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Alex Chhith

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Mauri Friestleben, recently removed as the principal at North Community High School, spoke to a room of graduating seniors.

Mpls. North High School principal says she was terminated for joining student-led walkout

Principal Mauri Friestleben says she's out at North High School after participating with students in February civil action
Kim Crockett, then the vice president and general counsel at Center of the American Experiment, spoke at a 2018 news conference at the State Capitol.

Minnesota GOP chair apologizes for Soros imagery in Secretary of State candidate's video

Republican Kim Crockett's campaign showed a video at last week's Republican state convention that depicted liberal donor George Soros as a puppet-master.
U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn.

Rep. Dean Phillips tests positive for COVID-19, isolating in Washington D.C.

He urged people to obtain free COVID-19 test kits.
Homes and garages were flattened and vehicles tipped over on the south side of Lake Darling in Alexandria, Minn.

1 killed as severe storms cause damage across western Minn.

The death occurred in Kandiyohi County where a grain bin fell onto a car.
A tree toppled by high winds from a thunderstorm smashed into a house, splitting it in two Thursday in Coon Rapids.

Tornadoes move across Minnesota for second night; one dead

A person was killed inside a car in Kandiyohi County after wind topples grain bin on top of it.
A large tree split a Coon Rapids house in half when it toppled in Wednesday night’s storm, as seen Thursday morning.

Tornadoes, hail, rain pummel Minnesota — and more to come

It was the first of two nights of stormy weather expected in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota.
Trooper Ben Madsen wore one of the new body cameras being issued to all state troopers, commercial vehicle inspectors and capitol security officers.

All Minnesota state troopers now wearing body cameras

Minneapolis, St. Paul and now the State Patrol, all with more than 500 officers each, require their officers to use body cameras.
Judy Houseman’s surveillance camera captured this black bear walking through her St. Louis Park yard Sunday evening.

Black bear is spotted in St. Louis Park yard

The animal was estimated to be about 300 pounds.
Jarvis Jones

Jarvis Jones running for Hennepin County Attorney

He wants to make streets safer and ensure police officers treat residents fairly and equally.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan after a news conference Friday at Midway Peace Park in St. P

U.S. interior secretary touts urban park funding in St. Paul visit

U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber and mining advocates called on Secretary Deb Haaland to visit northern Minnesota.
Katie Wright, center, stands beside activist Toshira Garraway and her son, Damik Bryant, during a news conference.

Mother of Daunte Wright has run-in with Brooklyn Center officer

Katie Wright was recording a traffic stop when an officer briefly detained her.
Barbara Aurora, remembered for pushing bounds of opera singing, dies at 85

Barbara Aurora, remembered for pushing bounds of opera singing, dies at 85

She captivated audiences around the country with her dynamic voice.
The Rev. Ivan Shkumbatyuk led a prayer service for Ukraine at St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church in Minneapolis in February. Shkumbatyuk and tw

Minneapolis Ukrainian church group heading to Poland with supplies for army, civilians

The church is planning for more supply runs in the future as the war goes on.
Boaters killed in Big Marine Lake accident ID'd

Boaters killed in Big Marine Lake accident ID'd

Witnesses said the men lost control of the boat shortly after leaving the landing and were ejected.
A painting of Dred Scott by artist Louis Schultze, based on an 1857 photograph.

What is Minnesota's connection to the historic Dred Scott decision?

The U.S. Supreme Court case that laid the groundwork for the Civil War traces its roots to the frontier area that became Minnesota.
Two arrested in shooting of MPD forensic scientist

Two arrested in shooting of MPD forensic scientist

The crime lab supervisor was off duty at the time of the shooting, which occurred outside an early childhood center.
Man shot, killed while sitting in car in north Minneapolis

Man shot, killed while sitting in car in north Minneapolis

This is the sixth homicide in the last week.
Eddie Frizell, chief of the Metro Transit Police Department, was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. marshal for the Minnesota district.

Metro Transit police chief confirmed as U.S. marshal for Minnesota

He replaces Ramona Dohman, who protesters demanded resign last year after the death of Winston Smith.
President Joe Biden will visit Minnesota to attend a memorial service for former Vice President Walter Mondale on Sunday.

Biden will visit Minnesota for Mondale memorial Sunday

He will attend a memorial service for former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Holiday travelers waited at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in November. The airport changed its policy late Monday after a judge struc

MSP airport, Metro Transit drop mask mandate after ruling

The action comes after a federal judge in Florida struck down the federal mask requirement on airplanes, trains, buses and other public transportation on Monday, less than a week after the CDC had extended it through May 3.
Ice formed on a metal hand rail as high winds whipped across Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Strong winds cancel, delay MSP flights

Nearly 150 flights were affected by mid-afternoon.
Toshira Garraway with Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence spoke at a news conference in St. Paul on Feb. 23. Garraway said on Tuesday

Maplewood police release body camera footage of handcuffed 10-year-old boy, other minors

Police say they were responding to a report of shots fired in the area.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rich Stanek, a former Hennepin County sheriff, was hospitalized after a crash on Tuesday.

Former Sheriff Rich Stanek released from hospital after crash

The former Hennepin County sheriff and GOP candidate for governor collided with another vehicle as he left a campaign event in Buffalo on Tuesday night.
A still from squad-cam video showed Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Czerny, right, shooting at a passenger who produced a gun after a pursui

Mahnomen Co. sheriff releases footage of deputy shooting woman

Sheriff says the deputy shot a woman who pulled a gun and pointed it at him in incident near the village of Naytahwaush.
Toshira Garraway with Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence spoke at a news conference in St. Paul on Feb. 23. Garraway said that her s

Calls for change after Maplewood police handcuff four minors

Two 12-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 10-year-old were placed in handcuffs for about 20 minutes Monday evening after they were approached by police. About officers later cleared the minors of the crime and released them.
Protesters marched through downtown Minneapolis Friday, April 8, 2022, in Minneapolis. A few dozen activists gathered at the Hennepin County Governmen

Activists protest decision not to charge officer who shot Locke

The short march temporarily stopped Friday evening traffic on several streets downtown.
Man dead, woman badly injured in south Minneapolis shooting

Man dead, woman badly injured in south Minneapolis shooting

The south Minneapolis shooting marks city's 20th homicide this year.
Officer shot in Roseville after responding to report of gunfire; police say man is dead

Officer shot in Roseville after responding to report of gunfire; police say man is dead

A report of gunfire about 7:30 p.m. brought officers to the scene, near Lake Owasso. The suspected gunman is in custody. The condition of the officer wasn't revealed.
Ivan Harrison Hunter

Texas man sentenced to more than four years for rioting after George Floyd's death

Authorities said Ivan Hunter, a self-described member of the "Boogaloo Bois," fired a rifle into the Minneapolis police Third Precinct station.
Grand Old Day in 2018. The annual St. Paul street festival was canceled for 2022, for the third year in a row, but organizers say it will return next

Grand Old Day canceled again, but organizers say back next year

The annual St. Paul street festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021.
Hamdi Restaurant owner Abdishakur Elmi stood in front of his business on June 3, 2020, which was damaged in the riots that followed the police killing

$18 million in grants to be given to businesses affected by riots, pandemic

Money is from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Candidates participated Tuesday in a Minneapolis forum sponsored by the American Constitution Society for candidates running for Hennepin County attor

A first look into candidates running for Hennepin County Attorney

The six hope to succeed Mike Freeman in office.
Crews from the Minneapolis-based group Alight handed out blankets to Ukrainian refugees at a border crossing in Poland.

Minneapolis humanitarian group giving aid to Ukrainian refugees

Alight has raised more than $1 million to help those fleeing the Russian invasion. Most of that has come from Minnesotans.
1 man dies in south Minneapolis shooting, another shot nearby minutes later

1 man dies in south Minneapolis shooting, another shot nearby minutes later

This is the city's 15th homicide of the year.
Man dies after shooting in south Minneapolis residence

Man dies after shooting in south Minneapolis residence

Police say they have very little to go on and ask anyone with information to call them.
Tyler Jacob, 28, moved to Ukraine last year and married his girlfriend there in January.

Minnesotan detained by Russian forces in Ukraine is released

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday that Tyler Jacob, from Winona, was safe with his wife and daughter.
Catalytic converters are valuable for the metal, making them a target of thieves.

Police: Motorist shot after interrupting suspects trying to steal catalytic converter in St. Paul

The man was shot after he chased after the suspects, according to police.
A woman was fatally shot after an argument escalated into gunfire, Minneapolis police said.

Police: Woman fatally shot after an argument escalated into gunfire in Minneapolis

This is the city's 14th homicide.
Amber Alert canceled; missing 2-year-old found, BCA says

Amber Alert canceled; missing 2-year-old found, BCA says

The Pope County Sheriff's Office arrested a Big Lake man in connection to the case, and he has been booked on a kidnapping charge, according to a news release.
From left, Cheryl Frazier, sister of Leneal Frazier; Orlando Frazier, Leneal’s brother; and Jamie Bradford, 20, Leneal’s daughter, during a news c

Leneal Frazier's family opposes Mpls. officer's bid to dismiss charges

Family of man hit, killed by police car is calling for officer to face jury trial.
Deputy who shot woman after car chase in northwestern Minnesota identified

Deputy who shot woman after car chase in northwestern Minnesota identified

The victim told the Star Tribune the deputy fired as she was removing a gun from her shirt.
Minneapolis police: Man arrested in shooting of 2-year-old

Minneapolis police: Man arrested in shooting of 2-year-old

The child was found with a gunshot wound to the face. Minneapolis police believe the child was staying with a family member who was not his parent when he was shot.
No charges for woman, son who claimed self-defense in fatal shooting

No charges for woman, son who claimed self-defense in fatal shooting

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says the two did not have a duty to retreat because they were in their own home.
Mariana Pykivska (middle row, second from left, in white shirt), with Sue and Jerry Untiedt (right of Pykivska, in gray shirts) celebrate the 50th ann

From safety of a Minnesota farm, Ukrainian watches horrors unfold at home

Recent Biden administration move will let Ukrainian visa holders stay on in U.S. for at least the next 18 months.
St. Paul police investigating homicide after body found in backyard

St. Paul police investigating homicide after body found in backyard

Man was found, unresponsive and with a gunshot wound, in a yard in the Frogtown neighborhood.
Julian Pishko held Ukrainian and American flags while attending an emergency rally to support Ukraine on Thursday evening at St. Constantine Ukrainian

How Minnesotans can help the people of Ukraine

Organizations accepting donations include those providing medical aid, aiding refugees and powering local journalism.
A woman is in custody after people were held hostage at an East Side St. Paul gas station on Tuesday.

Woman arrested after hostage situation at St. Paul gas station

Police were called to the gas station at Johnson Parkway and E. Seventh Street for a report of a woman with a gun inside threatening others at around 3 p.m., according to police.
About 100 people gathered Thursday outside St. Constantine’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in northeast Minneapolis to express their sorrow and outrage

Minnesotans with Ukrainian ties watch Russian invasion with horror

Many are in regular contact with relatives and loved ones in Ukraine, and they feel keenly the pain of what's happening in the country.
The victim in the fatal shooting in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood “was just a person going about her daily business, driving down the stree

15-year-old arrested in apparent random fatal shooting of driver in St. Paul

The teen is also being held on suspicion of other crimes in Hennepin County.
Ricky Bibuka got some help from his sons Kingston, 4, and Lachlan, 2, as he shoveled the sidewalk in front of their home Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in nor

St. Paul schools switch to digital learning day for Tuesday snowstorm

Minneapolis students will have no school due to parent-teacher conferences.
U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone, shown in March 2021 at a Capito

National Security Agency director talks election and vaccine cybersecurity in rare home state speech

Considered one of the most powerful people in the military, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone grew up in White Bear Lake.
Yulia Li, 34, of St. Paul, was found fatally wounded in a vehicle on Payne Avenue about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. St. Paul police are seeking information f

St. Paul police ID woman found shot to death in vehicle

Seven people have been killed in the city so far this year.
Deshaun Hill Sr. and Tuesday Sheppard, Deshaun Hill Jr.’s parents, hold a portrait of Hill Jr. after it was presented to them during halftime Saturd

Arrest made in 15-year-old Deshaun Hill's death

The North Community High School quarterback died after he was shot.
Two announce campaign for Hennepin County sheriff

Two announce campaign for Hennepin County sheriff

News comes after sheriff said he is not running for re-election.
Deshaun Hill, wearing No. 9 and pictured here with Minneapolis North head coach Charlie Adams III at a game in Minneapolis last Sept. 24, has died aft

Minneapolis North High School student, 15, dies after shooting

Deshaun Hill was seriously injured by gunfire on Wednesday and later died, according to his family.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson is facing an increasing number of calls to resign as details emerge about his car crash in December.

Sheriff to pay back Hennepin County for destroyed SUV

Sheriff Dave Hutchinson crashed the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
In May 2020, Minnesota State Patrol officers stood watch outside of the Third Precinct headquarters in Minneapolis.

Settlement prohibits State Patrol from attacking or arresting journalists

It also awards $825,000 to journalists attacked and injured by the State Patrol while covering protests following the killings of George Floyd, Daunte Wright.
Minneapolis students gathered outside U.S. Bank Stadium in April 2021 as part of a statewide student walkout to protest racial injustice. The Twin Cit

Students set walkout demanding justice in Amir Locke's death

Youth activists are also calling for police accountability and a ban on no-knock warrants.
Attendees covered their hearts with their hands as Minnetonka’s Boy Scout Troop 207 posted the colors at the beginning of the GOP Caucus at Eden Pra

Minnesota's political caucuses are tonight: Here's how to participate

The majority of Democrats will participate remotely, while Republicans will hold in-person caucus events.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., participated in a panel during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders in Clive, Iowa, in

Rep. Ilhan Omar launches re-election campaign

"I believe that a better world is possible."
“My hope is that they’ll invest more in complying with the law,” journalist Tony Webster said.

Minneapolis to pay journalist $100,000 settlement over public record requests

The payout will go toward covering the reporter's legal fees for filing the suit.
The towers of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Union locals, Hennepin County reach deal to avert strike

Union members to start voting on the proposal on Wednesday.
Anthony J. Trifiletti

Sister of St. Paul man killed after fender bender files wrongful death suit

Anthony Trifiletti was sentenced to 12 1/2 years for the shooting.
Gunshots fired at a Minneapolis snowplow on Sunday, Jan. 23, hit a hydraulic line and three tires, a police spokesman said.   

Shots fired at city snowplow after vehicle strikes it in Minneapolis

The snowplow driver was uninjured.
St. Paul police are investigating a shooting they believe caused one person to die at the 300 block of Blair Avenue on Tuesday night.

St. Paul police investigating Frogtown shooting death

This is the city's third homicide in 10 days.
Rep. Tou Xiong was booked in Anoka County jail on Jan. 8.

Maplewood legislator charged with drunken driving, issues apology

He was booked in Anoka County jail on Jan. 8.
Judy Suddendorf braved the snow and cold on her day off as a professor to play with her 11-month-old puppy, Maddie, at Greenhaven Park in Burnsville.

Nearly 5 inches of snow falls on Twin Cities, hundreds of crashes reported statewide

The Minnesota State Patrol responded to 377 crashes in a 12-hour span.
Brock Satter, left, hugged Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan during a gathering to honor longtime civil rights activist and journalist Mel Reeves in Minneapol

Mel Reeves remembered as 'Black prince of justice' at funeral

The longtime civil rights activist died last week of complications from COVID-19.
Allina Health System operates dozens of clinics, 11 hospitals and a number of specialty care centers.

No visitors allowed in Allina hospitals and clinics amid COVID-19 surge

There will be "limited exceptions"
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon speaking in in St. Paul in 2019.

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon tests positive for COVID-19

He is fully vaccinated and received his booster.
“Jasper has been found and is alive very cold and hungry but we have him back!!!!” Michelle Cramblett Baker posted on Monday, Jan. 10.

Owner of dog missing in stolen van says Jasper has been found alive

The boxer and his owner were in town for a dog show in St. Paul.
4 teens arrested in Edina carjacking attempt

4 teens arrested in Edina carjacking attempt

Police believe the suspect vehicle was stolen in Minneapolis just two days ago in a different carjacking.
Baby taken from mother in stolen car found safe

Baby taken from mother in stolen car found safe

An Amber Alert was issued after the 1-year-old was taken near Bloomington Avenue and East Lake Street.
The State Patrol responded to several crashes and spinouts Friday morning, including this one on westbound Interstate 94 at Hwy. 280 in Minneapolis.

Warm weather makes a brief return Saturday before more bone-chilling temps

The high for Saturday is 30 degrees.
Supporters of the Spotlight on Democracy rallied Thursday night on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Minnesotans mark Jan. 6: 'Vote, not violence'

Events in Duluth and at the State Capitol were among more than 200 nationwide calling for swift passage of stalled federal voting-rights bills.