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

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

After Dinkytown melee, university and police prepare for NCAA title game

Gophers’ semifinal victory sparked wild Dinkytown celebration. Officials say they are ready for anything Saturday.

Updated: April 11, 2014, - 10:14 PM

Bus stops and transit stations are theft hot spots in Minneapolis

The nearly 1,900 robberies in Minneapolis last year played out in all areas of the city but a Star Tribune analysis found that eight of the 10 hot spots were near bus stops and light rail stations, where commuters made easy prey.

Updated: April 02, 2014, - 11:12 AM

Addicted at 17, learning to start over at 21

Lauren Waldemar began a slide into addiction with one pill at a party. Heroin was cheaper than prescription drugs; it...

Updated: March 22, 2014, - 10:20 PM

WWII party organizer apologizes for Nazi images

Minneapolis resident Scott Steben, who has had small roles as a German soldier in at least three movies, said the dinner was a Christmas party for period actors like himself who dress in World War II uniforms.

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 09:40 PM

Organizer, restaurant owner defend Nazi-themed party

Scott Steben, the man behind a World War II party that featured Nazi flags and men dressed in SS uniforms, said it was an exercise for actors who play historical roles at fairs and in movies, not a political statement.

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 11:05 AM

Mpls. police reopen fatal 2008 hit-and-run of cyclist

The driver has never been found in the hit-and-run collision that killed James “Jimmy” Nisser, 65, a beloved member of...

Updated: March 13, 2014, - 10:07 PM

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