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

Twin Cities heroin, painkiller deaths surged in first half of 2013

The rise in opiate-related deaths came even as drug experts, law enforcement and others fought to slow a problem they say is fueled by legal drugs in the bathroom cabinet and an underground market flooded with cheap heroin.

Updated: January 23, 2014, - 08:18 PM

Minneapolis police force shrinking as retirements kick in

The Police Department, with its smallest roster in decades, aims to hire more cops and get them trained.

Updated: January 18, 2014, - 06:19 AM

New Ulm suspect arrested after chase, gunfire in Minneapolis

The suspect, a New Ulm man with an extensive record, was taken into custody and reportedly was ‘fine’ after a brief, dramatic chase.

Updated: January 16, 2014, - 08:01 AM

Minneapolis mosque damaged in Cedar-Riverside fire seeks a home

Displaced by the New Year’s Day explosion and fire that killed three people next door, members of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque have spent the past week searching for a temporary home, so far without success.

Updated: January 10, 2014, - 06:24 AM

Robberies up, killings down, Minneapolis police analysis finds

Violent crimes up overall, but 2013 figures were near a 30-year low.

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 06:00 AM

Violent crime up 4% in Minneapolis; mayor wants more police

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said Tuesday that violent crime rose 4 percent but remains at one of its lowest levels in 30 years.

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 06:08 PM

Another victim of Cedar-Riverside fire officially ID’d

The medical examiner confirmed that Mrimri Farah, 60, died in the New Year’s Day blast and blaze. The cause still is not known.

Updated: January 06, 2014, - 09:22 PM

Everyone accounted for after Minneapolis fire, officials say

A second body was found Friday morning in the wreckage of a Minneapolis apartment building that exploded and burned on New Year’s Day.

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 10:31 PM

Punch by off-duty Mpls. cop lands St. Louis Park man $125,000

An off-duty Minneapolis police officer who knocked a man out and kicked him after a 2011 bar altercation faces another similar lawsuit.

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 08:43 AM

Two white Mpls. cops fired over racial slurs incident in Green Bay

The firings of officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell, both military veterans who were on the department’s SWAT team, will kick off an automatic appeal process that could last a year.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 02:15 PM

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