Nick Woltman, Pioneer Press

Nick Woltman

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Nick:

The St. Paulite who wrote the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision

Although he was just one of seven justices who made up the majority, Harry Blackmun became the lonely avatar of the country’s bitter divide over abortion. → Read More

Como Zoo’s oldest sea lion, a star in the beloved ‘Sparky Show,’ dies at 31

CC had been in declining health for several weeks and suffered from failing kidneys. → Read More

Maplewood police release body cam footage of officers who detained and handcuffed 4 kids

The Maplewood Police Department on Wednesday night released body camera footage of its officers handcuffing and detaining four children as they investigated a report of gunshots earlier this week. … → Read More

Orono man pleads guilty in DUI crash that killed son of UMN hockey coach and his friend

An Orono man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the 2021 crash that killed his two passengers, including the son of University of Minnesota hockey coach Bob M… → Read More

Champlin man accused of stabbing wife to death Monday night

A Champlin man is accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death Monday night. James Nyonteh, 45, was charged Wednesday with one count of second-degree murder, according to a criminal complaint fi… → Read More

St. Paul Mayor Carter seeks volunteers to help select two city department heads

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is seeking volunteers to help him interview candidates to head a pair of city departments. The longtime directors of the Parks and Recreation and Safety and Inspection … → Read More

St. Paul man charged in deadly Dakota County burglary pleads guilty

A St. Paul man accused of orchestrating a deadly Dakota County burglary last year has pleaded guilty. → Read More

Rideshare driver shot, carjacked by passengers in St. Paul, police say

A rideshare driver was shot and carjacked by his passengers Thursday evening in St. Paul, police say. → Read More

St. Paul man accused in straw purchase of gun used in Seventh Street Truck Park shooting

A St. Paul man is accused of acting as middleman in the straw-purchase scheme to buy a gun that was ultimately used in the deadly shooting at Seventh Street Truck Park last October. → Read More

Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter won’t seek re-election – Twin Cities

Carter, whose district encompasses several St. Paul neighborhoods, was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2005 and served as its chair for the past two years. → Read More

MSP airport snowplow drivers file intent to strike amid stalled contract negotiations

The union plow drivers who clear snow from runways, streets and sidewalks at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport gave notice Wednesday that they intend to strike over stalled contract negoti… → Read More

Columbia Heights man charged in St. Paul crash of stolen car that killed passenger

A Columbia Heights man is accused of crashing a stolen car early Tuesday morning in St. Paul while fleeing Minnesota State Patrol troopers, killing one of his passengers. Michael Anthony Bruce, 31,… → Read More

Suspect arrested in fatal St. Paul hit-and-run, police say

St. Paul police have arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian Monday evening on the city’s East Side. Michael Jon Friend, 65, of St. Paul turned himself in to auth… → Read More

Puppy reunited with owner nearly a week after being stolen by car thieves in St. Paul

A Minneapolis woman was reunited with her puppy Thursday, nearly a week after thieves in St. Paul drove off with her car and the 5-month-old American Bully inside it. → Read More

James Peterson, former Science Museum of Minnesota president, dies at 78

James Peterson, the former Science Museum of Minnesota president who oversaw the institution’s move into its current home atop the Mississippi River bluffs in downtown St. Paul, died last mon… → Read More

St. Paul adopting strict COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all 4,000 city employees

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the vaccine mandate Thursday afternoon in a video address that was sent to all of the city’s roughly 4,000 workers. → Read More

Sheriff Bob Fletcher plans charter school in Ramsey County focused on public service

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is planning to open a new charter school next year that aims to steer students toward careers in public service. The nonprofit School of Leadership for Public Ser… → Read More

Former Twin Cities substitute teacher pleads guilty in ‘sextortion’ scheme – Twin Cities

A former Twin Cities substitute teacher has pleaded guilty to targeting minors in an online “sextortion” scheme. Mitchell James Ottinger, 25, of Carver, posed online as a teenage girl t… → Read More

Officers who fired at suspect during Oakdale standoff identified; man facing charges

Authorities have identified the law enforcement officers who shot at an Oakdale man after he allegedly fired at them during a standoff on Monday. Washington County sheriff’s deputy Randy Helms, Woo… → Read More

Giant beaver wins Science Museum contest to become Minnesota’s state fossil – Twin Cities

A giant prehistoric beaver is poised to become Minnesota’s state fossil. Castoroides ohioensis, a relative of modern beavers that was as big as a black bear, won a months-long contest for the… → Read More