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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. ] AARON LAVINSKY

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.

See Nicollet Island through the years

The sliver of land in the Mississippi River is home to a secluded enclave of historic homes sitting atop public parkland. But that's just one of the oddities of this place, an often-overlooked landmark of early Minneapolis.
Sgt. Heath Bird of Plymouth P.D. received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from RN Gloria Christensen.

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.

Photos: Trump visits Texas in waning days of term

Trump visits Texas on Tuesday to trumpet his campaign against illegal immigration in an attempt to burnish his legacy with eight days remaining in his term

Battleground states at center of ballot counting, protests

Protests and legal skirmishes continue Friday as votes are still being counted in states across the U.S.

These WPA projects changed the face of Minnesota

In Minnesota, the WPA built or improved 28,000 miles of road, 578 miles of sidewalk and 1,443 bridges, according to Rolf Anderson, an architectural historian who researched the state's New Deal relics.

Tornadoes of 1965 left destruction, death in wake

Six tornadoes tore through the Twin Cities metro with 13 fatalities and more than 700 injured on May 6, 1965.
The Education Department said Monday that it will not allow states to forgo federally required standardized testing in schools this year but will give

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.

I-35W bathed in colorful lights to commemorate holidays, causes

The Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis has thousands of L.E.D. lights that can illuminate the structure from below to commemorate holidays and causes.
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?

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

"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

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

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.

Photos: Momentous tobacco settlement in Minnesota

Photos capture Minnesota's $7 billion out-of-court tobacco settlement and its aftermath and effect on anti-smoking efforts in the state.

Hard Rock Hotel under construction collapses in New Orleans

At least one person was killed in the collapse.
The Education Department said Monday that it will not allow states to forgo federally required standardized testing in schools this year but will give

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.

Photos: Powerful Hurricane Dorian menaces Bahamas

South Carolina declares emergency on Saturday as dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Dorian moves toward southeastern United States.

Northern lights glow in skies of Minnesota

Over the years, the aurora borealis has put on quite a show across the Minnesota skies.

Jeffrey Epstein, disgraced financier, dies while jailed

Financier Jeffrey Epstein is being held in New York City while he awaits trial on sex charges.
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.

See photos from July 4th celebration in Washington

In a sweltering capital, the traditional July 4th parade Thursday served as a warm-up act to a distinctly nontraditional evening event at the Lincoln Memorial, where President Trump prepared to hold his "Salute to America" event even as protesters inflated a "Baby Trump" balloon.

Gerry Spiess, who sailed the Atlantic in 10-foot boat, dies at 79

Gerry Spiess sailed his 10-foot home-built sailboat Yankee Girl solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1979. Spiess designed and built the boat in his garage in suburban White Bear Lake.

See the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior through the years

The twin ports of Duluth and Superior, Wis., are together considered the largest freshwater ports in the world. They connect to the Atlantic Ocean from Lake Superior through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

See the disappeared mansions of Minneapolis' Park Avenue

At its peak, about 36 mansions lined Park from Franklin Avenue to 28th Street, once known as the "Golden Mile." Just a handful of the mansions remain.

See where the Mighty Mississippi River gets its start

While some hydrologists argue a river's source should be traced to its longest tributary, others trace it to the stream that contributes the most water, which would make the Mississippi's source the Missouri or Ohio rivers, respectively.

Flood damage spreads across Iowa, rest of Midwest

The ongoing flooding along the Missouri River has damaged thousands of homes and inundated vast swaths of agricultural land with water in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

See Minneapolis' skyways through the years

It wasn't until the construction of the IDS Center in 1972 that the individual skyways transformed into the sprawling system that exists today.
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.

Frank Robinson, MVP, first black manager, dies at 83

Frank Robinson, the only player to earn the MVP award in both major league baseball leagues, died Thursday at 83.

Death toll rises in California fires as president heads to scene

The list of unaccounted for people reached more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California said while continuing their search.

Photos: Tribes help Native Americans secure new IDs to vote

The free programs launched with the help of several groups so far have provided more than 2,400 voters on four reservations with the proper credentials.

Photos: Bombs sent to Obama, Clintons, CNN

The agency says neither Clinton nor Obama received the packages, and neither was at risk of receiving them because of screening procedures.

Photos: Migrant cavaran poised at Mexico-Guatemala border

Migrants bound for the U.S.-Mexico border wait on a bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico early Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.
The Education Department said Monday that it will not allow states to forgo federally required standardized testing in schools this year but will give

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.

Photos: Fire guts three-story building in Minneapolis

The building was home to the landmark Roberts Shoes store until 2014.

Photos: Catastrophic floods in Maryland

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who declared a state of emergency for the flooded community, traveled there late Sunday for a firsthand look at the destruction.

Ticks abound at Minnesota's Glacial Lakes State Park

Anthony and Genna Souffle learned a few lessons about ticks in Minnesota during an overnight trip at Glacial Lakes State Park on Monday, May 21, 2018, outside Starbuck, Minn.

Photos: Facebook ads aimed to inflame Minnesotans' racial, religious divisions

Democrats on the House intelligence committee released several-thousand ads run on Facebook as part of Russia's efforts to stoke divisions and interfere in U.S. politics. Here's a sampling of ads that were targeted to Facebook users in Minnesota.

Photos: Renovation dramatically transforms Minneapolis home

A once-rundown home is one of 47 revitalized residences that will roll out the welcome mats for the Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour April 28-29.

Photos: Scene of fatal Canadian hockey bus crash and aftermath

Fourteen people were killed and 15 others injured when a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game in western Canada, authorities said Saturday.

U.S. women's hockey beats Finland, 3-1, in Olympic debut

U.S. coach Robb Stauber, a Medina resident and former Gophers goaltender, said he was glad his team had to fight to win its Olympic opener.

Seniors at Autumn Glen fight rent increases

Dozens of elderly residents, including many with disabilities and serious ailments, received notice late last year that their rent would increase by $300 to $500 a month, or 15 to 30 percent.
The "Rope.Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required." hoodie was available Friday.

'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.

Nathan Kinsey arbitration ruling

Photos: Deadly wildfires sweep California

Since igniting Sunday in spots across eight counties, the blazes have killed an unprecedented 31 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
The Education Department said Monday that it will not allow states to forgo federally required standardized testing in schools this year but will give

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.

Photos: Glen Campbell through the years

Glen Campbell, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor and TV show host whose performing career was as panoramic as his talents, died Tuesday.

Minnehaha Academy president perseveres after explosion

Donna Harris, who received minor injuries in the blast, described her role as that of a shepherd leading the school community through"'uncharted waters."
NTSB officials and Minneapolis police view the rubble at Minnehaha Academy.

What we know about Minnehaha Academy, blast

What we know about Minnehaha Academy, blast

Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, was fatally shot by police in a south Minneapolis alley Saturday night.

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.
What we know about Justine Damond

What we know about Justine Damond

Photos: Smiles and thumbs up from woman charged with killing family

woman charged with killing four of her young children and her husband smiled and flashed a double thumbs up to news cameras during her first court appearance Friday in Georgia.

Photos: Minnesota widow receives medals of long-lost World War II soldier

The emotional ceremony with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took place a week before Gerald Jacobsen's remains will arrive home in Minnesota.

Photos: Can you name the five freedoms of the First Amendment?

Most people equate the First Amendment with free speech, but can they remember the other four freedoms it covers?

Photos: 15 reasons we love Canada

Canada celebrates its 150th birthday on July 1. In honor of the event, Minnesota tips its toque to our neighbor to the north. We are practically Canadian, after all, eh?

Neapolitan Mastiff named world's ugliest dog

Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, competes in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair Friday, June 23, 2017, in Petaluma, Calif. Martha was the winner of the event.

Photos: Otto Warmbier released from North Korea prison

An American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma suffered a "severe neurological injury," a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.

Photos: 20 inventions and innovations that shaped Minnesota

Innovation – making something useful out of a good idea – has popped up all over Minnesota's history, from fields to labs, garages to hospitals.

Photos: Protesters welcome refugees, protest Trump policy at airports across U.S.

Protesters flocked to airports around the United States to both welcome refugees and to protest President Trump's executive order on refugees.

Photos: St. Paul marchers rally with message against Trump

Protesters in St. Paul say they want to show their disapproval of the election of President Donald Trump and their concern about his views on issues ranging from women's health to LGBT rights to immigration.

Photos: Women make voices heard nationwide

Women descended on the nation's capital for marches aimed at showing Donald Trump they won't be silent over the next four years.

NCAA volleyball semifinals: Stanford def. Gophers 3-1

Sixth seated Stanford moves on to the finals after defeating the Minnesota Gophers 3-1 in the semifinal matchup during the NCAA college volleyball championship games in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Photos: Crossfit fuels veteran's comeback

Cindy Martinez lost three limbs and part of the fingers on her remaining arm after getting a flesh-eating bacteria in 2015 and nearly dying.

War of words: These jabs helped define the campaign

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prepare for their final debate tonight in Las Vegas, here's a look at some of the barbs they have directed at one another over the course of the presidential campaign.

Photos: Bus crash in Minneapolis causes injuries

A Plymouth Metrolink bus has crashed at 12th Street and Harmon Place, causing multiple injuries.

Photos: Fatal shooting kills 2 teens, 1 man in south Minneapolis

Police say that a man and a boy and girl in their early teens were shot and killed in south Minneapolis' Wenonah neighborhood.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spent Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006 cruising on a motorbike while touring Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prior to arr

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.

Photos: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie through the years

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married in 2014. They've been together since 2004 and met on the movie set for "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."
Cirque wardrobe assistant and Twin Cities native Ali Schwalbe transform Star Tribune intern Mary Kate Metivier into Na'vi from "Avatar."

In honor of Cirque show, we turned our intern into a Na'vi from 'Avatar'

Protests shut down I-35W south in Minneapolis

Protesters blocked southbound lanes of I-35W in Minneapolis, the latest round of disruption in the wake of last week's police killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. Another group protested at the Star Tribune building.

Snipers kill multiple police officers in Dallas

Two snipers apparently shot 10 police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night and three officers are dead, the city's police chief said in a statement.

Two children shot in Minneapolis

Taya Kaufenberg, who runs the Lowry Cafe at Penn and Lowry Avenues N., said police told her that two infants were shot.
After giving an impassioned talk, Rev. Brian Herron, front, receives a hug from Jacob Ladda outside Gov. Mark Dayton's mansion as protestors gathered

The shooting of Philando Castile: What they're saying

Philando Castile's death, and the very public way the incident unfolded, has attracted protests nationwide. Here's what people are saying around the country.