Rubén Rosario, Pioneer Press

Rubén Rosario

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Rubén:

Rosario: A conversation with now ex-Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

I asked a veteran Minneapolis cop of color recently what he thought of Medaria Arradondo’s tenure as police chief. “He underwhelmed,” said the cop. “I expected more.” I got a different take from an… → Read More

Rosario: Worried about the kids? Take heart from these

When I hear people complain about today’s youth, I counter with reality as well — as with the stories of mostly unsung Saintly City kids. → Read More

Rosario: Chauvin trial begins this week with jury selection — or, ‘jury rejection’

There’s never been a trial of this magnitude before in these parts. I’m talking here about the upcoming prosecution of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Unprecedented. Historic. Mome… → Read More

Rosario: A father-son connection 60 years in the making

Here’s a feel-good story to cling to during these turbulent, chaotic, trying times of isolation and separation from loved ones and others. Paul Schneider was born Sept. 13, 1960, at the old S… → Read More

Rosario: Not rain nor snow nor COVID-19 stops these kids

One recalls that confusing and emotional day his father dropped him and his younger sister off at an orphanage, never to be seen again. Another took on part-time jobs and dipped into stock savings … → Read More

Rosario: This interesting boom in gun ownership

The firearm-safety instructor went around the room the other day at a west-metro gun store asking the class why they were there. “With everything going on, I bought one and I figured I should take … → Read More

Rosario: Curtain’s back up for Nachito after near-death battle with COVID-19 – Twin Cities

There’s a small garden bridge in the back yard of Nachito Herrera’s home in White Bear Lake that makes up part of the circular path the 54-year-old COVID-19 survivor walks almost daily as part of h… → Read More

Rosario: Judge in George Floyd case has his work cut out for him

I don’t envy Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill. I’m talking here about the judge presiding over the upcoming trial — or trials — of the four former Minneapolis police officers… → Read More

Current staff at Sunset Memorial did not know when the whites-only clause was removed.

Current staff at Sunset Memorial did not know when the whites-only clause was removed. → Read More

Rosario: To make things better, we need to see ourselves or our loved ones in George Floyd

The ping from the phone, which came in at 9:36 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, May 26, 2020, woke me up. → Read More

Rosario: A local combat veteran’s tribute to a life-saving angel who fell from the sky – Twin Cities

Gilbert de la O’s 74 now, battling cancer on three fronts. But there’s still quite a trace left of the spunky and passionate 18-year-old son of migrant workers from St. Paul’s West Side Flats neigh… → Read More

Rosario: Time to say goodbye for now

The memories of more than 43 years as a full-time newspaperman rushed unimpeded inside my noggin like a tsunami this week as I finalized paperwork and cleared out my desk. This is my last week at t… → Read More

Rosario: There’s a story behind a private eye’s global search for masks – Twin Cities

Before I get into one man’s global inquiry into obtaining N95 respirator masks for front-line health care workers in Minnesota, let me tell you first the backstory about Kirk Bares. Bares is a griz… → Read More

Twin Cities jazz great Nachito Herrera off ventilator, in stable condition

Local music great Nachito Herrera was taken off a ventilator Saturday, two weeks after he tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and was hospitalized in intensive care. A native of Cuba and longtim… → Read More

COVID-19 afflicted Nachito Herrera showing signs of progress

Award-winning local Latin jazz piano master Nachito Herrera, afflicted with the deadly COVID-19 virus weeks ago, is reportedly showing signs of progress. Herrera, who two weeks ago was rushed into … → Read More

A word for those risking their lives amid the coronavirus crisis: Thanks

`It wasn’t long after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, that cops, firefighters, first responders and volunteers from across the country and the world were lauded as heroes and temporarily replaced cel… → Read More

Local jazz pianist Ignacio ‘Nachito’ Herrera in intensive care with coronavirus – Twin Cities

Among Minnesotans battling the deadly virus is internationally renowned Cuban jazz pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera. The White Bear Lake resident and Dakota jazz club regular was rushed to the eme… → Read More

Rosario: Near or far, Americans confront the coronavirus crisis together

One recent evening Rose, my sister-in-law, summoned my older brother, Ron, to the living room window of their fifth-floor apartment in Manhattan. “You notice anything different?” she asked hi… → Read More

Rosario: One nurse’s take on the coronavirus pandemic bears heeding – Twin Cities

Brittany Livaccari’s nursing career began not with a bang but with a hurricane. The 37-year-old mother of three was a week out of nurse orientation when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in the … → Read More

Rosario: A courageous woman’s search for her abducted husband marches on – Twin Cities

The meticulously planned abduction in broad daylight, captured on a private home’s closed-circuit TV, looks like a scene out of a Hollywood espionage thriller. Three large black SUVs carrying at le… → Read More