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Paul Walsh is a general assignment reporter at the Star Tribune. He wants your news tips, especially in and near Minnesota.

Walsh writes what's interesting and important, with interesting being his preference.


Video goes viral of man enduring 'shocking' chain whipping on downtown St. Paul street

The video was shot from a hotel room window by Kevin Weekes, a hockey analyst with ESPN.


Officials ID teen who died after jumping into southwestern Minnesota lake to retrieve canoe paddle

He attempted to swim back to the canoe, but the wind pushed it farther from him, according to the Sheriff's Office.


Charges: Man fatally stabbed woman in neck outside downtown Duluth bar after closing time

Gunfire erupted immediately afterward, according to the charges.


Wanted man charged with luring men into sexually exploiting young children

"His whereabouts ... are unknown," a BCA statement read. "He may or may not still be in Minnesota."


30 days in jail for ex-school choir director in northwestern Minnesota who sexually assaulted girl

The judge chose not to impose a three-year sentence.


Ex-Minneapolis officer Thomas Lane finishes federal prison time in George Floyd killing

Thomas Lane, one of the four Minneapolis police officers who had George Floyd in custody leading up to his death, still has time behind bars to satisfy his state sentence.


4 are now charged in inside job armed robbery of Hopkins grocery store that netted $45K

Federal prosecutors say one of the co-conspirators provided information about the store's layout and how the money was handled.


Private prison van driver, accused of raping St. Paul woman he was transporting, gets 30 years for similar attacks

The St. Paul woman alleged in a federal lawsuit that Marquet D. Johnson sexually assaulted her as he drove her from Texas to the Ramsey County jail. He was just sentenced to 30 years in prison for similar attacks on three other women.


Prison for man who was in daughter's Minnesota-based drug smuggling ring tied to notorious cartel

The drugs came from Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, according to prosecutors.


Blaine businessman sentenced to 4½ years in prison for cheating hundreds of job seekers out of $600K

Charles Fields' scheme "took constant planning and calculation, including his creation of fake names, multiple email accounts, and multiple businesses," according to the prosecution.