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

Lake Street tenants spotted host of hazards before fire

The place was "a firetrap - and you can quote me on that," said Tom Stinchfield, who lived in the building for 17 years and apparently was one of the few tenants with a working smoke detector on the day of the fire.

Updated: April 25, 2011, - 05:14 PM

Mpls. units hit by fire not inspected in 16 years

The Lake Street blaze that killed six -- the deadliest Minneapolis fire in 24 years -- brings up questions about the city's fire inspection practices.

Updated: April 25, 2011, - 05:11 PM

$49 job became a 'horror story'

Savage homeowner is one of many pursuing Illinois firm that was supposed to clean customers' air ducts.

Updated: April 23, 2011, - 11:35 PM

Fire-code inspections under fire in Minneapolis

Inspectors who check for fire-code violations in Minneapolis report to two different agencies -- the Fire Department and Regulatory Services -- and some say training is inadequate.

Updated: April 21, 2011, - 02:45 PM

Those under guardians get rights

The Legislature responded to cases of misconduct involving vulnerable people.

Updated: April 20, 2011, - 03:32 PM

Power of attorney, yet powerless

A man suffering from dementia in a St. Louis Park nursing home gave power of attorney to a stranger - and no one told his wife.

Updated: April 20, 2011, - 03:31 PM

'I feel like I'm in jail'

A court is keeping Isabelle Jessich in a nursing home even though a doctor says she's sane, sober and fit to leave. Is this how guardianship laws should work?

Updated: April 20, 2011, - 11:38 AM

Going where the buffalo roam

On a trip to South Dakota to view bison, one family finds the creatures can be both noble and annoying.

Updated: April 16, 2011, - 06:08 PM

Quaint cabins offer history, views

INTERIOR, S.D. - Cedar Pass Lodge offers the only accommodations with a roof inside Badlands National Park, and that's the...

Updated: April 16, 2011, - 02:43 PM

Edina woman gets control of life, may lose home

Isabelle Jessich got rid of her court-appointed guardian, but her house could be sold to pay legal fees.

Updated: April 15, 2011, - 03:33 PM

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