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Louis Krauss

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Louis Krauss is a general assignment reporter for the Star Tribune.

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Minneapolis City Council members, homeless advocates and service providers gathered to discuss reshaping the city's response to homelessness, a day af

Minneapolis council members to introduce homeless encampment response ordinances

One proposal would permit regulated camps to be run by nonprofits or community partners.
No one was reported killed or injured in the homeless encampment fire Thursday in Minneapolis at 28th Street and 12th Avenue S.

Large fire destroys south Minneapolis homeless encampment

An investigation into the cause of the fire was underway. Propane tanks could be seen around the camp's remains, and the fire chief said the site's flammability made for a "very dangerous situation."
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Native activist's daughter sentenced for criminal neglect in his death in Minnesota

Two days before Emmett Eastman died, police performed a welfare check at the woman's house and found squalid conditions.
The sun rose at Grace Church before a memorial service for Burnsville police officers Paul Elmstrand, 27, Matthew Ruge, 27, and firefighter-paramedic

Burnsville schools, City Hall closed Wednesday during police memorial

The district canceled classes because of traffic expected for the memorial and procession.
John Nichols, 32, showed off his new game, "Debauchee Pagliacci," at a playtest event hosted by the International Game Developers Association Twin Cit

Have a video game concept? Twin Cities group will help you make it a reality

The local chapter of the International Game Developers Association welcomes to its events aspiring developers who want to make games a career.
Minneapolis police chief Brian O'Hara speaks to a crowd during a law enforcement community dialogue Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at New Salem Baptist Church

3 juveniles held in Sunday robbery sprees on opposite sides of Minneapolis

Police believe two groups were working in tandem and may be connected to a string of similar crimes earlier this month.
Burnsville officer Paul Elmstrand, left, firefighter/paramedic Adam Fineth, center, and Burnsville officer Matthew Ruge, right ] Provided by Burnsvill

Here's how you can watch Wednesday's funeral service for Burnsville officers, firefighter-paramedic

The service in an Eden Prairie church's 4,300-seat auditorium has organizers "anticipating an unprecedented attendance," read a statement from the state Department of Public Safety.
A portion of the memorial to Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl at Richard WAlton Memorial Park, where he liked to spend time.

Man pleads guilty in Woodbury graduation party shooting that killed 14-year-old boy

Demaris N. Hobbs-Ekdahl was in the backseat of a car when he was shot and killed in the shootout.
A Brooklyn Park police officer was among several at the Brooks Landing apartment building on 74th Ave. N., where a woman was shot and killed Monday.

29-year-old woman ID'd as victim in Brooklyn Park shooting

The woman was shot several times by a man she had "some level of acquaintance" with, according to police.
Lucas Gilbertson and his wife, Kari Rivard.

Father sues undercover officer who shot and killed his son while executing warrant near East Grand Forks

The suit accuses an undercover officer of using excessive force after shooting Lucas Gilbertson last month during an attempt to arrest him.
A Brooklyn Park police officer was among several exiting the building where shots were reported. There was a large law enforcement response from multi

Woman shot and killed in Brooklyn Park apartment complex

Police say the shooting wasn't random and that they have a suspect in custody.
Zach Osterberg, of the Savage Fire Department, was overwhelmed with emotion and hugged his son Lincoln Osterberg as they paid their respect on three m

After Burnsville shootings, departments lean on each other

Kindness from the community, support from fellow officers are important to help the department and law enforcement community heal, officials say.
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St. Paul school district's Joe Gothard named National Superintendent of the Year

Gothard was recognized as Minnesota Superintendent of the Year last fall.
St. Paul library announces a second wave of laser-eyed loon library cards is on the way

St. Paul library announces a second wave of laser-eyed loon library cards is on the way

The first batch of the popular cards ran out in three days, officials said.
Most of the claims were dismissed in a lawsuit against St. Thomas Academy, but two for alleged negligence and negligent supervision are still being co

Civil lawsuit targeting St. Thomas Academy's culture, scaled back by a judge, now hangs on negligence claim

A Dakota County judge dismissed five of seven claims against the Mendota Heights private school, but the court is still considering claims of negligence and negligent supervision stemming from allegations made by two recent graduates.
An ice house partially submerged and frozen into Lower Prior Lake in this winter of our discontent.

Fish house breaks through ice into Prior Lake, refreezes in place

The structure was first reported to the Sheriff's Office on Feb. 8.
“Today’s arrest is the direct result of our focused efforts to stop this senseless violence,” Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara said Monday.

3 arrested after spike in Minneapolis robberies

There has been a 40% increase in robberies this year compared to this point in 2023, police said.
Attorney Bruce Nestor said in November that a complaint had been filed on behalf of two Edina students who were suspended for using a pro-Palestinian

Feds investigating Edina Public Schools for discrimination

The U.S. Department of Education inquiry comes months after outcry over two students being suspended for a controversial pro-Palestine slogan.
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Winnebago, Minn., mayor and son arrested over alleged marijuana grow operation

Seized plants had labels indicating roughly 30% THC concentration, above the 0.3% limit for hemp, according to charges.
State BCA identifies veteran Willmar officer who shot knife-wielding suspect

State BCA identifies veteran Willmar officer who shot knife-wielding suspect

The officer, Michael Holme, was wearing a body camera that captured the shooting, according to the BCA.
Metro Transit police seek the identify of this man, who was found dead the night of Jan. 13 on a Green Line train in St. Paul.

Authorities seek identity of man found dead last month on Metro Transit Green Line train in St. Paul

Efforts by Metro Transit police and Ramsey County Medical Examiner investigators to identify the man have been unsuccessful.
Dakota County 911 call service experiencing outages

Dakota County 911 call service experiencing outages

The outage led to emergency alerts issued to area residents' phones.
Winona LaDuke led protestors as they demonstrated outside the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in St. Paul, before the hearing on June 3, 2015

Winona LaDuke denies allegations following state investigation of Honor the Earth

LaDuke and her attorney say loans to her children who worked there were part of a benefit program and that sexual harassment complaints were "appropriately investigated."
A kitchen fire destroyed the popular Papa Charlie’s tavern and music venue at Lutsen Mountains last June.

Fire that destroyed Lutsen Lodge continues string of North Shore business blazes

Since 2020, at least three fires have destroyed five restaurants and stores in Grand Marais and Lutsen — with no known causes.
Local officials posed for a photo after the announcement that Rotary International will host its annual international convention in Minneapolis in 202

Rotary International 2029 convention set for Minneapolis

The organization says it will bring more than 15,000 Rotary members and participants from around the world to the event at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Minnesota woman prosecuted for exposing breasts in public loses case on appeal

Minnesota woman prosecuted for exposing breasts in public loses case on appeal

The woman argued the Constitution's equal protection clause should give women the same right to go bare-chested in public that men enjoy.
A man died after being hit by a minivan in St. Paul Friday night, at the intersection of East Mechanic Avenue and Van Dyke Street. Photo provided by S

Man dies after being struck by minivan in St. Paul

The driver was cooperating with the investigation, police said.
Brion Curran received two days of jail after pleading guilty to drunk driving in October.

DFL legislator Brion Curran gets jail sentence for drunken driving

The legislator, who expressed regret, is under two years of supervised probation.
Winona La Duke of Honor the Earth expressed her displeasure at the decision and promised that Minnesota would have its "Standing Rock" referring to DA

A.G.'s Office: Winona LaDuke made unauthorized transactions, mishandled harassment claims as head of nonprofit

The petition for an order lays out steps that Honor the Earth has already taken and needs to take following the alleged misconduct reported by the Attorney General's Office.
People line up before grand opening Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 at NativeCare in Red Lake, Minn. The Red Lake Nation opened the state's first recreational m

Red Lake Nation Council hands off daily operation of tribal-owned dispensary

The Red Lake Nation Council's move follows a theft allegation that was found to be false.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced that he will veto City Council resolution from last week in the Israel-Hamas war Wednesday.

Frey vetoes Minneapolis City Council's Israel-Hamas resolution

A veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council approved the symbolic resolution last week, so an override of Mayor Jacob Frey's veto is possible.
St. Louis Park man charged in crash that killed Plymouth woman

St. Louis Park man charged in crash that killed Plymouth woman

Speeding and high, he ran a red light in Plymouth and struck the woman's driver's side. Now he faces vehicular homicide charge.
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Tribal group angered Pioneer Press hid medallion on St. Paul land considered sacred

Officials at the nonprofit said they were shocked to learn the nature sanctuary was chosen given they consider it a sacred site.
Talicha Whitmore and her daughter, Brooklyn, 10, in their new apartment Monday evening, January 22, 2024. Whitmore is in the process of moving into th

A historic Minneapolis church solved its budget crisis by housing homeless people

A new affordable housing complex at Calvary Lutheran Church has 88 people on its waitlist, weeks after opening.
Electric Fetus music buyer Jim Novak holds up Dylan Records the day after actor Timothée Chalamet's visited Hibbing to prepare for a Bob Dylan biopic

Chalamet as Dylan? Electric Fetus customers weigh in

The actor, who visited Duluth and Hibbing this week, is playing the music legend and native of Minnesota's North Country in an upcoming biopic. Record store shoppers were divided on whether Chalamet should sing Dylan's songs or use dubbed audio.
Actor Timothée Chalamet stopped by Hibbing High School during a rehearsal of the drama department's production and spent some time chatting with the

Actor Timothée Chalamet visits Hibbing High School, Duluth to prepare to play Bob Dylan

Chalamet, who visited Dylan haunts in Hibbing and Duluth, will play the singer in an upcoming biopic.
Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey filled a pothole with the city’s asphalt pothole patcher in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday.

Minneapolis sets record for potholes following snowy 2023

The city's report found that it took close to 20 days on average for a pothole to get filled in the last year.
Baseball fans, including Ben Lane, Mike Kroll, Jeremy McCouch and Sam Boor (behind the bar) watch the Hall of Fame coverage as  Minnestoa Twins legend

At St. Paul's Nook, fans show love for Joe Mauer's Hall of Fame election

They say the longtime Twins star's new Cooperstown status serves an as inspiration for young local athletes.
Bob Dylan is resurrecting his "Theme Time Radio Hour" on SiriusXM.

No, 'Jeopardy!' guests, Bob Dylan is from Duluth, Prince from Mpls.

What are "crickets"? The sound after one contestant guessed Prince was from Duluth.
A semitrailer truck collided with an SUV west of Minnetristra early Friday afternoon.

2 people in SUV killed in head-on crash with semi on Hwy. 7 are identified

The crash occurred about noon west of Minnetrista.
Two charged with shooting, killing man in Minneapolis

Two charged with shooting, killing man in Minneapolis

One of the suspects has also been linked to a murder that went unsolved for nearly two years, according to federal charges.
St. Paul police: Man accidentally shot self in leg during parents event at Como Park Elementary

St. Paul police: Man accidentally shot self in leg during parents event at Como Park Elementary

Police are investigating how the gun went off. They say the weapon fired while the man was playing basketball.
Shakopee varsity girls hockey players comforted each other after a speech by Lily Schuetz, a junior varsity player and one of Mikayla McCarvel’s bes

Shakopee High hockey player mourned after death from December crash

Teammates and coaches called Mikayla McCarvel a good leader and a kind, funny person.
A police car waits on campus at the University of Minnesota after receiving deadly threats by a man saying he was going to target the U on Thursday, J

Incident with man suspected of University of Minnesota threats began a day earlier, warrants show

Joseph Rongstad, who has yet to be charged, allegedly posted threats on his business' Facebook page targeting judges and his local sheriff.
Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum nominated for best history museum in U.S., now vying for top spot

This is the second year in a row the Minneapolis museum has made the list of nominees, created by USA Today experts.
A new female nyala calf has been announced at the Como Park Zoo.

Visitors fawn over first nyala calf born at Como Zoo

The calf, which has yet to be named, was born Jan. 6.
Minneapolis man dies weeks after shooting;  13-year-old suspect in custody

Minneapolis man dies weeks after shooting; 13-year-old suspect in custody

Ezekiel Javon Paine, 22, of Minneapolis, died Thursday in a hospital, following the Dec. 7 shooting inside an apartment.
Body camera footage shows St. Paul officer shoot, wound fleeing assault suspect

Body camera footage shows St. Paul officer shoot, wound fleeing assault suspect

Police have released footage that shows two officers outside an apartment where Brett Fraser ran out and was shot in the arm.
A police car waits on campus at the University of Minnesota after receiving deadly threats by a man saying he was going to target the U on Thursday, J

Ex-mayor who threatened to shoot U of M students arrested after 4-hours-long standoff

The man suspected of threatening students was arrested after an apparent standoff in Watson, Minn. A bomb squad was brought in but it turned out there were no explosives inside the house.
Lucas Gilbertson and his wife, Kari Rivard.

BCA: Undercover East Grand Forks officer shot and killed suspect in northwest Minnesota

The undercover officer who shot Gilbertson did not have a body-worn camera, the BCA said. Other officers did have body-worn cameras, and the BCA is reviewing that footage along with squad car video.
The Vang family has now lost four children to a fire at their St. Paul home.

St. Paul house fire that killed 4 children was likely started by candle

Four of the family's six children were killed in last week's blaze. The city's Fire Department is planning to release more information Saturday.
Rep. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, served as House speaker from 2015 to 2019.

Former House Speaker Kurt Daudt to leave Legislature in February

Kurt Daudt served as House speaker from 2015 to 2019, and led the largest Republican majority in more than a decade during his tenure. He was first elected in 2010.
BCA identifies man shot, injured by St. Paul officer

BCA identifies man shot, injured by St. Paul officer

Brett Kohl Fraser was shot in the arm on Saturday and survived, and is a suspect in a sexual assault, the BCA said Wednesday.
It was a packed house Tuesday night at the Plymouth City Council meeting, where the council voted to approve a new campus for Eagle Brook Church.

Plymouth officials approve megachurch after lawsuit threat

The Plymouth City Council voted 3-3, reversing its previous rejection as it faced Eagle Brook Church's threat of a lawsuit. They then voted 4-2 to approve the church's proposal, with some conditions.
Officer shoots and kills suspect in northwest Minnesota

Officer shoots and kills suspect in northwest Minnesota

The injured man was taken by ambulance to a hospital but a BCA spokesperson later confirmed he had died.
Police and emergency service personnel secure the scene of an active shooter the evening of Monday Dec. 8, 2023 at Big Lake Road and Minnesota Highway

Three dead in Cloquet, Minn., including suspected shooter

Residents near a Super 8 hotel were urged to shelter in place until police found the suspect was dead.
Gunshot victim found dead in Minneapolis garbage bin was Burnsville man

Gunshot victim found dead in Minneapolis garbage bin was Burnsville man

Johnson's body was found Sunday afternoon in a garbage bin in the garage of an abandoned home on the city's North Side.
Snowstorm warnings for southern Minnesota; cold coming this weekend

Snowstorm warnings for southern Minnesota; cold coming this weekend

The Twin Cities will miss most of the snow before the season's first below-zero readings of the season.
Stillwater prison

State of Minnesota drops effort to get inmates released during pandemic back into prison

The agreement settles a 2022 lawsuit that saw inmates given conditional release during the pandemic argue it was illegal to send them back to prison when they could have significant or fatal reactions to COVID-19.
Woman hit by apparent stray gunfire into north Minneapolis apartment

Woman hit by apparent stray gunfire into north Minneapolis apartment

She was critically injured after someone apparently fired a gun out of a vehicle in the alley behind her apartment building.
The Forensic Mental Health Program, formerly known as the Minnesota Security Hospital, in St. Peter, Minn.

Psychiatric patient charged in fellow patient's killing in St. Peter

David Michael Otey bludgeoned the other man and choked an employee at the state-operated mental health facility, authorities say.
A Busseto charcuterie sampler with three different meats tested positive for salmonella, and Minnesota officials are warning consumers to steer clear.

Minnesota officials warn salmonella detected in charcuterie sampler

It was a Busseto sampler containing prosciutto, sweet sopressata and dry coppa. The state's health and agriculture departments are investigating the scope of the problem.
A thin ice warning on Medicine Lake in Plymouth, in 2017. Officials across Minnesota are warning of poor ice conditions on ponds and lakes after a run

Minnesota officials warn of ice dangers after multiple deaths and rescues

More than 100 anglers were rescued after getting stranded on an ice floe in Upper Red Lake on Friday evening, the latest in a series of ice-related emergencies this month.
Lea Chosa, a resident of Camp Nenookaasi, chanted as she marched with over 200 people during a Dec. 13 march to protest the clearing of the large Indi

Minneapolis plans to close the city's largest homeless encampment next week

Earlier plans to close the camp at E. 23rd Street and 13th Avenue S. were delayed to allow residents more time to find housing.
The chosen design for Minnesota’s new flag includes an abstract rendering of the state’s borders and an eight-point North Star.

New Minnesota state flag? Crow Wing County Board would rather keep the old flag flying

Commissioners plan to vote Jan. 2 on sending a letter to Gov. Tim Walz and state lawmakers to express their displeasure with the flag redesign.
The final design choice to become Minnesota’s state flag.

What's a design expert's verdict on Minnesota's new state flag?

Ted Kaye, who wrote the book on flag design, says the state's newly minted design gets an "A" from him.
The second-floor window was shot out and a second also damaged in a north Minneapolis day care center early Tuesday evening, police said.

North Minneapolis day care window shot out as kids visit Santa inside

The Santa visit was on the floor below where the shooting happened, O'Hara said. He noted that children had been in the affected room just before the shooting happened.
From left: Edina’s Creek Valley Elementary School fifth-graders Nithini Weerakkodi Arachchilage, Fallon Smith, Kaydence Chen and Marit Western were

Edina fifth-graders' raspberry experiment will be tested in space

The test will be carried out in fall 2024 at the International Space Station, and the contest is led by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.
Fatal south Minneapolis encampment shooting was self-defense, county attorney's office says

Fatal south Minneapolis encampment shooting was self-defense, county attorney's office says

The victim was Tyrone J. Mohr, 45; investigators say the shooting occurred after Mohr started a fight.
University of Minnesota levels up video gaming for academic courses — and varsity level competition

University of Minnesota levels up video gaming for academic courses — and varsity level competition

The U is now part of a new competitive e-sports league with other Big Ten schools — and is looking to expand the footprint of competitive video gaming on campus.
Officials identify St. Paul shooting victim

Officials identify St. Paul shooting victim

The victim was 30-year-old Alfonzo Armstead, St. Paul police said in a statement Thursday on X.
Silent march honors Minnesotans who died while homeless in 2023

Silent march honors Minnesotans who died while homeless in 2023

Marchers said the event is crucial because, in many cases, those who die on the streets often don't get a proper memorial service.
A man was shot and killed Wednesday, Dec. 13, in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood on the 400 block of University Avenue W.

Man shot dead in St. Paul's Summit-University neighborhood

Officers responded just before 3 p.m. to the 400 block of University Avenue W. after a 911 caller reported hearing gunshots and seeing someone lying on the ground.
Man fatally shot in Minneapolis homeless encampment

Man fatally shot in Minneapolis homeless encampment

Early investigation indicates the shooting took place inside a tent at the fenced-in encampment.
Inmate found dead in Anoka jail ID'd as suspect from April standoff

Inmate found dead in Anoka jail ID'd as suspect from April standoff

Officials have identified Richard Shane Daily II, 36, of Big Lake, as the inmate found dead over the weekend in Anoka County Jail.