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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.
Recent content from Greta Kaul
Nicolae Miu makes his way out of the courtroom after the verdicts at the St. Croix County District Court in Hudson, Wis., on Thursday.

Jury: Nicolae Miu guilty of reckless homicide in Apple River stabbing

The St. Croix County jury convicted Nicolae Miu, 54, of reckless homicide for fatally stabbing Isaac Schuman, 17, at the popular recreation spot in western Wisconsin. He was also convicted of recklessly endangering the safety of four other people he stabbed.
This 2008 photo shows a sign posted at an entrance to North Oaks informing the public about private land within.

North Oaks seeks Met Council density rule exception for new neighborhood

North Oaks staff wants the neighborhood off septic systems and says the city faces unique circumstances. Met Council staff says allowing the change could set a precedent.
A brand new truck rolls into the garage at Walters Recycling and Refuse in Blaine, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. 

A judge will hear a lawsuit

Should Mounds View need voters' permission to move to city-organized trash collection? Voters decide Tuesday

Amid a monthslong battle over organized collection, Mounds View voters will decide Tuesday whether their approval will be required to move to a city-organized trash collection system.

3 injured in shooting at Lions Park in Golden Valley

Neighbors called 911 to report gunshots early Sunday.
People look for good finds at Edina's 2023 Community Clothing Swap. The city is hosting a jewelry and accessories swap this month.

Edina promotes sustainable shopping with accessory swap event

The April 12 event at the Edina Senior Center is the first of its kind for the city, which has previously hosted popular clothing swap events.
Piles of trash are collected on the tipping floor and loaded onto a conveyor belt for compost bag identification and separation on Nov. 9, 2023, at Ra

AI-powered curbside compost program expands to Woodbury, Oakdale and other Washington County communities

Compostable food scraps can be placed in special bags and then tossed in the trash; it's later sorted by AI-powered robotic arms at the Recycling & Energy Center in Newport.

Two police officers injured in hourslong standoff in Burnsville

The incident occurred less than two months after two Burnsville officers and a firefighter-paramedic were killed following a standoff.

Passenger dies in Brooklyn Park crash, driver arrested

Charges were suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.
St. Croix Country Republican Party Chairman Matthew Rust, center, called on a man with a question for St. Croix County administrator Ken Witt, left, a

How Wisconsin could decide the 2024 presidential election

Already considered a presidential swing state in recent elections, Wisconsin is considered one of just a handful of battleground states in the 2024 presidential election.
Compostable and foam food containers.

Roseville considering ban on foam take-out containers

Other metro cities like Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina and St. Louis Park have already shifted to rules requiring greener to-go containers; Roseville is seeking public feedback on the idea.
A person walked a dog at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony on Nov. 17, 2023.

At packed meeting, Three Rivers Park Board backs plan to help Silverwood Park survive and thrive

Neighbors and fans spoke about site's significance in their lives amid discussion about its future.
Fiona Eustathiades at Twelve22 Living in St. Paul. The building at 1222 University Av. dates from the 1920s as a casket factory and recently reopened

Former casket factory on St. Paul's University Avenue gets new life as affordable housing

The century-old building was built as a factory and showroom for the St. Paul Casket Co. It now contains 55 apartments available to people making less than the area median income.
Bob Medcraft, the real Choo Choo Bob, prepared the trains for the track during the filming of an episode of The Choo Choo Bob Show in St Paul Min., We

Choo Choo Bob's to close St. Louis Park location, reopen at St. Paul's Union Depot

The popular train-themed store will close its current location March 24 before returning to St. Paul, where it had operated until 2020.
Dr. Michael McGee posed for a picture in 2011.

A wrongful conviction casts doubt on former Ramsey County medical examiner's methods. It's not the first time.

A new lawsuit adds to questions of whether Dr. Michael McGee used sound science to investigate deaths in Minnesota over a career spanning four decades.
Bikers enjoy a stretch of the Bruce Vento trail that intersects with the Gateway Trail in Maplewood.

Extension of Bruce Vento Regional Trail in White Bear Lake planned for late 2024

The expanded bicycle and pedestrian trail will help users connect to more metro-area trails.
Anglers fish on the Sucker Lake channel, where swans congregate. Ramsey County Parks and Recreation officials say swans are ingesting lead tackle and

Swans are dying in Vadnais Heights' Sucker Lake Channel — and county leaders have figured out why

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is looking for residents' ideas and anglers' help to protect the birds, who they say are being poisoned when they eat fishing tackle containing lead.
Fans trekked across an empty field up on a warm sunny day before the Minnesota United home opening game at Allianz Field in St. Paul on March 2.

St. Paul's Midway neighborhood still waiting for renaissance around Allianz Field

A playground and sculpture garden are coming to United Village soon. Excitement over the site's potential has been tempered by frustration over pushed-out and scaled-back plans.
Maplewood has one of the strangest city borders in the state.

Why does Maplewood have such an odd shape?

The suburb bordering St. Paul is home to one of Minnesota's largest companies — and that's not an accident.
A rendering of the proposed concept for a new park in Roseville.

What should Roseville name its newest park?

The city is seeking the public's input as it decides on a name for a new park on County Road B, across from Midland Hills Golf Course.
Officer Elmstrand noted for his love of family

Burnsville police officer Paul Elmstrand had a sense of duty — and humor — from an early age

Elmstrand, 27, was killed along with two colleagues responding to a domestic violence call.
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. 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

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

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

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

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

A man was arrested in the case early Sunday morning in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

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

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

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

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

The 42-year-old victim was found dead Dec. 13

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

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

A 30-year-old woman died after being hit by a car in Garrison Township.

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

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

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

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

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

A woman who was a passenger of the SUV was not injured.

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

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

Some Minnesotans are wondering what's up with the train of bright lights speeding across the sky.