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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.

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Metro Transit restarted some service Wednesday morning.

Walz extends Twin Cities curfew through Friday morning as transit resumes

The governor announced that the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew would stay in effect Wednesday and Thursday nights out of public safety concerns in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
Minneapolis Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto and then-interim Superintendent Mary Merrill in July 2018.

Park Board moves to cut ties with Minneapolis Police Department

"The alleged murder of George Floyd while in police custody ... severely undermined community trust in, and sense of safety around, Minneapolis Police," a board resolution reads.
Attorney Ben Crump, left, stood with George Floyd's son Quincy Mason as they addressed the media Wednesday at Cup Foods in Minneapolis.

Hundreds gather at Cup Foods to honor George Floyd, demand justice

Flowers and a mural now memorialize the area where Floyd was pinned under an officer's knee.
People climbed atop the tanker as continued to move after plowing into protesters who had shut down the bridge. ] JEFF WHEELER • Jeff.Wheeler@startr

Trucker who rolled into 35W protest released without charges

"Investigators are in the process of gathering additional information and answers to aid in the charging decision," a statement from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says.
A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Diseaes Control and Prevention.

Carver County pet cat tests positive for coronavirus

State officials say the animal got the virus from its owner. A dog in the household has so far remained healthy, the state Board of Animal Health said.
Karnisha Johnson, held her 3-year-old son's Drew Anderson's arm up in support of Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, as he arrived to the sce

George Floyd memorial to be held at North Central University in Minneapolis

The private event is scheduled for Thursday in its sanctuary.
Terrence Floyd, the brother of the late George Floyd, visited the site on 38th and Chicago where his brother was killed, Monday, June 1, 2020 in Minne

Autopsies agree on homicide, differ on what killed Floyd

The attorneys representing George Floyd's family and Hennepin County officials have released competing autopsy results, agreeing that the death is a homicide but disagreeing over the cause. Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video pinning his knee on Floyd's neck, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
People climbed atop the tanker as continued to move after plowing into protesters who had shut down the bridge.

Truck driver wasn't aiming for protesters on 35W bridge, Minnesota authorities say

State authorities said Monday that the driver of a tanker truck did not intend to hit anyone when he drove onto the Interstate 35W Bridge…
Artists complete a mural of George Floyd outside of Cup Foods, Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis/ Minnesotans took to the streets in a third day o

Some memorial, funeral details for George Floyd are released

A memorial service for Minneapolis is being planned for Thursday.
A man walked in front of a burned-out building Sunday morning on S. 27th Avenue at Lake Street, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Swift show of force in Mpls. pushes out curfew violators

After a peaceful day, law enforcement swiftly moved in, using tear gas and making arrests near the Fifth Precinct police station in Minneapolis and the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge.
Protesters skirmished with the National Guard near the Third Precinct in south Minneapolis before heading down Lake St. toward the Fifth Precinct on F

Gov. Tim Walz deploying 1,000 more from National Guard in response to unrest

The move is in response to several days of violence, vandalism and fires in after the death of George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin

Fired officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder and manslaughter

Hennepin County's prosecutor announced charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death.

Woman with 'trauma visible' found dead in car in middle of north Minneapolis street

The car was stopped in the middle of the street and the body in the back seat, police said.

Man's shooting death in St. Paul not believed tied to rioting

Fire Department medics took him to Regions Hospital, where he died, according to police.
Looters trash Cadillac Pawn where a shop owner allegedly shot and killed a looter earlier Wednesday evening. (Mark VanCleave)

Man shot dead outside Lake Street pawnshop during unrest is identified

The shooting occurred about the time that the business was looted.
CNN reporter arrested on live TV, let go after Gov. Tim Walz intervened

CNN reporter arrested on live TV, let go after Gov. Tim Walz intervened

His crew also was taken into custody while covering unrest in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison answers questions about the investigation into the death of George Floyd, who died Monday while in the custod

Ellison expects charges soon against officers tied to George Floyd's death

The state attorney general, however, also said it's not for him to decide and believes prosecutors want their case to be "air tight."
Police took control of the area near the Super Target against protesters. Several buildings near the MIdway were either damaged or set on fire. Protes

'Flash looting,' more fires break out in St. Paul as unrest spreads

Looting and fires were reported on University Avenue in the Midway district. An East Side shopping mall also was hit.
All bus service throughout the Twin Cities will be suspended through the weekend.

Metro Transit halts bus, light-rail service in Twin Cities through weekend

Transit spokesman cites concern for rider and employee safety.
George Floyd

Minneapolis releases transcript of 911 call that led to George Floyd's fatal encounter with police

A 911 operator received the call at 8:01 p.m. from a clerk at Cup Foods at the corner of 38th Street and S. Chicago Avenue.
Officials investigating the death of George Floyd, including Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, held a press conference on the grounds of the Fede

Feds promise 'robust' investigation into George Floyd's death

They say the case is "a top priority" to determine whether the officer and others should be charged with the man's death.
The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, left, and his son met with faith leaders to send a message of solidarity and demand justice in the death of George Floyd at

Seeing his city on fire would 'devastate' George Floyd, girlfriend says

Floyd's girlfriend, Courteney Ross, joins his family in calling for calm protests.
Amy Grabow and daughter Abigail Credit: Facebook

Authorities ID teen driver, mother killed in crash north of Twin Cities

The woman was the founder of a blanket company that donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity from sales proceeds.
George Floyd

George Floyd's sister pleads for justice, wants murder charges for Minneapolis police

She appeared on national television Wednesday morning pleading for justice for her brother's death after his detention by police in Minneapolis.
"It's devastating," said Zola Richardson as she held her son Gabriel 11, close as she stood to pay respect near the site where a middle-aged black man

'World needed to see,' says woman who took video of man dying under officer's knee

"My video proves what really happened" to George Floyd, said the woman who was among several witnessing the incident.
George Floyd

Boss remembers man who died as 'a good friend, person and a good tenant'

A Houston native, George Floyd worked security at the Conga Latin Bistro on East Hennepin Avenue.
Lake Minnetonka is a popular boating spot.

Boaters in Minnesota are nation's safest, according to latest data

Boaters in Minnesota rank as the safest anywhere in the nation, according to the latest data from various federal agencies.

St. Paul man killed, wife wounded in attack by son in Wisconsin, sheriff says

The attacks occurred at a lakeside home near Hayward, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff: 'Nothing at this point' suspicious about NW. Minnesota fire that killed boy, 2

The child's mother remains hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition.
Police and fire personnel responded to this fatal crash scene in Brooklyn Center. Credit: MnDOT traffic camera

SUV driver dies after slamming into Brooklyn Center warehouse

Police say alcohol and speed appears to be factors in the crash.
These three newly born fawns were rescued from a northwestern Wisconsin highway after a pregnant doe was hit by a car and killed. Credit: Submitted ph

Man rescues 3 newly born fawns after pregnant doe is hit

Babies are recovering at a wildlife rehab center.

Both drivers killed after SUV passing near Rochester hits vehicle coming other way

The crash occurred late in the morning northwest of Rochester.

ID'd: Minnesota motorist killed in multi-impact crash on I-94 in Fargo

His vehicle first hit a guardrail and then a semi, authorities said. His passenger survived.
This couple at the Lyndale Park Peace Garden has been among many who have turned to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation system for their wedding venue

Minneapolis parks ready to raise number of outdoor wedding attendees

Depending on change in state guidelines, new permit could soon allow up to 30 to be there for the magic moment, but no chairs allowed.
Kyle Hale finished his shopping at Linden Hills Coop. Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, shoppers in Minneapolis will be required to wear masks.

Mpls. Mayor Frey orders people to wear masks in stores, schools

Jacob Frey signed an order that will require people over the age of 2 to wear a covering over their nose and mouth while at "indoor spaces of public accommodation."
Jeremiah Ard

Minnesota man who fled police by swimming across Red River is nabbed

Police announced Thursday that they caught up with Jeremiah Ard in Otter Tail County and arrested him.
Brenda Hafemann

Woodbury woman with troubled driving history charged in deadly I-94 crash

Since 2015, her vehicle has been involved in more than 30 driving complaints or traffic stops, according to the prosecution.
Quarry Park attracts an estimated 150,000 visitors per year, with most coming from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

No holiday weekend opening for popular swimming quarries in Stearns County

"There is inadequate space ... to properly social distance while using the two swimming quarries," officials said in a statement.
University of Minnesota law Prof. Francesco Parisi wasn't able to be with his mother when she died because he was in custody.

U law professor falsely accused of rape wins $1.2 million defamation judgment

The amount appears to be the largest in state history for a defamation suit.

Minnesota driver killed in crash on I-94 in Fargo

The car first hit a guardrail and then a semi, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.
Ahmud Carrington

Charge: Driver who killed other motorist on Hwy. 169 was on probation for recent DWI

In the previous case, she was driving drunk with her 5-year-old son in the car.

Charges: Man shoots down drone flying over southern Minnesota chicken processing plant

A 34-year-old man shot down a drone flying over a chicken processing plant in southern Minnesota, according to felony charges.Travis D. Winters, of Butterfield, was…
A person peers out a window on the 11th floor where an overnight fire in the a high-rise Wilder Park Condominiums in St. Paul sent one person to the h

High-rise fire in St. Paul leaves one person injured, 8 units condemned

Residents from many units needed assistance from the Red Cross.
Justin G. Valian Credit: Chisago County jail

Charges: Twin Cities man fatally stabbed victim in the heart, fled into woods

The two men had a "very brief physical altercation" leading up to the attack, the charges read.
Donald Bridell was quite pleased to hear while on “Antiques Roadshow” years ago that the painting at his side was worth at least $75,000. Credit:

Donald Bridell, a collector who loved auctions and garage sales, dies of COVID-19 at 89

Donald Bridell came honestly by his penchant for collecting.He was born in the grips of the Great Depression, raised on a small farm south of…
This fake company presents a very professional-looking website but is accused of cheating one consumer out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Buyer beware: Minnesota car-selling websites scam for thousands of dollars

One would-be Mercedes-Benz purchaser was duped out of more than $10,000.
Zara Jo Case and Joseph “Moochie” McRunnel Credit: Provided photo

Woman admits to fatally stabbing boyfriend at their home near U

A 36-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to murder for plunging a knife into her boyfriend’s heart at the apartment they shared near the University of…

Some person-to-person public services resuming in county bordering Twin Cities

Not all services will be available starting Monday, including public access to jail.
Mike Kruse still slides down the department fire pole from his second-floor apartment.

A national rarity: Northfield firefighter retires after living at firehouse for 47 years

In what might be a national longevity record, Mike Kruse is retiring and moving out of the cozy confines above his pumper truck after 47 years.
Packaging of the vaping cartridges had young users in mind. Credit: Provided by the state Department of Public Safety

Minn. wants $3M in taxes from man charged with possessing 77,000 THC vape cartridges

Authorities have tacked on additional allegations and a bill for $3 million to earlier charges that a Champlin man possessed nearly 77,000 vaping cartridges loaded…

ID'd: Duluth woman who died in ATV crash after dark

She swerved her ATV along a lakeside gravel road, authorities said.

Man drowns after rough waters throw him from boat on Lake Minnetonka

A second boater survived; sheriff says neither man had on a life vest.
Russell Bangert Credit: Minnesota Department of Corrections

Minneapolis man killed in St. Paul hit-run was walking to bus stop after work

The motorist is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.

Charge: Minneapolis man assaulted, seriously injured elderly mother in Bloomington

Emergency responders restored her pulse. She remained unconscious and hospitalized in critical condition.
Harlan Swanson Credit: Mille Lacs County jail

Charges: Man fatally stabbed Mille Lacs County resident during burglary

Authorities tracked the man down on nearby property hiding in a shed, according to the charges.
Rebecca Penforl-Murray hugged her son, Peter, while visiting with St. Paul City Council Member Rebecca Noecker and St. Paul Police Commander Wes Denni

COVID-19 pushes National Night Out from August to October

The annual gatherings are meant to foster stronger ties among neighbors and law enforcement.
Jason Miller Credit: Facebook

Man fatally pinned operating heavy equipment near stores in Champlin

The 43-year-old from Prior Lake was clearing brush working alone, police said.
The fast-attack submarine USS Minnesota pulled into its home port at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Dec 20, 2019.

Navy submarine USS Minnesota earns prestigious Atlantic fleet honor

It won over nearly 100 eligible surface ships, aircraft carriers and submarines.

2 people dead in Ham Lake home after gunfire heard; no suspects being sought

Deputies were called to the home Wednesday morning.

Felon jailed on suspicion he killed man in Mille Lacs County

The victim was found dead in a home in Onamia Township; suspect has sex assault on his record.
Occupants of this boat were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard off the Duluth shore.

Coast Guard rescues family in damaged boat half-mile off Duluth shore

The vessel was taking on water, and its main engine had failed, authorities said.
Railway pays $1.25M settlement over fire that burned national forest in NE. Minnesota

Railway pays $1.25M settlement over fire that burned national forest in NE. Minnesota

Federal authorities blamed the nearly 1,000-acre blaze on a locomotive's mechanical failure.

SUV driver in NW. Wisconsin dies in crash

A passenger said the motorist fell unconscious just before going off the road, hitting a tree.
Edward Stahlmann Credit: Minnesota Department of Corrections

Swindler paid for Eagan restaurant with fake $400K cashier's check, charges say

Alleged fake $400K check passed before his prison term for an earlier scam.
Chad Glasby Credit: Goodhue County jail

Charges: Grenade launcher among weapons seized from Red Wing home

Methamphetamine also found on the premises, according to the charges.
A large paper recycling operation caught fire Saturday night in Minneapolis.

Officials: Arsonist who hit Minneapolis paper recycler narrowly missed tank of fuel

The company said it has video showing one of two suspects setting the blaze.
The consequences of a fire Saturday night at a Minneapolis paper recycler were evident the next day. So was the smell of smoke.

Arsonists suspected in large fire at Minneapolis paper recycler

Crews were called shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 175 N. James Av., where they found a large pile of pallets on fire. No one was injured.
Lucas Madison and Katherine Campbell

Charges: 2 caught on I-35 with $1M in meth from Arizona, $17K

One of the suspects had been making frequent trips to Arizona and hauling "large amounts of narcotics" back to Minnesota, according to law enforcement.
Officer James Stoffel and K-9 cadet Buster.

Quick-striking affliction proves fatal to beloved Woodbury K-9 cadet

Officer loses his four-legged "partner and friend" to gastric ailment.
Kevin Logan Jr.

Authorities ID man shot dead at his ex's Maple Grove birthday gathering

Woman's current boyfriend has been charged with murder.
Mark Pavelich played on the team that beat the Soviets during the 1980 Olympics.

Court filings: 'Miracle on Ice' player Pavelich no longer resisting mental health treatment

His mental fitness to stand trial on assault charge will be reviewed.
Carter Nicolai

Five years after lifesaving transplant, boy, 9, dies in ATV rollover in Dakota County

The boy was riding on his own where homes were being built.
Strong winds whipping across Lake Mille Lacs has pushed mountains of ice into residential backyards along the southeastern shore.

Strong winds push 30-foot piles of ice into Lake Mille Lacs backyards

At least one home was damaged by the unexpected arrival.
Austin Heights enjoyed the outdoors, said family friend Ruth Novak, who joined him fishing with others on Madison Lake east of Mankato. Credit: Provid

Armed man killed in Mankato area raft shootout with police identified

A close friend of the man's family said he was mentally ill and "afraid of police."
Erica Morningstar with her two daughters Bryn Redding 5, and Brielle Redding, 8, enjoyed a root beer at the Minnetonka Drive In.

As dining rooms remain shuttered, Minnesotans flock to drive-ins

Minnetonka Drive In has for several weeks been drawing customers by the droves who are hungry for a burger, fried chicken or a malt with a side of a trip down memory lane.