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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.
Recent content from Hannah Covington
Catie Lonergan, a senior at St. Francis High School, on Monday made parts for MnDOT that will be used on street light fixtures.

St. Francis students score big by turning out parts for MnDOT

They're rethinking the bounds of high school shop class.
Brad Hardin took a selfie as he found his favorite team, North Carolina, on a 3-D sculpture of the Final Four bracket on the Nicollet Mall just outsid

March Madness bracket sculpture draws fans on Nicollet Mall

The sculpture will be up through April 8.
People were having to decide if they invite their stepmom or their biological mom, and if their brother or sister get to come see them graduate.

Indoor or outdoor? Budget pinch drives St. Francis graduation to the gym

The decision has touched off a thorny debate, spurring pleas from some students for the board to reconsider.
Nick Becchetti drove his snowmobile out of Rob Scheffler’s yard in Anoka, as a group of friends headed down the frozen Rum River to the 201 Tavern &

Record snow drives banner year for snowmobilers visiting local businesses

Anoka locals say it's tough to remember a time when area snowmobile trails have been so busy, and the snowmobilers have boosted bars, resorts and more.
Mcaad Hussein Abdalla, of St. Cloud, was traveling from Morocco to Kenya when he was killed along with 156 others in the plane crash, his family said.

St. Cloud man among victims of Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

A St. Cloud man is among the 157 people who died when a jetliner crashed in Ethiopia. Mucaad Hussein Abdalla, 31, was on his way…
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to St. Paul.

Hype train has long left the station as Michelle Obama's book tour stops in St. Paul

Some seats for Obama's Twin Cities stop have sold for upward of $800 and $1,000. It's a price thousands have been willing to pay to hear Obama speak about her bestselling memoir, "Becoming," published in November.

Police arrest sex offender found on school bus with St. Paul kindergartners

The 61-year-old suspect was discovered sitting on the back of the bus during the return drive, prompting the driver to call police, authorities said Monday.
Lillyan Stuart, a junior at Roseville, danced with her escort, AJ Scaife, with their fellow debutantes and escorts.

In gowns and gloves, black debutantes make royal comeback in Twin Cities

The cotillion, recently revived in the Twin Cities, serves as a rite of passage exalting black culture, community.
Minnesota Department of Transportation called out the "ice breaker" to try to break up the ice covered lanes of I-35 south of Owatonna, Minn. Dangerou

I-35, I-90 fully reopened in southern Minnesota

Emergency workers rescue hundreds of stranded motorists.
Twinkie the corgi has been one of the regulars at Rosedale on Sunday mornings for the past year. Owner Shannon Granholm said she’s going to miss the

Tired of mess, Rosedale Center scraps indoor dog-walking hours

Rosedale says as the event grew more popular, the cleanup became too much.
Mad Hatter tea room in Anoka

Anoka's Mad Hatter owners look to buy historic house

Liz and Tim Koch want to buy the storied property.
Ida-Lorraine Wilderson, a longtime Minneapolis educator and child development expert, died Jan. 25 in Minneapolis. She was 86.

Ida-Lorraine Wilderson, Minneapolis civic leader and educator, dies at 86

Her home became a meeting ground for minds interested in civic and social change.
Anoka County hired Jacquel Hajder last summer to spearhead its economic development efforts.

Anoka County works to attract businesses with new website, economic development leader

The goal, officials said, is to offer a regional tool in an area — economic development — that typically is handled by each city independently.

Why Rep. Omar's tweet on Israel is viewed as offensive

Local Jewish leaders said Monday that Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's controversial tweet on Israel is offensive because it invokes "age-old" anti-Semitic stereotypes involving money.The…
From 2014 to 2018, Chomonix Golf Course in Lino Lakes lost nearly $642,000 and needs $1 million in capital investments over the next five years, accor

Anoka County works to get Chomonix Golf Course out of the rough

Anoka County officials say Chomonix needs about $1M in upgrades.
Cunning predators, evasive prey: Todd Stein found fresh coyote tracks where he and Josh Anthony began hunting late Wednesday near Montrose.

Twin Cities turf war: Residents take on new coyote neighbors

Predators learn to survive in cities, sparking fears about chance encounters.
A bicyclist travels through light snow Tuesday morning along Portland Avenue South near downtown Minneapolis.

Twin Cities brace for snow, bitter cold

The metro area's barren landscape could get 2 to 5 inches, and temps are going to plummet.

Sparks fly on Spring Lake Park City Council

Mayor and member who ran against her spar over annual appointments.
The expansion could add spaces for teens and seniors to gather, more meeting rooms, a gym, an elevated walking track and a new arena for ice and turf

Andover residents push for referendum on community center expansion

The $18.9M project left some with sticker shock.
Shops like Four Paws and a Tail in Blaine are up against online sales and growing concerns about animal welfare.

Puppies, protests and a clash of beliefs at last Twin Cities pet shop

Stores often banned in animal-welfare crackdown
The new car wash, shown here in a rendering, is expected to open later this year.

Rain, recycled water will be used to wash cars at New Hope business

It's among a growing number of local projects focused on water reuse.
University of Minnesota researcher Caitlin Potter showed volunteers one of the many cameras that are being used to document what kinds of animals are

Armchair naturalists help Minn. researchers classify more than 1 million nature photos

Researchers say the images capture the kinds of secret moments in animals' lives that humans rarely see.

Minneapolis offers free kits for radon testing

State health officials say too few Minnesotans test for the cancer-causing gas.
The New York Stock Exchange, shown in November. The stock market hasn't been this dizzying in years, and investors may need to get used to it.

What's a nervous investor to do in volatile market? Not much really

Squelch the urge to retreat amid wild stock market swings, financial advisers say.
Patrons talked with one another as it started to get busy at Danno's bar on a recent Friday night.

Brawls lead to an earlier 'last call' at late-closing Anoka bars

Fights, including one involving up to 40 people, have broken out near an on-street parking ramp around the closing time for downtown bars.

Washington County OKs budget driven by public safety, state mandates

And in Anoka County, the approved 2019 budget includes the biggest tax levy hike in nine years.

Three injured in north Minneapolis shooting

A video shared on social media appears to capture the chaotic aftermath.

NAACP fields community ideas for report on Twin Cities economic inequalities

Civil rights group will release an economic inclusion plan to combat racial disparities.
St. Francis High School students JP Krage, 14, and Tyler Forcier, 15, cross Hwy. 47 after school Wednesday, near where two middle school students were

In St. Francis, a crash is spurring pleas to change a school crosswalk

Thousands sign petition after student pedestrians are hit in St. Francis.
Father and son Al, left, and Jim Kordiak talked together at the tax business they ran together for decades.

After 32 years in office, Kordiak savors a first on Anoka County Board — at least for a couple weeks

Commissioner Jim Kordiak to chair County Board, like his father did, on Dec. 18.
Police are asking for help in finding two suspects in hoods that stole the Salvation Army red kettle Tuesday at a Cub Foods in Blaine.

Police: Two thieves snatch Salvation Army Kettle in Blaine

Blaine police are looking for the public's help.
Surrounded by angels, Fred Alexander, left, performing the role as Joseph, and Amy Nelson, who has waited for years to play "Mary's role," performed "

'It's a gift': Twin Cities nativity pageant gives adults with disabilities chance to shine

For 25 years, the Rev. Don Anderson and his wife, Mary, of Anoka, have joined a committed troupe of volunteers to put on the pageant.
Helen Marie Rider

Trailblazing Minneapolis foster parent Helen Marie Rider dies at 82

From childhood, Helen Marie Rider told people she was going to have 100 children. Mostly, they laughed. But in the end, the talkative girl from…
Students from iMatter, a youth-driven organization focused on climate change, posed with signs after recording a message at Rep.-elect Dean Phillips�

From city halls to State Capitol, Minnesota youths lead the charge on climate

Across Minnesota, students are springing into action to combat climate change — and pushing their local governments to do the same.
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.

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.
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