Curt Brown

Reporter | General Assignment
Phone: 612-673-4767
In addition to covering regional issues and writing profiles, Curt contributes to the “Escape Artists” travel blog and writes bi-weekly Sunday “My Minnesota” mini-profiles, offering a sense-of-place look at intriguing Minnesotans.

Recent content from Curt Brown

A year in western N.D. oil fields: Stories of people and change

Behind the oil industry's gaudy numbers, you’ll find countless dreamers, schemers and in between.

Updated: January 06, 2014, - 04:15 PM

A year in North Dakota: Stories of people and change

At the end of a feverish fifth year, it’s easy to paint North Dakota’s oil portrait by numbers: Production...

Updated: January 04, 2014, - 12:13 AM

'Everyone kind of caters to you'

It’s Saturday night at Cattails bar on Main Street. A fracker from Utah sings “Free Bird,” karaoke-style. Oil-field workers clink...

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 11:48 PM

'I hope I'm out here another 20 years'

It’s 6:40 a.m. and a dramatic flaming sunrise illuminates the hilly prairie around “Raven Rig No. 1,” one of nearly...

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 11:47 PM

'What we do is investigate, negotiate and argue'

The back seat of Vern Stiller’s silver ­Mercedes SR5 SUV is littered with maps, a hard hat, work gloves and...

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 08:37 PM

'It’s all about being in a hurry'

“There are chemicals and explosives, lots of high pressure and so many different things that can get you killed that you’d better know what you’re doing before you step on a site,” Spencer Logan said.

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 08:23 PM

'It's an opportunity for me'

Nathaniel Kroshus didn’t come here for high wages or to escape his past. He’s here chasing his passion.The 31-year-old from...

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 08:21 PM

At 94, WWII veteran still carries flag at Fort Snelling

Quentin De Nio is now the second-oldest among the dozens of buglers, riflemen and flag bearers who make up the Memorial Rifle Squad.

Updated: December 28, 2013, - 08:11 PM

A ride to heal, remember 1862 hanging of 38 Dakota in Mankato

Dakota tribal members traveled by horseback 330 miles from Crow Creek, S.D., to Mankato, through harsh December weather.

Updated: December 26, 2013, - 10:11 PM

Snow emergencies continue in Minneapolis, St. Paul

While some folks cleaned up wrapping paper, Twin Cities snowplow crews hit the streets to clear December’s snowy deposits from many neighborhoods.

Updated: December 26, 2013, - 11:28 AM

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