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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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Lauri Anne Deatherage

Robbinsdale woman just days into new marriage when ex allegedly killed her

'We had been married less than one week before she was taken away from me,' grieving fiancé says.
A balloon release was staged in Minneapolis where Dychaun Chew was hit by an SUV driver and killed. 

Charges: Drunk, unlicensed motorist ran stop sign, killing teenager in Minneapolis

Driver's license has been revoked since 2007.
Suit: Twin Cities man says he was fired for refusing fingerprinting due to Christian faith

Suit: Twin Cities man says he was fired for refusing fingerprinting due to Christian faith

EEOC said lawsuit filed after failing to reach a settlement.
Two drivers killed in head-on collision of pickups in SW. Minnesota

Two drivers killed in head-on collision of pickups in SW. Minnesota

The patrol has yet to say which driver was on wrong side of the highway.
Police were at this location in Minneapolis on a report of body parts found.

Body parts in northeast Minneapolis prompt homicide investigation

Officers responded after a person reported finding a leg covered in plastic behind the Ukrainian Event Center, according to emergency dispatch audio.
Charges: Woman, 23, under influence of drugs when she crashed car in Orono, killed passenger

Charges: Woman, 23, under influence of drugs when she crashed car in Orono, killed passenger

A 23-year-old woman was charged Thursday with being under the influence of drugs when she crashed her car into a tree in Orono and killed…
3 small building fires a few hours apart overnight have Minneapolis investigators looking into arson

3 small building fires a few hours apart overnight have Minneapolis investigators looking into arson

Flames were limited to the exteriors on the buildings, which all sit on street corners.
Deandre W.L. Craig  Credit: Minnesota Department of Corrections

Authorities seeking man charged with fatally shooting woman outside north Minneapolis liquor store

Authorities say they suspect the 27-year-old shooter has left Minnesota.
A protester lighted candles during a birthday celebration and protest on W. Lake Street in Uptown Minneapolis in honor of Deona Marie Knajdek’s birt

Driver charged with murder in killing of Uptown protester

Nicholas Kraus has five drunken-driving convictions on his record, according to court files.
Police say a teenager was killed by a hit-and-run driver in north Minneapolis. Here, parked vehicles that were struck by the hit-and-run driver and se

Authorities ID teen either on foot or skateboarding when killed in north Minneapolis hit-and-run

The vehicle kept going and hit several parked cars, according to police.
Demaris Nathan Hobbs-Ekdahl died on June 5 in the 6100 block of Edgewood Avenue during the shootout.

Juvenile arrested in connection with shootout that killed 14-year-old in Woodbury

Two women also arrested; accused of aiding an offender.
A loader cleared out barricades put up by protestors on W. Lake Street in Uptown on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

Man held in fatal Uptown crash didn't have a driver's license

Nicholas Kraus hasn't had a license since 2013, according to state officials. He bought the vehicle from a friend just last week and has five DWIs on his record.
This surveillance image of an assault suspect was released by authorities in Hopkins.  Credit: Hopkins Police Department

Following reward offer, juvenile arrested after woman groped and grabbed off a popular trail in Hopkins

The woman had fought off her attacker, who fled, police said.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel  Credit: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune

U of M will not mandate vaccinations for students, staff in the fall

But U President Joan Gabel urged vaccinations before returning to campuses.
Courtney Amborst, right, grieved for her friend Deona M. Knajdek, late Monday, in Minneapolis. Knajdek was killed a day earlier when a vehicle drove i

Woman killed at protest was committed to justice, family says

Hundreds of mourners gathered Monday night at a vigil for Deona M. Knajdek. Earlier, part of the crowd marched through Uptown, demanding justice for Knajdek and Winston Smith.
Woman fatally shot outside Minneapolis liquor store is ID'd

Woman fatally shot outside Minneapolis liquor store is ID'd

A man also was hit by gunfire, according to police.
Darnella Frazier: “The world needed to see what I was seeing. Stuff like this happens in silence too many times.”

Pulitzer special citation given to Darnella Frazier, who posted video of George Floyd's death

Her video was a key piece of evidence against fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Enrique Davila, after being booked for an earlier offense in Dakota County.  Credit: Dakota County jail

2 men, teen charged in shooting death of 14-year-old at Woodbury grad party

The men and a "juvenile defendant" have yet to be tracked down; teen was shot in the back sitting in a car, the charges say.
Derek Chauvin trial juror Journee Howard.

Chauvin juror breaks down what worked for prosecution

The 25-year-old Minneapolis woman gave high marks to the prosecution's lung specialist and the Minneapolis police chief.
2 men shoot, critically wound each other at Holiday station north of downtown Minneapolis

2 men shoot, critically wound each other at Holiday station north of downtown Minneapolis

No arrests have been announced.
Man found fatally shot in West St. Paul park

Man found fatally shot in West St. Paul park

Authorities are calling it a "targeted shooting."
A photo that circulated on Facebook showed Brett Stimac posing with the bear federal authorities say was illegally killed.  Credit: U.S. District Cour

Brainerd man gets prison for killing, decapitating bear on Red Lake land

The 15-month sentence given Tuesday for Brett J. Stimac, 41, by U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson also included a year of supervised release and a $9,500 fine.
Body of swimmer recovered from western Minnesota lake

Body of swimmer recovered from western Minnesota lake

The 32-year-old man was last seen on Sunday.
Nautica Cox, left, and Derrick Days  Credit: Olmsted County jail

2 Twin Cities men charged in fatal shooting of man in downtown Rochester during fight after dice game

The man was shot while down on the ground fighting with someone else, the charges read.
Albert Kuehne  Credit: Minnesota State Patrol

Former Minnesota trooper admits texting nude photos from I-94 driver's phone to his own

He pleaded guilty to the lesser of two charges, according to court records.
Miguel A. Nunez Jr.

'Dangerous' 18-year-old on the run and charged in drug-related murder in Austin

Charges say he killed one man, wounded another person and also was shot in the hand during the shootout.
Protesters set a dumpster on fire and added other items to it late Thursday night in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood.

Authorities shoot, kill man in Uptown Mpls.

The U.S. Marshals Service said members of its task force were trying to arrest the man on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun. The suspect, who was in a parked car, "failed to comply and produced a handgun," officials said.
Dane Sayers

Body of MMA fighter from Fargo recovered from Red River

Dane Sayers last fought in April 2018 at the Armory in Minneapolis.
Man fatally shot near light-rail stop in downtown Minneapolis is ID'd

Man fatally shot near light-rail stop in downtown Minneapolis is ID'd

The suspect was shot by a transit police officer and then booked into jail.
Keith Dawson

Stepdad charged with starting gunfire that killed Woodbury teen at grad party

The man told police his stepson called to tell him he was being robbed and needed help, according to the charges.
Protesters blocked off the intersection of Lake Street and Girard Avenue after a vigil for Winston Smith at a parking ramp in Uptown in Minneapolis, o

Ramsey County leaves task force over body-cam dispute

Sheriff Bob Fletcher is pulling his agency from a task force whose members shot and killed Winston Smith Jr., saying they were forbidden to use body cameras and the U.S. Marshals Service "has been misleading" in public comments suggesting otherwise.
Austin Herbst and his mother, Connie Herbst  Credit: Scott County jail

Reduced prison term for man who said years of father's abuse drove him to murder

He and his mother dumped the body in the woods in 2013 and kept the deadly secret until just last year, but a dog found the remains.
Motorcyclist crashes, dies shortly after sunset in east-central Minnesota

Motorcyclist crashes, dies shortly after sunset in east-central Minnesota

The wreck occurred about 8 miles north of North Branch.
Police: Gunfire during 'targeted incident' in Austin leaves 1 dead, others wounded

Police: Gunfire during 'targeted incident' in Austin leaves 1 dead, others wounded

Authorities have yet to say how many others were shot.
A boy died from an apparent drowning at this North Mankato public pool.  Credit: City of North Mankato

Boy, 9, dies from apparent drowning in North Mankato city pool

The pool was closed Sunday as officials reviewed the incident.
Downtown Rochester shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded, 2 in jail

Downtown Rochester shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded, 2 in jail

An on-duty police officer witnessed the shooting, made one of the arrests, authorities said.
Motorcyclist crashes, dies in Inver Grove Heights

Motorcyclist crashes, dies in Inver Grove Heights

The wreck occurred after 11:30 p.m. Thursday on a highway frontage road.
North Commons Water Park.

Park police officer pulls boy, 12, from closed north Minneapolis pool

The gate to the pool was locked, and it is encircled by an 8-foot-tall fence.
Jay Webb, a gardener and activist at George Floyd Square, spoke to a crowd of about 150 from the garden beneath the fist statue in the 38th and Chicag

City workers clear portions of George Floyd Square in Mpls.

As soon as workers finished, protesters began parking cars and piling pallets to barricade the streets once again. Mayor Jacob Frey declined to say when he thought traffic would flow again.
George F. Zeon, 19, was shot several times.  Credit: Submitted photo

Minnnetonka teen charged with fatally shooting man at Broadway gas station

Police staked out an area in Minnetonka and arrested the teenager.
Tyrone Maddox  Credit: Hennepin County jail

Guilty plea from gunman who killed woman in Minneapolis, told cops 'kill me now' upon arrest

He was arrested in downtown Minneapolis soon afterward.
Trucker dies from apparent electrical shock outside industrial business near Detroit Lakes

Trucker dies from apparent electrical shock outside industrial business near Detroit Lakes

His hydraulic bed extension was resting against an overhead electrical power line, the Sheriff's Office said.
Video shows Marc Gonzales at the bank “carrying a gasoline container over his head [and] emerging from a large crowd of people chanting “Burn it d

3-plus years in prison for Wayzata man who poured gas on burning bank during Floyd unrest

The fuel was added as others chanted "Burn it down!" the prosecution told the court.
George F. Zeon, 19, was shot several times.  Credit: Submitted photo

17-year-old arrested, accused of fatally shooting man at north Minneapolis gas station

The 19-year-old was shot several times while with his girlfriend on Broadway.
Man, 19, fatally shot during violent Minneapolis weekend is identified

Man, 19, fatally shot during violent Minneapolis weekend is identified

Several other shootings occurred in various parts of the city.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office believes this man is responsible for a fatal hit-and-run crash. This image shows him inside a Cenex gas station

Fatal N. Minnesota crash first described as single-vehicle wreck now believed to be hit-and-run

Investigators looking for the driver and his car, but little is known about the circumstances leading to a Twin Cities man's death.
Authorities ID man found dead in Loring Park pond

Authorities ID man found dead in Loring Park pond

The body of Charles W. Foreman was pulled from the water Sunday night.
Charge: 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting boy, 6, in Brooklyn Park portable toilet is known to be 'drawn to small children'

Charge: 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting boy, 6, in Brooklyn Park portable toilet is known to be 'drawn to small children'

The boy's uncle confronted the suspect in the park.
Driver goes off the road into ravine, dies in crash south of Belle Plaine

Driver goes off the road into ravine, dies in crash south of Belle Plaine

The wreckage was not visible from the road, the patrol said.
CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, in this image from television, was arrested late last spring while covering the civil unrest in Minneapolis. A security off

Black CNN security officer sues Minn. State Patrol over arrest during last spring's unrest

"Despite being accompanied by numerous white members of the press at the time," a statement from Ben Crump's law firm read, "Mr. Cooper was the only one arrested."
Woodbury man crashes his SUV on northern Minnesota highway and dies

Woodbury man crashes his SUV on northern Minnesota highway and dies

The wreck occurred just east of Upper Red Lake in Beltrami County, the patrol said.
Woman, 21, killed in high-speed crash in northeast Minneapolis

Woman, 21, killed in high-speed crash in northeast Minneapolis

The driver, who was injured, is suspected of having been impaired by drugs or alcohol, police said.
Authorities ID motorist they say fatally hit man on busy N. Minneapolis street

Authorities ID motorist they say fatally hit man on busy N. Minneapolis street

He was run over on West Broadway late Friday and died less than 30 minutes later.
Here’s a look at Trout Lake, just north of Lake Vermillion in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Angler falls from boat into BWCA lake and apparently drowns

The man did not have on a life jacket, the Sheriff's Office pointed out in its warning to others.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has put together an exhaustive plan in hopes of encouraging people to walk more and still remain safe when

Future of transportation: Walk more, MnDOT says

The agency hopes to double the frequency of pedestrian outings.
Information from the public led officers to  apprehend the man at his home about 10 a.m. but only after he “was uncooperative ... and resisted offic

Man suspected of sexually assaulting 6-year-old in Brooklyn Park portable toilet is arrested

The man resisted officers before being apprehended at his home, police said.
Boy, 5, who drowned in Burnsville apartment pool is identified

Boy, 5, who drowned in Burnsville apartment pool is identified

The child was located in the water Wednesday and died that evening.
ID'd: Man found fatally shot at car crash scene in downtown Minneapolis

ID'd: Man found fatally shot at car crash scene in downtown Minneapolis

He was on his way to the hospital, police said.
The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites in downtown Minneapolis in 2009.

Boy, 4, dies days after he is pulled from downtown Minneapolis pool

Alani King'Yeh Tyler died at HCMC.
Victim, shooter identified in Brooklyn Park murder-suicide

Victim, shooter identified in Brooklyn Park murder-suicide

Nada Fronk, 24, was shot and killed by Cordell Page Jr., who turned the gun on himself.
This image from video obtained by federal investigators shows Alexander Heil fueling the fire with a traffic cone.

Monticello man gets 2½ years for bank fire during Minneapolis riots

Sentencing is next week for the defendant who started the blaze during the unrest related to George Floyd's death.
Kyle Alexander

Minneapolis skateboarder, graffiti artist dies in fall from Stone Arch Bridge

Kyle Alexander was a skateboarding fixture at Elliot Park whose "KGOD" graffiti tag added to his reputation.
Sadiyo I. Mohamed was arrested last year in St. Paul.  Credit: Ramsey County jail

Woodbury woman with history of mental illness charged with attacking her children

She told police that she is bipolar, wasn't taking medications and wondered whether her children "were the devil or a demon," the charges read.
Donald J. Harris

Charges: Driver sped through no-passing zone in Mounds View, fatally ran over woman in yard

The driver kept going until he crashed minutes later, according to the charges.
Man pleads guilty to swinging golf club at White Bear Lake couple with anti-Trump sign

Man pleads guilty to swinging golf club at White Bear Lake couple with anti-Trump sign

Two assault charges will be dropped as part of the plea deal.
Juwan Carroll  Credit: Hennepin County jail

Man charged with murder in downtown Mpls. shootout

Jawan C. Carroll, of St. Paul, remains jailed after two people were shot and killed shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday outside Monarch on N. 1st Avenue. One of the shooters was killed, the charges say.
Children were injured near this intersection in Woodbury early Wednesday.  Credit: Woodbury Police Department

Woodbury police find small child badly hurt in street; mother arrested

One of the children is in critical condition, and a woman was arrested, police said.
Thomas Hunter  Credit: Hennepin County jail

Authorities ID man fatally struck by car in chain-reaction crash in downtown Minneapolis; driver in jail

A second pedestrian caught in the wreck was last reported to be in critical condition at HCMC.
Driver dies in rollover crash in St. Paul

Driver dies in rollover crash in St. Paul

Authorities have yet to say what led to the car rolling over.
Thomas W. Jones  Credit: Sherburne County jail

Driver accused of being high pleads guilty to fatally hitting woman on shoulder of road near Princeton

The woman, 69, was walking with her longtime partner less than a mile from her home.
Sex assault guilty plea calls for 9 days in jail, possible expungement for onetime athlete at Christian college in Twin Cities

Sex assault guilty plea calls for 9 days in jail, possible expungement for onetime athlete at Christian college in Twin Cities

The crime could be sealed from public view in the distant future, according to the plea deal with the prosecution.
Dispatch: Pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver in Mounds View

Dispatch: Pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver in Mounds View

The vehicle was located with its windshield "totally smashed in," according to dispatch audio.
Twin Cities man found fatally assault at home near Bemidji; suspect arrested

Twin Cities man found fatally assault at home near Bemidji; suspect arrested

Authorities have not disclosed the circumstances leading up to the assault.
Teen opened fire into Duluth crowd, killing man, charges say

Teen opened fire into Duluth crowd, killing man, charges say

Police records identify the victim as 22-year-old Juamada K. Anderson, of Duluth.
DNR officer Sarah Grell

DNR identifies officer killed while on duty in collision with semi

"The sense of loss we feel right now is indescribable," DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said.