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Paul Walsh is a general assignment reporter at the Star Tribune. He wants your news tips, especially in and near Minnesota.

Walsh writes what's interesting and important, with interesting being his preference.
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A state trooper gave these patrol-issued masks to Dr. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua after he pulled her over for speeding on Interstate 35 in east-central Minn

Minnesota trooper's roadside gesture during traffic stop brings doctor to tears

The trooper gave the speeding doctor a warning — and a fistful of coveted N95 medical masks.
This is the lift involved in the incident Thursday that left a rental business mechanic dead. Credit: Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office

Worker died as aerial lift was being inspected, struck power line in Byron

The victim was identified as a 37-year-old man from Rochester.
Crew worked on boarding up what remained of the fire that destroyed several businesses on the 2400 block of Central Avenue, Monday, March 23, 2020 in

Cherished locks of hair from dearly departed are rescued from huge Central Avenue fire

Challenges are many for residents saved what they could from the fast-moving fire.
Carlton Troutman

Driver hit Edina student boarding bus to prove he could kill, charges say

The teen's mother was angered after hearing why the crash happened. Teen is more confused, mom said.
Gregory Turner

Authorities ID man shot during suspected north Minneapolis home invasion

No arrests have been made, police said.
Catherine Lynn

Charge: Driver took potent drugs before fatally hitting woman near Princeton

Her longtime partner was with her and called 911 from the scene.
Joyce Chapek

Motorist rolls SUV, dies in southern Minnesota ditch despite road crew's rescue efforts

Workers got the vehicle upright, but the woman was already dead.

Motorist who crashed on I-94 in Minneapolis last week has died

Patrol also said troopers suspected he was impaired at the time.

Aerial boom operator touches powerline in SE. Minnesota and is killed

The incident occurred at a rental business.
A 1956 Ford Thunderbird, before it was stolen and damaged last week.

Charges: Central Minnesota burglar steals, badly damages pristine classic Thunderbird

"It has a lot of sentimental value to my dad," said Mark Wedel, who was looking after the 1956 two-seater for his ailing father.
Crews boarded up one of the buildings severely damaged by Sunday’s fire. The Red Cross is helping five displaced residents.

Probe: Fire on Minneapolis' Central Avenue tied to electrical fireplace

The fireplace was in one of the apartments above a restaurant, according to a Fire Department report.
A car was pulled from the Chippewa River midafternoon Tuesday in an effort that included fire, police and volunteer personnel, according to the Eau Cl

Body of UW-Eau Claire student recovered from car that went into Chippewa River

Car went into the river early Friday, but high water levels slowed the recovery process, police said.

Wisconsin man fatally pinned trying to repair logging equipment

The incident occurred midday Monday in the woods along Hwy. 8 west of the city of Barron, according to the Barron County Sheriff's Office.
Catherine Lynn (Facebook)

Driver hits, kills woman walking on Sherburne County shoulder with longtime partner

The motorist is jailed on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.

Man dies in northern Minnesota house fire

Authorities have yet to say how the fire started.

Man shot dead in Eau Claire home invasion is ID'd

The woman also was shot, hospitalized and is expected to survive. Police declined to identify her.
Daniel A. Rodman
Credit: Anoka County jail

Charges: Pot, medication, alcohol mix suspected in crash that killed teen on bike in Blaine

A mixture of alcohol, pot and prescription drugs are suspected.

Charges: Man sexually assaulted two girls in St. Cloud school, a third in library

A onetime St. Cloud Tech High School student has been charged with sexually assaulting three teenage girls over many months in 2018, at times in…
Minneapolis firefighters battle a fire in the 2400 block of Central Avenue, Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Northeast Minneapolis.

Uncertain fate for victims of large Central Avenue fire in Minneapolis

Sunday blaze damaged multiple businesses, displaced 5 residents who lived in apartments
Tony Janisch and his mother, Jenny. Credit: Family submission

Teen run over in Blaine held by brother as he was dying, says mom; driver jailed

A spirited and determined 16-year-old was just getting back into the swing of riding a bike again after an injury when he was run over…
A fire near Siren, Wis. destroyed a building used by the Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin, killing two dogs.

Animal sanctuary fire in northwest Wisconsin kills 2 Great Danes

Other dogs on the property near Siren were spared.

Family of four killed in fiery single-vehicle crash in Austin, Minn.

The fiery wreck occurred Thursday evening.
James Lohr

Motorist admits being drunk when he hit tree in Lake Elmo, killed passenger

In a preliminary breath test, James Lohr's blood-alcohol content was 0.189%.
Devon Doherty Credit: Facebook

Authorities ID woman fatally hit by school bus in Brooklyn Park

Survivors have decided to not have a memorial service, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
Compass Airlines, a Twin Cities-based regional carrier, is shutting down.

Twin Cities-based Compass Airlines points to coronavirus as factor in shutting down

The Twin Cities-based regional carrier with an NWA heritage says it's done as of April 7.
The first day of spring in 2018 for the Twin Cities saw conditions that are forecast to be replicated to a degree Thursday and Friday as the season ar

Spring arrives tonight, but wintry weather in Twin Cities will persist

Snow and temperatures plummeting into the teens are just around the corner.
Mike Stevenson flipped his barber shop sign to closed after learning state regulators had clarified that hair and nail salons, spas and other similar

Beyond salons and spas, Minnesota orders many more services to cease operations

Tanning, tattoo and other body art, massage and similar body work also must halt.
James H. Klein

BCA: Man shot by Brooklyn Park police outside Walmart fired first, had 'bandolero' ammo belt

The 32-year-old felon was charged with assault on a peace officer as he recovers in a hospital from his wounds suffered in shootout.
Michael P. Cloutier Credit: Hennepin County jail

Boyfriend arrested in stabbing death at downtown Minneapolis apartment

A 65-year-old man remains jailed as an upgrading of charges from assault to murder are anticipated.
Jason Rynders

School bus driver charged with killing pedestrian in Brooklyn Park, fleeing scene

A motorist yelled at the bus driver to call 911, but those pleas were ignored, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities have yet to identify the woman who was struck.

Charge: Coon Rapids man reports neighbor dead, steals TVs, other items before responders arrive

Surveillance video shows the suspect entering his neighbor's apartment multiple times, according to the criminal complaint.
School bus driver jailed in hit-and-run that killed woman in Brooklyn Park

School bus driver jailed in hit-and-run that killed woman in Brooklyn Park

The bus was on its way to a charter school in Minneapolis with children aboard.

Minnesota court: Sex sting relying solely on internet, texts not enough for charges

Appeals court backs dismissal of sex solicitation charges against four men who went to a Willmar hotel to meet "Brittany."

Police trying to determine where teen was when run over and killed in Inver Grove Heights

The 46-year-old driver of the SUV was cooperating with authorities, police said.

Burns killed woman whose couch caught fire in Minneapolis townhome, officials say

An autopsy concluded that the manner of death was accidental.
Police remained on scene as customers were allowed to leave the Brooklyn Park Walmart where officers shot a man Monday. He is expected to survive. (Ki

Police: Officers return gunfire, shoot armed man outside Brooklyn Park Walmart

Exchange of gunfire followed carjacking; two other people arrested with the suspect.
John Wiseman Credit: Hennepin County jail

Charge: Rift 'over money and fidelity' preceded Maple Grove man killing wife

Witness said the husband wanted a divorce but was unwilling to divide the money and property equally, according to prosecutors.

Teen is fatally struck by vehicle while crossing Inver Grove Heights street

Police said in a statement that the driver was cooperating with authorities and "showed no signs of impairment."

Van crash on I-90 in SE. Minnesota kills unbelted passenger

The wreck occurred early Monday on Interstate 90. The driver survived.
Logan Dean Klennert

N. Minnesota driver admits having meth in system when he struck teen pushing stroller, killing 2-year-old

The 39-year-old motorist faces a sentence of up to 8¾ years.
Keith Haux Credit: Facebook

BCA: Cass County deputies gave 'multiple commands' before fatally shooting suspected killer

Maynard Anderson was killed by a neighbor who had been acting erratic, according to a witness.
On Feb. 26, regional drug task force agents entered a home in Jordan located a duffel bag under a bed with 498 Nerd ropes that tested positive for THC

Nearly 500 THC candy edibles seized from Scott County home

Law enforcement seized nearly 500 pieces of candy marijuana edibles packaged to look like Nerd ropes from a Jordan home and arrested a man with…

Teen admits to spraying gunfire across St. Paul street, killing 18-year-old gang rival

The shooter was 15 years old when he opened fire as traffic passed by.
Cloquet and the Fond du Lac Reservation mourned Jackie DeFoe and her 18-month old son, Kevin, who were killed and their bodies found Saturday.

Police arrest suspect after woman, toddler killed on Fond du Lac Reservation

The suspect has been convicted of a number of domestic assaults.

Pedestrian, 60, run over last week in Rochester dies

Investigators continue to look into the circumstances of the crash and whether any charges are warranted.
Stephanie Clark Credit: Hennepin County jail

Authorities ID man shot in Maple Grove home; girlfriend charged

Prosecutors allege she shot him with one gun until it had no more bullets, then got another gun and shot him in the head.
Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke before Bernie Sanders at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul on March 2, 2020.

With Omar's plea for mercy, judge sentences man who threatened her

A federal judge sentenced a New York state man to 366 days in prison for saying he wanted to kill Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar.Patrick…
A teddy bear and a trio of balloons were stuck in the snow in front of the house in memory of the 18-year-old baby boy that was found dead inside only

Police arrest suspect after woman, toddler killed in Cloquet

Police have yet to say how the killings were carried out or revealed a possible motive. The victims' identities have yet to be released.
Firefighters were on the scene of a blaze that destroyed the VFW post in Grand Rapids and an addiction treatment center. Credit: Photo by Hugh Quinn

Fire destroys 91-year-old Grand Rapids VFW post, addiction treatment center

A fire in downtown Grand Rapids destroyed a VFW post and a neighboring addiction treatment center, officials with both community groups said Sunday.The Grand Rapids…
Sarah Cade firing an M&P Pro Series in 9mm semi-automatic pistol at the gun club she belongs to in Cedar. ] JEFF WHEELER ï jeff.wheeler@startribune.c

Record number of Minnesotans have permits to carry guns in public

More than 300,000 people are authorized to carry a gun in public in Minnesota.
Jahennessy Deunique LaPaul Bryant Credit: Minnehaha County jail

Tips from public lead to arrest of suspected killer of Sioux Falls pizza delivery man

The 21-year-old man remains jailed on first-degree murder and other charges.
A Minnesota man fled authorities in the Las Vegas before his capture days later in his home state on suspicion of murder.

Minnesotan wanted in fatal shooting of Nevada man arrested in Rice County

The suspect kept deputies and officers waiting for hours Wednesday night until his arrest in Rice County, the sheriff said.

Driver crosses centerline in Bemidji, kills other motorist in head-on crash

The identity of the driver who died, a 76-year-old man, hasn't been released.
The Pentagon in Arlington County, Va.

FBI: Minnesotan working for Pentagon in Iraq leaked classified material

The 61-year-old from Rochester with "Top Secret" clearance shared information on informants.
Samuel Keezer Credit: Facebook

Teen shot dead in Target parking lot in Savage ID'd; couple and son jailed

The 16-year-old was shot in the head Friday outside the store, according to the medical examiner.
Nicole “Nikki” Jazdzewski

37-year sentence for Duluth man who fatally stabbed wife with their 3 kids present

The term is a "substantial upward departure" from sentencing guidelines, according to the County Attorney's Office.
Randy Shaver

Randy Shaver among 5 new Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees

Allan Lotsberg, the latter half of the "Clancy and Willie" weekday children's show in the 1960s and 1970s, will also be inducted.
Crime scene tape surrounded the yellow home where a man was fatally shot by Dakota County deputies serving a search warrant in Lakeville.

BCA: Officers were 'immediately' fired upon before Lakeville suspect was killed

A rifle was recovered from near the 36-year-old man's body, according to the state investigation.
Steven Markey

17-year-old admits to shooting, killing man in car in NE. Minneapolis

The 39-year-old man was targeted for robbery by the Coon Rapids teen and his younger accomplice, according to prosecutors.
Carrie LaMott Credit: Facebook

Woman dead in bathtub, husband shot in head at home west of Twin Cities

Authorities say scene appeared to be attempted murder-suicide.
Connie Kitterman started working for SnoBear USA of Isanti in August 2016, but four men doing the same work were paid up to $2 more per hour, accordin

Gender bias suit forces Isanti manufacturer to pay $20K to female welder

Female welder was paid $2 an hour less than four men doing the same work, EEOC alleged in a lawsuit.
Delta is halting service connecting New York’s JFK Airport and Milan in Italy.

Delta halting NYC-Milan service in wake of coronavirus outbreak

The suspension will last at least two months; airline did the same earlier for flights connecting Twin Cities and Seoul.
Casey Bonhorst Credit: Facebook

Feds, Sioux Falls police hope $25K reward leads to gunman who killed pizza delivery person

Police believe this shooting was part of an attempted robbery.
Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jayron Kearse, in front after beating the Denver Broncos.

Vikings' Kearse sentenced to probation, community service for driving drunk with gun

Judge accepts plea deal, orders him to complete NFL substance abuse program, do community service, turn in his pistol.
A trooper’s observations on the citation after writing Shedrick Cooper a ticket for going 115 miles per hour.

Speeder in SW. Minn. stopped 4 times in an hour, once for 115 mph

Those 4 stops followed one a few hours earlier. One trooper noted the driver felt "like it was no big deal."
Investigators were called to this St. Paul apartment and found a homicide victim. Credit: David Joles/Star Tribune

Authorities ID woman found slain in St. Paul apartment; man charged

The woman suffered "a series of sharp-force injuries including stab and incision-type wounds" to her scalp, face, neck and lower extremities, the complaint read.
Janice Petrovich Credit: Facebook

Filing: Mentally ill son killed mom, brother, himself in Apple Valley

Alexander Petrovich was "an undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who was subject to fits of rage and confrontational behavior," the filing read.
Officers Dave Anton, left, and Jeff Albers

Police union demands to know why man shot after threatening Maple Grove cops with knife wasn't charged

Explanation sought in case of knife-wielding Maple Grove man.
Frederick Kriemelmeyer

Jury convicts onetime La Crosse dentist of tax evasion; he owes IRS $450K

Prosecutors say the southeastern Minnesota man used various schemes to hide his income.
Marcus Johnson Credit: Facebook

2 teens charged with murder in robbery, shooting of 19-year-old St. Paul man

The suspects shot the dealer, took the marijuana and smoked it the next day, according to the charges.
Andover and Centennial firefighters investigated the scene of a house fire in Andover.

Man killed in overnight Andover house fire is ID'd

A caller to 911 said the father was trying to extinguish the fire while in the home, where his 2 sons and wife also live, according to emergency dispatch audio.

Suspected drunken driver charged in fatal western Wisconsin crash; victim ID'd

Preliminary breath test measured driver's blood-alcohol content at 0.28 percent, the Sheriff's Office said.
A freight train struck this pickup truck in Freeborn County, Minn. Credit: Freeborn Couty Sheriff’s Office

Train hits pickup in southern Minnesota; driver airlifted to Rochester hospital

Engineer said it appeared the pickup was going to stop short of the tracks but kept going, according to the Sheriff's Office.
From left: Michael Brewster, Harvey Holcombe Credit: Carver County jail

2 athletes banned from Crown College campus after sex assault charges

Administrators at a west metro Christian college have indefinitely banned from campus two student-athletes charged with trying to sexually assault a fellow male student, a…

2-vehicle crash in W. Wisconsin kills one of the drivers

Authorities say alcohol played a role in the collision Sunday night.