James Shiffer

Columnist and team leader | Watchdog and data team
Phone: 612-673-4116
James Eli Shiffer writes the Full Disclosure column and supervises the watchdog and data team. Shiffer joined the Star Tribune in 2005. A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., Shiffer previously worked at The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Recent content from James Shiffer

Ex-owner goes from locked in to letting go

Two months after the city boarded him into his house, Ted Poetsch has gone from heir to the property to apartment dweller who lost interest in the home.

Updated: August 14, 2009, - 11:29 PM

An unwelcome tenant

When mold moved in, a couple decided it was time to move out.

Updated: August 03, 2009, - 10:48 AM

Whistleblower: The check was good, so why was it rejected?

Whistleblower: To get control of his spending, Tom Campbell decided to put away the credit card and take out the checkbook. But switching from plastic to paper wasn't as easy as he thought.

Updated: July 31, 2009, - 10:36 PM

Scam artist guilty; victims poorer

Saying God was on his side, Alabama's newest prisoner duped Minnesotan, others.

Updated: July 29, 2009, - 06:37 AM

Widows seethe over headstone shuffle

A Brooklyn Center cemetery moved their husbands' headstones to make room for another grave.

Updated: July 24, 2009, - 06:49 AM

Asbestos costs family now, maybe later

A botched job and an emergency cleanup have cost thousands and caused worries about future health problems.

Updated: July 12, 2009, - 07:53 AM

Park Board tributes aren't forever

Renewal fees on a Minneapolis memorial bench come as a surprise.

Updated: July 04, 2009, - 09:25 PM

Minneapolis man boarded in his house

In many ways, Ted Poetsch's experience is emblematic of the forces that have fastened plywood over so much of the North Side and urban neighborhoods across America.

Updated: July 02, 2009, - 12:00 PM

Tough customer won't end siege of White Castle

It was after midnight when Ariel Wade rolled into the drive-through at the 24-hour White Castle, one block from the State Capitol. Wade rolled away "madder than fish grease" after the staff refused to hand over any burgers.

Updated: July 02, 2009, - 12:00 PM

State seizes property of biggest sales tax scofflaw

The owner of a car stereo business is $544,293 behind on tax payments. The Burnsville raid was called "a last resort."

Updated: June 27, 2009, - 07:24 AM

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