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David Chanen

Reporter | Hennepin County
Phone: 612-673-4465

David Chanen is a reporter covering Hennepin County government and Prince's estate dealings. He previously covered crime, courts and spent two sessions at the Legislature.


Chanen has spent his entire career at the Star Tribune A Minneapolis resident, he owns a pug and a rescue dog that looks like a gremlin.
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Water rushed over a flooded roadway to Picnic Island on Thursday at Fort Snelling State Park. Several roads are impassable due to high water.

Flood damage closes Fort Snelling State Park until July

The popular recreation spot has been shut since mid-March
Jean Gilmore

Jean Gilmore, longtime crossing guard for Anoka-Hennepin School District, dies of heart failure at 68

Jean Gilmore was one of the longest-tenured crossing guards in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. For 31 years, she safely guided several generations of families across…
Former Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin will be the executive director of LISC Twin Cities.

Former Hennepin commissioner Peter McLaughlin to work for community development organization

Peter McLaughlin will lead local development group after losing re-election bid.
The Hennepin County Board decided four years ago that it wouldn’t be feasible to renovate the library building at 7001 S. York Av.

Hennepin County's Southdale Library will move to Southdale Center

The existing building will stay open until the new one is finished in 2022.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman addressed the media about Mohamed Noor case.

No deadline set for Freeman to return after abrupt departure

The Hennepin County attorney will collect his $182,025 salary and face no deadline for returning to work from his medical leave, the reasons for which remained unclear Monday.
A sign for Bde Maka Ska near the south shore of the lake.

Park Board edges closer to renaming Lake Calhoun roads, land as Bde Maka Ska

A committee approved two resolutions for the name change, which still must be voted on by the full nine-member board.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Hennepin County attorney to give low-level offenders a break

Hennepin County attorney makes changes to help with bail and clearing offenders' records.

3 sex offenders moving to Dayton after long legal fight

An ordinance to restrict where the offenders could live was voided by a judge in December because it limited the state's efforts to reintegrate offenders into society.

Hennepin County's Navigator Program helps delinquent taxpayers keep their homes

More seniors are seeking services to keep their houses from forfeiture.
Drug Court graduate Lindsay Arf delivered keynote remarks to a crowd of graduates, supporters and court staffers Friday at Hennepin County Drug Court.

Hennepin County Drug Court graduates share stories of healing, triumph

For the 38 who graduated, sharing their stories of recovery from addiction is part of the healing process.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum taps more than 400 maple, black walnut and birch trees each year. Matt Horth, above, helped transfer the sap.

Sure sign of spring in Minnesota: Sap for maple syrup is starting to flow

Region's harsh winter shouldn't slow maple syrup season, producers say.

Hennepin County has awarded $23 million in youth sports grants in last decade

A sales tax surcharge has generated $23.8 million in aid to Hennepin County.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

Hennepin County prosecutor won't bring charges for small amounts of marijuana

Mike Freeman said he forged the new policy in response to a flaw in Minnesota's marijuana law.
The Lennar Corp. has entered an option agreement to purchase 188 acres of land owned by Prince's estate, as seen from beyond the Lake Lucy Ridge housi

Chanhassen OKs housing, park plan for former Prince property

The developer will spend the next four months working out details of plan before final council approval.
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson has endorse a bill that would allow people living in Minnesota illegally to get a driver’s license.

Hennepin County sheriff endorses bill for driver's licenses for immigrants here illegally

Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson has become the first law enforcement official in Minnesota to publicly endorse a bill that would allow people living in…
DAVID BREWSTER • dbrewster@startribune.com Sat. 01/01/11 Mankato : ] Sun dogs bracketed the setting sun over snow covered farm fields north of M

How did Minnesota's indigenous people survive the extreme winters?

American Indians used a variety of approaches to stay warm, including wearing animal skins and heating rocks in fire pits to warm the floors.
The pink marker is wrapped on an ash tree due to the indications of emerald ash borers. The Hennepin County Board has awarded more than $250,000 in gr

Hennepin County awards more than $250,000 in tree canopy grants

The grants will be used to establish new canopies as well as remove and replace diseased ash trees.
If a Hennepin Healthcare-North Memorial merger takes place, it would bring together two large urban emergency departments, while adding an outer-ring

Hennepin County Board, Hennepin Healthcare meet to discuss hospital merger with North Memorial

County and hospital officials say the renewed discussion of merger is in the early stages.
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips on the floor of the U.S. House on Jan. 3, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, Hennepin County leaders discuss priorities

Official calls the meeting with freshman Democrat a "breath of fresh air."
North Memorial's Robbinsdale location (left) and HCMC in downtown Minneapolis

HCMC, North Memorial discuss possible merger

Alliance between Hennepin and North Memorial could take many possible forms.
Verna Rausch

Verna Rausch, pioneering medical lab science teacher and researcher

Verna Rausch was a pioneer in the medical laboratory science field during her 40-year career at the University of Minnesota. Starting in the 1950s, she…
Mufasa

Mufasa, Como Zoo's beloved African lion, has died

Health complications lead to euthanization of the 17-year-old animal.
Dayton Mayor Timothy McNeil

Dayton, other Minn. cities trying to cope with court ruling limiting road improvement fees

The moratorium on new construction in one of Hennepin County's fastest-growing cities came after Supreme Court call.
Timothy McNeil

Dayton mayor allegedly stole thousands from festival

He's repaid $4,500 to city of Dayton but still owes $8,710, the criminal complaint says.
The Southdale Courthouse is now closed for good.

Hennepin County's district court in Edina has closed

It comes ahead of plans to demolish the 45-year-old building.
April Sellers' dance and choregraphy career was about to take off this year. Owner of the April Sellers Dance Collective, she was named City Pages Art

Minneapolis artist regains faith after defamation lawsuit win

A Minneapolis dancer hopes winning defamation suit helps get her career back on track.
From left, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Tom Johnson and Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene as Johnson

Former Hennepin County Attorney Tom Johnson receives two honors

Former Hennepin County attorney also honored with "Tom Johnson Day."

Hennepin County makes commitment to convert entire vehicle fleet to electric

Going all-electric depends on investment in charging stations, infrastructure.
The Hennepin County Government Center. The County Board has put on hold its key mental health initiative to create secure psychiatric beds at the coun

New Hennepin County mental health facility on hold

County study says vacant building not an affordable option for secure facility.
Ravi Norman, Thor Companies CEO, shown last year outside the company's new headquarters.

Thor Companies runs into financial bind, raising questions

It comes months after the state's largest minority-owned company moved into a new North Side headquarters partially funded by Hennepin County.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s last day in office is Friday after 12 years serving the state’s largest county.

Defeated Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek hints at possible run at his old job

Hennepin lawman says he has no regrets about his loss in November.
New Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson checked out the Hennepin County Jail with his director of communications Jeremy Zoss.

New Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson hits ground running on first full day

Wherever he stopped during the day, Dave Hutchinson repeated his campaign promise to be "a sheriff that truly represents all residents."
Top, David Hutchinson was sworn in as Hennepin County Sheriff and then received his new pin from his father. Bottom left, Commissioner Angela Conley t

Ceremony marks a first for Hennepin County: 'This seat belongs to the people who look like me'

A new sheriff is in town for Hennepin County, while the first commissioners of color took office.
An active proponent of women’s rights and the local library system, Arvonne Fraser of Minneapolis lived near the Southeast Library until her death i

Hennepin County Board renames Minneapolis library after Arvonne Fraser

When Southeast branch reopens, it will be a tribute to women's rights leader.
Skiers flocked to Buck Hill in Burnsville last Friday, which had ideal snow-making temperatures.

Lack of snow puts damper on ski season for many in Twin Cities

Snow-making machinery helps, but enthusiasts are aching for the real thing.
The Dec. 19, 2018 photo shows issues of German news magazine Spiegel arranged on a table in Berlin. An award-winning journalist who worked for Der Spi

German news outlet takes another crack at Fergus Falls story

Fergus Falls came together to help Der Spiegel set record straight about city.
Sheriff-elect Dave "Hutch" Hutchinson, right, with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in November.

Hennepin County Sheriff-Elect Dave Hutchinson announces leadership team

The new sheriff will take office Jan. 7
Prof. Eric Sprankle and Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson.

Mankato professor taking heat for tweet that God is guilty of #MeToo violation

TV host Tucker Carlson among those criticizing Mankato psychology professor.
Outgoing Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.

Hennepin County Board votes to cut Sheriff's Office budget by $1.3 million

County Attorney's Office and Community Corrections were also cut by $600,000.
Outgoing Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.

Hennepin County Board vote delayed on proposed Sheriff's Office cuts

A proposal was offered that would decrease the amount of money cut from the sheriff's budget.
Outgoing Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.

Sheriff Rich Stanek irked lame-duck county commissioner cutting budget

Nearly $2 million in reduced jail personnel spending on the table.
This screengrab from a video on Twitter showed a man who was shoved heading backward out the door of a McDonald’s in Eden Prairie.

Charges: Man pointed gun at Somali teens in Eden Prairie McDonald's

He allegedly pulled handgun, threatened Somali teens at Eden Prairie restaurant.
Jodell Rahr walking the stage at the first-ever Miss Universe pageant, held in Long Beach, Calif., in 1952.

1952 Miss Universe contestant Jodell 'Jody' Rahr dies at 87

When people asked Jodell “Jody” Rahr about her adventures on stage, she giggled and said that it happened a long time ago. She performed opera,…
The Hennepin County jail, downtown Minneapolis

Hennepin County seeks new ways to manage jail population

A study by two former judges was presented to the County Board, and several changes to reduce the time inmates are locked up are being considered.
The transit station at 46th Street and Interstate 35W in Minneapolis will be part of the Orange Line, a bus-rapid transit project that won federal gra

Orange Line bus rapid transit awarded $74M from federal government

The federal financial boost caps the resuscitation of the line between Minneapolis and Burnsville.
Members of the Mill City Players performed at Heading Home Hennepin, an annual event held Tuesday to address and assess the issue of homelessness.

Minneapolis, Hennepin County leaders join in conversation on race, homelessness

More than 200 policymakers and people who work with the homeless gathered to reflect on homelessness and steps to improve conditions.
Hennepin County Sheriff-Elect Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson, right, pictured with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey during a victory news conference Nov. 7,

Hennepin County Sheriff-elect Dave Hutchinson names transition team

Outgoing Sheriff Rich Stanek decided against a recount this week.
DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, and Dominium's Owen Metz shook hands after signing an agreement with Dominium, an affordable housing development and ma

After years of talk, unique affordable housing complex to be built at Fort Snelling Upper Post

Nearly two dozen historic buildings will be converted into 176 units for families and veterans.
The race for Hennepin County sheriff pitted challenger Dave Hutchinson, left, against incumbent Rich Stanek.

Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek decides against a recount

Dave Hutchinson, who will take office Jan. 8, said he would announce his transition team Wednesday morning.
The Minneapolis Armory shortly after it was completed in 1936.

Hennepin County restores historic flagpole monument at downtown Armory

Group of veterans who work for the county helped with the new design.
Dave Hutchinson, left, is Hennepin County sheriff-elect, but Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.

Hennepin County sheriff-elect retains law firm in case of recount

Outgoing Sheriff Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.
Sheriff elect Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson, who pulled one of the biggest upsets of election night by narrowly defeating Hennepin County Sheriff Rich S

Hutchinson win confirmed; Sheriff Stanek silent on recount

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek issued a statement congratulating Dave Hutchinson and said the transition is underway. But a spokesman said the sheriff wasn't ready to discuss whether he would ask for a recount.

Hennepin County Board voted before election to refuse pay hike

One Hennepin County commissioner called it an election year ploy.
High court rejects group's bid to halt Bloomington trash plan

High court rejects group's bid to halt Bloomington trash plan

Residents' proposed city charter amendment was ruled unconstitutional.
Challenger Mark Haase, left, and Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman

Mark Haase presenting strong challenge to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

Freeman said the last few years have been the most difficult of his tenure, but that he still loves the work. Haase believes it's time for a change.
Owner David Rech has offered organic recycling for more than two years at his Culver’s restaurant in Plymouth because “it’s the right thing to d

Hennepin County pushing forward with new organic waste ordinance

Officials push for law that would cover most businesses by 2020.
Mark Haase is the DFL-endorsed candidate for Hennepin County attorney.

Candidate Mark Haase proposes cash bail reform in Hennepin County

Candidate for Hennepin County attorney calls current system biased.
Freeman

New Washington County judge makes history

"This means the world to me," Juanita Freeman said.
Protest, rally mark local reaction to Kavanaugh hearings

Protest, rally mark local reaction to Kavanaugh hearings

A former law classmate of Kavanaugh's said he was disturbed by 'the raw anger' shown by the judge at Thursday's hearing.
“The mental health system is jammed up,” Commissioner Peter McLaughlin said.

Hennepin County plans to build its first secure mental health facility

County set aside $13 million to convert workhouse building in Plymouth.
A cell house at Stillwater prison is pictured in this file photo.

3 Minnesota correctional officers resign in wake of colleague's death

Joseph Gomm's family also released a statement offering thanks to all who offered support.
“No person in our jail is there for a civil immigration violation,” Sheriff Rich Stanek says. Above, he addressed a budget hearing last fall.

Immigration playing a relatively muted role in Hennepin County sheriff's race

As the issue takes hold across the country, Rich Stanek and his two challengers haven't made it a staple of their campaigns.
The Blevins family and angry community members listened as organizers of Thursday night's meeting tried to bring order back to the discussion.

Minnesota BCA chief shouted down at Blevins community meeting

Organizers, members of family clash over format, purpose of gathering.
Audience members reacted to viewing footage of the shooting of Philando Castile during a presentation at the beginning of Wednesday's forum in Minneap

Fear-based training for police officers is challenged

An instructor of fear-based training is booked more than 200 times a year

Four charged with running underage sex trafficking ring in Brooklyn Park

At least three girls were sold for sex through online advertising or through a dating application between August 2017 and March 2018, according to a criminal complaint.

Man seeking damages from hitting escaped cow can sue the farmer

A Fillmore County man can sue a farmer for injuries he sustained after he hit an escaped cow wandering on a highway, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
John L. Miller

John L. Miller, funeral director and resort town police chief, dies at 84

At different times, he ran funeral homes, ambulance services, a restaurant and a transportation business for people with disabilities. For a little excitement, he became the first full-time police chief of the Minnesota resort town of Breezy Point.
Hennepin County officials are focused on securing upcoming midterm elections by maintaining paper backups, poll books and procedures to safeguard the

Hennepin County toughens cybersecurity for coming election

The federal government now classifies elections as critical infrastructure.
James Lark, who said he witnessed the confrontation between police and Thurman Blevins, told the crowd how Blevins raised his arms and told police he

Push for bodycam footage in Mpls. police shooting swells

Sources say a handgun was discovered next to the body of the victim, who died of gunshot wounds. The officers involved were identified.

Canoeist who drowned in BWCA identified as Coon Rapids man

Authorities have identified a Coon Rapids man who drowned when the canoe he was in capsized in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness over the…
Opat

Judge orders feds to process Hennepin County teen pregnancy funding

Hennepin County had sued over pregnancy prevention cuts.
Stenglein

Mark Stenglein dropping out of Hennepin County commissioner race

Former Hennepin County commissioner says injury will keep him from running.
Alex Tittle, Hennepin County disparity reduction director

Hennepin County hires director to reduce racial and other disparities

Alex Tittle held a similar role for the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium.
Karmel Mall in south Minneapolis is home to one of the largest collections of Somali-owned businesses in the United States.

Appeals court upholds Minneapolis' authority to restrict Karmel Mall expansion

State Appeals Court upholds Minneapolis' authority to restrict proposed additions.

Hennepin County's criminal justice leaders look at new ways to tackle opioid crisis

County criminal justice leaders mull ideas that have worked elsewhere in U.S.
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