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Dan Browning

Reporter | General assignment
Phone: 612-673-4493
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Dan Browning has worked as a reporter and editor since 1982. He joined the Star Tribune in 1998 and now covers greater Minnesota. His expertise includes investigative reporting, public records, data analysis and legal affairs.

Browning has a master's degree in International Journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on Latin American studies, a master's in Journalism from the University of Oregon with an emphasis on legal affairs, and a bachelor's in Religious Studies from California State University-Chico, with an emphasis on Buddhism. His outside interests include jujutsu and Aikido, ballroom dancing and photography.
Recent content from Dan Browning
Eyota Mayor Tyrel Clark met Friday with Vicki Arendt, one of the owners of the market founded by her late father, to discuss finding a buyer for the b

Market in Eyota, Minn., seeks help to find a buyer

Eyota Market has languished in the founder's estate for too long
Vivian Maier’s photo, “Self-Portrait, Bedroom Mirror,” from 1965. Maier’s artistic photography was discovered only after her death in 2009, an

Mpls Photo Center settles copyright infringement suit

The estate of Vivian Maier alleged that her work had been misappropriated.

Winona postmaster relieved of duties pending investigation

Sherri Jo Genkinger, 58, was relieved of her duties on Oct. 25 while the accusation of "some stolen or missing" mail is probed.
Southwest Coaches lost two buses and its business office Tuesday in a blaze that drew on nearly every fire department in Lyon County.

Fire destroys garage, 2 buses at longtime Marshall business

Southwest Coaches Inc., which employs 70 people, operates Marshall's school buses and offers charter tours and other travel services.
Art Owen, a spiritual leader from the Prairie Island Indian Community, explaining why his nation considers He Mni Can -- the Dakota name for Barn Bluf

Art Owen, Dakota spiritual leader and Army vet, dies at 68

When Art Owen died of a heart attack on Oct. 27, he left a role as spiritual leader in the Prairie Island Indian Community that…
A bicycle designed and built by a faculty member at Minnesota State College Southeast, which hopes to keep the gears of industry churning for Gen Zers

Minnesota State College Southeast puts a new spin on ye olde engineering degree

Students can get their start by designing and building bicycles.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald speaks during an Oct. 17 news conference about 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who has been missing since her parents

Investigators regroup to review leads in Jayme Closs mystery

Investigators still lack a "theory" in murder, kidnapping case.
Dollar General is seeking to open a store in Cormorant, Minn., which the village opposes. This one is in Isle.

For tiny Cormorant Village, big-box Dollar General is not worth a penny

The Village Board unanimously opposed the chain's recent petition to the Becker County Board that would allow it to build about 20 miles southwest of Detroit Lakes.
Shelley Buck, president of the Prairie Island Indian Community, led scores of area residents up Barn Bluff, which the Mdewakanton Dakota people call H

Red Wing residents, tribal members find common ground on bluff overlooking Lake Pepin

The majestic bluff overlooking Lake Pepin bridges two cultures.
Jared Scheierl is pictured in November 2016 outside the U.S. Courthouse shortly after speaking at Danny Heinrich's sentencing.

Cold Spring sex assault victim to testify against Danny Heinrich decades after assault

Assaulted in 1989, he has sued man who killed Jacob Wetterling.
The sixth generation of the Daley family: Dustin DePestel holding his son, Jasper; Dominick DePestel, Sidney Greden and Gabe Daley. Kneeling is Dylan

Lewiston's Daley Farm expanding its dairy operation

Feedlot issues remain, but family says it needs room to grow.

Officers, suspect identified in Sauk Centre standoff and shooting

Suspect held after standoff that led to lockdown of schools, officer's injury.
Bob Ivers

Former Hopkins mayoral candidate convicted of threatening federal judge

A former Hopkins mayoral candidate with a hot temper and a penchant for making foul threats was convicted Friday of threatening to kill a federal…
Dan Barnett

Dan Barnett, Normandale educator and administrator, dies at 82

Before Dan Barnett "retired" for the fourth and final time, he made sure his work would continue even after he was buried.
The new owner of the Historic Calumet Inn in Pipestone, artist Tammy Grubbs, is working to save the 130-year-old hotel and refashion it as a destinati

Can a new owner save Pipestone's Historic Calumet Inn?

With the windows falling off, the city came close to condemning it.
I-90 near Austin reopens after flooding from heavy rain in southern Minn.

I-90 near Austin reopens after flooding from heavy rain in southern Minn.

Downpours have flooded streets in Rochester; a possible tornado was spotted near Albert Lea.
Clarkfield plans to use about $600,000 in federal grant money to fix its water tower, which freezes up in the winter.

'Dying communities' in small-town Minn. find aid from federal grants

While the grants are just part of a mix of public assistance to rural communities across the state, they offer a financial boost to those struggling to hang on to residents and hoping to attract newcomers in an era when rural populations generally are declining.
Byron Smith headed into the Morrison County Courthouse in Little Falls during his trial in April 2014.

Little Falls man guilty of killing 2 teens in home appeals conviction

Federal judge says Byron Smith's constitutional right to a public trial was denied, but rules that doing so did not violate federal law.
Paul Hansmeier

Minneapolis lawyer pleads guilty to fraud, money laundering in porn troll scheme

The charges stem from an elaborate scheme to seed the internet with porn and seek legal settlements from those who downloaded the copyrighted videos.
Aerial views of the Biesanz Stone Company's frac sand mining operation, file photo from 2016.

Appeals Court upholds Winona County ban on frac sand mining

Appeals Court endorses Winona County law.
Markus Krueger’s mock-up of a statue to Felix Battles, a former slave who enlisted in the army during the Civil War and later opened a barber shop i

Fargo-Moorhead honors former slave

Felix Battles risked everything to join the Union Army.
The National Eagle Center in Wabasha plans to use additional funding to help provide better space for the retired eagles.

Prairie Island Dakota Tribe to help raise funds for Wabasha's National Eagle Center

Proceeds from a ball next month will go toward a $750,000 off-site facility that will provide more space for the center's bald and golden eagles and its red tail hawk.
A black bear wandered by the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center in Red Wing, Minn., on June 9.

New DNR tool shows black bears lumbering beyond their usual Minnesota range

Researchers say they've been surprised by the number of bear sightings in the Twin Cities and further south.
Kathleen Uradnik is a political science professor at St. Cloud State.

St. Cloud State professor alleges forced union representation violates her rights

Kathleen Uradnik wants a federal court to declare that forced union representation is barred by recent Supreme Court decision.
Investigators found two suicide notes under Eric Thomes' cell phone, together with an empty Mtn Dew bottle, cigarettes and nine empty beer cans.

Case files in Cold Spring officer's killing reveal suspect's distress

The suspected killer, Eric J. Thomes, killed himself after an hourslong standoff as police closed in to arrest him.
Barn Bluff has served as a kind of public bulletin board for decades in Red Wing. Now the City Council is considering cleaning up the historic site.

Red Wing to conduct public hearing to address Barn Bluff graffiti issue

The massive promontory rising 400 feet above the Mississippi River appears headed for a cleanup and a more dignified future.
Winona Laduke and others demonstrate at a rally held at the Wisconsin-Minnesota border on the morning after Line 3 is approved, Friday, June 29, 2018.

Enbridge, Minnesota officials talking about pipeline security before latest approval for Line 3 replacement

Enbridge has already been "actively engaged" with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, county sheriffs and tribal police, an official said.
Recent statewide heavy rains have left the Mississippi River in the metro swollen with water, including here at Horeshoe Dam, beneath the Third Avenue

Flooding closes several roads along Minnesota River

MnDOT closed the Hwy. 41 bridge and its approaches between Shakopee and Chaska.

St. James man charged in double homicide after family quarrel

He's accused of killing wife, her daughter after family quarrel.
Chad Monson

Willmar man facing explosives, firearms charges denied bail

Magistrate Judge found that Chad Lee Monson was a flight risk and posed a danger to the community.

Racial purity candidate loses bid for Grand Forks school board seat

James Kelso advocated ending support for immigrant and refugee students.
Stacy Erholtz was all but dead from an uncurable type of blood cancer before her 50th birthday when she enrolled in an experimental trial at the Mayo

Patient treated with massive measles vaccine cancer-free 5 years later

Mayo Clinic patient from Pequot Lakes is living "proof of concept" for doctor's efforts to advance the use of viruses as a way to target cancers.

Grand Forks school board race attracts white nationalist candidate

Jamie Kelso, who once lived with former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, wants a voice in public schools, and is scheduled to appear with other candidates at a forum Tuesday evening.
Maylary and Mordecai Apolo are Karen refugees from Burma, now Myanmar, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2008. They started K’Nyaw Grocery last July.

Austin takes 'welcoming' to next level with immigrant entrepreneur program

Program has given about 15 immigrants help with startups

Columbia Heights restaurant owner pleads guilty to federal immigration charges

Pisanu "Pat" Sukhtipyaroge still faces state charges of labor trafficking and criminal sexual conduct.
A photo from Dec. 1, 1946, shows Villa Maria in its splendor. Long a boarding school for girls, it was later used as a retreat and conference center.

Villa Maria on Lake Pepin may get new life as a hotel

St. Paul developer has big plans for the historic girls' academy.
The view of Winona, Minnesota from Garvin Heights Park overlook. Winona became the first Minnesota city to join the Welcoming America network on June

In some Minnesota cities, welcome turns into a fighting word

WINONA, MINN. – When Fatima Said asked the City Council here to join a national move to embrace immigrants, refugees and all other newcomers,…
Tributes from Prince fans adorned the memorial fence outside Paisley Park in Chanhassen on Thursday.

Prince family sues Illinois hospital, Walgreens chain

Suit claims Illinois medical staff could have done more to prevent later overdose.
Prince, center, entered the clinic of Dr. Michael Schulenberg's clinic on April 20, 2016. Kirk Johnson is behind Prince.

Those close to Prince worried about his use of painkillers for years

The star's insistence on privacy may have kept help at bay.
Soon, a Stearns County judge will review about 168 pages that Patty and Jerry Wetterling have asked to keep out of the public eye.

Investigative documents in Wetterling case must be released, judge rules

Family has no basis in law to block the release — but the Wetterlings are seeking to change that.
Prince, center, entered the clinic of Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg's clinic on April 20, 2016. Kirk Johnson is behind Prince.

New documents give a clearer picture of Prince's final days

An emergency landing in Moline, Ill., was the beginning of the end, and even those closest to him said they didn't know painkillers had taken over his life. A week later, he was dead.

Caretakers charged with abuse, murder of 6-year-old boy in Otter Tail

Medical personnel said the boy suffered multiple injuries over a sustained period of time.
A judge has ordered Stearns County to return to the FBI thousands of pages of investigative documents related to the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling

Judge: Feds' files in Wetterling case must be returned to FBI

The records still could be released pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act.
The bodies of Gloria and Willie Scheel were found in their Toyota Prius in Kandiyohi County, officials said. The Paynesville, Minn., couple were repor

Grandson booked on 2 murder counts in deaths of couple called 'Paynesville royalty'

The bodies of Wilbert and Gloria Scheel were found Thursday in their car on a rural road. Their grandson is in custody.
University of Minnesota Prof. Len Ferrington and his students are looking into why trout grow quickly in some streams in winter and lose weight in oth

University of Minnesota researchers work to secure the future of trout

A U study begun in 2006 seeks its last appropriation.
Pipestone native Sara Priester, left, with daughter Chloe Lear, says “no child should have to go through what Chloe has gone through.” Chloe drive

Growing diversity sparks tough conversations in Pipestone

A racial slur on a student's truck prompted the town's mayor to speak out and stimulated soul-searching in this predominantly white, but rapidly changing city.
The company culled through hundreds of its customers’ stories about their boots and picked 32 to highlight in a new display at its store in Red Wing

'Wall of Honor' to tell the enduring tales of Red Wing boots

Red Wing Shoe Co. culled through about 600 stories submitted by customers since fall, telling of how they wear their boots, and selected 32 of the tales to showcase in a new two-story "Wall of Honor" display, which opens Monday at the company's retail store in Red Wing.

Bookkeeper charged after allegedly embezzling $500K to gamble

An 18-year employee of Farm Merchantile allegedly used the money to gamble.
Deputy Register 035 Vinton Lewis and his wife, Janet, run the South Saint Paul Quick-Serv License Center. They have had to take tens of thousands of d

Minnesota legislators want answers about MNLARS no-bid contract

Legislators are asking why the state used no-bid process.

Threats prompt closure of school in Aitkin County, Minn.

The superintendent says the messages sent to students on Snapchat and Facebook were related to an earlier incident at the school.
Bakery owner Bill Hanisch and his 13-year-old son, William (not pictured), painted the latest message on Barn Bluff: a memorial to Red Wing basketball

Red Wing officials weigh referendum that could ban Barn Bluff painting

Long tradition of painting landmark overlooking city under new scrutiny.
FILE PHOTO: A 46 year-old man was arrested during a prostitution sting in in St. Peter, Minn., in 2017.

Dozens swept up in pre-Super Bowl sex-traffic sting operation

Undercover officers trolled social media for suspects seeking to meet minors for sex.
Jerry and Patty Wetterling pose at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis in October.

Wetterlings, feds square off with media over investigative records

A Stearns County judge must decide whether a state law on public records conflicts with constitutionally protected privacy rights.
Poppy Lindeman, the baby delivered on the side of a road by her father Taylor in Chisago City on Monday.

Minnesota couple deliver Christmas Day baby on side of road

They were on their way to United Hospital when their third child arrived.

Minneapolis coin dealer indicted on fraud, money laundering charges

Feds say Scott Luther bilked customers deals exceeding $1.5 million.

Columbia Heights restaurant owner indicted on federal forced-labor charge

The owner of Royal Orchid allegedly promised to help a teenager from the Dominican Republic get a U.S. education, then forced him to work less than $1 an hour.
Manop Kaeoka was shocked when he read about the owner of a popular Thai restaurant who was charged in federal court last week with tricking a young ma

More allegations of forced labor for Columbia Heights restaurant owner

A second immigrant has accused Pisanu "Pat" Sukhtipyaroge of forcing him to work at his Twin Cities restaurants.

Columbia Heights Thai restaurant owner charged with forced labor

Federal authorities say a young man was lured from the Dominican Republic by the restaurant owner with promises of American schooling, but then found himself under a "debt bondage arrangement."

Radio host convicted in Ponzi scheme loses bid to overturn conviction

Judge upheld radio host Patrick Kiley's 20-year prison sentence.
Catherine O'Connor says the gold box with her mom's ashes and other mementos keep her memory alive despite the bitter fight that ensued over her care.

Theft charges against Burnsville woman dismissed after bitter family feud

A judge found insufficient evidence in Kandiyohi County, which led a Carver County prosecutor to drop charges there as well.

U of M law grad admits guilt in porn-troll scheme

The plea bargain anticipates that attorney John Steele with cooperate with prosecutors against lawyer Paul Hansmeier, who has denied the charges.

Judge dismisses suit alleging Associated Bank aided Minnesota Ponzi scheme

The court-appointed receiver marshaling assets from Trevor Cook's fraud scheme immediately filed a notice that it would appeal the order dismissing the lawsuit.
Prince's sister Tyka Nelson, right, arrives at the Carver County Justice Center for a hearing on her brother's estate Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Chas

Court holds off determining Prince's legal heirs, picks firm to oversee estate

Filings in Carver County District Court raised questions of conflicts of interest in the management of the estate.
In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami.

Prince's siblings move to lock down his estate

The late musician's siblings say that a challenge to how Minnesota defines "family" is draining the estate.

Would-be heirs raise constitutional challenge over Prince estate

Attorneys say court-approved procedure for establishing heirship violates equal protection clauses of Minnesota and U.S. constitutions
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

Minnesota attorney general demands EpiPen maker turn over sales data

Lori Swanson has demanded information from Mylan about its pricing policies.

Jurors find former Cold Spring brewery controller guilty of fraud

The Sartell man ripped off his employer, family and friends in two separate schemes.
Catherine O’Connor laid out documents in her fight over her mother’s conservatorship.

Daughter charged with exploiting rich mom in Burnsville family feud

A bitter feud with siblings led to audit and charges.
Simone Jarvis helped take care of her grandmother, Ellen Starkka, 83, at their home in Crosslake. Her baby, Oscar Camacho, 2 months, was with her.

Crow Wing County guardian's duties stripped after neglect allegations

A pattern of unpaid bills, conflict with families.
In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.

Who's family? Sibling question at heart of Prince estate case

The issue of whether Prince and Duane Nelson shared a father has become a multimillion-dollar question in the musician's estate case.
A BCA investigator gathered evidence around the Oldsmobile being driven by Philando Castile when he was stopped by St. Anthony police in Falcon Height

Racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests are widespread

Despite recent attention on the city of St. Anthony, nearly every metro police department exhibits a racial disparity in its arrest rates, according to a Star Tribune analysis of recently released FBI Uniform Crime Reports data for serious crimes.
David Welliver, shown in 1996.

Former investment advisor pleads guilty to securities fraud

David Welliver admits misleading investors as he struggled increase the assets of his struggling mutual fund.
Prince set a Billboard charts record for placing 19 albums in the Top 200 in a single week.

Lawyers may have 'potentially relevant' info on Prince heirs

A special administrator overseeing Prince's estate says confidential documents at Henson & Efron could shed light on potential heirs.

Former Cold Spring Brewing exec charged with bilking $350,000

St. Cloud man allegedly also stole over $330,000 in Ponzi scheme.

State set a record last year for punishing lawyers

The state Supreme Court disbarred six lawyers and suspended the licenses of 47 others last year.
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