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

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

St. Paul man pleads guilty in drunken driving death

A 34-year-old St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to fleeing a police officer while driving drunk through downtown Minneapolis before...

Updated: March 12, 2014, - 11:53 PM

Minneapolis must pay more than $410,000 for cop’s fights

The two police brutality suits filed against the officer will cost more than $410,000.

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 07:36 AM

Terrance Franklin DNA tied to stolen gun, Minneapolis police report

Gun was in sock found last fall five blocks from where he was killed.

Updated: March 05, 2014, - 09:47 PM

Third Hennepin County trial ends in conviction for man who shot rival

A Hennepin County jury convicted Jermaine Edward Harris of murder Friday for the 2012 shooting death of Richard Jinkins, an...

Updated: February 24, 2014, - 09:09 PM

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