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

Chickens near Rogers gain protection from rampaging dogs

On Oct. 10, the killer bounded out of the woods and went on a rampage in Norm Berning's chicken coop. On Halloween, another attacker killed two chickens on the spot and dragged away at least three others. By then, Berning, 71, had had enough. His property was under siege from canine visitors to the off-leash dog area at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve.

Updated: November 15, 2010, - 09:31 AM

Bedbugs bite tenants more ways than one

A tense question in apartment buildings: Who pays the exterminator?

Updated: October 31, 2010, - 08:06 AM

Airplane compartments: Dangerously dirty?

A discarded syringe pokes a 6-year-old boy, and his parents wonder how medical waste could be left on an airplane.

Updated: October 19, 2010, - 12:39 PM

He's soaked by flood in motel room

Scott Williams came back to Coon Rapids motel room to find it flooded from a fire upstairs.

Updated: October 11, 2010, - 09:18 AM

Teaching scam leads to $20,000 fine, loss of license

Continuing education classes for insurance agents were "abbreviated" from 15 hours to 59 minutes.

Updated: October 06, 2010, - 08:55 PM

This 'spoofing' is no fun

Caller ID can become an unwitting accomplice to fraud. It's illegal here and crackdowns are starting, but hundreds continue to be targeted.

Updated: September 27, 2010, - 09:14 AM

15 hours of work in 59 minutes = fines

Forty insurance agents have agreed to pay $3,000 fines and go back to school after admitting they attended bogus classes to satisfy Minnesota licensing requirements.

Updated: September 15, 2010, - 08:54 AM

From Main Street to mean street

For businesses on the stretch of Chicago Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and Lake Street, a reconstruction project means hard times and little city help.

Updated: August 30, 2010, - 12:11 PM

Weak rules govern guardians

To family members and advocates, three Aitkin Co. cases show how the state needs new tools to crack down on poorly performing guardians and conservators, who are virtually ungregulated.

Updated: August 18, 2010, - 07:46 AM

Grave unmarked for nearly a year

The cemetery apologized and said the stone should have been placed within two months of burial.

Updated: July 19, 2010, - 09:42 AM

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