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Hannah Covington

Reporter | Metro
Phone: 612-673-4751
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: Spanish

Hannah Covington is a suburban reporter for the Star Tribune covering news in the north metro, including Anoka County, Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. She previously lived and worked in Oklahoma, including stints at two newspapers there.


Covington grew up in a small town in central Illinois and can talk crops or college basketball with the best of them. In a former life, she used the Oxford comma and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a master's degree in English literature. She's always on the lookout for small stories with big heart.
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If approved, the 2.6 million-square-foot fulfillment center would be the single largest industrial building in the Twin Cities.

In Brooklyn Park, all eyes turn to mystery 'Project Hotdish'

As fulfillment centers take root, suburbs fret over traffic.
Walt Fehst, 71, the departing city manager, is retiring Dec. 31 after 22 years with the city.

Amid debate, Columbia Heights chooses next city manager

Some criticize council's process as rushed.

Plane makes emergency landing at MSP after nose gear fails

None of the six people aboard the plane were injured, an MSP spokesperson said.
The first Latina mayor elected in Minnesota, Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez, greeted students at Richfield STEM Elementary on Friday.

From Richfield to Anoka, women of color made history in this year's election

Newly elected leaders bring diverse voices, backgrounds and experience to local offices.
Brooklyn Park officials are parking a snow plow around town to spread the word about the city’s new winter parking rules.

Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center tighten winter parking rules

They are spreading the word: Make way for the plows.

Mayoral battles in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and a change on the Anoka County Board

Mandy Meisner of Fridley will become the first person of color on the Anoka County Board, defeating Sean Broom.
The Andover community center expansion could add spaces for teens and seniors to gather, more meeting rooms, a gym, an elevated walking track and a ne

Andover pushes for lower cost on community center expansion, now priced at $18.9 million

After estimates come in at $18.9 million, some are pushing for a referendum.
A rendering of new apartments near the Northstar station in Coon Rapids.

'It never really blossomed': Coon Rapids property finds new life as apartment development

Coon Rapids apartments are among several new housing projects near the train line.
Stylist McCall Dunn cut the long locks of Marti Estey, who has been donating her hair to charities for years.

For cancer patients, synthetic wigs are growing in popularity

As synthetic wigs win more admirers, a hugely popular national program that offers real-hair wigs for free is winding down efforts to collect donations.
An early rendering of the dome, which would offer turf space to soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball and golf.

Blaine City Council sets groundwork for new sports dome

Council alters city code, but height is still up in the air.
The view from one of the three driving decks of the new TopGolf in Brooklyn Center.

With state's first Topgolf in town, Brooklyn Center works to reshape image

As golfers whacked balls onto a new green, Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson sat nearby, thought of Dubai and allowed himself a grin. Topgolf, the…
Rep. Keith Ellison at a press conference in August 2018.

Judge denies Ellison's petition to keep divorce file sealed and redact 'sensitive' information

The file is expected to be made public Wednesday.
Dr. Josie Robinson Johnson was pleased at U President Eric Kaler’s comments.

U fellowship honors civil rights leader

A community room at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will also soon bear Josie Robinson Johnson's name.
Debris scatters an area Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the site of yesterday's fatal crash Schoharie, N.Y.

Minnesota safeguards aim to keep unsafe limos, drivers off the road

State-issued decals show which for-hire limos have been registered with MnDOT and passed an annual safety inspection.
Evening rush hour on Hwy. 10 in Coon Rapids (2016).

Anoka County looks for relief from longest metro commute

County and city leaders say their commuting woes are at long last being taken seriously.
The 110-foot dome would have indoor turf space for soccer, golf, lacrosse and other sports.

New sports dome plan at National Sports Center draws city pushback over height

Height of inflatable dome, which would be largest in North America, in dispute.
Kent and Muriel Roessler and several Nowthen neighbors dropped their state petition to be annexed into Oak Grove.

Nowthen landowners strike a deal with city over annexation fight

Landowners on the edge of Nowthen had petition to join city of Oak Grove.
From left, Jody Stadler, Nance Kent, Amy Sullivan and Carly Cantu sat in a boat Monday similar to those used by refugees in their perilous trek to cro

Mpls. exhibit turns The Commons park into refugee experience

Doctors Without Borders exhibit aims to raise awareness of growing crisis.

Brooklyn Park voters to decide on $26 million in park upgrades

If voters approve, money would fund park upgrades, teen center, other projects.
Warren Kapsner, owner of Rapid Graphics & Mailing, said new windows, signage and paint will help freshen up his store.

In Columbia Heights, work begins to spruce up Central Avenue storefronts

The facade grant program could expand next year.
A pedestrian crosses at the intersection of University Avenue and Osborne Road, near where a man was struck by a vehicle and killed in March.

Spike in pedestrian deaths along Hwy. 47, Hwy. 65 spurs state action

Local and state officials say a recent spike in fatalities is spurring them to take a closer look at safety along Anoka County sections of University and Central avenues NE.
The slippers stolen in 2005 were one of only four known surviving pairs from "The Wizard of Oz," the movie that launched Judy Garland’s meteoric fam

Judy Garland's stolen ruby red slippers have been found, but thief has not

The thief left behind bits of broken glass and a single red sequin on the floor. So began a 13-year-old mystery filled with wild tips…

Little Canada man in critical condition after 'brutal' assault near State Fairgrounds

A man leaving the State Fair with a friend was attacked blocks from the fairgrounds Saturday after walking by what relatives described as a "party…
St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust disputed the accusations raised in the Lowry Grove lawsuit, telling residents, “There was no concerted effort by mysel

St. Anthony leaders blasted over latest suit in mobile home park closing

St. Anthony City Council and mayor push back.
Randy Shaver

Longtime Twin Cities news anchor Randy Shaver again diagnosed with cancer

Longtime Twin Cities news anchor Randy Shaver, who beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma 20 years ago and is well-known for raising funds for cancer research, announced on…
Umbrellas popped up on a rainy fair day near the Grandstand.

State Fair rides, free stages up and running again after severe storm

Tornado warning issued near Red Wing, where winds gust hits 82 mph.
The company that closed Lowry Grove mobile home park is suing the city, alleging that city officials induced it to oust "undesirable" residents from S

St. Anthony mobile home park is reopening after 100 families forced out

The company that closed Lowry Grove mobile home park is suing the city, alleging that city officials induced it to oust "undesirable" residents from St. Anthony.
Amy DeYoung of Ham Lake read with her daughters Arielle and Lillia at the Centennial Library. A yearlong renovation will close the library until 2019.

Centennial Library in Anoka County closes for $5.8 million remodel

Project will double the space of Circle Pines' Centennial Library.
Natividad Seefeld climbs down into her neighborhood's current, cramped storm shelter as the mobile home park awaits its new shelter's groundbreaking t

New storm shelter in Fridley models safety for mobile homes

Project comes at a time of growing awareness around Minnesota's storm shelter standards.

Wildfire smoke prompts air quality alert across Minnesota until Sunday

Pollution officials expected air quality to worsen across northern and western Minnesota tonight.
Karrighan Hexum, right, as Annie in a scene with Alyssa Hannan as Grace Farrell during rehearsal Wednesday night, Aug. 1, 2018. The Penguin Project, a

New Minn. theater program gives the stage to children with special needs

Actors from Northern Starz Children's Theatre in Ramsey are participating for the first time in a national theater program for young people with special needs.

French Meadow, two other St. Paul businesses evacuated after cleaning accident

Three bakery employees and a firefighter went to the hospital because of a potent cocktail of cleaning products.

Brooklyn Park looks to tighten rules for door-to-door sales

Incident moves Brooklyn Park to be the latest city to re-evaluate its regulations.

Cases continue to climb at Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka County

A fourth pathologist recently joined the office's 13-person staff to keep up with a growing caseload.
A visitor took a spin on the Sky Coaster at Urban Air Adventure Park in Coon Rapids. The building once was a Sports Authority store.

Twin Cities suburbs wrestle with future of big-box stores

As consumer habits change, vacant hulks get makeovers with new signs of life.
Warren Olson, left, is the original owner of his 1961 rambler in Fridley, which survived the 1965 tornadoes. Olson and his second wife, Lilly, will be

Twin Cities ramblers enjoy robust revival

Largely built in the decades following World War II, their age now makes them potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Researchers at the Wildlife Science Center are trying to pinpoint when wolves grow wary of humans.

What separates dogs and wolves? Researchers go to Anoka County to find out

To figure out how dogs think, researchers in Stacy are studying a litter of wolf pups.
Daniel Lynn

Authorities find man suspected in northern Minnesota killing

Investigators found Daniel Gregory Lynn in Michigan.
Rep. Bob Loonan

Minnesota Rep. Bob Loonan charged with DWI in Jordan

The Shakopee Republican faces two misdemeanor counts related to being pulled over last weekend in connection with drunken driving.
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Longtime St. Olaf professor Margaret Hayford O'Leary, expert in Norwegian culture, dies at 67

O'Leary spent four decades sharing this love with students and colleagues. During her career, she co-authored language textbooks, published a book on Norwegian culture and customs and spent summers teaching at the University of Oslo International Summer School.
Heights Theater owner Tom Letness said he needs to find some matching bricks to fix his building. “It really needs to be done,” he said. A new gra

Sparked by NE. Mpls. energy, Columbia Heights seeks to spruce up Central Av.

A new city grant program aims to help Columbia Heights businesses dress up their stores and improve their security.
Ramal Duante Ali, 17, of Roseville, is missing.

Roseville police searching for teen missing for five days

The 17-year-old boy was last seen July 1.
War re-enactors, Daryl Jorgenson, Tom Lalim and Michael Campbell wait under an overhang with the American flag for the drum roll to signal the raising

For some Minnesotans, July 4th was a washout

Wet weather flooded basements, downed trees, jeopardized crops and closed roads.
Eleana Callam smiles after collecting her $25 reward for being a winner in the kiddie parade on Monday.

No fireworks? That's lunacy for these 4th-loving Minn. towns

From Delano to Forest Lake and Afton, July 4th celebrations are so cemented in community tradition that many refuse to even consider the alternative.
Kelly Madsen, foreground, searched for 56-year-old David Dahl in Ramsey last week with other United Legacy volunteers.

Volunteer search group appreciated by families, police in Minn. missing persons cases

United Legacy will look for "month or 10 years" for a missing person.
Vanessa Danielson died of burns suffered in a fire set by her boyfriend.

Man pleads guilty to murder, arson in Minneapolis burning death of girlfriend

Police say Wyndale Fayson set his girlfriend on fire at her Minneapolis apartment last fall.
Al Kordiak, right, and Jim Kordiak in the tax business they've run together for decades, as Al reached for a weathered photo of his family’s home in

After 64 years, the Kordiaks are giving up their Anoka County Board seat

The father, sometimes called the "Godfather of Columbia Heights," and son each held the county board seat for 32 years, but the Kordiak name won't be on the ballot in November.
A worker from Kaba Junk Removal, who declined to give his name, removes toys and other belongings from the home Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Brooklyn Pa

Runaway girl's Brooklyn Park home has troubled history

For years, it's where child protection officials have come repeatedly on reports alleging physical and sexual abuse. It's where an 8-year-old boy was found dead in his pajamas in February.
Bison from a Wisconsin ranch roamed their summer home earlier this week at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in An

Scientists look to Minn. bison herd to help save oak savanna

Bison are being reintroduced on 200 acres near East Bethel, part of a broader project to see what role the storied animals may play in helping save the oak savanna, one of Minnesota's most threatened ecosystems.

Excessive heat warning in effect for Twin Cities until 8 p.m.; storms possible

Rounds of heavy rain and severe weather are possible Friday and Saturday.
The Sunday-after-church gathering at the home of Curtis and Darlene Bell Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Brooklyn Park. The Bells have fostered over 30 child

'All about family': Movement to reform foster care takes root in Minnesota

As state seeks to change foster care, it looks to Brooklyn Park couple getting it right.

Two people die, two injured in crash in north Mpls. alley

A driver hit two telephone poles and a parked car, flipping his vehicle, police said.

Sheriff: Man dead after 'serious assault' in Cass County

Authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man on the Leech Lake reservation in Cass County. Officers responded just before midnight Thursday to a…

Brooklyn Park police arrest teen in suspected kidnapping, sexual assault attempts

Brooklyn Park police say a teenager arrested in an attempted sexual assault Friday is also behind a similar incident from last month at a grocery…

Body found near railroad tracks in Otter Tail County

  Authorities say a man’s body has been found in Otter Tail County. A property owner living in the small city of Henning came across…

One injured in shooting at St. Paul park

  One man was injured after gunfire broke out Friday night in St. Paul’s Hamline Park, according to St. Paul police. The shooting happened just…
Chris Endicott.

More charges leveled against former Lakeville principal

Latest charges say he swindled at least 15 people, stalked another.
Blue Sun Soda Shop owner Mark Lazarchic said he’s trying to create an event that is cheap and family-oriented.

Twin Cities pop shop plans new soda festival in Spring Lake Park

Admission to the new event, hosted by Blue Sun Soda Shop, will be free and 150 soda water samples will be available.

Charges: Man attacked 4 St. Anthony housemates with X-Acto knife, frying pan

Housemates say he used a frying pan, X-Acto knife as weapons in the attack.
Oak Grove Mayor Mark Korin, left, and Nowthen Mayor Jeff Pilon.

As annexation effort spreads in north metro area, sides form

A growing annexation campaign on Nowthen's eastern border has left landowners squaring off against City Hall in this city of 4,600. It's also making office life uneasy for the two neighboring mayors.
Levi Brown, 5, and Elijah Coleman, 5, laughed under a dome of water at Cliff Fen Park in Burnsville.

Record-breaking heat hangs on for Memorial Day in Minnesota

Monday marked only the second time on record that the Twin Cities hit 100 degrees in May.

2 men shot, wounded near Little Earth housing complex, Minneapolis police say

The victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, police said.
The project design would be similar to what was proposed in Forest Lake.

Following rejection in Forest Lake, mental health facility for kids finds new chance in East Bethel

East Bethel's embrace of proposed site is "night and day" compared to project's failed foray into Forest Lake.
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Mpls. boy, 7, with special needs forgotten on school bus

Parents say the boy, who has autism spectrum disorder and is nonverbal, was left aboard for hours and they want answers.

Bloomington firefighters free person trapped in I-494 crash

Two people were injured, with one trapped in a vehicle and taken to a hospital.
The National Sports Center has announced plans to expand into court sports for the first time in its nearly 30-year history.

In Minnesota's youth sports hub, Blaine families ask: Where's the gym space?

Some officials wonder if there's enough of an appetite to support both the Sports Center's new venture and a proposed new athletic complex.
With the sale of Earle Brown Terrace — a senior living facility — residents were notified May 1 that they had to be out by June 15.

Residents rush to find new homes after Brooklyn Center senior living facility announces closure

Given six weeks' warning, many feel wronged by the Brooklyn Center senior facility.
Aeon presented a preliminary design of a proposed affordable housing development to community members Monday night. The project is still in its early

St. Anthony neighbors get first look at Aeon's affordable housing proposal near Lowry Grove

Some residents have pushed for making the proposed 70-unit building, near the site of a former mobile home park, even more affordable.

Body of missing Stearns County man who fled traffic stop is found in river

The body of Michael Allen Henry, who had been stopped by police just west of St. Joseph, was found in the Watab River.
Bernie Brown looks at the car battery casings revealed in the crumbling foundation of an old structure near his home. His home’s foundation was buil

In a home built on old car battery casings, White Bear Lake couple scramble for answers

Bernie Brown worries old battery casings may be behind health struggles.
Steven Henry “Wiz” Wisdorf

Steven 'Wiz' Wisdorf, consummate bartender at popular St. Louis Park bar, dies at 75

The Navy veteran behind the bar always wore jeans to work, even in summer. For 42 years, Steven Wisdorf served up humor, counsel and drinks…
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a message for superfan Katie Kelzenberg delivered via the morning announcements at Stillwater Area High School.

After fan sends prom invite, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises Stillwater student

The movie star has rented out a local theater for Katie Kelzenberg and friends to see his new flick, "Rampage."

Threat leads to evacuation of Maplewood elementary school

A bomb threat at Weaver Elementary School in Maplewood led authorities to evacuate and search the building Friday afternoon before declaring the school safe. Maplewood…
A section of trees was cleared on the edge of a wetlands area in January 2017 in Blaine. The city has now told neighbors that more trees will need to

Blaine's wetland tree cutting plans spark new controversy

City had previously halted cutting near wetlands.
Many fire and rescue calls “leave scars. …The job can really just be a dark look at life.”
Brian Cristofono, above, doing homework at a coffee s

Minnesota firefighters grapple with 'silent epidemic'

Researchers estimate that anywhere from 7 to 37 percent of firefighters have PTSD, yet the work culture overwhelmingly views treatment as a sign of weakness.
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