Nick Woltman, Pioneer Press

Nick Woltman

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Nick:

Hundreds gather for George Floyd rally at Governor’s Residence – Twin Cities

Hundreds of peaceful protesters braved 88-degree heat Monday afternoon to rally in front of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence in St. Paul to demand the arrest and prosecution of the three remainin… → Read More

Another 1,000 National Guardsmen heading to Minneapolis as unrest continues

Cars were set on fire, business break-ins began and eventually there were larger fires as protesters outflanked authorities and converged on the 5th Precinct police station. → Read More

Minneapolis cleans up after night of destruction; more peaceful protests continue

Protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police continued in Minneapolis on Friday, as the neighborhood surrounding the 3rd Precinct headquarters of the city’s police force cle… → Read More

Minneapolis police abandon Third Precinct HQ as George Floyd protesters pull down fences

Protesters overran and set aflame the third precinct headquarters of the Minneapolis Police Department Thursday night. Officers appeared to abandon the building at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue … → Read More

Protests erupt in Twin Cities over death of George Floyd

Anger and grief erupted in a violent protest outside the Minneapolis police third precinct headquarters, while a more peaceful demonstration took place in Oakdale. → Read More

Protests erupt in Twin Cities over death of George Floyd

Anger and grief erupted in a violent protest outside the Minneapolis police third precinct headquarters, while a more peaceful demonstration took place in Oakdale. → Read More

KSTP anchor injured in ‘random assault’ on Minneapolis light rail platform – Twin Cities

A suspect is in custody after a KSTP-TV anchor was injured in a “random assault” on a downtown Minneapolis light rail platform Tuesday morning, a station spokesman said. Shortly before … → Read More

3M to triple monthly U.S. production of N95 masks to 96 million

3M plans to triple its monthly domestic production of N95 masks after winning a pair of contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense worth more than $200 million. The Maplewood-based company expec… → Read More

M Health Fairview to roll out new COVID-19 testing booth

M Health Fairview will soon roll out a new COVID-19 testing booth, which the Minnesota health care system hopes will double testing capacity at its clinics and preserve precious personal protective… → Read More

2020 Hmong International Freedom Festival canceled over COVID-19 concerns

Organizers on Thursday canceled what would’ve been the 40th annual Hmong International Freedom Festival in St. Paul over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-day event, which brings … → Read More

Stillwater City Council cancels Lumberjack Days, 4th of July fireworks

The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled two of of Stillwater’s biggest annual summer events. The City Council on Tuesday evening voted to call off all special events in Stillwater through July 19,… → Read More

Trails project to close portions of Indian Mounds park, affect traffic on Mounds Boulevard

A trail reconstruction project beginning Wednesday at Indian Mounds Regional Park in St. Paul will temporarily divert or reduce automobile traffic on a stretch of Mounds Boulevard and close portion… → Read More

3M alleges price gouging in legal action against Canadian company selling N95 masks

3M on Tuesday took legal action against a Canadian company for allegedly selling its N95 masks at a markup of more than five times their retail price. Caonic Systems used the Canadian e-commerce pl… → Read More

First charges filed against Ham Lake man suspected in string of Minneapolis sex assaults

The first criminal charges were filed Monday against a Ham Lake man linked by authorities to a string of Minneapolis sexual assaults going back to 2013. Hennepin County prosecutors charged 34-year-… → Read More

Blacks 5.4 times more likely than whites to be arrested for pot possession in MN, ACLU says

Black people are 5.4 times more likely than whites to be arrested in Minnesota for marijuana possession, despite using the drug at similar rates, according to a report published Monday by the Ameri… → Read More

Man and woman found dead in rural Forest Lake

A woman and a man were found dead Saturday evening in rural Forest Lake, police say. Officers from the Forest Lake Police Department responded about 8:15 p.m. to a 911 call at a house in the 18000 … → Read More

Metro Transit announces further reductions in light rail service

Metro Transit will further reduce the operating hours of its two light rail lines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Saturday, Green Line and Blue Line trains will only run between 6 a… → Read More

Former Twin Cities woman charged in 2017 ginseng scam arrested in Georgia

A former Brooklyn Center woman accused of swindling more than $450,000 from Minnesota’s Hmong community has been arrested after avoiding prosecution for two years, authorities say. Mai Vu Van… → Read More

St. Paul closes playgrounds and sports facilities in response to COVID-19 pandemic

St. Paul on Wednesday closed its city-run playgrounds and sports facilities, where officials say social distancing cannot be enforced. → Read More

Hastings and Woodbury/Cottage Grove newspapers to cease publication, citing pandemic fallout

A pair of weekly Twin Cities newspapers that serve several east metro suburbs will cease publication early next month, after their print advertising revenue was decimated by the COVID-19 crisis. Th… → Read More