Tim Nelson, MPR News

Tim Nelson

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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One dead, two wounded in overnight shooting in Minneapolis

One man died and two others were wounded after gunfire broke out early Thursday in Minneapolis' Warehouse District. → Read More

Two dead in house explosion, fire in Hopkins

Fire and rescue crews from across the southwest metro responded Wednesday morning to an explosion and fire at a home in Hopkins. → Read More

Minnesota sheriff's office locates operator of drone that approached kids, dropped candy

Benton County authorities say a group watched as a drone approached them along the shoreline, hover overhead and then leave. One of the children said the drone then returned and dropped a bag of candy. → Read More

One injured in shooting at Oakdale movie theater

One person was injured by gunfire Tuesday night inside a movie theater in the eastern Twin Cities metro area. → Read More

Feds bust Stillwater prison meth ring, indict inmate and guard

A 24-year-old guard at the state prison in Stillwater faces charges for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into the facility as part of a drug ring there. → Read More

47 cats removed from vehicle at Minnesota rest stop in sweltering heat

The animals were found living in "extreme heat and unsanitary conditions" in the vehicle at the rest stop along Interstate 35 near Harris, Minn. They are now in the care of a local animal protection group. → Read More

Split Rock Lighthouse historic site back open after lightning strike knocked out utilities

Split Rock Lighthouse historic site on the North Shore is back open, after a lightning bolt struck the grounds, raced through the historic site’s electrical system and knocked out water, power and a variety of other functions on Monday. → Read More

Woman charged with murder in death of newborn found in Mississippi River in 2003

Goodhue County authorities announced Monday they have filed second-degree murder charges against a woman they say is the mother of two newborn babies found dead in the Mississippi River in 1999 and 2003. → Read More

Minnesota's first Black-owned bank opens in Minneapolis

Detroit-based First Independence Bank opened the doors of its first expansion outside of Michigan, in a former Wells Fargo Bank branch near Highway 280 and University Avenue. It is being celebrated as the first time in Minnesota history a bank has had Black ownership. → Read More

State review faults law enforcement response to unrest after Floyd killing

The analysis released Thursday says law enforcement didn't appropriately distinguish between lawful and unlawful demonstrations, and that some community members felt abandoned by the police. The review was especially critical of the Minneapolis police response. → Read More

Charges dropped in attempted robbery, assault of elderly woman in St. Paul

Aggravated robbery charges against a 19-year-old Richfield man have been dropped, after authorities said evidence shows he was not in St. Paul when an elderly drug store customer was badly injured in an attempted purse snatching. → Read More

Avian flu found in third Minn. flock as federal team joins response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency response team will arrive in Minnesota on Wednesday and will be deployed for at least three weeks. → Read More

Minnesota ending mail-in COVID testing, launches at-home rapid test program

The state of Minnesota says it is “sunsetting” its longstanding mail-order COVID-19 lab test program through Vault Health this week, and will start offering at-home rapid tests through the mail starting Tuesday. → Read More

Senate confirms Luger as U.S. attorney for Minnesota

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Andrew Luger as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota — returning him to the role he previously held during the Obama administration. → Read More

Minnesota Zoo tiger dies unexpectedly during medical exam

The Minnesota Zoo says its 12-year-old male Amur tiger named Putin died Wednesday, after going into cardiac failure as veterinary staff were conducting what they called a routine preventative health exam. → Read More

St. Paul police say woman set on fire, killed, in warehouse attack

The suspect accused of setting a woman on fire is said to have been in a prior relationship with her. → Read More

Frey announces new search warrant policy in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey rolled out his proposal for a new policy for serving search warrants in the city, which includes a 20-second entry pause for daytime warrants and 30-second waits for nighttime searches, as well as use of additional ballistic protection. → Read More

New Prague officials say they can’t find evidence of alleged racist taunt at prep basketball game

School officials in New Prague say independent investigators have reviewed video of a February basketball game that allegedly included racist taunts against a visiting team, and say they don't believe the taunts happened. → Read More

Talks set to resume as Minneapolis teachers' strike extends into third day

Mediation is set to resume Thursday morning as the strike by Minneapolis Public Schools teachers and support staff extends into a third day. → Read More

Classes canceled, picket lines begin as Minneapolis teachers go on strike

Classes were canceled for thousands of Minneapolis Public Schools students on Tuesday as teachers and support staff started the district's first strike in more than 50 years. → Read More