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A native of Kansas City, Montemayor lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and enjoys camping, travel and a good beer.


Rep. Ilhan Omar behind legislation for new special envoy to fight Islamophobia

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wants to help the federal government tackle Islamophobia on a global scale — drawing on longstanding efforts to track and…


Phillip Parrish, GOP secretary of state candidate, exits race

Former GOP party chair candidate said the campaign took too big a toll on his family


GOP state senator asks supporters to donate to Lindstrom family charged in Jan. 6 riot

Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch, calls DOJ "over bearing."


GOP-led hearing on Minnesota crime focuses on law enforcement's perspective

DFL lawmakers criticized narrow scope of hearing aimed at examining crime spikes.


Minneapolis man admits to impersonating FBI agent in phony terrorism probe

Bernard Holmes, 66, admitted to "spoofing" phone number to look like he was calling from FBI office.


Walz asks ICE to halt deportation of woman he wanted to pardon

Amreya Shefa failed to receive a pardon for her 2014 manslaughter conviction for killing her husband in an act she described as self-defense.


Winston Smith's death revived scrutiny of federal body camera policies

The Justice Department started phasing in new body camera program last month.


New Minnesota GOP candidate for secretary of state announces campaign

Kelly Jahner-Byrne previously ran for the Minnesota House in 2020.


Minnesota GOP's lone secretary of state candidate leaves party

Phillip Parrish lost bid for party chair over the weekend.


Three Lindstrom men arrested on charges related to Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Federal prosecutors charged Robert Westbury, 62, his son, Isaac Westbury, 19, and a third man, Aaron James, 35, with crimes ranging from assaulting Capitol police officers to disorderly conduct.