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Greta Kaul

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Greta Kaul is the Star Tribune’s Ramsey County reporter.


She grew up in the east metro and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she worked at the Minnesota Daily. Prior to the Star Tribune, she worked for MinnPost, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News. Outside of work, she and her husband like to garden and get outside in all four of Minnesota's seasons.
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Burnsville police officer Paul Elmstrand

'A light in hard times': Burnsville police officer Paul Elmstrand recalled as loving husband, father with a unique laugh

Elmstrand, 27, was killed along with two colleagues responding to a domestic violence call in Burnsville on Sunday.
North St. Paul's "Snowy" sculpture, seen in the city's Fall Round Up Parade.

No snow, but North St. Paul will be blanketed with snowman sculptures

The Ramsey County suburb is set to get more versions of its signature snowman sculpture, decorated by Minnesota artists and placed around the city.
The sign at Sun Ray Shopping Center shown in November after it was repainted.

Ross, Five Below stores coming to Sun Ray Shopping Center on St. Paul's East Side

Last fall, a third of square footage in Sun Ray was available for lease. Neighbors and officials have complained of what they saw as disinvestment in the center.
A health care professional weeps on a paramedic vehicle that has become one of three memorials in front of the Burnsville Police Department in Burnsvi

Two Burnsville cops, paramedic shot and killed; gunman dead

The first responder was trying to help one of the wounded officers when shot, police said. The shootings happened after an hourslong standoff following a domestic abuse call.
Burnsville officer Paul Elmstrand, left, firefighter/paramedic Adam Fineth, center, and Burnsville officer Matthew Ruge, right ] Provided by Burnsvill

'They are our heroes': Officers, paramedic slain in Burnsville remembered

Burnsville police officers Matthew Ruge and Paul Elmstrand and paramedic Adam Finseth were shot and killed responding to a call Sunday.
Members of St. Anthony Village police and other agencies worked a crime scene in northeast Minneapolis in 2014.

Falcon Heights, St. Anthony consider renewing policing partnership, seek residents' feedback

The two cities' policing agreement ended in 2017 after a then-St. Anthony officer shot and killed motorist Philando Castile.
A brand-new truck rolled into the garage at Walters Recycling and Refuse in Blaine on Jan. 31.

Judge orders Mounds View to negotiate in good faith with trash haulers in proposed move to organized collection

Mounds View residents will vote on a charter amendment that would require voter approval to go to organized trash collection April 9.
Edina Police helped deliver baby Titus Elliot on Wednesday, after being called to a house.

Edina police help deliver healthy baby boy

Police and fire were dispatched to a "spur-of-the-moment" birth.
Richard Sennott/Star Tribune. Richard.Sennott@startribune.com St Louis Park Mn. Thursday 04/21/11 ] The Minnesota State Patrol staged a high saturatio

Minnesota State Patrol steps up DWI enforcement over Super Bowl weekend

Last year, law enforcement made 300 DWI arrests on Super Bowl weekend.
A SuperShuttle van trunk picked up passengers outside Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport  in 2019.

Road to baggage claim re-opened after damage at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

The road to the Terminal 1 baggage claim was closed late Saturday after a truck hit and damaged an overhead sign.
Incoming St. Anthony Police Chief Jeff Spiess

St. Anthony names new police chief

Incoming chief Jeff Spiess says his department has worked to "grow and get better" since the shooting of motorist Philando Castile by a then-St. Anthony Police officer in 2016
Ramsey County Sherif Bob Fletcher said deputies will be required to activate cameras in situations that may result in police action, but not casual en

Falcon Heights will continue policing contract with Ramsey County Sheriff

The city is considering alternatives, including a new partnership with St. Anthony Village, a city that it cut policing ties with after Philando Castile's traffic stop death in 2016.
Stolen Kia crashed into Minneapolis police squad car

Stolen Kia crashed into Minneapolis police squad car

The driver also sped down the wrong side of Lowry Avenue and hit an Audi. No arrests have been made.
Willmar, Minnesota, police shoot man, BCA investigating

Willmar, Minnesota, police shoot man, BCA investigating

The man who was shot has been hospitalized. He allegedly threatened a 911 caller and then an officer with a knife.
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips got 1.7% of the vote in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary on Saturday.

Rep. Phillips places distant third in South Carolina Democratic presidential primary

The Minnesota Democrat got less than 2% of the vote.
Valentine's Day deal: Free weddings at the Ramsey County Courthouse

Valentine's Day deal: Free weddings at the Ramsey County Courthouse

The county is joining other Minnesota counties in providing free weddings to a limited number of couples on Feb. 14.
Residents of 18 Minnesota counties may have been affected by data breach

Residents of 18 Minnesota counties may have been affected by data breach

Social Security numbers were compromised along with other sensitive information in a ransomware attack, according to Clay County.
Minneapolis shooting leaves teen with severe injuries

Minneapolis shooting leaves teen with severe injuries

A man was arrested in the case early Sunday morning in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Minnesota county's sensitive information compromised in ransomware attack

Minnesota county's sensitive information compromised in ransomware attack

The attack on a Clay County network may have taken Social Security numbers.
Pedestrian injured in hit-run in South St. Paul

Pedestrian injured in hit-run in South St. Paul

The driver reportedly fled, and the victim was taken to a hospital.
A dog that was awaiting adoption at Animal Care and Control in Minneapolis on May 25, 2023.

Adoption fee for cats, dogs lowered or eliminated as Minneapolis shelter seeks to make space

Pet adopters will still need to pay city licensing fees.
Ashes, the Roseville Fire Department's therapy firedog-in-training, met the city council Monday.

Meet Ashes, the Roseville Fire Department's therapy firedog-in-training

The silver lab puppy will help first responders and people displaced by fires.
The space once occupied by Sears at Maplewood Mall will become the second location of HmongTown Market, as seen in Maplewood on Wednesday.

HmongTown Marketplace expanding to second location at former Maplewood Mall Sears

A grand opening for the site could come as soon as May of 2025.
Morgan Rae Petersen died of injuries she suffered in a crash Saturday.

Lake Elmo crash kills 5-year-old St. Paul girl

Morgan Rae Petersen was in a stalled car with two others on Hwy. 36 when an SUV struck it from behind.
Fatal Edina crash believed to be caused by medical incident

Fatal Edina crash believed to be caused by medical incident

A 42-year-old Lester Prairie man died in the incident Sunday morning on Highway 62 east in Edina.
Miriam Holsinger, co-president of Eureka Recycling, walks between bales of recycled materials to examine bales of trash that was sorted out Tuesday, J

Metro counties launch campaign to bust myths about recycling

Six metro area counties have launched a whimsical campaign to bust myths about recycling ending up in a landfill.
The Gate 4 entrance to the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in 2010.

Ramsey County approves sale of land at former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site

The $12.7 million deal is with Ryan Companies, which plans to develop the 40-acre parcel for business, manufacturing or other commercial use.
The University of Minnesota dance team performed at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals.

U of M dance team goes viral with 'Dream On' routine at competition

The University of Minnesota team also danced to the Aerosmith song in a legendary 2004 performance.
Firefighters used a ladder to help a resident who was hanging out a second-story window ledge exit.

Roseville townhouse fire sends two adults to hospital

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Man arrested after allegedly shooting at Minneapolis police officers

Man arrested after allegedly shooting at Minneapolis police officers

The incident was connected to an assault on a woman in south Minneapolis, police said.
Minneapolis will receive $394,000 to assist with an environmental cleanup that will allow for an expansion of O’Shaughnessy Distillery, pictured her

East metro housing, Minneapolis distillery expansion among projects receiving state cleanup funds

Six Minnesota communities are receiving a combined $2.15 million in contamination cleanup and investigation grants from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Mechanic AJ Flores applied a marking sticker to a catalytic converter in 2022 in Spring Lake Park. The sticker was a part of a state Commerce Departme

Catalytic converter thefts ebbed in 2023 in Twin Cities, suburbs

A drop in metal prices and a theft ring bust, as well as state and local efforts to curb theft, may all be at play in the decline.
The Gate 4 entrance to the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in 2010.

Arden Hills approves more housing at former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site

Density at the 427-acre former superfund site, one of the last large undeveloped pieces of land in the metro area, has been a point of conflict.
Brian L. Renfroe president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) speaks about the violence that many letter carriers have been su

Letter carriers raise alarm over assaults, call for protections

Letter carriers rallied in front of the downtown Minneapolis post office on Sunday to call for increased protections amid attacks.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center took in 60 big brown bats last week after they were found hibernating in a roof that needed to be replaced.

Minnesota Wildlife Rehab Center has batty end of year; saves big brown bat colony

The man who found the hibernating bats carefully removed them and drove them more than two hours from Miltona to the center in Roseville.
Xcel Energy Center on March 15, 2020.

How to get tickets to watch Minnesota's new professional women's hockey team play

The Professional Women's Hockey League franchise plays its first home game Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
People head into the soon-to-close Pottery Barn on Grand Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. With Pottery Barn closing soon, peopl

'Still here': Boosters say St. Paul's Grand Avenue is alive and well despite Pottery Barn, other retail closures

Members of the neighborhood business association say they think recent closures are more a sign of a rapidly changing retail landscape than a moribund Grand Avenue.
Is wrapping paper recyclable? How to handle holiday debris

Is wrapping paper recyclable? How to handle holiday debris

The holiday aftermath raises many questions for well-intentioned Minnesotans about what is trash and what can be recycled.
The eastern basin of Savage Lake in Little Canada. A proposal to change the lake’s name to Lake Métis will get a public hearing in January.

Little Canada may change name of Savage Lake, considered offensive to Native Americans

Representatives of the Little Canada Historical Society say that "Lake Métis" would better honor the area's history.
Four arrested in Isanti County shooting death

Four arrested in Isanti County shooting death

The 42-year-old victim was found dead Dec. 13
Woman held after man stabbed to death in south Minneapolis

Woman held after man stabbed to death in south Minneapolis

A 46-year-old man was found stabbed to death around 8 a.m. Sunday morning in Minneapolis. A woman was taken into custody.
Pedestrian dies after being struck by SUV in Park Rapids

Pedestrian dies after being struck by SUV in Park Rapids

The woman driving the car told authorities she thought she had hit an animal. She continued driving, returned and then left after seeing emergency response at the scene, later following up with 911.
Pedestrian dies in Crow Wing County crash

Pedestrian dies in Crow Wing County crash

A 30-year-old woman died after being hit by a car in Garrison Township.
Woman dies in Anoka County crash

Woman dies in Anoka County crash

Her SUV veered into oncoming traffic and collided with another SUV. The second driver was hospitalized in stable condition.
Maple Grove woman to plead guilty in mother's death

Maple Grove woman to plead guilty in mother's death

Nicole Mari Wobbeking, 50, agreed to plead guilty to charges of second-degree manslaughter. Her mother died after Wobbeking pushed the older woman down steps and beat her.
Man allegedly was stabbing woman when police arrived in Marshall, dies after shots fired

Man allegedly was stabbing woman when police arrived in Marshall, dies after shots fired

Officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call. The woman is in critical condition after being airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.
Man badly injured in apparent bar fight turned shooting in northeast Minneapolis

Man badly injured in apparent bar fight turned shooting in northeast Minneapolis

The early Saturday shooting occurred on the 500 block of East Hennepin Avenue. No arrests have been made.
Fire at Eagan battery recycling facility contained

Fire at Eagan battery recycling facility contained

There were no injuries after a fire broke out on the roof of the site.
Ramsey County pilot program makes opioid overdose kits available to residents

Ramsey County pilot program makes opioid overdose kits available to residents

The county is offering a limited number of kits that include two doses of naloxone (also known as Narcan) to residents who live in or work with communities where people are more likely to overdose.
Ramsey County Manager Ryan O’Connor

Ramsey County manager to leave for top Met Council staff job

Ryan O'Connor has been the Ramsey County manager since 2018. His last day with the county is in March, when he will step down for a Metropolitan Council role.
The increases in property taxes would vary by city, property type and assessed value.

As Ramsey County considers property tax levy hike, here are four things to know

The County Board is set to vote on a 6.75% increase Tuesday.
A residential road partially covered in frozen snow in South St. Paul on Sunday.

Streets, roads could remain slippery into Monday

Temperatures above freezing on Monday should help clear lingering ice on roadways, after three died on slick roads over the weekend.
Owatonna man dies in one-vehicle crash on icy roads in Bloomington

Owatonna man dies in one-vehicle crash on icy roads in Bloomington

A woman who was a passenger of the SUV was not injured.
St. Paul woman granted extension on boulevard garden removal

St. Paul woman granted extension on boulevard garden removal

The St. Paul City Council granted Iris Logan six months to remove her Hamline-Midway boulevard garden.
Pedestrian walking on I-694 struck, killed in Maple Grove

Pedestrian walking on I-694 struck, killed in Maple Grove

The man, who was walking in a traffic lane near Hemlock Lane, was hit by an SUV and died.
No, the string of lights you saw in the sky is not a UFO

No, the string of lights you saw in the sky is not a UFO

Some Minnesotans are wondering what's up with the train of bright lights speeding across the sky.
Royal Cigar & Tobacco customers walked into the Dinkytown store Sunday, hours after two people were shot and killed there, Minneapolis police said

2 shot dead at tobacco store in Minneapolis' Dinkytown

A store employee was transported to a hospital with at least one gunshot wound in the incident near the University of Minnesota.
Man dies, suspect arrested in Edina shooting

Man dies, suspect arrested in Edina shooting

A man has been arrested following a fatal Saturday night shooting in a strip mall parking lot in Edina.
Mahtomedi youth hockey player dies days after crash

Mahtomedi youth hockey player dies days after crash

Samson Walters, 16, played on the Junior Gold 16 team with the Mahtomedi Youth Hockey Association.
A Green Line light-rail train.

Metro Transit to start new fare enforcement program Monday

The agency is also expected to approve a new rider code of conduct.
Woman dies after brief pursuit by State Patrol in St. Paul

Woman dies after brief pursuit by State Patrol in St. Paul

Ahayna Elizabeth Sanders, 26, was identified as the driver who crashed into a concrete wall. She died and two passengers were hospitalized.
Local officials at the ribbon cutting for the new Bielenberg Bridge.

New I-94 bridge connects Woodbury and Oakdale

The new Bielenberg Bridge connects Helmo Avenue in Oakdale and Bielenberg Avenue in Woodbury across the interstate.
Janice Rettman in the council chambers before the Ramsey County Board in 2017.

'That was Janice': Former Ramsey County Commissioner and St. Paul City Council Member Janice Rettman has died

Rettman served in local government in St. Paul and Ramsey County for more than three decades and helped solve a St. Paul child murder case.
Teri Otterness pointed out a Japanese maple, a hearty Zone 5 plant, at Highland Nursery in St. Paul.

USDA's hardiness zone map changes. What it means for Minnesota gardeners and growers

Minnesotans pride themselves on enduring deep, winter cold. The latest map shows this extreme cold is fading.
Iris Logan has been tending to the boulevard in front of her St. Paul home, but the city is ordering her to remove all the rocks and a bench, after so

St. Paul orders woman to remove boulevard garden

A neighborhood group is hoping to preserve some of Iris Logan's garden — or find another way to honor her contributions to Hamline-Midway.
South Minneapolis apartment fire sends four to hospital

South Minneapolis apartment fire sends four to hospital

An apartment fire in the Whittier neighborhood Saturday night also left several residents of the building displaced.
The ancient murrelet found in Hastings.

A rare bird: Roseville wildlife rehabilitation center treats little-seen ancient murrelet

The bird, which typically lives along the Pacific Ocean, was found injured in Hastings and taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Minnesota.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, shown in 2019.

State allows Ramsey County jail to return to full operations

The jail was required to reduce its capacity early this year after the Department of Corrections found inadequate staffing caused "imminent risk of life-threatening harm" to those in jail.
A photo posted in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Aviation Spotting group on Facebook showed the fire at the MSP airport parking garage Sunday.

Fire, smoke plume at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport parking garage quickly doused

A vehicle fire caused black smoke to billow from a parking ramp at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Sunday.
Man fleeing SWAT collides head-on with a St. Paul police vehicle, sending two to a hospital

Man fleeing SWAT collides head-on with a St. Paul police vehicle, sending two to a hospital

The man was trying to escape arrest Saturday evening in Frogtown.
Mason Garcia

Holy Angels hockey captain hospitalized after scrimmage injury

Team captain Mason Garcia was hospitalized in intensive care after he was hit during a scrimmage against Lakeville South on Saturday, according to the team's coach.
Siblings Huda Iman, 7, from left, Abdulahli, 12, and Ahlam, 10, of Roseville interact with a sculpture at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Minn. on Fri

Will Silverwood Park get the boot? Three Rivers Park District board discusses offloading or moving Silverwood Park programming

The park system, funded mostly by suburban Hennepin County, owns the park in St. Anthony, but most visitors come from Ramsey and Anoka counties.
A rendering of the new Ramsey County Environmental Service Center.

Ramsey County breaks ground on new 'one-stop shop' for disposal and recycling in Roseville

The new Environmental Service Center is set to open in late 2025 or early 2026.
Man kidnapped, robbed near University of Minnesota

Man kidnapped, robbed near University of Minnesota

The victim told police he was robbed at gunpoint by men who said they were his Uber drivers.
Man shot Tuesday in Minneapolis dies in hospital

Man shot Tuesday in Minneapolis dies in hospital

Homicide investigators are investigating the death of the man, who was found shot in the driver's seat of a stolen vehicle.