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Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez was a senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.

Police union president Bob Kroll blasts Walz, defends officers tied to George Floyd killing

By: - June 1, 2020

Controversial Minneapolis police union president Bob Kroll broke his week-long silence on the death of George Floyd at the hands of officers he represents, pledging to fight for their jobs and rebuking the leadership of Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.  He also wrote in a letter to the roughly 800 members of […]

After night of looting, arson Minnesota officials, community leaders urge people to stay home

By: - May 30, 2020

A dramatic and extraordinary assembly of the state’s top elected officials, faith and community leaders issued emphatic pleas on Saturday for people to stay home as the National Guard prepares to secure the Twin Cities after four nights of looting, arson and destruction.  Overnight, conditions in Minneapolis deteriorated with multiple buildings ablaze and police taking […]

In rebuke of city leadership, Gov. Tim Walz says state has taken over

By: - May 29, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz said Friday he has taken over responsibility for the restoration of order in the Twin Cities in an extraordinary rebuke of city leadership.  “The state is the lead element right now,” said Walz, who apologized for not communicating with the public Thursday night as fires torched buildings across the Twin Cities. “There […]

Protests and violent looting take hold in Minneapolis, St. Paul over George Floyd

By: , and - May 28, 2020

The chaos and rage blew east Thursday, as looting and fire swept through the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, this time under a brilliant blue sky.  Even as fires on East Lake Street in Minneapolis smoldered and disaster tourists gawked at the rubble of stores, apartments and cars there, the looting and fires began in […]

Sporadic vandalism breaks out in St. Paul near Allianz Field

By: - May 28, 2020

This story has been updated.  Sporadic vandalism has broken out in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, with some windows broken at a CVS and a pawn shop. University Ave., which is the main commercial thoroughfare of the neighborhood and home to the Green Line Light Rail Train, is home to dozens of small businessnes, […]

Mayhem in Minneapolis: protests, looting, fires

By: and - May 27, 2020

Peaceful demonstrations against the police for the killing of an unarmed Black man turned to looting and fires Wednesday, as Target, Aldi, Autozone and Cub Foods on Lake Street were all ransacked in a scene of mayhem. For the second day, demonstrators came out to protest the death of George Floyd, who died in police […]

Minnesota Gov. Walz pledges justice for George Floyd as protests move into second day

By: , and - May 27, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz condemned the death of George Floyd — a day after protests erupted at Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Tuesday night — saying he too shared the frustration with Black Minnesotans who are once again seeking justice for one of their own. “Watching any of the video of what happened to George Floyd […]

George Floyd, man killed by Minneapolis police, remembered as kind, soft-spoken

By: - May 26, 2020

Gerald Chambers, at times overcome by grief, recalled George Floyd as a kind and good-hearted man from their time working together at Salvation Army.  Chambers on Tuesday joined nearly 100 people who had gathered at the intersection of Chicago Ave and 38th St. to protest the death of Floyd, who Minneapolis police had detained after […]

Minnesota officials decry death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody

By: - May 26, 2020

Minnesota elected officials swiftly criticized the actions of a Minneapolis police officer Tuesday after a video published Monday appeared to show an officer with his knee on the neck of George Floyd, who later died at a Minneapolis hospital.  Floyd, who is Black, repeatedly told the white police officer he could not breathe Minneapolis Mayor […]

Minnesota National Guard conducting free COVID-19 testing through Memorial Day weekend

By: - May 22, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced free COVID-19 testing at six sites throughout Minnesota. The Minnesota National Guard will be conducting testing for anyone who wants one at armories in east St. Paul, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Duluth, Faribault and St. James starting on Saturday through Monday.  The testing will not require an appointment or identification. National […]

Minn. Senate majority leader criticizes Walz’s church limitations on Fox News

By: - May 22, 2020

Minnesota state Senate Republicans have become favorite guests of Fox News opinion show host Laura Ingraham.  Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, took to her show Thursday night to rail against Gov. Tim Walz’s decision this week to continue limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people, even for churches.  Gazelka, as well as fellow […]

Pay raises, COVID-19 economic aid derailed by partisan bickering in Legislature

By: - May 19, 2020

The clock is once again ticking for Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers to overcome partisan differences that derailed a number of legislative priorities left undone this week.  The Legislature adjourned early Monday without reaching compromises on a public infrastructure package, pay raises for more than 50,000 government workers and additional COVID-19 economic aid.  Minnesotans hoping […]