falls schools.
Two orphaned puma cubs that were being cared for by staff at Oakland Zoo are now living at Como Zoo.

So cute: Como Zoo takes in 2 orphaned puma cubs from California

Visitors should get their first glimpse in about a month.
A man was shot in this north Minneapolis alley on Sunday.

Man shot dead in north Minneapolis alley is identified

Police have yet to announce any arrests.
The Closs family: James, Denise and Jayme

Wisconsin authorities scale back effort to find Jayme Closs

The Barron County Sheriff's Office has fielded more than 2,100 tips, organized two ground searches and made repeated pleas for anyone to provide a breakthrough in finding the girl.

Stolen dump truck snags power lines, pulls down poles in Inver Grove Heights

Some Xcel Energy customers were without electricity.
Diana Rojas Martinez and Christopher Bunay

Four-year prison term for drunk wrong-way driver on I-94 who killed two recent high school graduates

Man drove wrong way on I-94 in Mpls. after drinking 10 shots of tequila.
Olympic cross country gold medalist Jessie Diggins is photographed at her home Afton, Minn., in this file photo.

Olympian Diggins says angry driver nearly killed her as she roller-skied near Afton

"He could have killed us," Diggins said. Driver has yet to be cited; authorities tell the gold medalist the man apologized.
Marlin Miller

Charges: Driver high on meth hits parked car, kills Frazee school bus driver

One student's mother mourns loss of someone who was "so much more than my son's bus driver."

Enbridge helicopter pilot on way to Duluth dies in crash

The chopper went down in northern Wisconsin.

Police: No stop sign for SUV that fatally hit man who walked into Mpls. street

The man walked into the intersection "without stopping or looking for traffic," police said.
Farhan Hersi

Judge scolds killer for being 'blackout drunk' before pulling trigger outside Minneapolis bar

The sentence will keep the St. Paul man in prison for more than 9 years.
Scott Spoo

St. Paul lawyer's SUV 'surged,' sent man cartwheeling to his death, suit says

The lawsuit says the attorney was on his cellphone and challenges the contention that his brain cancer affected his driving.
Brian Machtemes

Sun Country pilot with loaded gun at Fla. airport jailed; his Minnesota permit not accepted

Police say his Minn. permit to carry not recognized by Florida.
Emergency personnel worked to extricate the victims in this crash.

Sunday morning crash on Hwy. 169 leaves 4 trapped

Emergency personnel were working to extricate the victims.
This man robbed a bank in Northfield over the weekend.

Gunman robs bank in Northfield, remains at large

The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
Municipal liquor stores, such as this one in Edina’s 50th and France shopping district, generate income for many cities around the state.

Another record year in sales for Minnesota's municipal liquor stores

Profits grew compared with the previous year, according to the annual state report.
Malik Turner

Suspect pleads guilty to robbing, killing man playing dice on St. Paul street

The gunman shot his 21-year-old victim, then robbed him.
A crowd of students, faculty and staff sits silently in the Anderson Student Center in protest of a racist incident on campus. BESA, the Black Empower

Racial slur incident prompts hundreds of St. Thomas students to stage sit-in

University's president issued an "action plan," calls off classes for campuswide meeting next week.
Jamal Trey Chaterlays-Simpson

Infant's death from head injury in Duluth home ruled a homicide; no arrests

The 5-week-old was brought to a Minneapolis hospital and died there.
Yu Zhang

IRS scam artist pleads guilty to duping victims out of $250K in Target gift cards

The suspect traveled to at least 10 stores per day in the Twin Cities to redeem gift cards until his arrest in June at a north metro Target, according to prosecutors.

Prison for Minn. gambling addict who stole $540K from friend

The 59-year-old woman used the hardware store's money for online gambling.
Ben Hendrickson

MLB pitcher turned accountant charged with stealing $250K from Fridley business

Ben Hendrickson was an accountant for the flooring company until last year.
Charlie Barnett

Up to 8 years is possible sentence for unlicensed driver who killed 2 in crash near St. Cloud.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to being on the wrong side of the road at the time of the collision.

Feds hit Twin Cities food service provider with $400,000 bill for paying women less than men

A'viands will give back pay to nearly 100 women as part of the settlement.

Cockpit window seal problem forces Delta flight to return to MSP Airport

The flight lasted all of 15 minutes before the emergency landing.

Twice deported, man admits staging kidnapping in St. Paul in scheme to win a visa

He had someone gag him with duct tape and tie up his hands, according to prosecutors.
Jesse Brown

Man admits getting drunk at Carbone's in New Prague, killing passenger in crash

Victim's wife sues sports bar, saying customer was "obviously intoxicated."
Jeffrey J. Lawstuen

Rochester man with long criminal history allegedly caught with 200-plus pounds of pot

A 44-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history was caught hauling more than 200 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $500,000…
This metals recycling business caught fire Friday.

Metals recycling plant burns for hours in St. Paul; 50 firefighters answer the call

The building was empty when the blaze struck Friday, authorities said.
People search along Highway 8 near Barron, Wisconsin, for signs of Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old girl who has been missing since early Monday, after he

Dozens of volunteers help in search for missing Wis. teen

Despite the turnout of about 100 volunteers, Thursday's ground search ended in frustration.
Noah Belgarde

Charges: Mom's boyfriend fatally beat baby as toddler brother watched

Child's toddler brother saw attack by mom's boyfriend, police said.
Arson is suspected in a fire that was set at the front door of this Minneapolis house.

Arson scorches Mpls. house; 'Black Lives Matter' sign part of blaze

Police suspect arson, say person ran from scene.
James, Denise and Jayme Closs

Wis. town on edge with search for missing teen, slain parents

The Barron County sheriff said 13-year-old Jayme Closs was in the home when her parents were shot and killed. She has been missing ever since.

Motorcyclist from Hopkins dies in collision with pickup in Minnetonka

Excelsior Boulevard was closed in both directions for hours, police said.

West St. Paul apartment fire leaves one person dead

Authorities have yet to indicate how the fire started.
Jayme Closs

Search rapidly expands for missing Wis. teen whose parents were slain

Police are following up on tips and checking social media and phone records in the frantic search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Police ID wrong-way driver killed in collision with semi in St. Cloud

The crash occurred on County Road 75.
David Campbell

Onetime Mpls. cop convicted of sexually abusing teen in hotels, squad car

Prosecutors say David Campbell warned her not to report him, threatening to shoot her in the head if he got in trouble.
Jayme Closs

Sheriff: Missing 13-year-old in danger after parents found dead in Wisconsin home

The tip prompted police in south Florida to tweet that she "may have been seen" in an SUV with Wisconsin plates.

Infant boy fatally beaten in central Minnesota; mom's boyfriend arrested

The boy's mother called 911 over the weekend from her home near Rice and said she believed her son was dead.
Shannon Brooks (left)

Investigation continues into alleged assault by U football player Brooks

Shannon Brooks was released from the Hennepin County jail because 'further investigation is needed' in connection with an incident between Brooks and his roommate early Sunday.
Mariah Miller

Minn. man charged with injecting woman with drugs, doing nothing as she died

Suspect allegedly admitted to the crime on Facebook.

ID'd: 2 killed when car crashed into Bethel volleyball team's bus in Wis.

Volleyball players were returning from Wis. match when a car crossed the centerline, authorities said.
Shannon Brooks

U running back Brooks arrested, suspected of assaulting roommate

Brooks, who has been sidelined all season because of a knee injury, was booked into the Hennepin County jail about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the jail log.
Ashya Robertson

Police: Hunt for missing 11-year-old north Mpls. ends with her safe return

She had last been seen Saturday afternoon at her home, police said.
Landon Evans

2nd crash in a week kills SW. Minnesota motorist

A southwestern Minnesota man crashed his vehicle twice in the same week, and he didn’t survive second time, authorities said. Landon L. Evans, 22, of…
A Minneapolis traffic control officer issuing tickets on the 3100 block of Girard Avenue S. in 2014. “Agents have a dangerous job which requires the

Traffic agent checking meters in Uptown is run over, seriously hurt; driver flees

"Agents have a dangerous job," and drivers need to be patient, a statement from the city said.

Collision in Blaine kills dump truck driver

The crash occurred early Wednesday evening, police said.
Up to 17 inches of snow fell in eastern North Dakota Wednesday, making even highway travel difficult.

Northern Minn. gets first taste of winter; up to 17 inches of snow buries parts of N.D.

The swath of snowfall in Minnesota stretched from Roseau to south of Proctor, according to the National Weather Service.
Police squad car video from the July, 28, 2016, stop showed Joe Joswiak, a member of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and a Worthington police office

Motorist beaten, kicked by Worthington police officer settles for $60,000

Settlement also calls for procedural changes but comes with no admission of wrongdoing.
Robert A. Johnson

Repeat drunken driver gets prison for slamming into building in Zimmerman, killing delivery worker

He'll serve four years in prison and the balance on supervised release.
Diana Murphy

Bill to rename U.S. courthouse in Minneapolis after late Judge Diana Murphy awaits president's signature

The bipartisan effort to honor the late jurist has cleared both houses of Congress.

ATV operator, 72, dies in collision northwest of Detroit Lakes

The ATV and a pickup truck collided at an intersection.
The stars of “Viva and Jerry Country Music Videos.”

Viva, of cable access TV fame on 'Viva and Jerry's Country Music Videos,' dies

The couple's unvarnished presentations earned them appearances on national television.
Karla Scheel

ATV crash in central Minn. leaves mother of 7 dead, operator charged

The woman leaves behind a husband and seven children.
CAIR executive director Jaylani Hussein.

Twin Cities Islamic relations group calls for investigation after threatening tweet

"You are done," the tweet reads. "I am pretty sure they will make it look like an accident."

2 drivers killed in west metro head-on crash are ID'd

The crash on Hwy. 55 at County Road 19 in Corcoran had traffic blocked in both directions for several hours
An aquatic specialist was out at Bde Maka Ska last week in response to a zebra mussel finding.

Zebra mussels found on sailboat moored in Bde Maka Ska

Zebra mussels can drastically change a lake's plant community and food supply.
The driver of this SUV fled from the scene in Minneapolis. One passenger was killed and another injured.

Unlicensed driver in fatal I-94 ramp crash is charged, still on run

The suspect commandeered a motorist at gunpoint to escape from crash scene, according to charges.

Sheriff: Mom, her 2 small sons died in northwestern Minnesota crash after failure to yield

All three were thrown from the woman's vehicle.

Hwy. 55 reopens after head-on crash that killed 2 people

The head-on collision had closed Hwy. 55 in both directions in western Hennepin County for several hours.

Mother, 2 children killed in crash near Thief River Falls

Sheriff's officials say a mother and her two children were thrown from their vehicle and died at the scene of the accident in northwestern Minnesota.
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