Matt McKinney

Reporter | Public safety
Phone: 612-673-7329
Matt writes stories from Minneapolis, chiefly about crime, but has also told readers about a dying man who recovered his stolen bicycle so he could pass it on to his children; a house built so well it doesn’t need a furnace; a man who died a virtual stranger in his own neighborhood, despite having lived a full life; and shortcomings in the city’s public auctions process. He once wrote a poem about the weather. And the newspaper published it.

Recent content from Matt McKinney

Part 4: Minneapolis teen struggles to avoid line of fire

Part 4: One family shows how the threat of illegal firearms hangs over life on North Side.

Updated: April 22, 2015, - 10:17 AM

Part 3: Illegal gun market thrives in Minn.; penalties light

Federal law enforcement officials say their limited presence in the state and significant constraints in federal law present serious obstacles to cracking down on illegal gun trafficking.

Updated: April 22, 2015, - 10:16 AM

Part 2: One stolen gun blazes violent path

Thousands of illegal guns flood city streets, moving easily from hand to hand.

Updated: April 22, 2015, - 10:13 AM

March 17: A gun at 14, then a senseless killing

Two young lives are swept away in Minneapolis by a relentless flow of illegal firearms.

Updated: April 22, 2015, - 09:34 AM

State champion jack pine in Mountain Iron felled by loggers

The tree would have held the national title but was cut down to make room for a $40 million expansion of U.S. Steel’s Minntac mine.

Updated: April 22, 2015, - 08:41 AM

Tiny Tower, Minn., has big tourism hopes

The little Iron Range town has spent $8 million so far hoping to lure boaters off Lake Vermilion to its harbor.

Updated: April 21, 2015, - 10:17 AM

Detroit Lakes approves $11.8 million project, defying DNR

City Council approves the hotel-restaurant complex, in spite of a legal threat from the DNR.

Updated: April 18, 2015, - 10:57 PM

State official: Collapsed water park roof at Ottertail resort was never inspected

The water park roof that collapsed Tuesday night in Ottertail, shuttering the Thumper Pond Resort and leading to the evacuation...

Updated: April 18, 2015, - 06:18 PM

Sacred items prepared for return to Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

In the near-century since their accidental discovery, most of the artifacts have been in storage at the Minnesota Historical Society, where they’re known as the Crane Lake Cache.

Updated: April 13, 2015, - 11:10 PM

Federal civil rights officials to visit St. Cloud high school over Somali student allegations

Somali students’ claims of harassment in St. Cloud prompted meeting.

Updated: April 06, 2015, - 09:18 PM

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