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Colleen Kelly

Senior Digital Editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7400

Colleen Kelly guides the Star Tribune's digital content and strategic planning. She focuses on audience engagement efforts such as Curious Minnesota, enterprise project planning and social media.

Kelly has worked as an editor and designer at the Miami Herald, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and El Mundo (Lima, Peru). Her journalism degree is from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Recent content from Colleen Kelly
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr extracted a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine recently.

Live: Latest updates and what you need to know about COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.
Sgt. Heath Bird of the Plymouth Police Department received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from registered nurse Gloria Christensen in January.

How to make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered through health systems, state clinics, health departments and pharmacies. Here's what you need to know.
Students are selected as National Merit Semifinalists based on results of a PSAT qualifying test.

More than 275 Minnesota seniors named National Merit semifinalists

See which seniors from Minnesota have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2021. The students scored among the top 1 percent of students nationally on the PSAT.
An employee at United Noodle stocks the frozen dumplings section in April while wearing a respirator mask, which is required of all store employees.

What questions do you have about the novel coronavirus?

More than 2 million cases of COVID-19 have been documented around the world since the novel coronavirus emerged in China late last year. The…
Foto de archivo de la sede del Servicios de Rentas Internas (IRS) en Washington. La agencia indicó en un tuit que las declaraciones de impuestos que

When will you get your check? IRS payment tracker is now online

The Internal Revenue Service launched its new online tool so that Americans can track the status of their coronavirus stimulus payments. You can access the…
"For me it was always about financial stability," says Mike Rasch, who says the county cannot afford to welcome refugees. He held up copies of his com

What people are saying about Beltrami County's vote to refuse refugees

Last night, Beltrami County voted to refuse resettlement of refugees in the rural Minnesota county. The contentious vote came after an executive order from…
Ice covered roads causing multiple crashes shut down a stretch of I-169 south of Highway 55 early Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Plymouth, MN, as roadway

Crash, slide ... skate? Minnesotans share their adventures in ice-out conditions

Freezing rain and glare ice made for hazardous conditions around the Twin Cities metro Saturday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 350 crashes…
Zipper merge vs. northern lights: Your top questions this year answered

Zipper merge vs. northern lights: Your top questions this year answered

Minnesotans had a lot of questions about one another – particularly about why everyone seems to hate Edina and zipper merging.
Students are selected as National Merit Semifinalists based on results of a PSAT qualifying test.

More than 300 Minnesota seniors named National Merit Semifinalists

See which seniors from Minnesota have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2020. The students scored among the top 1 percent of students nationally on the PSAT.
Riders on the Equinox got a thrill during the last day of the Minnesota State Fair Monday, Sept. 3, 3018, in Falcon Heights, MN.

What do you want to know about the Minn. State Fair?

We're asking readers to tell us what they want to know about the people, history and culture of the State Fair. Your question could be our next Curious Minnesota story.
Have you ever wondered how the Northern Lights are created? Photo: Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

What do you wonder about our state and the people who live here?

We're asking readers from all over the state to take part in Curious Minnesota, a community-driven reporting project that invites you to join the newsroom, letting us know what questions you want answered by us.
Students are selected as National Merit Semifinalists based on results of a PSAT qualifying test.

Nearly 300 Minnesota seniors named National Merit Semifinalists

Two-hundred-eighty-three seniors from Minnesota have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2019. The seniors, who scored among the top 1 percent of students nationally on the PSAT, will compete for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million.
The "Rope.Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required." hoodie was available Friday at

'Rope. Tree. Journalist' lynching shirt design pulled from Amazon

Walmart had removed the T-shirt design from its website after a complaint was made by a journalists' group.
Students are selected as National Merit Semifinalists based on results of a PSAT qualifying test.

300 Minn. seniors named National Merit Semifinalists

Three-hundred students from Minnesota have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2018. The seniors, who scored among the top 1 percent of students nationally on the PSAT, will compete for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million.
An explosion and building collapse at Minnehaha Academy. Here, TV news crews broadcast live near the explosion site Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Minnea

What we know about Minnehaha Academy, blast

Minnehaha Academy is a private Christian school in south Minneapolis with about 825 students from preschool through 12th grade. The school has two campuses. The…
Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, was fatally shot by police in Minneapolis on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Complete coverage of Justine Ruszczyk Damond's shooting

Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old woman who called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home Saturday was fatally shot by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.
A photo of Justine Damond from her web site. The Sydney, Australia, native lived with her fiance in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis.

What we know about Justine Damond

Justine Damond was fatally shot by Minneapolis police responding to a 911 call about a possible assault in the alley near her home Saturday. The…
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony at the Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin in 2012.

Sheriff confirms Pitt plane was at Minn. airport but doesn't address 'out-of-control' incident

The plane's landing at the international airport in International Falls was confirmed by the Koochiching County Sheriff's Office.
Prince grew up in Minneapolis but had lived in Chanhassen for years.

Prince: global rock star, musical genius, cultural icon — and a good neighbor

Only after Prince's death are some fans seeing another side of the music legend, with heartfelt stories of his anonymous generosity appearing at memorials and in social media posts around the Twin Cities.
A Blue Line train is halted at the 50th Street Station after a collision with a pedestrian on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015.

Two pedestrians hit by Blue Line train in Minneapolis

Two pedestrians were struck and injured by Blue Line trains in two separate crashes Monday in south Minneapolis, Metro Transit officials said. That makes 13…
An intense house fire at 5th Ave. S near Franklin sent a large plume of thick, dark smoke over downtown Minneapolis for a period Friday afternoon, Dec

Two-alarm fire in south Minneapolis displaces up to 20 residents

A two-alarm fire in a south Minneapolis house displaced residents Friday afternoon but didn’t cause any injuries. The Minneapolis Fire Department said the cause of…
This photo of Josh Renville, a Fargo North High School senior, was posted to Facebook by Charlie Renville after it was banned from appearing in the sc

Dad of gun-toting student calls for ND principal's firing over photo ban

In the photo, Josh Renville, a senior at Fargo North High school, is pictured holding "his favorite" rifle and wearing a shirt emblazoned with the stars and stripes.
Producers revealed that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will open where J.K. Rowling's books ended — 19 years after the boy wizard's epic battle

Is Snape good or bad? JK Rowling's response causes uproar on Twitter

The question has long plagued fans of Harry Potter: Why did the boy wizard name his son after Severus Snape, a teacher who hated Harry's…
This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County Jail, shows a booking mug of Carrie Pernula. The suburban Minneapolis woman is accused of sending a

Charges: Champlin woman threatened to 'taste' neighbors' 'delicious' children

Carrie Pernula was charged Thursday with stalking and disorderly conduct after the incidents, which began in late September.
Our first Prime Now order included snacks ... and a time-sensitive ice cream order.

We put Amazon's one-hour delivery to the ultimate test: ice cream

After Amazon announced it was launching its rapid-delivery service in the Twin Cities, we decided to put it to the test: Could it deliver?
This shot of Minneapolis was captured Tuesday from the International Space Station as it flew about 200 miles from Earth.

Astronaut shares epic shot of Minneapolis

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who completed his medical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, shared the incredibly detailed photo of Minneapolis from the International Space Station.
Jace Thompson, 10, is missing from south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police find missing vulnerable 10-year-old boy

A 10-year-old boy was found by Minneapolis police after being reported missing from the Longfellow neighborhood. Police had asked for the public's help to locate…
The Fighting Sioux logo is pervasive at the University of North Dakota's hockey arena.

Finally! Official UND nickname vote will happen next month

Fans and alumni will finally be able to weigh in on the new University of North Dakota team nickname after years of contentious debate.
Located on the same staircase as Monkey Jump, the Monkey Bounce lets you jump on the smaller trampoline that ejects you out above the water at heights

Adrenaline-soaked floating playground is every Minnesotan's dream

The floating monstrosity, which was created by a team who aren't afraid to dream big, is already making waves online, thanks to a video that has quickly gone viral.
The calf will grow quickly and can weigh as much as 450 pounds after a year.

Minnesota Zoo welcomes adorable (and endangered) Malayan tapir

The zoo unveiled the striped-and-spotted bundle of cute this week — hailed as a "conservation achievement" — although the 25-pound male calf will remain out of public view while he bonds with his mom.

Interactive: Young victims of gun violence in Minnesota

They died on the street. In cars. At parties. In school. At home. In all, 116 Minnesota youths died from shootings in the past 12 years. Sometimes it was an accident. Often it was murder. In some cases, the circumstances are a mystery. All were 18 years old or younger.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has pulled an an ad campaign that used "Jerking Isn't a Joke" and "Don't Jerk and Drive" to stress the da

South Dakota pulls 'Don't Jerk and Drive' safety campaign

South Dakota officials have decided to yank a "Don't Jerk and Drive" safety campaign after a powerful legislator and some members of the public latched on to the sexual innuendo in the phrase.
In this Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, Isaac Kolstad led the Minnesota State, Mankato Mavericks football team on the field at Blakeslee Stadium before Thu

Oct. 17: After 5 months, Isaac Kolstad going home

Isaac Kolstad's long road to recovery just took a big step forward, with news Friday that the former college football player has been discharged from inpatient care, five months after being severely beaten in Mankato.
When traveling with teens, there must be selfies. Here, Anya (left) and Talia Magnuson of Minneapolis stop for a quick snapshot on while walking the B

Take a bite out of the Big Apple, without breaking the bank

With careful planning, a smattering of credit card points, subway passes and a sense of adventure, a family of four tackles Manhattan.
The free Staten Island Ferry is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

What is travel hacking — and how do you get started?

In a nutshell, travel hacking is working to accumulate miles, points or elite status to travel for free, or as cheaply as possible. Some people…
Last month, Isaac Kolstad returned to Mankato to lead the Mavericks onto the field before their season opener.

After five months, Mankato beating victim Isaac Kolstad is discharged from rehab

Isaac Kolstad’s long road to recovery took a big step forward Friday with news that the former college football player has been discharged from inpatient…
Teens, social media and smartphones can be a dangerous combination

Social media 101: What parents need to know

• No one can keep track of every app or website, but that’s no excuse to ignore everything. Be familiar with the most popular apps,…
The Paul R. Tregurtha ran aground just off Bayfront Park in Duluth on Saturday, Sept, 20, 2014. Jeremy O'Connor took this photo from the roof of the G

Longest ship on Great Lakes freed after running aground off Bayfront Park in Duluth

Sightseers in Duluth got a very unexpected and up close look at the longest ship on the Great Lakes on Saturday, when it ran aground only about 50 feet from shore near Bayfront Park in Duluth.
Will Reid made a spoof instructional video to help teach his teens how to change a roll of toilet paper.

Dad teaches teens how to change toilet paper roll in hilarious video

And you thought Minnesotans were passive-aggressive? A British dad has recorded a hilarious spoof "instructional" video to teach his teenage children how to change a roll of toilet paper.

Facebook photo stirs St. Paul Taser debate

Image shows area where St. Paul cops stunned man.
A five-year-old post to Facebook showing a seating area in a St. Paul skyway is adding fresh fuel to debate over an incident that culminated with a ma

Facebook photo adds fuel to debate over tasing of man in St. Paul skyway

A photo posted to Facebook nearly five years ago is adding fresh fuel to debate over an incident in a St. Paul skyway that left…
A large protest banner was hanging from the right field jumbo tron during the game.

Protester jumps from parking ramp, hangs banner at All Star Game

Early in the All-Star Game at Target Field, a protester gained access to the large video board in right field by jumping from a parking…
The living room of Randy Dykhoff's property shows the damage from the wind-swept ice off Lake Mille Lacs. Dykhoff said he carried several wheelbarrow

Wall of ice damages homes, threatens Lake Mille Lacs resort

Wind-swept ice is on the move along Lake Mille Lacs, with giant flows creating beachheads on the shoreline and grinding into houses.
Uve Hamilton of St. Paul was visiting her daughter, who lives near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, when she decided to take a walk along the lake on Jan.

What cold? Minnesotans (mostly) embrace the extreme weather

Even for Minnesota, this has been a winter of extremes, with mandatory statewide school cancellations and wind chills plummeting to more than 40 degreees below…
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly Book jacket for Talking Volumes

'The Gods of Guilt' plumbs justice's shades of gray

BOOK REVIEW: In Connelly's fifth legal thriller, a dirty-tricks lawyer has an old case come back to haunt him.
Holly Wruck, right, wore pink for breast cancer awareness at a Vikings game along with friends, from left, Darcy Schopf, Christie Carrera, Steph Lause

Have purple, will travel: Vikings fans ready for London invasion

Whether you'll be at the game or watching from the States, meet the people who will be showing their Purple Pride in London this Sunday.
Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke were married just after midnight on the steps of the rotunda at Minneapolis City Hall by Mayor R. T. Rybak.

Live Blog: Gay marriage legal In Minnesota

Just after midnight on Aug. 1, Minnesota became the 13th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage. We live-blogged from the scenes of the state's first weddings.
Two Asian wild horses, known as "takhi," will join the Minnesota Zoo's Northern Trail exhibit starting Aug. 1, from 1:30-6 p.m. The horses are about 6

Baby boom: Minnesota Zoo welcomes two Asian wild horses

The horses, once extinct in the wild, are being bred and reintroduced to protected lands as part of a coordinated species survival plan.
Carl Hiaasen

Review: "Bad Monkey" by Carl Hiaasen is a rollicking ride

BOOK REVIEW: "Bad Monkey" is both a rollicking murder mystery and an elegy to the Florida that is fast disappearing.

Interactive: Young victims of gun violence in Minnesota

116 youths died in Minnesota between 2001 and 2012.
Water continues to rage in the St.Louis River as it flows through Jay Cooke State Park, washing out major sections of Hwy. 210 and here ripping out th

Social media: Incredible images from Duluth flooding

Torrential rains are wreaking havoc with northeastern Minnesota as floodwaters have forced residents to evacuate, washed out roads and allowed animals to escape a zoo.
In this book cover image released by Little, Brown and Co., "Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias," by Don Van Natta


The life story of Babe Didrikson, one of professional golf's most accomplished athletes.