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

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 20, 2015, - 10:38 PM

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

Electric bikes make inroads in the U.S.

They're getting traction in the U.S., and helping people stay on the road.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 07:05 AM

Frac-sand debate tears SE Minnesota county apart

Ethics investigation finds Houston County official threatened opponents.

Updated: March 29, 2015, - 11:20 PM

Rochester might give old movie theater a sequel

The grand old Chateau Theatre could fit in with the city’s coming plans for a major renovation of its downtown.

Updated: March 21, 2015, - 04:33 PM

Rochester Civic Center expansion begins

It comes in a busy week that included plans to buy a historic downtown theater and the start of a study needed for high-speed rail to Twin Cities.

Updated: March 19, 2015, - 10:03 PM

Obituary: Longtime Minneapolis Library Board member Mary Doty

Mary Doty, the longtime Minneapolis Library Board member who helped usher in the new Central Library and who was known for her sharp intellect and gracious leadership while serving as board chair, died March 6. She was 85.

Updated: March 17, 2015, - 12:20 AM

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