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

Minneapolis police slower to respond to 911 calls

The 2013 increase is the first of significance in five years. It came as the number of emergency calls rose with fewer officers to help.

Updated: April 30, 2014, - 05:42 AM

Little Falls on edge with the murder trial of Byron Smith

Chilling details in the trial in two teenagers' shooting deaths brought fresh waves of anxiety.

Updated: April 28, 2014, - 09:53 AM

Gun cases jump 40% in Minneapolis in 2013

Incidents part of a Minneapolis report also showing increase in cellphone thefts, response times.

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 09:03 PM

North Side safety summit examines ways to fight crime in troubled Minneapolis neighborhoods

With warmer days coming, and typically more crime, public officials and faith leaders gathered to strategize.

Updated: April 19, 2014, - 07:05 AM

Klobuchar bill would extend police hiring

A proposed $900 million extension of a community-oriented police program begun during the Clinton administration could pay for 2,600 additional...

Updated: April 18, 2014, - 05:23 AM

Meth lab house in south Minneapolis faces cleanup orders

The home’s owner faces penalties, but can keep living there, the city says.

Updated: April 17, 2014, - 05:44 PM

Police see more heroin surfacing across Minneapolis

A highly profitable drug for dealers, it was connected to 392 police calls last year, according to city statistics. That’s down slightly from 425 in 2012, but much higher than the 100 to 200 calls a year that the police saw for most of the past decade.

Updated: April 17, 2014, - 08:48 AM

Looking for lessons in Dinkytown's hockey melee

University of Minnesota students and others arrested last week face crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felony riot charges.

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 06:42 AM

Police find meth lab in southwest Minneapolis home

The find was long suspected by neighbors on Abbott Avenue, who reported seeing late-night visitors to the house with the junk-filled back yard.

Updated: April 15, 2014, - 01:14 PM

Police chase down fans in Dinkytown

Officers cleared the Dinkytown streets of disappointed hockey fans after the 7-4 loss to Union.

Updated: April 13, 2014, - 09:01 AM

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