Tad Vezner, Pioneer Press

Tad Vezner

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Twin Cities, MN, United States

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Past articles by Tad:

Karen teen outreach leads to neighborhood complaint against St. Paul landlord

Karen people, St. Paul’s most recent wave of immigrants, have reasons to ask those questions. → Read More

Ramsey County opens early voting centers Tuesday

Ramsey County is allowing early voting at nine locations starting Tuesday. County voters can cast ballots for the March 3 presidential primary at any of the locations no matter where they live &#82… → Read More

MN economic development agency to hire assistant commissioner for immigrant affairs

Citing a desire by Gov. Tim Walz to welcome new immigrants and refugees to Minnesota, the state office in charge of workforce development announced it will be creating a new assistant commissioner … → Read More

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough recovering from heart attack

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough is recovering after undergoing surgery for a heart attack. McDonough, who underwent surgery earlier this week, is now recovering at home. According to a Fac… → Read More

Ramsey County debates never naming buildings after people

If not a building, maybe a bench or a brick? Ramsey County commissioners engaged in a lively debate Tuesday about whether the county should be naming anything after people anymore. And how that mig… → Read More

Chief financial officer at beleaguered state DHS hired by Ramsey County

Ramsey County will soon have a new chief financial officer — one who will be leaving a beleaguered state department that is under threat of breakup by Minnesota legislators due to improper pa… → Read More

Ramsey County votes to accept more refugees

Trista MatasCastillo teared up a bit at this week’s Ramsey County commissioner meeting when talking about callers telling her she was “unchristian” for wanting more refugees to resettle near her. “… → Read More

Ecolab acquires Belgian company specializing in farm hygiene

Ecolab has acquired a Belgian company that specializes in technologies that clean and disinfect livestock and dairy farms. The St. Paul-based company announced Thursday that it had acquired the pri… → Read More

Minnesota infant death linked to whooping cough

Minnesota health officials said Wednesday that an infant’s death in November was related to whooping cough — the first fatal case of the disease involving an infant in six years. The infant, … → Read More

Ramsey County Commissioner Nicole Joy Frethem’s trial by fire – Twin Cities

The first weeks for Nicole Joy Frethem were like treading water in the deep end. After winning a special election in November, the new Ramsey County commissioner began her first days in the midst o… → Read More

Former transportation commissioner appointed as new Met Council chair

A former state transportation commissioner has been appointed chair of the Metropolitan Council, the governor’s office announced Monday. Charles A. Zelle, previously commissioner of the Minnesota D… → Read More

Maplewood police, state agency investigating fatal pedestrian crash

Maplewood police are investigating what was initially reported as fatal pedestrian crash, in which a woman was found dead in the road on the south side of the city. The crash occurred just before 1… → Read More

Ramsey County board passes budget and 4.75 percent levy increase for 2020

Ramsey County’s board finalized their budget this week, barely altering the original proposal presented by the county manager in August. Unanimously and with all board members in attendance, commis… → Read More

Attorney general brings lawsuit against former Ramsey County commissioner who ran nonprofit

Unpaid taxes, a home sold to a son, hundreds of thousands in unpaid bills, and vulnerable tenants whose rents were raised and leases were ignored. Those are the allegations Minnesota Attorney Gener… → Read More

Ramsey County’s long-time medical examiner to step down next year – Twin Cities

Ramsey County’s long-time medical examiner will be stepping down from his position at the end of the year under terms of a resolution likely to be passed by the county board this week. Dr. Michael … → Read More

Thief leaves thank-you note after taking package from St. Paul residence

Not content to simply steal a package, a thief left a note on a St. Paul woman’s doorstep taunting her with a “thank you.” “So just a quick little thank you for leaving me the opportunity of steali… → Read More

Unable to find willing fire chief, Falcon Heights contracts with Roseville for the role

Unable to find a candidate willing to take on the role as their new fire chief, the city of Falcon Heights voted Wednesday to have Roseville’s fire department assume the chief’s responsibilities fo… → Read More

Motorist was allegedly intoxicated at time of Blaine pedestrian fatality

A motorist who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in Blaine last week has been charged with homicide, after a blood test revealed that he was drunk at the time, authorities say. Matt W. Hastr… → Read More

Throngs of public support fail to save The Ponds golf course in Ramsey County

Despite a pair of hearings packed with supporters and an end-run plea by a county commissioner, Ramsey County is moving ahead with plans to close the south Maplewood golf course known as The Ponds.… → Read More

St. Paul police say woman fatally struck by car while lying in street

A woman was struck and killed by a car late Thursday afternoon on the northeastern border of St. Paul. Police were called to Larpenteur Avenue and Manton Street just after 5 p.m. There, they found … → Read More