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Aaron Lavinsky

Photographer | Newsroom
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
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.
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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.
Dan Jenniges, a cattle farmer based out of Glenwood, Minn., took in a moment along the Chippewa River, which snakes in and around his property in Pope

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.