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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.
Recent content from David Chanen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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