Nick Woltman, Pioneer Press

Nick Woltman

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Nick:

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

Have you seen this owl? Minnesota Zoo is looking for it after flying away from handlers

Gladys the Eurasian eagle owl has flown the coop. The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley on Tuesday asked its neighbors to be on the lookout for the owl, which flew away during “a routine exercise… → Read More

Parts of Minnesota getting much-needed rain after week of intensifying drought conditions

More rain was expected late Thursday into Friday. → Read More

St. Paul woman killed in weekend hit-and-run crash in Minneapolis

Stacy Ann Morrison, 42, was on foot near Bloomington Avenue and East Lake Street about 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, when she was struck by a motorist in what may have been a dark-colored sedan, authoriti… → Read More

Stillwater school board approves two levy questions for November ballot

The Stillwater area school board voted Thursday to put a pair of 10-year tax levy proposals on the November ballot. In addition to a $390-per-pupil increase to its operating levy, the board will as… → Read More

Metro Transit to offer $1 bus and rail fares in September, October

As some Twin Cities workers return to the office in coming months, Metro Transit wants to get them there for a dollar. The agency is offering this promotional fare during the months of September an… → Read More

Shooting leaves one dead on St. Paul’s East Side – Twin Cities

A shooting on St. Paul’s East Side left one person dead Monday evening, police say. Officers were dispatched about 5:30 p.m. to the 800 block of North Hazel Street, after multiple 911 callers… → Read More

St. Paul man sentenced to 18 months for assault, attempted robbery of USPS employee

A St. Paul man was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison for assaulting and attempting to rob an Oakdale postal worker. James Wilbert Jackson, Jr., 23, pleaded guilty in March to one count of … → Read More

Minnesota sees worst air quality on record as smoke from Canadian wildfires drifts south

Thick smoke from Canadian wildfires on Thursday blanketed most of Minnesota, reducing visibility and causing a dangerous dip in air quality. The air quality index in the Twin Cities remained in the… → Read More

Most of Minnesota placed under air quality alert through Friday

Smoke from Canadian wildfires will cause air quality to dip in most of Minnesota over the next couple of days, according to state officials. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency placed nearly the… → Read More

Twin Cities under excessive heat warning until 9 p.m. Wednesday

If you thought Tuesday was too hot in the Twin Cities, you’re not going to like the forecast for Wednesday. With temperatures expected to top out in the upper 90s, the heat index could climb … → Read More

Man wounded in shooting on St. Paul’s West Side – Twin Cities

Officers responded about 3 p.m. to a report of a shooting in 100 block of East George Street, where they found the man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. → Read More

Brooklyn Park man, 20, pleads guilty to arson of St. Paul nutrition store

Surveillance video captured Samuel Elliot Frey pouring a bottle of hand sanitizer onto a shelving unit and igniting it. → Read More

Blue-green algae closes Carver Lake Beach in Woodbury

Carver Lake Beach in Woodbury is closed to swimmers after potentially toxic blue-green algae was found in the water Tuesday. A notice on the city’s website advises the public to avoid contact… → Read More

Motorcycle crash kills St. Paul man in Brooklyn Park

A St. Paul man was killed Friday night when he crashed his motorcycle in Brooklyn Park, officials say. Victor Alfredo Abrego Gallegos, 45, was riding his 2005 Harley Davidson south on Minnesota 252… → Read More

St. Paul man whose remains were found in Lake Superior was homicide victim, officials say

Richard Anthony Balsimo, 34, was last seen in St. Paul nearly a month ago. → Read More