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Glenn Howatt

Editor | Computer-Assisted Reporting
phone: 612-673-7192
Glenn Howatt joined the Star Tribune's business section in May 1990. He was a co-winner of a 2004 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award for coverage of questionable medical and business practices of a Roseville-based cancer center. As the computer-assisted reporting editor, he specializes in acquiring and analyzing data that leads to investigative journalism. Howatt holds two master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: one in urban geography and the other in journalism. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Howatt previously worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul CityBusiness, now the Business Journal.
Recent content from Glenn Howatt

For once, health care provides a silver lining in state budget

State spending came in $245 million lower than expected, mainly because of health care

With greater outreach, Hennepin County aims to curb HIV cases

Many residents with the infection are not getting treatment.
For Minnesotans using Obamacare, election brought only uncertainty

For Minnesotans using Obamacare, election brought only uncertainty

Any changes under President Trump and a GOP Congress will affect 200,000 Minnesotans who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
A Minneapolis neighborhood improves health from grassroots up

A Minneapolis neighborhood improves health from grassroots up

Allina adapts its campaign to improve quality of life in neighborhood.
Minnesota's student survey finds sharp drop in teen smoking, drinking, sex

Minnesota's student survey finds sharp drop in teen smoking, drinking, sex

The latest Minnesota Student Survey from the Department of Health paints an encouraging picture of the state's adolescents.
Crash drove Allina to build a better ambulance

Crash drove Allina to build a better ambulance

A snowy crash that badly hurt two paramedics led the EMS staff to design its own improved emergency vehicle.
Obituary: Dorothy DeMore was a tireless contributor to her family, church, community

Obituary: Dorothy DeMore was a tireless contributor to her family, church, community

In all her years with Atonement Lutheran Church in Bloomington, there was little that Dorothy DeMore did not touch. One of the co-founders of the…

Data helps local clinics save millions while improving care

By harnessing a huge database of patient records, 10 of the state's safety-net clinics have cut ER use, slowed spending and saved taxpayers millions.
Legionnaire's investigation redoubled as 3 new cases arise

Legionnaire's investigation redoubled as 3 new cases arise

State health investigators are intensifying efforts to pinpoint the source of the Hopkins outbreak of Legionnaires' disease even as three new cases were confirmed Friday. The outbreak has now sickened 23 people and led to one death.
Three new cases in Hopkins Legionnaires' disease outbreak

Three new cases in Hopkins Legionnaires' disease outbreak

Three new cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to the ongoing Hopkins outbreak were confirmed by state officials Tuesday, bringing the total number of those sickened to 20, including one death.

Three new cases reported in Hopkins Legionnaires' outbreak

Total is now 12, biggest Minnesota outbreak in two decades. All the cases have appeared in people who live or work in Hopkins, but the source of the infections remains a mystery.

Minnesota made big gains in health insurance coverage, census data show

Minnesota ranked No. 5 nationally.

U loses large federal grant that helps move medical research into clinics

The university first landed the $51 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant in 2011. Officials hope to restore funding next year.
Collapse of Fairview merger leaves U seeking a partner

Collapse of Fairview merger leaves U seeking a partner

The collapse left the U looking for a new partner — and a string of questions about the future of the medical school, one of Minnesota's flagship institutions, and its status as a leading research institution.
Radon map can help homeowners detect risks

Radon map can help homeowners detect risks

Odorless gas is a leading cause of lung cancer.

Allina program offers life lessons for the dying

The LifeCourse program educates patients on how to write a medical directive, how to care for themselves, and even how to make the best of their remaining time — and has achieved striking results in the way people use medical care in their final months.
Edina dentist whose teen patient died after surgery can return to practice

Edina dentist whose teen patient died after surgery can return to practice

An Edina dentist whose teenage patient died after wisdom teeth surgery last summer can return to practice but won’t be allowed to use anesthesia or…
Obituary: Warren Warwick helped cystic fibrosis patients have longer lives

Obituary: Warren Warwick helped cystic fibrosis patients have longer lives

When Dr. Warren Warwick first started working with cystic fibrosis patients in the 1960s, they often would die in childhood.Today they can live beyond their…

HMO consumer complaints deserve greater scrutiny by Minnesota regulators, audit says

Consumer complaints are said to need monitoring.
Zika risks are low in Minnesota, but surveillance high, officials say

Zika risks are low in Minnesota, but surveillance high, officials say

Twin Cities blood banks are taking steps to prevent the Zika virus from entering the region's blood supply.
Health officials: More Zika cases likely in Minn. but no widespread danger

Health officials: More Zika cases likely in Minn. but no widespread danger

But state health officials urge caution for those traveling to affected areas.
Minnesota woman returning from Honduras tests positive for Zika virus

Minnesota woman returning from Honduras tests positive for Zika virus

A Minnesota woman returning from Honduras has tested positive for the Zika virus, an infection that has sent waves of anxiety through much of Latin…
For MinnesotaCare, a death warrant or a new lease on life?

For MinnesotaCare, a death warrant or a new lease on life?

Two visions emerge for state's low-cost health plan: Expand it, end it
Obituary: Twin Cities financier Steve Mattson was 'good steward' for those in need

Obituary: Twin Cities financier Steve Mattson was 'good steward' for those in need

At an Apple Valley Rotary meeting some years ago, Steve Mattson heard that children in Haiti were dying because of contaminated drinking water. He knew…
Part 2: Alone and at risk in Minnesota's group homes

Part 2: Alone and at risk in Minnesota's group homes

Set up to be safe havens, some group homes for the disabled have become remote "prisons," where residents are vulnerable to violence and neglect.
Minnesota drug registry aims to put lid on abuse of prescriptions

Minnesota drug registry aims to put lid on abuse of prescriptions

How far should state's drug registry program go?
Women are the target of a new medical building boom in Minnesota

Women are the target of a new medical building boom in Minnesota

Minnesota health systems amp up the competition.
Minnesota's uninsured rate plunges as Affordable Care Act kicks in

Minnesota's uninsured rate plunges as Affordable Care Act kicks in

Just 5.9 percent of the state's population was uninsured in 2014, giving Minnesota the fifth-lowest rate in the nation.

Twin Cities safety net clinics call state's rating system unfair

Safety net clinics, which serve the Twin Cities' neediest neighborhoods, are arguing that Minnesota's quality rating system unfairly penalizes them for serving a poorer, sicker population.
Local Planned Parenthood weathers storm

Local Planned Parenthood weathers storm

If they’re feeling any heat from the national firestorm over fetal-tissue donation, leaders of Planned Parenthood’s local affiliate aren’t showing it. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony…
Minn. student test scores show little change despite vow to improve

Minn. student test scores show little change despite vow to improve

New statewide standardized test results show no overall improvement in math, reading or science this year, as well as little progress in closing the state's persistent achievement gap.
More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick

More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick

Lawsuits to collect unpaid bills are rising, even though more Minnesotans have health insurance.
Minnesota's Medicaid enrollment now tops 1 million

Minnesota's Medicaid enrollment now tops 1 million

One in five Minnesotans now are covered by public health care, which could strain state budget.

Interactive: How charter schools compare to public districts

.l-article-body { width: 95% !important; } To review how metro-area charter schools performed under Minnesota’s school evaluation system, click on a charter school name below.…
Big money helped Minnesota GOP flip House

Big money helped Minnesota GOP flip House

Among the most expensive state House races, Republicans took most to win the majority.
Minnesota falters in fight against home care fraud

Minnesota falters in fight against home care fraud

Once a leader in preventing Medicaid theft, Minnesota now lags in prosecuting fraudulent home-care workers.
Party-hopping voters drove Minnesota's results

Party-hopping voters drove Minnesota's results

Nearly 450,000 voters — about a quarter of the electorate — chose one party's candidate for a state House seat, but then switched to pick a different party's candidate for U.S. Senate or governor.
Minnesotans are voting at rate of 10,000 ballots a day

Minnesotans are voting at rate of 10,000 ballots a day

In record numbers for a midterm election, Minnesotans are using absentee ballot and mail voting to cement their choices well before most polls open.
State's U.S. Senate race brings cash from coast to coast

State's U.S. Senate race brings cash from coast to coast

Both candidates have drawn major sums from far beyond Minnesota.
Cash pouring into Minnesota races as election draw close

Cash pouring into Minnesota races as election draw close

Johnson equals Dayton's $2M haul this year; totals mount for House races.
Funding the U.S. Senate race

Funding the U.S. Senate race

The U.S. Senate race between DFL incumbent Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden has drawn donations from across the country. Altogether, Franken has raised $18.4 million and McFadden has pulled in $6.5 million. The maps below show the states and Minnesota zip codes of people who gave more than $200 to either campaign.
In search of change, sex offenders at Moose Lake run for office

In search of change, sex offenders at Moose Lake run for office

Group at Moose Lake center aims to elect up to eight offenders to city and county positions.

Minnesota absentee ballots largely from regular voters, Democratic areas

Analysis also shows more early votes from Democratic areas.

Minnesota absentee voters so far tend to be older and from Democratic areas

So far, only about one-third of absentee ballots have come from areas that lean heavily Republican.
Jan. 20, 2013: Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal, exposing loopholes in laws, background checks

Jan. 20, 2013: Murderous 'monster' acquires an arsenal, exposing loopholes in laws, background checks

The Oberender case exposes loopholes in national gun laws and Minnesota's background checks.
Aug.: State test scores show achievement gap persists

Aug.: State test scores show achievement gap persists

Minnesota students showed little overall improvement in reading, math or science, according to the latest batch of results from statewide, standardized tests taken by nearly 500,000 elementary and high school students this spring.
Political outside spending down in Minnesota so far this year

Political outside spending down in Minnesota so far this year

Gubernatorial and House races so far haven't been affected by national financiers like in the past.
Minnesota Democrats have cash advantage

Minnesota Democrats have cash advantage

GOP leader acknowledges underfunding, but says it will energize his party.
Minnesota House control will hinge on a few close contests

Minnesota House control will hinge on a few close contests

The race between Democrat Will Morgan of Burnsville and Republican Roz Peterson of Lakeville is one of a cluster of seats that will bear the brunt of an epic multimillion-dollar fight to determine control of the House.
Success around state propelled Jeff Johnson to GOP primary win

Success around state propelled Jeff Johnson to GOP primary win

The Hennepin County commissioner successfully broadened his campaign for governor well beyond his home district, placing first or second in 63 of 87 counties.
Who will control the Minnesota House of Representatives?

Who will control the Minnesota House of Representatives?

Control of the Minnesota House has changed parties three times in the past five elections and could alter again this year.
Health insurers must pay up or pay back

Health insurers must pay up or pay back

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premiums on patient care.
More absentee balloting coming from DFL areas, analysis shows

More absentee balloting coming from DFL areas, analysis shows

Lack of early votes from GOP bastions could presage a low turnout for Tuesday's Minnesota gubernatorial primary.
Honour leads GOP cash race

Honour leads GOP cash race

Hopeful for governor spending his own money has as much cash as three rivals combined.
Minnesota campaign donations shifting to big bucks

Minnesota campaign donations shifting to big bucks

The state's suspension of refunds for small-dollar contributions is seen as one of the primary reasons.
Gov. Dayton leads GOP rivals in campaign cash dash

Gov. Dayton leads GOP rivals in campaign cash dash

GOP campaigns are amassing millions of dollars to influence the gubernatorial election.

Minnesota Republican convention done, race for cash is heating up

"We are probably going to need to raise a million bucks to win the primary," candidate for governor Jeff Johnson said.
Minnesota mega-donors pour money into 2014 elections

Minnesota mega-donors pour money into 2014 elections

Courts shredded restrictions on giving, and now big-dollar donors are free to give as much as they want to Minnesota's parties and political action committees ahead of this year's elections.
Behind bars, then back behind the wheel

Behind bars, then back behind the wheel

Those who drive without a driver's license may get thrown in jail. But thousands of them just get behind the wheel again.

Minnesota specialists are big winners of Medicare money

First report of doctor payments offers insights into care patterns.
Feb. 11: Minnesota learning gap is still too large

Feb. 11: Minnesota learning gap is still too large

Most Minnesota schools still have a lot of work to do to cut the disparity between white and minority students' proficiency in reading and math in half by 2017, according to new data released by the state Department of Education.
Aug. 27, 2013: Math gain in Minneapolis

Aug. 27, 2013: Math gain in Minneapolis

Math scores also dip but educators cautioned the scores aren't easily comparable to last year.

Same-sex vote risk paid off for Minnesota House members

Some House members who voted in favor of Minnesota's marriage equality law have at least doubled the cash they raised in 2011.
Minnesota campaign finance data errors reach $26 million

Minnesota campaign finance data errors reach $26 million

The Star Tribune's analysis turned up $20 million in problems. Regulators found an additional $6 million in an extra year of digging.
Minnesota political spending concentrated in few hands

Minnesota political spending concentrated in few hands

More than half of $53 million spent in state in recent years came from just three dozen sources. Among the DFL heavyweights are Alida Messinger, above.
In rural Minnesota, mental health safety net is in limbo

In rural Minnesota, mental health safety net is in limbo

Across Minnesota, help for the acutely mentally ill often means the ER — or jail.
Lawmakers probe problems with state campaign finance data

Lawmakers probe problems with state campaign finance data

Legislators demand donation records be made accurate and transparent.
State's jails fail inmates with mental illness, with deadly consequences

State's jails fail inmates with mental illness, with deadly consequences

At least 35 inmates have committed suicide in Minnesota's county jails since 2000 — nearly a third of them with known psychiatric problems. Another 27 inmates killed themselves in state prisons.
Sept. 8: Hundreds with mental illness languish in Minnesota jails

Sept. 8: Hundreds with mental illness languish in Minnesota jails

Across Minnesota, judges, attorneys and sheriffs describe a system that, in effect, criminalizes the mentally ill because of backlogs in the state commitment process and a shortage of psychiatric beds.
Minnesota campaign finance regulators' database isn't adding up

Minnesota campaign finance regulators' database isn't adding up

Database errors worth as much as $20 million over past decade make it difficult to track flow of donations.

Minnesota will bar up to 107 nurses with criminal histories

The state Department of Human Services acted after the Star Tribune presented it with the names of 294 actively licensed nurses who have convictions, ranging from criminal sexual conduct to assault to fraud, that by law would appear to disqualify them from working with patients.
Spending on Minn. legislative races has doubled in 10 years

Spending on Minn. legislative races has doubled in 10 years

A Star Tribune analysis shows campaign spending for House and Senate seats have doubled over the past decade, making Minnesota GOP Chairman Keith Downey, above, a living example of what can happen.
Scratch tickets power State Lottery to record sales

Scratch tickets power State Lottery to record sales

The much-hyped and addictive games will rake in $358 million this year; some worry they hurt the poor.

Dermatologist banned from cosmetic surgery by state board

Three complaints led to the ban by a state board, which faced questions about discipline process.
Feb. 6: State fails to offer full disclosure

Feb. 6: State fails to offer full disclosure

Minnesota's medical board doesn't provide access to malpractice awards and other records that are readily available in other states.
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