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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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College minivan in crash north of Twin Cities injures 12, including infant

College minivan in crash north of Twin Cities injures 12, including infant

The crash started when a minivan owned by a community college and occupied by 6 teens hit an SUV from behind near North Branch, the State Patrol said.
Charges possible against driver, 17, who crashed in Ham Lake, seriously hurt all 6 teens in vehicle

Charges possible against driver, 17, who crashed in Ham Lake, seriously hurt all 6 teens in vehicle

The driver is suspected of speeding before hitting a tree.
Argument over money leads to fatal shooting of man in Minneapolis, charges say

Argument over money leads to fatal shooting of man in Minneapolis, charges say

Four people were involved in the dispute Monday outside a south Minneapolis home.
A man’s body was located outside this barber shop overnight in St. Paul.

Man found shot to death on St. Paul sidewalk

The victim was a man in his 50s, police said.
Authorities ID 2 motorcyclists killed in crash with pickup near Duluth

Authorities ID 2 motorcyclists killed in crash with pickup near Duluth

"At this time, evidence indicates at least one motorcycle had traveled into the oncoming lane," read a Sheriff's Office statement.
Emergency personnel on a closed University Ave. Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis after a suspected gas leak on SE. University Avenue and a fire at a

Fraternity house basement fire prompts wide evacuation near U

The fire chief said the early indication is that gasoline in the sewer system caught fire and blew several manholes from University Avenue. No injuries were reported from the fire at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity in the 1700 block of SE. University Avenue.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sitting next to U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., led the Gun Violence Community Conversation at North High in Minneapolis

At town hall, Omar praises new gun safety law, decries Roe's demise

Others are the event added their voices to the push to keep up the fight against gun violence.
Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-494 in Richfield

Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-494 in Richfield

The rider lost control as traffic slowed down, the State Patrol said.
Patrick Fineday

Detroit Lakes martial arts instructor receives 12-year term for sexually assaulting two girls

He's expected to serve nearly 9 years in prison and the balance on supervised release.
Thomas L. Hunter

Prison for unlicensed driver who hit two pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis, killing one

Thomas Hunter's criminal record includes one conviction for drunken driving and at least four for driving without a valid license.
A Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera captured the law enforcement response to a shooting at a movie theater in Oakdale.

Shooter wounds man from Hugo inside Oakdale movie theater, flees

"We do not believe this to be a random act," a police statement read.
Gabriel Alfonso Sanchez Cruz

Man convicted of murder for shooting man, leaving body in snowbank in Inver Grove Heights

The first-degree murder conviction means a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Illinois man found dead behind north Minneapolis home over weekend was shot in back

Illinois man found dead behind north Minneapolis home over weekend was shot in back

Police say he was shot Saturday shortly after midnight.
Authorities ID man shot to death earlier this week in south Minneapolis

Authorities ID man shot to death earlier this week in south Minneapolis

Marcus D. Sanders, 31, of Chicago was struck Monday afternoon, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Maple Grove police trying to determine whether boy, 2, killed in crash last week was in car seat

Maple Grove police trying to determine whether boy, 2, killed in crash last week was in car seat

The collision came while the boy's mother was making a left-hand turn.
Quantelize Welch

Man is convicted of murder for intentionally running over motorcyclist with SUV in Minneapolis

The motorcyclist was taking it for a test drive at the time, one witness said.
Jurors acquit man of murder in scuffle at St. Paul liquor store

Jurors acquit man of murder in scuffle at St. Paul liquor store

Prosecutors said a store employee told police a regular customer confronted the victim about concealing vodka.
Authorities ID toddler who died from injuries suffered in Maple Grove crash

Authorities ID toddler who died from injuries suffered in Maple Grove crash

The driver of the vehicle occupied by the boy survived her injuries. The other driver was not hurt.
Tyler King

Family: Gunfire near Stone Arch Bridge hit Minn. native blocks away

In the Twin Cities for a wedding this week, the visitor from Nashville was last reported to be in critical condition.
Mohamed Noor left the North Dakota State Penitentiary on Monday and is now under court supervision until Jan. 24, 2024, when his sentence ends.

Former Mpls. officer Mohamed Noor released from N.D. prison

The officer who fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017 behind her southwest Minneapolis home is now under court-ordered supervision for the next 19 months.
7-year-old boy pulled from south Minneapolis pool over weekend dies

7-year-old boy pulled from south Minneapolis pool over weekend dies

Child, 7, was taken to HCMC Saturday night.
Authorities ID driver who died in late-night rollover on Nicollet Avenue

Authorities ID driver who died in late-night rollover on Nicollet Avenue

Minneapolis man, 20, had been pinned beneath vehicle.
Fong Vang

Minneapolis man sentenced for grabbing gun after waking up, fatally shooting his brother

His sentence of five years and seven months calls for him to serve less than four years in prison.
Driver runs over and kills man crossing highway in Burnsville

Driver runs over and kills man crossing highway in Burnsville

The pedestrian was 31 years old and from Prior Lake, the State Patrol said.
Child hospitalized after being removed from pool in south Minneapolis

Child hospitalized after being removed from pool in south Minneapolis

A child was taken from a home in south Minneapolis to HCMC Saturday night after what authorities said was a possible drowning in a pool.…
Around 25 people attend a rally hosted by Students For Life of America to celebrate the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade Saturday, June 25, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz moves to keep Minnesota a destination for legal abortion

U.S. states began to grapple with fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to scrap Roe v. Wade.
Man, 19, shot to death overnight in Minneapolis

Man, 19, shot to death overnight in Minneapolis

There have been 44 homicides in the city this year, according to a Star Tribune database. At this time last year, there were 45.
Authorities ID motorcyclist who suffered fatal injuries in crash in western Hennepin County

Authorities ID motorcyclist who suffered fatal injuries in crash in western Hennepin County

The 59-year-old man retired last summer from the Loretto post office after 28 years, an online obituary read.
Terrance Bugg

Minneapolis man sentenced to four years for fatal drunken driving crash

With credit for time served in jail, Terrance Bugg will spend slightly more than 2 1⁄2 years in prison and the balance on supervised release.
17-year-old admits to showing gun to teens in Columbia Heights home, fatally shooting 15-year-old

17-year-old admits to showing gun to teens in Columbia Heights home, fatally shooting 15-year-old

He will be sentenced as a juvenile, meaning no time in adult prison.
 Jacob A. Lederer

Charges: Motorist got drunk at bar before hitting car near Valleyfair and killing other driver

The victim's car exploded and caught fire, preventing passersby from getting to him, the charges read.
Adam Pelton

Ex-Cottage Grove cop assigned to Park High is sentenced to 5 years for sexually touching 7 students

Adam Pelton is expected to serve the first 3 1⁄3 years of his sentence in prison and the balance on supervised release.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.

Ex-Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor scheduled to be released Monday

He fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017 behind her southwest Minneapolis home.
Two-vehicle collision near Prior Lake leaves 1 driver dead, the other badly injured

Two-vehicle collision near Prior Lake leaves 1 driver dead, the other badly injured

The crash occurred midday Thursday.
Peter Berry

Guilty plea from man who threatened to kill 'judges, clerks and deputies,' other Hennepin County workers

The man was angry about a warrant for his arrest, federal prosecutors say.
St. Paul man admits to trying to sneak drug-soaked letters into prisons

St. Paul man admits to trying to sneak drug-soaked letters into prisons

His guilty pleas came during the third day of his trial.
Kimberly Sue Peterson-Janovec

Woman who embezzled $880,000 from Denny's franchisee, Rochester company gets 9 years

She also was convicted in 1998 of stealing $950,000 from another employer.
Kamari Gholston

Brooklyn Center mom who regained custody of baby has admitted to killing the boy 2 months later

Child protection investigators filed upbeat reports with the court about the mother, despite earlier physical abuse allegations.
Fiery 2-vehicle crash near Valleyfair kills 1 driver, injures the other

Fiery 2-vehicle crash near Valleyfair kills 1 driver, injures the other

State Patrol said the surviving driver had been drinking that night.
Motorist on I-35 in southern Minnesota is killed after pickup collides with semi that had crossed median

Motorist on I-35 in southern Minnesota is killed after pickup collides with semi that had crossed median

The collision occurred after a tire blew out.
Tyler Kline

Former Robbinsdale council member pleads guilty to fleeing police while driving drunk

Defense turned down terms of a plea deal ahead of Aug. 12 sentencing.
Tree falls on camper at resort near Alexandria amid storm, killing man and injuring wife

Tree falls on camper at resort near Alexandria amid storm, killing man and injuring wife

The couple was visiting from Arizona.
Todd Clark

Ex-Proctor teacher, coach given 4-year sentence for molesting former student

An ex-Proctor middle school teacher and coach has received a four-year sentence for molesting one of his former students dozens of times.Todd R. Clark, who…
Man jumps from boat, dies trying to rescue dog from western Minnesota lake

Man jumps from boat, dies trying to rescue dog from western Minnesota lake

The dog survived, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Robert Lee Baker III

36-year sentence for man who fatally shot victim outside Eagan hotel

Defendant Robert Lee Baker III was released from prison six months before the killing.
Teen dies in house fire south of Moose Lake

Teen dies in house fire south of Moose Lake

Others in the family escaped the late-night blaze in Sturgeon Lake.
J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao

State requests speedier start for state trial of Thao and Kueng

If the request is granted, the fired officers could go on trial in Hennepin County in August. As of now, the trial date is Jan. 5.
Man in SUV dies in 2-vehicle crash while backing up on western Wisconsin interstate

Man in SUV dies in 2-vehicle crash while backing up on western Wisconsin interstate

The vehicle had hit a deer moments earlier, the Wisconsin State Patrol said.
Man charged with killing trophy-sized bear  out of season behind his home near Little Falls

Man charged with killing trophy-sized bear out of season behind his home near Little Falls

The charges say he bought a license weeks after shooting the animal.
Authorities ID man fatally beaten and stabbed in a south Minneapolis apartment last weekend

Authorities ID man fatally beaten and stabbed in a south Minneapolis apartment last weekend

Murder charges were filed against a man who said the two were friends.
Tree removal worker touches power line with chainsaw, is electrocuted in Fridley

Tree removal worker touches power line with chainsaw, is electrocuted in Fridley

The incident occurred Thursday evening.
Kyle Brenizer bought a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle with money from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which was created to help small busines

Nearly 7 years in prison for St. Paul man who fraudulently obtained $841,000 in COVID loans

He used some of that money to buy a $29,000 Harley.
Murder charges dismissed against woman accused of having role in man's shooting in Minneapolis home

Murder charges dismissed against woman accused of having role in man's shooting in Minneapolis home

The County Attorney's Office said it lacked the evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Leontawan Holt

Charges: Late-night Uptown bar brawl preceded fatal shooting on the street

A Fridley man has been charged with murder.
Jennifer LeMay at home in 2017 with her dogs, Ciroc, right, and Rocko after they got back from the vet.

3 police misconduct settlements totaling $1M join list OK'd by Minneapolis City Council

$500,000 going to Atlanta photographer shot in the back of the head with a rubber bullet.
Massage therapist acquitted of molesting  client at Edina studio

Massage therapist acquitted of molesting client at Edina studio

A jury found him not guilty of the felony charge.
Noah Doherty

Charges: Motorcyclist hits 144 mph near Rochester, says he was speeding because it was hot outside

Charges include driving while his license was revoked.
Girl, 3, killed, father badly hurt in crash while walking in crosswalk at Roseville-St. Paul border

Girl, 3, killed, father badly hurt in crash while walking in crosswalk at Roseville-St. Paul border

The driver stopped immediately and was cooperating with law enforcement, police said.
Charles Brown

Murder charges: Attack on victim in south Minneapolis likely spanned 'a period of time'

The 55-year-old charged with murder said he and the victim had been friends for years.
Woman identified who was fatally hit by pickup while walking her horse on shoulder of road near Brainerd

Woman identified who was fatally hit by pickup while walking her horse on shoulder of road near Brainerd

Authorities also identified the pickup driver.
Several hundred counterfeit tire-pressure sensors bearing a General Motors stamp were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Min

Feds seize 300 fake vehicle tire air pressure sensors headed from Hong Kong to Brooklyn Park

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the counterfeit sensors would create a safety risk had they been installed on a vehicle.
Authorities ID driver who died in crash south of Mankato that left 4 others slightly hurt

Authorities ID driver who died in crash south of Mankato that left 4 others slightly hurt

3 of those injured were children, the Sheriff's Office said.
Jean-Pierre “JP” Petit, on the fourth day in South Dakota.

Cyclist on trek to pay for granddaughter's surgery killed by truck in S.D.

The 53-year-old from Winnipeg was struck from behind by a truck driver, who is now under criminal investigation.
Minneapolis law enforcement work the scene of a homicide near Plymouth and Girard Avenue North, in Minneapolis, Minn., on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

Woman fatally shot inside parked camper in north Minneapolis

Gunfire came from a vehicle that fled the scene, police said.
Pickup driver hits and kills woman, horse walking on shoulder of road near Brainerd

Pickup driver hits and kills woman, horse walking on shoulder of road near Brainerd

The incident occurred early Monday evening about 5 miles southeast of Brainerd.
Cashmere Smith

3rd person sentenced for shooting death of man outside Columbia Heights strip mall

Video surveillance captured what had otherwise appeared to be a "quite amicable" encounter, the charges read.
 Kayvon J. Williams

Charges: Gang retaliation for fatal shooting in April likely prompted double murder in Minneapolis

Two people have been charged, and one more person is being sought by police.
Maceo Beckley

Charges: Mpls. police find gun that wounded boy, 3, tucked in couch

The father left the hospital during police questioning and has yet to be found, the charges read.
James E. Carter

Former Forest Lake middle school teacher found guilty of sexually assaulting students

James Carter touched the two boys after hiring them for home improvement projects, charges said.
Child pulled from water in a hotel pool in Alexandria reported to be in critical condition

Child pulled from water in a hotel pool in Alexandria reported to be in critical condition

The incident occurred early Sunday evening at a Holiday Inn.
The state’s moose population, whose typical range is in northwestern and northeastern Minnesota, is the largest it has been in more than a decade, a

Iron Range family's collision with moose on late-night drive sends animal through windshield

One of four people in the car was injured; the moose did not survive.
Christina Lusk

Transgender prisoner sues state officials, says she should be in women's prison

The Moose Lake prisoner's suit alleges that she has endured sexual abuse and indignities for years.
Dajohn Cortez Ramon Yarborough

Man charged in fatal shooting outside Minneapolis apartment building

Authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.
Ciashia Lee

18-year sentence for St. Paul woman who fatally beat her 2-year-old daughter

The toddler's parents had recently regained custody from foster care.
Man shot to death late Thursday night in north Minneapolis

Man shot to death late Thursday night in north Minneapolis

The man was at the hospital by the time the first officers arrived at the scene, police said.