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Eder Campuzano

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Phone: 612-472-3526
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Eder Campuzano is a general assignment reporter for the Star Tribune and lead writer of the Essential Minnesota newsletter.


Before coming to the Star Tribune, Eder covered education for The Oregonian for three years with a particular focus on marginalized students and systemic inequities. He attended the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He was born in Mexico and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 2.
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Anthony Edwards invited NBA legend and TNT commentator Charles Barkley to Minnesota with a three-word, two-syllable slogan that's lit the internet on

Minnesotans of all stripes are cashing in on Anthony Edwards' cheeky tourism slogan

Have we reached peak "bring ya ass?"
The Timberwolves announced fan events in downtown Minneapolis for the Western Conference finals. Wolves fans, shown here at a watch party on May 19, w

Timberwolves are throwing a parking lot party in downtown Mpls. on Friday

Nur-D and DJ Cav will perform before the team takes on the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2.
Robert Downey Jr. draws fans at Target in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Robert Downey Jr. spotted at downtown Minneapolis Target

The "Iron Man" actor was promoting his Happy coffee brand.
A giant mural of the Timberwolves hangs in the parking lot on the Gluek's building in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Timberwolves are planning something big in downtown Minneapolis. But what?

The team previously partnered with bars and restaurants for watch parties during the series against the Denver Nuggets.
Timberwolves standout Anthony Edwards told NBA legend Charles Barkley to, well, get himself to Minneapolis, after eliminating Denver from the playoffs

Bring what? Did Edwards give state tourism new catchphrase?

Wolves star Anthony Edwards invited invited NBA legend and TV analyst Charles Barkley — in a colorful way — to Minneapolis in a postgame interview after Game 7. The phrase caught fire in places you wouldn't expect.
Anthony Edwards (5) of the Timberwolves celebrates at the end of Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at Ball Arena in Denver. Tickets for

How to buy Timberwolves tickets as Western Conference finals come to Minneapolis

The Wolves start a best-of-seven series against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
Karl-Anthony Towns (32) of the Timberwolves reacts after a play in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semi-finals at Target Cen

Minnesota fans delight in Timberwolves' 45-point blowout of the Denver Nuggets in Game 6

Chants of "Wolves in 7″ rang out through Target Center and social media.
A detached hand reaches for a book on a shelf full of literature

Minnesota Legislature approves bill prohibiting book bans in public schools, libraries

Backers say the bill, which the governor is expected to sign, would curb politicized campaigns against titles that focus on LGBTQ and multiracial experiences.
Photo of a woman riding a bicycle in front of a lake

It's Bike to Work Week. Here are 5 tips for newbies

A few lessons in safety and preparation for that first commute.
The Minnesota Timberwolves lead the Denver Nuggets 2-0 in the second round of the NBA playoffs. The team has announced 11 downtown Minneapolis bars as

Here are 17 places to watch the Timberwolves playoff games in Minneapolis

The team tips off against the Denver Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Minnesota Timberwolves fans on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Target Center in Minneapolis.

How to hop on the Timberwolves bandwagon

A guide for newbies as the team prepares to take on the Denver Nuggets at Target Center.
Taylor Swift performed Friday, June 23, 2023, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. ] AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Ticket-selling enters regulation era as Walz signs fee transparency into law

One state representative's ordeal purchasing Taylor Swift tickets served as the "genesis" of the legislation.
The sun set in front of the bow of a Wenonah Minnesota II canoe in The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on Eddy Lake in the Fall Lake Township. ]

Essential Minnesota: Your guide to what everyone is talking about

The news you need, right in your inbox every morning.

Planters recalls honey-roasted peanuts, mixed nuts packages over possible listeria contamination

The recall affects Publix distribution sites in four states and Dollar Tree warehouses in two.

Forest Lake High track athletes who were struck by car during a run expected to make full recovery

Samuel Farinella and Jase Blanchard were training with the team when they were hit.
A message to Comcast customers regarding a dispute with Bally Sports.

Twins go dark on Comcast in dispute between company and Bally Sports

Twins games will not be available on Bally Sports after negotiations broke down between the company's owner and Comcast.
Demonstrators stood along Kenwood Trail during a rally before a school board meeting at the Lakeville District Office on Tuesday in Lakeville.

Lakeville teachers file intent to strike, picket outside school board meeting

The district has more than 12,000 students enrolled.
Twin Cities teachers including MFT, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59, and ESP, Education Support Professionals, rallied at the Minnesota St

Lakeville teachers vote to authorize strike

Educators previously rejected a tentative agreement the district reached with its teachers union in February.
Minnesota State Senator Nicole Mitchell (DFL) listens to a response to one of her questions from Rebecca Wilcox, Child Safety and Prevention Manager

What we know about the Sen. Nicole Mitchell burglary allegations so far

The incident complicates the final weeks of the 2024 legislative session.
Melissa Wind, left, is the media organization's first head of philanthropic partnerships. Kavita Kumar has been promoted as the Star Tribune's communi

Star Tribune adds Kavita Kumar, Melissa Wind to news organization's leadership

Kumar is the news organization's new community engagement director. Wind is its first head of philanthropic partnerships.
Greg Ketchum put a fresh crate of cherries out for sale at the Patnode's stand, which workers say is the oldest at the farmers market. ] ANTHONY SOUFF

Minneapolis Farmers Market pares back hours for 2024 season

The market, which ran daily from May to October last year, will be open Wednesday through Sunday.
Friends and family of Sammy McDowell, including sister Shaawn-Dai McDowell, in the green hat, celebrated his life during a picnic and balloon release

'He was about community': Scores memorialize north Minneapolis entrepreneur Sammy McDowell

Sammy McDowell, whose namesake eatery served as a hub for racial justice activists, died Sunday.
A Black man wearing a black t-shirt and gray jeans sits in front of a deli counter

Sammy McDowell, celebrated owner of Sammy's Avenue Eatery on the North Side, dies

Long a fixture of the north Minneapolis community, McDowell opened the sandwich and coffee shop in 2012.
An American flag flies above a brutalist architecture-style building beneath a cloudy sky.

Fired Mpls. teacher accuses management of 'cancerous rot'

Becka Thompson was hired to teach students learning English as a second language.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, left, told CNN he could beat both Donald Trump and Joe Biden if he ran for the White House this year.

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura boasts he could beat unpopular Trump or Biden if he ran for president

The pro wrestler-turned-politico defended Robert F. Kennedy's Jr.'s decision to run as third-party candidate.
Police are investigating a racist slur displayed over East Circle Drive near Century High School in Rochester over the weekend.

Racist slur on pedestrian bridge in Rochester prompts investigation

The slur appeared over East Circle Drive near Century High School.
There are only two dispensaries in the state that sell marijuana flower. The Red Lake and White Earth nations opened shop shortly after Gov. Tim Walz

This is the first 4/20 that weed is legal in Minnesota. How can you celebrate legally?

There are only two dispensaries in the state that sell marijuana flower. But THC-infused drinks and other edibles offer alternatives.
Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith eulogizes Walter Mondale during a memorial service for the former Vice President.

Sen. Tina Smith says American women 'won't be conned' by Trump on abortion

The former president says states should decide their own abortion laws as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that would curb the availability of some drugs.
Tourism dipped slightly in the seven-county metro area between 2022 and 2023 but grew overall statewide, according to projections released by Explore

Minnesota tourism rebounds: Here's where people visited

Top destinations include the Grand Casino in Mille Lacs County, the Mall of America and downtown Duluth.
Courtesy Minnesota DNR. The female eagle from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources popular eagle cam laid her first egg yesterday! Traditiona

The EagleCam pair is thriving a year after heartbreaking nest collapse

DNR officials say they're still looking for a new nest to feature in a livestream.
KYNDELL HARKNESS � kharkness@startribune.com 10/09/09Randy Salas gets to be a zombie[A gargoyle decorated the front entrance for Valleyfair's "Valle

Valleyfair resurrects its popular ValleyScare event

The attraction will require a separate ticket this time around.
An orange tabby cat sits in front of a door. It has a leash and harness on it

Waconia now requires cat owners to keep their pets on a leash

Owners must also clean up after their kitties if they use a neighbor's yard as a litter box.
Black Keys recreated a vintage photo shot at Bryant Lake Bowl for the cover art of their 12th studio album, "Ohio Players."

Is that Bryant-Lake Bowl on the cover of the Black Keys' new album? Yes, it is.

"Ohio Players" is the band's 12th studio album.
Even a partial solar eclipse requires either special glasses or the use of a pinhole projector, seen here, to observe safely. Museums and some state p

Here's how to watch the partial solar eclipse in the Twin Cities

The moon will obscure about 75% of the sun in much of the metro area April 8.
A small white and red building with vehicles in the much larger parking lot next to it

One of Minnesota's oldest Dairy Queens is up for sale

The outpost in Rochester's Lowertown neighborhood opened in June of 1947.
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Snow forces St. Paul Saints to cancel Friday's game

Home opener will now be Saturday after team officials said the wet field is currently unplayable.
a man holds a baby pig

St. Paul Saints come under fire for naming 2024 season's pig mascot 'Ozempig'

Commenters have accused the team of body-shaming on social media.
A portion of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during the evening rush hour in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Wednesday, August 1, 2007.

Baltimore bridge collapse reminds Minnesotans of 2007′s deadly I-35W disaster

Minnesota officials offer support and resources to Maryland city after ship crashes into Francis Scott Key Bridge.
Vice President Kamala Harris made a surprise visit to a Central High softball practice when she stopped in Minnesota earlier this month. She's since i

Central High softball players needed to raise $15K to visit Vice President Kamala Harris. It took a day.

The vice president extended the invitation after surprising the girls at practice.
Taxis in Minneapolis in 2009.

How would we get around if Uber, Lyft leave Minneapolis? It's complicated.

Taking a taxi from MSP to Uptown is fairly straightforward. A night out for drinks is another story.

Drake Webb announces departure from Dave Ryan Show and KDWB 101.3

Host did not give a reason for the split.
A pair of red women's slippers adorned with sparkles and a tiny bow toward the toe

Could Dorothy's ruby slippers return to Minnesota permanently? The Legislature thinks so.

The Senate is considering a bill to purchase Judy Garland's iconic footwear.
A pair of red women's slippers adorned with sparkles and a tiny bow toward the toe

Dorothy's ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz' are going on tour

Judy Garland's famed footwear will go up for auction in December.
Olivia Rodrigo stopped into a local eatery and caught a Minnesota Wild game ahead of her "GUTS" world tour stop in St. Paul Friday.

Here's what Olivia Rodrigo was up to before her St. Paul show

The pop superstar performed her sophomore album, "Guts," at Xcel Energy Center Friday.
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer has proposed the House of Representatives refrain from inviting President Joe Biden to deliver future State of the Union addresses

No more State of the Union invitations for President Biden, Rep. Tom Emmer says

The Minnesota Republican made the suggestion during a party retreat over the weekend.
Gov. Tim Walz told CNN's Kaitlan Collins that "old white men need to learn how to talk" about abortion and reproductive health care after Vice Preside

Gov. Tim Walz says 'old white men need to learn' how to talk about abortion, reproductive health

The governor told CNN the issues are winners for Democrats before taking aim at former President Donald Trump's golf game.
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday signed a bill regulating school resource officer programs and allowing them, once again, to place students in the prone posi

Gov. Tim Walz signs school resource officer bill, placing new oversight on campus police programs

The new law again allows officers to put students in the prone position, but to limit use of the hold.
three police cruisers sit in the street in front of a building that has a sign saying planned parenthood

Abortion debate plays out at St. Paul Planned Parenthood as VP makes historic visit

The St. Paul clinic has been the site of anti-abortion demonstrators on a frequent basis for years. Some were on hand Thursday as Harris became the first U.S. vice president to visit a clinic where abortions are performed.
Burnsville memorial: Excerpts from eulogies for Paul Elmstrand, Adam Finseth and Matthew Ruge

Burnsville memorial: Excerpts from eulogies for Paul Elmstrand, Adam Finseth and Matthew Ruge

The joint memorial service featured speeches that touched on the contributions that each of the slain first responders made to the community.
firefighters stand on a wooden stairwell. to their right, a lighthouse sits atop an outcropping of rock

Fire near Split Rock Lighthouse leads to evacuation

The historic structure was untouched by the blaze.
one firefighter walks a few paces ahead of a pair of his colleagues against the backdrop of burnt debris and makeshift tents

Cause of Camp Nenookaasi fire cannot be determined, investigators say

Mpls. Fire Department officials found dozens of illegal open fires and propane cooking devices in the debris.
A proposed bill would bar schools and public agencies from banning rainbow displays.

Bills aim to boost Minnesota's trans refuge status, especially in public schools

It's not immediately clear what kind of opposition the proposals will face.
A Star Tribune op-ed about a father forging a closer bond with his daughter through their shared interest in Iowa women's basketball has us wondering:

Calling all Minnesota dads and daughters: Tell us your sports bonding stories

We want to talk to you for an article.
Minneapolis is hosting the Big 10 men's basketball tournament for the first time in the events 27-year history.

Single-session tickets on sale for Big Ten men's basketball

Minneapolis is hosting the event for the first time in its 27-year history and the Gophers play on Thursday morning.
Minneapolis Police officer and school resource officer Drea Leal does her rounds in the hallways Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at Minneapolis Roosevelt High,

Minnesota Senate amends school resource officer bill, sends back to House

Gov. Tim Walz said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
Dr. Asitha Jayawardena wrote a Star Tribune op-ed to Iowa Hawkeyes basketball standout Caitlin Clark that's gone viral since it was published March 1.

'Dear Caitlin Clark' writer explains inspiration behind viral letter

The pediatric surgeon from the Twin Cities didn't expect that a simple gesture of gratitude addressed to Iowa standout Caitlin Clark would capture so much attention,
Maria Shriver, left, Kate Cox, of Dallas and Latorya Beasley of Birmingham, Ala., stand before President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union add

Who did Minnesota's representatives and senators bring to the State of the Union address?

First Lady Jill Biden invited a Twin Cities-area educator to spotlight the federal government's student loan forgiveness program for public servants.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar didn't vote in Minnesota primary, says uncommitted voters are 'angry and frustrated'

Nearly 46,000 Democratic primary voters cast a protest vote against President Joe Biden Tuesday.
Justin Bieber stands to the left of Will Smith and points off-camera. The two men are drenched in a green slimy liquid.

You can now 'Get Slimed' at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America

The 'Slimulator' will run until April 14.
A sign bearing an American flag that says "vote here."

How low was the turnout? And four other takeaways from Super Tuesday.

The November election will likely be a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.
People walking outside Target store on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

Return of Target employees brings jolt of life to downtown Mpls.

The retail giant is encouraging corporate workers to spend a week in the office once per quarter.
Minnesota joins 14 other states holding presidential primaries on March 5. Democrats will also host an additional contest in American Samoa.

It's Super Tuesday in Minnesota and the polls are open

Unlike other state primaries, voters will only decide on their preferred candidate for president.
Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-Minneapolis, speaks at Minnesota State Capitol on the first day of 2024 Minnesota Legislature session.

Minnesota House approves bill reversing ban on prone restraints by school resource officers

Law enforcement officials say they support the legislation, though they criticize legislators for approving the original ban.
Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre demonstrates how to make a ripping noise with tape on bubble wrap to Bilal Abshir and Mackenzie Dillon d

Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre wants to teach you everything is music

The affable rocker has been volunteering at a Twin Cities elementary school since early February.
Malia Breezee and best friend Greta Perpich, both freshman at Augsburg University, relax in the sunlight atop the hill at Gold Medal Park in Minneapol

So, is winter really over in the Twin Cities? A meteorologist explains

The Twin Cities saw its warmest meteorological winter on record. And the first weekend of spring may bring a high of 70 degrees.
Kristy's "Kiddy" Kar sold for $2,550 during the Minnesota State Fair's surplus auction, which makes it the third most expensive item sold during the e

How much for that Kiddy Kar? These were the 10 most expensive State Fair auction items.

Thirteen items sold for at least $1,000 during the 11-day auction, which closed Tuesday.
Roses with blue petals are ready to be handed out to attendees of the memorial service for Burnsville police officers Paul Elmstrand, 27, Matthew Ruge

Roses for Burnsville first responders: Volunteers prepare red- and blue-tipped flowers for memorial

Dozens of volunteers spent Tuesday coloring white roses for the event in Eden Prairie.
Just after 8 am, contingents from police departments across the state began arriving at Grace Church for a memorial service for Burnsville police offi

What is the 'end of watch' that dispatchers make for first responders who die in the line of duty?

Colleagues pledge to carry on the public service of fallen officers.
Photo of a grizzly bear sitting on its haunches and waving at the camera

Kenai, Minnesota Zoo's largest grizzly bear, dies

Zoo officials say the 17-year-old bear, who spent most of his life in captivity, suffered from liver cancer.
The drizzle obscured the Minneapolis skyline as a pedestrian walked across one of the foot bridges over Washington Ave. on the University of Minnesota

Minneapolis ranks among America's 'loneliest' cities, report says

The ranking is based on how many people live alone, but the U.S. Surgeon General has declared loneliness and isolation a national epidemic.
Dean Phillips in his New Hampshire campaign headquarters in January.

What's going on with Dean Phillips? He floats Nikki Haley team-up, attacks Walz and Klobuchar

The Minnesota congressman running for president continues to flip-flop on a potential third-party bid.
"Deadpool and Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman, center, visited an indoor golf course in Rochester this week. He posed for photos with Chip Shots employee

'Wolverine' sighting: Hugh Jackman swings through indoor golf course in Rochester

The "Greatest Showman" actor played a few rounds at Chip Shots and posed for photos on his way out.
The Minnesota State Fair is auctioning off thousands of items. Bids close at 1 p.m. Feb. 27.

Minnesota State Fair auction: The 10 strangest — and coolest — items

If you're in the market for an old Ferris wheel car, circus wagon wheels or an old-timey player piano, the State Fair's got you covered.
Burnsville Police Officer Pete Ekenberg stood at attention Tuesday across from Ballad-Sunder Funeral and Cremation in Jordan. A processional for Burns

Thousands pledged to support Burnsville first responders' families. Here's how you can help, too

Police officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge and firefighter/paramedic Adam Finseth were fatally shot early Sunday.
Boxing Coach Jorge Mendoza sparred with his students at Element Gym in St. Paul.

'It's his golden talent': Minnesota Capitol staffer finds joy in boxing, training youth

Jorge Mendoza found purpose in the sport. Now he uses his skill to give back to the community.