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David Chanen

Reporter | Hennepin County
Phone: 612-673-4465

David Chanen covers Hennepin County and appellate courts, and legal and criminal justice issues.

Starting at the Star Tribune in 1986, Chanen covered crime in Minneapolis for nearly two decades. Most recently, he was on a team of reporters who covered Prince's death and aftermath with his estate.
Recent content from David Chanen
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.

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…

Judge orders feds to process Hennepin County teen pregnancy funding

Hennepin County had sued over pregnancy prevention cuts.

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.
Angela Conley

Commissioner Peter McLaughlin denied DFL endorsement

No one got the DFL nod for the Hennepin County seat, but Angela Conley came closest.
Anwer Alkuhaly went from Pathways training to internship to job after immigrating to Minnesota from Yemen in 2015.
Hennepin County communications

Hennepin County's Pathways program excels at training and retaining its own employees

More than 360 people have graduated since the job-training program started in 2014.
With Minneapolis City Hall as a backdrop, the Hennepin County Government Center water fountain in downtown Minneapolis remained waterless Friday.

Hennepin County Government Center plaza fountain should be flowing after Memorial Day

Spring repairs cause a month's delay in filling the popular downtown Minneapolis fountain.
Irene Fernando

Hennepin County commissioner candidates look to diversify all-white board

There has never been a county commissioner of color; that may change.

Hennepin County suing feds to retain funding for teen pregnancy prevention

Feds want pregnancy prevention efforts focused on abstinence education.
Howard Vetter

Howard Vetter, president of Vetter Stone, dies at 85

He took a small quarry near Mankato founded by his father in 1954 and guided it into a stone business whose buildings stand across the world.
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.
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.
Prince fans gathered at the Prince mural on the side of the Chanhassen Cinema on April 21, 2017, marking the first anniversary of Prince's death.

Prosecutor to announce Thursday whether charges will be filed in Prince's death

To date, no one has been charged or publicly implicated in the musician's death.
The interior of a Hennepin County jail cell. For the past year, the Hennepin County jail has been over its capacity, while the facility is understaffe

Hennepin County Board gets troubling snapshot of public safety, jail

Overcrowded jails and growing felony crimes lead the agenda.

Arbitrator rules Hennepin County must back pay $300,000 for ranking deputies

Arbitrator rules Hennepin County withheld key information during talks with deputies.
Jan Callison, chairwoman of the Hennepin County Board.

Hennepin commissioner says county is challenged, but engaged

Public safety, child protection and transportation issues highlighted in speech.
Five of six people involved in a robbery home invasion that resulted in one man being murdered were sentenced Friday. Here, five of the defendants in

Mother of slain teen laments a wasted life over drugs, mistakes

Corey Elder was killed during a robbery for a bottle of pills and a video game. Five people were sentenced in his death.
Richard Happ, who fatally stabbed his parents with a butcher knife in their Waconia home in 1999

Waconia killer's flight from group home confirms family's fears

They had opposed his release from security hospital in St. Peter.
Leaders from Hennepin County and Minneapolis nonprofit CornerHouse planted about 100 signs on April 5, 2017 in front of the Hennepin County Government

Child abuse prevention advocacy agency opens satellite office in Rogers

Reports of child abuse increased 30 percent last year in Hennepin County.
Joe Antonucci waited in line to prepay his 2018 property tax in December 2017.

State and feds still at odds over whether prepaid property tax can be deducted

A letter to the IRS from the state Revenue Commissioner seeks answers for thousands of taxpayers.
Attorneys for Prince heirs granted access to some investigation documents

Attorneys for Prince heirs granted access to some investigation documents

The family of the late musician is contemplating a wrongful-death suit.
Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles, shown in 2017.

Minn. board that oversees protection for vulnerable kids criticized in audit

Report stated that guardian ad litem program has struggled to meet increased demand for services.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman described the charges against Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justin Ruszczyk D

Key question: Was Noor fearful during Damond shooting?

Noor's partner said he "perceived his life was in danger" and pulled his gun, according to charges.
Mohamed Noor

When hired, Mohamed Noor was welcome addition to Minneapolis police

Noor, 31, was one of nine Somali officers in the department and the first to patrol the Fifth Precinct.
Tattoo policies have been a frequent discussion in law enforcement for many years. An arbitrator last week ruled against the Hennepin County Sheriff's

Hennepin County deputies win round in being able to have tattoos

Union leaders hope an arbitration ruling is a step toward fewer restrictions. Tattoo policies have been a frequent discussion in law enforcement for many years.

Minneapolis' $15 minimum wage ordinance is upheld

Graco Inc. sued the city, claiming the ordinance conflicted with state law.
Prince performs in California in 1985.

Prince heirs say excessive lawyer's fees will leave nothing for inheritance

Estate has been estimated to be worth $100 million to $300 million before tax.

Hennepin County fixing housing gaps for its most vulnerable populations

The approach aims to "move the needle" for hard-to-serve groups.
Joe Antonucci waited in line in Minneapolis in December to prepay his 2018 property taxes.

Minnesota property-tax prepayers who gambled on deduction in limbo

Department of Revenue expects IRS to decide if those early payments are deductible.
Joe Antonucci waited in line to pre-pay his 2018 property tax Wednesday December 27, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Deduction-hungry Hennepin Co. property taxpayers prepaid nearly $200 million

Residents are hoping the payments made in 2017 will get them a bigger tax deduction ahead of the new tax law, which limits deductions for local taxes for 2018 and beyond.
A police officer shot a person with a knife in a house Wednesday afternoon in Maple Grove during a confrontation, leaving the individual severely woun

Police officers involved in Maple Grove shooting are identified

The man who was shot and wounded was injuring himself with a knife, then came at officers with it, the BCA said.
Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is shown in New York, Aug. 11, 2016.

Hennepin embarks on its most ambitious opioid prevention strategy

County commissioners were presented with a comprehensive response to the crisis, including equipping all law enforcement officers with naloxone.
Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein.

Two candidates running for open Hennepin County commissioner seat

A veteran politician and a political newcomer have entered the race to replace retiring Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins. The candidates are Mark Stenglein, who…
Citing public nuisance law, Sandra Hart — seen with her dog Peppermint — was evicted by the housing courts 11 months ago.

'How do they have the right to kick me out?' Court says Hennepin can't evict woman

Evicted homeowner will get to return to her Minneapolis house after legal battle over the state's public nuisance law.
Melvin Kilbo

Melvin Kilbo, longtime Orono police chief, dies at 89

After getting his start with the Golden Valley police in the late 1950s, he later went to the Orono, where he served as chief in the 1970s and 1980s.
Military police in humvees guard the entrance to the Minneapolis Convention Center.

With celebrations in full swing, downtown takes on military feel

Minneapolis police say that thousands of officers from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies will be deployed around the metro.
Thursday’s DNR announcement to approve renaming Lake Calhoun will not affect signs already posted around the lake, now called Bde Maka Ska.

The state officially changes Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

The name change, approved by the DNR today, now has to be approved by the federal government. The department's decision follows resolutions passed by the Hennepin County Board and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Orono Mayor Dennis Walsh

Orono mayor and council warned after trimming of tree limbs on Big Island

Watershed officials said the city didn't follow a Big Island preservation plan.
Hennepin County Emergency Management Director Eric Waage got first responder experience as a Minnesota National Guard officer and is now working on th

Twin Cities' unlikely experience with landslides gets attention in Washington

Emergency management director spoke to lawmakers about the area's response after several incidents in recent years.
Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis averages about 12 detox patients a night. County officials are concerned about additional fundi

Hennepin County plans for extra detox services during Super Bowl week

The issue came up as the County Board was briefed on events and security.
Minneapolis parks employees Dan Falk, left and Tim Coffin readied a new sign in 2015 before putting it in place near Lake Calhoun.

Mpls. residents file legal action to keep Lake Calhoun's name

The lake's name is already in the process of changing to Bde Maka Ska.
“I stayed under my budget. I’m very frugal,” Commissioner Debbie Goettel said.

Hennepin County commissioner rang up a $55,000 bill for her office's remodeling

Former Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel said she inherited an office that needed costly repairs.
Steve Hammer

Memo on sexual harassment sent to corrections employees after fired Stillwater warden reinstated

His uncertain job status stemmed from sex harassment, which was focus of message.
People waited to prepay 2018 property taxes in Hennepin County on Wednesday in hopes of having them be deductible in 2017.

Ramsey and Hennepin county coffers continue to fill with property tax prepayers

Saturday hours added; prepay benefits unclear.
Joe Antonucci waited in line to prepay his 2018 property tax Wednesday at the Hennepin County Government Center. In Hennepin County, 500 people a day

Dec. 29: Homeowners line up to prepay their 2018 property taxes

The newly passed tax law gives homeowners an incentive to prepay 2018 property taxes so they can deduct them under more favorable rules on their 2017 tax forms.
Attorney Jeff Anderson holds a news conference about judge's rejection of both the church's and victims' plans for addressing the millions of dollars

Bankruptcy judge rejects plans for Twin Cities Archdiocese settlement with clergy abuse victims

Judge orders all parties in clergy abuse case back to mediation.
This is the sign on a Starbucks Coffee shop in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

Minn. Court of Appeals rules transgender man's discrimination suit vs. Starbucks can proceed

Lawsuit claims the coffee shop's employees in Edina and Eden Prairie refused to serve him.
A Carver County District judge denied a petition Monday to remove Comerica Bank & Trust as administrator of Prince's massive estate.

Judge denies petition for new administrator of Prince's estate

Mediator named to handle future disputes between heirs, manager.
Ayan Ismail and Hikmo Abdi, 10th-graders at Roosevelt High School, say they “do more work” at the library.

After-school Hennepin County Library program succeeds and expands

The free tutoring has helped thousands of students since the program started in 1992.

Metro counties give final approval to 2018 budgets

Final Hennepin tax levy lower than initial September projection.
Jeff Carlson with Hennepin County’s Marie Markfort, who helped him navigate the challenges of keeping his Minneapolis home.

New Hennepin County program keeps dozens in homes when property taxes are delinquent

Navigator program connects at-risk owners to services.

Hennepin County Board approves defense fund for immigrants facing deportation

Sheriff's Office would lose authority over the facility if the proposal passes.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is battling a move by the County Board to take control of the crime lab and potentially merge it with that of the

Hennepin County Board considers merging county, Minneapolis crime labs

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is battling a move by the County Board to take control of the crime lab and potentially merge it with…
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