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    In a year marked by intense political divisions, one element of the election has been largely overlooked: a record number of people stepped up to help with voting this year, local elections directors say. Before the pandemic hit Minnesota in March, the average age of applicants for poll workers in Ramsey County for the presidential...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Charges have been filed in a fatal shooting near a gas station in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood Tuesday. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office on Thursday announced 40-year-old Glenn Lee Burton of St. Paul is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder in the shooting death of 56-year-old Todd Gerleman....
    The camps seem everywhere these days, as 2020’s overlapping health and economic crises make the housing crisis worse. Squeezed from alternatives, people with nowhere else to go live in tents under bridges, along riverbanks, in parks, along railroad tracks, on edges of bluffs, or anywhere else with a scare modicum of shelter. Especially as winter...
    SEVERNA PARK, Md. (WJZ) — A 25-year-old Severna Park man was arrested Tuesday following a more than one-year-long child pornography investigation, the Anne Arundel County Police Department said Wednesday. William Ramsey Derry faces 19 charges, including 10 counts of child pornography possession and nine counts of child pornography distribution. William Ramsey Derry. Credit: Anne Arundel...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says that a St. Paul police shooting of a man Saturday night will be reviewed by outside agencies to avoid conflict of interest. On Tuesday, Choi said that the offices of the Minnesota Attorney General and Washington County Attorney will be reviewing the office-involved shooting. The request...
    Several Bergen County schools are reporting COVID-19 cases. Individuals tested positive at Northern Valley Demarest, Ridgewood and Ramsey high schools this week.  NVD switched to remote learning Nov. 10 and will resume in-person learning Nov. 18, Superintendent James Santana said in a tweet. NV Old Tappan was also closed for contact tracing, he said. Ramsey...
    Several Bergen County schools are reporting COVID-19 cases. Individuals tested positive at Northern Valley Demarest, Ridgewood and Ramsey high schools this week.  NVD switched to remote learning Nov. 10 and will resume in-person learning Nov. 18, Superintendent James Santana said in a tweet. NV Old Tappan was also closed for contact tracing, he said. Ramsey...
    An individual at a Bergen County high school tested positive for COVID-19, making this at least the fifth case in the district in the last five weeks. The individuals at Ramsey High School tested positive on Monday, NorthJersey.com reports citing Superintendent Matthew Murphy. The individual was not in contact with any other students, staff or...
    An individual at a Bergen County middle school who had been quarantining due to a known COVID-19 exposure tested positive for the virus, officials said. The Eric S. Smith Middle School in Ramsey will stay open after the individual tested positive on a rapid test Oct. 31, district officials said. The borough's health officer and...
    There’s no guarantee that Michael Weber’s vote will get home in time. Seven weeks ago, in Frankfurt, Germany, Weber put his ballot in the mail and sent it off to the Ramsey County Elections Office. Weber, a newly minted U.S. diplomat working at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, is from St. Paul. And as chance...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ramsey County officials on Monday announced that landlords with tenants who have been unable to make rent payments due to COVID-19 may be eligible for one-time assistance grants. The assistance will be available through the $8 million Landlord Assistance program. Eligible landlords can received up to $20,000 in reimbursement per rental unit...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul Public Schools has announced that distance learning is here to stay for at least another two and a half months. The district said that it would not be transitioning students from Pre-K through 12th grade to a hybrid model until Jan. 19, 2021 at the earliest. This move comes as...
            by Anthony Gockowski  Three Ramsey County police unions filed a formal complaint with the county against an officer who publicly endorsed DFL House candidate John Thompson. “John is wonderful. John is a leader. John is somebody that speaks truth to power,” Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Roy Magnuson...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has voted to move forward with plans that would turn St. Paul’s Bethesda Hospital into a facility with about 100 beds for those experiencing homelessness. On Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to approve the $1.2 million lease agreement with M Health Fairview that would utilize...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota United is partnering with Ramsey County to provide Allianz Field as a ballot return location for Ramsey County voters. Starting Oct. 29, team officials say residents can drop off their ballots for the 2020 election at the Brew Hall at Allianz Field. “We’re honored to have Allianz Field be a...
    Four new COVID-19 cases were reported this week in a single Bergen County school district. A letter sent to Ramsey parents Monday said schools will remain open despite three cases at Hubbard Elementary School and one was from Eric Smith Middle School. Individuals who came in close contact with the cases were instructed to stay...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on a lease agreement for Bethesda Hospital after M Health Fairview announced Monday that it would be closing the St. Paul hospital. The restructuring means 900 people will lose their jobs. Ramsey County commissioners held a virtual meeting Tuesday to talk about...
    This fall, three seats on the seven-member Ramsey County Board of Commissioners are on the ballot. Overseeing a budget north of $700 million, the board has a hand in everything from libraries to law enforcement, including dispensing funding for services around health, housing and other bedrock needs. Here is a look at each of the...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A family fight following a sentencing for murder at the Ramsey County Courthouse caused deputies to lock down the building before gunshots were fired outside nearby in a shooting believed to be related to the argument. No one was injured in the shooting several blocks from the courthouse Monday. Undersheriff...
    A former research and development director from Fair Lawn man called in seven bogus reports of domestic violence at the same Ramsey address, said police who arrested him for the “swatting” incidents. Vadim Pinskiy, 35, made the first anonymous call to the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) in Ewing Township...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ramsey County is working to connect people with nearly a quarter of a million dollars that’s owed to them. WCCO got in touch with Daniel Kahn, a father in St. Paul, to tell him he had more than $1,000 coming to him. “I thought it was some kind of scam,” Kahn said....
    A little less democracy. KSTP’s Callan Gray reports: “Ramsey County officials are looking into whether the position of sheriff should be elected or appointed. The County Charter Commission discussed the agenda item at its Monday meeting. … There are thousands of sheriffs in the U.S., and the vast majority are elected. If approved by voters...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – John Choi, the Ramsey County Attorney, has resigned from Donald Trump’s presidential commission on law enforcement over concerns the commission was promoting a predetermined agenda. A HuffPost article says Choi penned a letter to Attorney General William Barr outlining his concerns. He wrote that the commission was ignoring the lessons of the past,...
    Two men have been charged in connection with separate incidents that took place on Monday which involved threatening or assaulting St. Paul police officers. Jacob Joseph Miller, 24, of St. Paul, is being charged with second-degree assault and threats of violence, according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court. Jacob Joseph...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has charged a 14-year-old boy with second-degree murder in a deadly shooting in St. Paul earlier this week. The shooting happened on the 1200 block of Hazelwood Street. The victim was a man found inside a pickup truck. Police said he had been shot in the head....
    A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday heard arguments in a set of cases challenging the appointment of absentee ballot review boards in Minnesota’s largest cities. Four cases from the Minnesota Republican Party and Minnesota Voters Alliance were heard together as each centered around the issue of local authority to create absentee ballot review boards. Duluth,...
    After 24 years, the popular Fright Farm Haunted House in Maplewood is closing its doors for good. Executive Director Brad Camitsch said farewell to the Farm fans in a Facebook post. “It has been an honor and a privilege to scare all of you over the years,” he said. “This has been a memorable experience...
    After several years on the run, former Bergen County luxury car dealer Afzal “Bobby” Khan is facing the music. Khan admitted in federal court last week that he’d defrauded dozens of customers and lenders out of $1.5 million while he was the owner of Emporio Motor Group on Route 17 in Ramsey. The Scottish-born Khan,...
    Ramsey County residents may see their property taxes increase next year, but it won’t be due to levy increases by the county. On Tuesday, the county presented a revised 2021 budget proposing a zero percent general levy increase. Yet some may see their bills go up as their property values increase. The county, which has...
    Nearly 100,000 voters in Ramsey County — and untold legions across Minnesota — have already asked for ballots in this fall’s presidential election. That’s good, election officials say, but please be patient. The ballots haven’t even been printed yet. You’ll have to wait about a month. “I had a voter say call me up the...
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s petition to remove and replace three trustees of one of St. Paul’s oldest and largest philanthropies will be heard online through a remote hearing in Ramsey County Probate Court on Aug. 27. The case against Otto Bremer Trust has been assigned to Judge Robert Awsumb, who is reviewing hundreds of...
    A community-led task force on Wednesday unveiled four new art pieces that will cover the Depression-era art in the City Council/County Board chambers of the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul. A group of residents and task force members met on the plaza outside the building to see the original artwork and hear the artists...
    Police on Wednesday identified a 17-year-old killed in a St. Paul stabbing as Davant Coppage. Officers arrested Coppage’s 24-year-old brother Tuesday on suspicion of murder. The Ramsey County attorney’s office is reviewing a case against Eric James Young for potential charges. Eric James Young (Courtesy of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office) Police responded to an...
    Kathy Hedin looked over Ramsey County’s COVID testing data recently and was taken aback by what she saw. At least 21 percent of the positive tests belonged to Asian residents, although Asians make up only 15 percent of the county population. Blacks and Latinos were also heavily over-represented among those who had tested positive. Relative...
    The new art installations for the Ramsey County Courthouse will be unveiled to the public at 9 a.m. Wednesday. In December 2018, Ramsey County and St. Paul launched a project to develop a contemporary community-based artwork program for exhibition in the building’s council chambers. The Ramsey County Historical Society established a community task force to...
    Ramsey County is collecting homemade cloth masks to distribute to residents who need one. The initiative, called “A Mask for Everyone,” will prioritize distribution to racially, ethnically and culturally diverse communities. County residents who need a mask can visit ramseycounty.us/AMaskforEveryone to request one. Besides a mask, each recipient will be provided with information on preventing...
    Families struggling to put food on the table due to COVID-19 can get meals delivered to them free through a new Ramsey County program. Five local partners are working with the county, using CARES Act funding, to deliver meals to county residents who have difficulty leaving their homes to shop. “Many of our families are...
    GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County Police have charged a 22-year-old Elkridge man in a double shooting in Glen Burnie that took the life of one man and injured another back in February. Police were called to the 200 block of Poplar Avenue around 4:39 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2020 for a reported...
    South Washington County Public Schools on Thursday promoted an assistant administrator to succeed Keith Jacobus, who is retiring after eight years as superintendent. Julie Nielsen was selected in a 7-0 vote of the school board. Nielsen, the first woman to lead the district, begins her new position on Sept. 2. “Julie has been instrumental in...
    Coronavirus pandemic conditions call for middle and high schools to remain closed in only two Minnesota counties, according to a weekly report released Thursday. The report, which gives the number of new coronavirus cases per 10,000 residents for each county, is meant to be only a starting point for public school officials as they consider...
    The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged a 56-year-old New Brighton man Thursday in connection with the toppling of the Christopher Columbus statue at the State Capitol during protests following the death of George Floyd. Michael Anthony Forcia, 56, is being charged with one count of felony criminal damage to property. The statute was taken down...
    Four new art pieces for the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul could be unveiled as early as next week. The artwork will cover the existing Depression-era art by John Norton which some feel no longer represents present-day values. It will be displayed in the courthouse chambers where the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners and...
    A Minneapolis man is charged with threatening to commit a violent crime, fleeing a peace officer and driving while intoxicated, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court Monday. According to the criminal complaint, 32-year-old Mark Joseph Woods hit the unmarked squad car of a commander with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office at 12:30...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ramsey County began free COVID-19 testing Saturday for anyone who wants it, whether they have symptoms or not. Greg Rhodes and his wife, Pang Foua, were two of about 600 people who got swabbed at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. About 200 of the patients were walk-ups. No insurance or ID is needed....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two free COVID-19 testing sites will open for weekend days in August, Ramsey County Public Health officials say. Officials are working with community partners to offer the sites starting on Aug. 8 and through the end of the month. The drive-thru and walk-up testing is open to anyone, with or without symptoms. The...
    In response to the pandemic, Ramsey County is now accepting applications from small business owners for its Small Business Relief Fund. The $15 million fund offers relief packages of up to $7,500 for self-employed entrepreneurs and up to $10,000 for businesses employing 1-to-20 workers in addition to the owner. The fund is geared to for-profit...
    Standing in front of the Dayton’s Bluff Library, Ramsey County Board Chair Toni Carter joined her son, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, in announcing a new mission for a series of public libraries. On Monday, new Community Career Labs debuted in-person services for job hunters at six library locations across the county. Workers can reserve...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A man is charged in Ramsey County with murder and manslaughter after authorities say a woman he met on a dating app overdosed on a drug he gave her. The Ramsey County medical examiner determined 43-year-old Thea Renae Toles died of toxicity caused by a narcotic commonly known as a “date rape”...
    What happened to Nia “Brooklyn” Black was a senseless crime, her mother says. “They took away someone so precious,” said LaTanya Black, whose 23-year-old daughter was fatally shot in St. Paul on June 13. Nia Black, 23, was fatally shot in St. Paul on June 13, 2020. (Courtesy of Cimone Black) She and other relatives will...
    A local nonprofit that provides bail relief to low income inmates has suspended services at the Ramsey County jail due to its concerns over the facility’s handling of COVID-19 protocols. Citing the risk posed to its staff, the Freedom Fund recently provided notice to the Ramsey County sheriff’s office of its decision in a letter...
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