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

Fans of a Minnesota ghost town fight to save empty church

“You tear down the church, Terrebonne really doesn’t exist anymore,” said Dan Derosier, the head of a small group working to preserve St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Updated: March 11, 2015, - 05:47 AM

Hamline U. forensic anthropologist helps police identify old bones

The bones that end up with forensic anthropologist Sue Myster come from the strangest places: construction projects, disturbed grave sites, long-hidden crime scenes.

Updated: March 09, 2015, - 03:24 PM

No jail time for Philip Nelson in Kolstad beating

The former U quarterback apologized to Isaac Kolstad, as he received 100 hours of community service and no jail time for the Mankato fight at bar-closing time.

Updated: March 03, 2015, - 08:02 AM

Fergus Falls council member's death ruled a suicide

Drugs, alcohol played no role in death, State Patrol report says.

Updated: February 17, 2015, - 09:40 PM

High-profile public defender Lauri Traub also waits tables

Public defender Lauri Traub still works part-time waiting tables.

Updated: February 09, 2015, - 10:54 PM

Fitch sentenced to life without parole in officer's slaying

With his mother in the courtroom, Brian G. Fitch Sr. was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday. Officer Scott Patrick's widow, speaking of her slain husband, told the court: “He has changed more lives than we will ever know."

Updated: February 04, 2015, - 11:00 PM

Foreman: Convicting Fitch of murder took 45 minutes

It wasn’t the most difficult decision the jurors made compared to some of the other charges they weighed, said the foreman, Garrett Zimmerman.

Updated: February 04, 2015, - 10:28 AM

Profane outbursts after Fitch found guilty

“He has taken so much from us,’’ widow of slain officer says.

Updated: February 04, 2015, - 10:28 AM

Fitch found guilty on all counts in officer's murder

After deliberating about nine hours, a jury found Brian Fitch guilty of murdering Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick.

Updated: February 02, 2015, - 11:29 PM

Exploring St. John on the cheap

A family of modest means splashes down in the former playground of the Rockefellers, thanks to cheap flights, a national park and a tent.

Updated: February 01, 2015, - 11:12 PM

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