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Aaron Lavinsky

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Phone: 612-875- 0431

Aaron Lavinsky is a staff photographer for the Star Tribune covering news, sports and everything in between. He joined the visuals staff in 2014. 

"Lavinsky previously worked at newspapers in Washington State and Arizona. Lavinsky is a licensed drone pilot and is passionate about the outdoors. He lives in Richfield with his loving girlfriend and cat, Pixel.
Recent content from Aaron Lavinsky
Mussa Jarso, member of the Tahwid Islamic Center community, speaks with St. Paul Police Deputy Chief Josh Lego near the burned out center Wednesday, M

St. Paul Mosque damaged by suspected arson

A St. Paul mosque heavily damaged by fire is a suspected arson, the sixth attack on a Minnesota mosque so far in 2023 amid calls for accountability and increased security for the houses of worship.
COVID survivor Rick Ulrich, of Norwood Young America, embraces critical care nurse Holly Vilione Thursday, May 11, 2023, at North Memorial Health Hosp

COVID survivor Rick Ulrich reunites with North Memorial nurses

Ulrich returned to North Memorial with his wife Deb and two daughters to bring lunch and thank the healthcare workers he credits for saving his life during his nearly month-long stay in the ICU in late 2020.
Carol Van Valkenburg, of Stillwater, takes a sip from her wine while eating lunch at the bar of The Dock Cafe Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in Stillwater

St. Croix flood waters looms in Stillwater

Riverfront businesses have had to make due while the St. Croix River hits major flood stage on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.
Snowy White, of Red Lake, stands for a portrait during “Northern Lights: A Native Nations Fashion Night.” White is wearing apparel by Golga Oscar,

Native Nations Fashion Night

"Northern Lights: A Native Nations Fashion Night" was held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at The Machine Shop in Minneapolis. The event showcased the life ways of the Yup'ik of Alaska and the Great Lakes Woodlands Anishinaabeg.
The Lowell Park Gazebo is flooded by the St. Croix River on Monday, April 17, 2023, in Stillwater.

Photos: St. Croix rises in Stillwater

Residents and business owners in Stillwater continue to watch the rising St. Croix River on Monday, April 17, 2023.
Bachman’s landscape crew leader Angel Tapia waters a floral installation Friday, March 24, 2023 at the Edina Galleria in Edina, Minn.. Bachman’s l

Galleria's Floral Experience flower show brings 'World of Wonder' to Edina

Set up by Bachman's landscape crew, a dazzling floral display brightens the halls of the Galleria mall in Edina.
Sacred Heart center Landen Denney (23) attempts a layup as he’s defended by New Life Academy guard Maxwell Briggs (3) and forward Colton Hendricks (

Sacred Heart vs. New Life Academy

Sacred Heart played New Life Academy on March 22, 2023 during a Class 1A boys' basketball state tournament quarterfinal game at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
Minnetonka forward Gavin Garry (15) and forward Javon Moore (22) react after Garry scored a goal against Andover with an assist from Moore during the

Minnetonka defeats Andover 4-1 in boys hockey semifinals

Minnetonka played against Andover in the boys hockey state tournament's Class 2A semifinal game Friday, March 10, 2023 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Edina forward Ryan Flaherty (11) and forward Jackson Nevers (18) celebrate a goal by Flaherty against Cretin-Derham Hall during the third period.

Edina defeats Cretin-Derham Hall 4-1 in boys hockey semifinals

Edina played against Cretin-Derham Hall in the Class 2A semifinal boys hockey game Friday, March 10, 2023 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul
Teammates celebrate with Andover forward Maya Engler (11) after she shot what would be the game-winning goal against Edina during the third period.

Gallery: Andover bests Edina 2-1 in semifinal

Andover played Edina in the Class 2A girls' hockey state tournament semifinal game Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Wild Defenseman Matt Dumba shoots around with Nash Walicke, 11, and Liam Obenhoffer, 8, both players on the Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey team, Monday, F

Photos: Hockey Without Limits Camp

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba hosted his Hockey Without Limits Camp at the John Rose Oval skating rink in Roseville, Minn. The camp seeks to bolster diversity and inclusion in the sport and included more than 300 players.
Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov (97) chases the puck into the corner while attacking the net against Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobro

Wild fall to Panthers in overtime

The Minnesota Wild lost to the Florida Panthers in overtime on Monday, February 13, 2023.
Minnesota Gophers players return to the court, down nearly 40 points, after a timeout against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half of an NCAA

Gophers men's basketball routed by Maryland 81-46

The Gophers men's basketball team hosted the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday at Williams Arena.
Cherry’s Isaac Asuma is introduced before the start of a game against Fosston Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 at Cherry High School in Cherry, Minn.

Photos: Meet one of Minnesota's best basketball players

Cherry High School's Isaac Asuma is a rising star and holds multiple Division I scholarship offers. "He's just a phenomenal human," Cherry coach Jordan Christianson said.
Maj. Katie Lunning of the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross by Lt. General Michael Loh

Maj. Katie Lunning presented with Distinguished Flying Cross

Maj. Katie Lunning of the Minnesota National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross by Lt. General Michael Loh on Saturday.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (1) scores a layup during the first half against the Detroit Pistons Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022 at Target Ce

Timberwolves fall to Pistons 116-104 on New Years Eve

The Minnesota Timberwolves faced off against the Detroit Pistons on the last day of 2022, Saturday, Dec. 31.
ASI’s fiddling group, “Spelmanslag” performs for visitors.

Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival

The Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival was held on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.
“Coaching is having fun with kids and making them feel welcomed and wanting to be here,” Nolan Desjarlait says. “My job is to keep them moving.�

Red Lake Nation football team hasn't won a game in years, but its coach keeps kids undefeated

They often play against opponents with twice as many players. Sometimes, coach Nolan Desjarlait wonders how he keeps doing it. The answer always comes: "I refuse to give up on them."
Gophers guard Katie Borowicz cut inside Wake Forest guard Raegyn Conley on a drive to the basket in the first half of Wake Forest’s 63-59 victory at

Gopher women's basketball takes on Wake Forest in ACC/Big Ten challenge

The Gophers hosted the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for an ACC/Big Ten challenge game at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Minneapolis.
The line moves outside the north entrance as the mall opens for Black Friday shopping Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Min

Shoppers flock to retailers around Twin Cities for Black Friday

Black Friday shopping kicked off at malls and retailers around the Twin Cities on Friday, Nov. 25.
Minnesota Gophers quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis (8) rushes the ball for a gain of six yards during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, N

Gopher football hosts Iowa Hawkeyes in last home game of season

The Minnesota Gopher football team faced off against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
From left, Twins players Luis Arraez, Jorge Polanco, Joe Ryan, Byron Buxton and Jose Mirana pose for a photo in their new uniforms after a reveal Frid

Minnesota Twins reveal new jerseys, logo

At a reveal ceremony on Friday, the Minnesota Twins revealed new uniforms and a new team logo at the Mall of America. Fans crowded around as players modeled the new jerseys.
Teammates celebrate with Maple Grove linebacker Max Johnson (8) after his game-ending interception against Lakeville South during the second half  of

Maple Grove beats Lakeville South to advance to 6A football championship

Lakeville South and Maple Grove met in a 6A football semifinal game on Thursday, Nov. 17 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Maple Grove won 14-7 over Lakeville South to advance to the championship.
Simley running back David Gogins (3) rushes the ball against Simley defensive back Wyatt Busta (20) during the first half.

Simley football bests Rocori in 4A semifinal playoff game

Rocori and Simley faced off in a 4A semifinal playoff game at US Bank Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Minneapolis. Simley defeated Rocori 17-16 to advance to the 4A championship.
Nick Winton spoke Wednesday at Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis.

Holocaust hero's son speaks in Minneapolis as Kristallnacht remembered

Nick Winton's father, Sir Nicholas George Winton, is credited with helping 669 mostly Jewish children escape Czechoslovakia before World War II.
Holy Angels player celebrate with their trophy after defeating Mahtomedi in the girls' Class 2A soccer state championship gam.

Photos: 2A Girls Soccer Championship

Holy Angels played Mahtomedi in the Girls Class 2A soccer state championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Friday, November 4, 2022.
Minnesota Gophers forward Kadyn Betts (15) celebrates after dunking the ball against St. Olaf during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Wednesd

Gopher men's basketball bests St. Olaf in exhibition game

The Minnesota Gopher men's basketball team took on St. Olaf in an exhibition game at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The Gophers won 71-55.
Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim (24) rushed for his third touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knight

Gopher football shuts out Rutgers 31-0

The Minnesota football team hosted Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 29. Following the win, the Gophers advance to 5-3.
Lakeville North offensive lineman Cole Peterson, left, and defensive back Wyatt Brunello celebrate in the final moments of their game against Minneton

Class 6A football playoffs: Lakeville North vs. Minnetonka

In a first-round game in the Class 6A football playoffs, Lakeville North played at Minnetonka High School on Friday, October 28, 2022.
Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) scores a goal against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Cal Petersen (40) during the first period Saturday, Oc

Wild fall to Los Angeles Kings 7-6

In their second home game of the season, the Wild lost 7-6 to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Pumpkins dazzle at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Minnesota Zoo

Pumpkins dazzle at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo hosted its annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, themed "A Night at the Library." The display runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 5.
Players huddle up before running a play.

The story in full view: Minneapolis North honors the memory of Deshaun Hill Jr.

The high school's football team plays on in the aftermath of the murder of a teammate, their quarterback, in February.
Community members line up to speak against a package of amendments to the St. Paul rent control laws during a city council meeting.

St. Paul approves rent control changes

The council voted 5-2 to exempt new construction and affordable housing from the 3% cap on annual rent increases. They also amended the law so that a landlord can raise rents up to 8% plus inflation after a tenant moves out or is evicted for just cause.
Michael Buble performs Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Michael Buble performs at Xcel Energy Center

Singer Michael Buble performed at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 in St. Paul.
Yupeng Moua, 7, of Oak River, lays down on a bench as the SkyGlider operates above, the ride he hopes to go on once he�s done digesting his food fro

A fresh perspective of Minnesota State Fair finds beauty in the details

That familiar skyline, those hulking old Art Deco buildings, the garish Midway are the big views. Now try zooming in.
Minnesota Gophers running back Trey Potts.

Strike a pose: Meet the U football team

Some members of the Gophers posed for portraits at their practice facility with their season starting Thursday night.
Jake Quatt, of St. Paul, sucks the innards out of a crayfish .

Photos: Crayfish Eating Contest

A preliminary heat was held in the Crayfish Eating Contest Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at Indeed Brewing in Minneapolis. The championship is August 6. Crayfish, an invasive species of freshwater crustaceans in Minnesota, are destroying lakes by eating fish eggs and underwater cabbages that produce oxygen.
Here’s the prize: the Star Tribune’s All-Metro Sports Award, presented at a gala Wednesday night at Allianz Field.

Gallery: Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Awards

The Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Awards gala was held Wednesday night at Allianz Field.
The sun sets at Cedar Lake’s South Beach Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minn.. The Minneapolis Park Board is releasing its preferred master

Photos: Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles

Park Board's proposed Cedar-Isles master plan takes a 'lighter touch'
Berit Kyllo Francis, of Orono, stands for a portrait Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Canterbury Expo Center in Shakopee, Minn.. Fashionistas don their Ke

Kentucky Derby fashion show at Canterbury

Fashionistas wore their Kentucky Derby best while attending the Derby Fashion Show at Canterbury Park on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in Shakopee, Minn.
Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell arrives at his introductory press conference Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn

Photos: Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell

An introductory news conference was held for Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell at TCO Performance Center Thursday, February 17, 2022 in Eagan, Minn.
Minnesota Gophers guard Luke Loewe shoots a 3-point basket as he was defended by Purdue Boilermakers forward Mason Gillis in the first half.

Gophers men's basketball game vs. Purdue

The Gophers men's basketball hosted Purdue at Williams Arena on February 2, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minn.
White Bear Lake residents register before the start of a GOP Caucus Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 at White Bear Lake Area High School in White Bear Lake, Minn

Minnesotans gather at precinct caucuses for midterm elections

Election season unofficially kicked off at precinct caucuses in community gathering spots and individual homes across Minnesota on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
Brock Satter, left, hugs Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan during a gathering to honor longtime civil rights activist and journalist Mel Reeves in Minneapolis

Community remembers Mel Reeves this week

Friends and family held a memorial on Tuesday and a funeral Thursday for longtime civil rights activist and journalist Mel Reeves who died last week from complications of COVID-19.
Juli Olson, daughter of Av Gordon, removed the sweet potatoes from the oven in Gordon’s kitchen before Thanksgiving dinner in Plymouth, Minn. Last y

Friends, family cautiously resume in-person Thanksgiving holiday meals

Last year, Av Gordon's family huddled 6 feet apart on his driveway in Plymouth, wearing masks as they swapped to-go containers for Thanksgiving before meeting up over Zoom as they dined alone at home. This year, like many Americans, they are cautiously resuming gathering in person for the holiday — though it's far from the pre-pandemic normal dinner.
Dressed as the COVID-19 virus, Arabelle Rohs, of Sherburne County, walked with her llama, “Sherlock,” dressed as a doctor, before the start of the

COVID at the State Fair: It's been a year like no other

Tens of thousands of fairgoers attended the Minnesota State Fair as the COVID-19 Delta variant surged in 2021. With no mask mandate or attendance limitations, the Great Minnesota Get Together went forward as Minnesotans sought a sense of normalcy.
Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Terell Smith (4).

Solid motion: Before 2021 football season, Gophers pause to pose

At the University of Minnesota in August, Gophers were photographed by the Star Tribune's Aaron Lavinsky, showing their unmovable frames and quick-twitch movements.
From left, sisters Lucy, 9, Ella, 12, and June Hautala, 7, stood for a portrait before an afternoon meeting of the Little Bellas. The program over sev

Paddling, riding, enjoying: Scenes from Cuyuna Country

Photography from the state recreation area and the Cuyuna Lakes region.
Nurse Holly Vilione comforted Deb Ulrich as she visited her COVID-stricken husband in the ICU. For weeks, Vilione gave Ulrich phone updates from North

For Minnesota nurse on front lines, COVID-19 fight is personal

A COVID death in the family brings home patients' suffering, with the pain of that loss deepening her commitment to her difficult work.
Sam Rockwell, Molly Sullivan and their children, from left, Teddy, 6, and twins Frankie and Maggie, 5, sang along with the “Baby Shark” song at We

When COVID arrived, Mpls. neighbors stepped outside to sing — 300 nights later, they're still singing

Every night at 6 p.m., they tackle Prince and Elvis, "Baby Shark" and "Let It Snow," "God Bless, America" and "This Land is Your Land."
An Empty bed in the now-vacant South 6 Intensive Care Unit.

North Memorial medical staff marks one-year anniversary of COVID

As new COVID-19 infections decline in Minnesota, North Memorial Health Hospital shut down entire units, including the South 6 Intensive Care Unit and the West Seven Med-Surg unit. As of Wednesday afternoon, March 17, the hospital had only four COVID-positive patients, with none in its ICUs.

Late start, early end: How the high school football season played out

The 2020 high school football season didn't go as anyone had hoped. In the end, despite all that went wrong, players and coaches appreciated the chance to take the field as often as they could.
Shannon Mueller, of Husdon, Wis., walked up to “Santa Scott,” with her bashful 2-year old, Porter, and 5-month old, Rylan, before taking photos No

At Twin Cities malls, it's Zoom Santa and wish lists shared through glass

Thanks to COVID, kids can't sit on the jolly old elf's lap, but they can still get face time.
Amity Dimock took a moment as she touched her son Kobe Dimock-Heisler’s urn in her home.

Minnesota families linked by police violence say it's time for change

Since the police killing of George Floyd, this group, known in activist circles as "the families," has emerged as an influential voice in the movement to remake policing in Minnesota.
Minneapolis Police officers worked to extinguish a fire outside the Hennepin County Jail Thursday night.

Protesters, police face off in downtown Minneapolis; no arrests

Despite heated moments, there were no arrests.

True colors: A changed Austin unites around its school's red-and-white

The schools have more minority students enrolled than white students, with 48 languages spoken in its classrooms. Through the changes, two colors have united the town: The red and white of the Austin Packers.
Goodbye from Minnesota: 12 hours with 'Live From Here' before show moves to NYC

Goodbye from Minnesota: 12 hours with 'Live From Here' before show moves to NYC

A behind-the-scenes look at "Live From Here," the Minnesota-rooted radio show formerly known as "A Prairie Home Companion."
John LaDue, now 20, he has steadfastly tried to assure people that he’s better, no longer a danger to anyone.

John LaDue works to build a life where he had planned massacre

He seemed to lead an ordinary southern Minnesota life in Waseca, until he was discovered planning a mass killing. Now he wants his life back — but unsettling questions about his case may never be answered.
Trash, including bottles, cans and discarded clothes, filled the canoe of Christine Holland, project coordinator with the River Keepers, during a comm

Special report: Mighty Mississippi faces mounting environmental threats

The Star Tribune examines the health of Minnesota's rivers and whether we can save one of our greatest natural resources, the Mississippi, before it's too late.
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP Fans in left field celebrated a St. Paul Saints home run Thursday during the first game at CHS Field, with a picturesque view of d

A Saint-sational opener

CHS Field, home of he St. Paul Saints, is a diamond gem in the heart of Lowertown.
About 35 firefighters responded to a blaze late Saturday at a northeast Minneapolis lumberyard. No one was hurt as of early Sunday. Star Tribune, Rich

NE Minneapolis lumberyard fire is extinguished overnight

The flames were visible from Interstate 35W and drew 35 firefighters to the scene. No injuries were reported as of early Sunday from the fire in a one-story warehouse at Shaw Stewart Lumber.