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Jeff Hargarten

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Jeff Hargarten is a data journalist focusing on data visualization and data-driven enterprise reporting. He graduated in 2014 from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication with degrees in journalism and new media studies. As a student reporter at the Star Tribune, he previously covered health issues. His past experience includes work for MinnPost, Pioneer Press, News21 and Minnesota Daily. PGP Fingerprint: E502 A15E A8D1 8CAA 478A F1CE 13AC DE60 A335 72D +JeffHargarten
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Minneapolis police shootings since 2000: A deeper look at who and where

Minneapolis police shootings since 2000: A deeper look at who and where

Do areas with more crime see more fatal police encounters? Not necessarily.
Yellow law enforcement line with police car and lights in the background.

Fatal police encounters in Minnesota since 2000

More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
2017's most popular baby names: How popular is yours?

2017's most popular baby names: How popular is yours?

Whether you favor perennial favorites or trendier names, see how popular they've been in 2017 -- and in all the years going back to 1910.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo highlighted several possible reasons for the falling use-of-force incidents over the last few years, includ

Use-of-force police incidents show 10-year decline in Mpls.

Some say stats don't tell full story of encounters.
Minnesota youth could affect key November elections -- if they turn out

Minnesota youth could affect key November elections -- if they turn out

Minnesota ranks high on a 2018 ranking of states where young voters' participation could have the greatest significance, despite traditionally low youth turnout.
Complete Minnesota Poll results: State gun legislation

Complete Minnesota Poll results: State gun legislation

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll interviewed 625 Minnesota registered voters between April 15 and April 18 about gun ownership, gun violence and gun control. Scroll…
Complete Minnesota Poll results: Gun laws

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Gun laws

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll interviewed 625 Minnesota registered voters between April 15 and April 18 about gun ownership, gun violence and gun control. Scroll…
Complete Minnesota Poll results: Taxes

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Taxes

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about the recent federal tax law signed by…
Where strip clubs are zoned in Minneapolis

Where strip clubs are zoned in Minneapolis

Minneapolis ordinances funnel strip clubs and sex shops into specific areas downtown.
Google tracked a year of my life in downtown Minneapolis

Google tracked a year of my life in downtown Minneapolis

It was an eye-opening experience examining the mass of data Google had collected.
Hospitals have switched from handwritten prescriptions to computerized order entry, but one thing hasn’t changed over the past two decades: the smal

See which Minnesota hospitals had medical mistakes last year

Minnesota's hospitals have publicly reported preventable errors since 2005. Look up how many have happened by hospital, year or the type of error.
Find the hottest Twin Cities housing markets of 2017

Find the hottest Twin Cities housing markets of 2017

For the second year, the Star Tribune compared home sale data in the Twin Cities to determine which cities had the hottest markets in 2017. How did your city fare?
About 60 percent of Edina’s DWI arrests last year were made on the three highways that cross the city — Hwys. 100, Crosstown 62 and 169. More than

Edina's drunken-driving arrest rate shows focus on state highways

The suburb, with a dedicated enforcement officer, focuses on freeways that carry most traffic.
Tracking Edina's DWI arrest rates

Tracking Edina's DWI arrest rates

Edina Police Department has higher rates of DWI arrests than many other Minnesota law enforcement agencies.
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. The U.S. government's Friday, Feb. 9,

Minnesota's flu season is worse than expected, and it's not done yet

However, the flu seems to be taking an even harder toll on other parts of the U.S.
Tracking fundraising in Minnesota's gubernatorial race

Tracking fundraising in Minnesota's gubernatorial race

As of the most recent filing, the DFL's gubernatorial candidates are out-raising the GOP.
U.S. Bank Stadium will host Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Super Bowl ticket prices climb after championships

Tickets on StubHub ranged from $4,800 in an upper corner seat to $66,700 for a spot in the Delta Sky360 Club on StubHub at around midday Monday.
Complete Minnesota Poll results: Governor's race

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Governor's race

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about the upcoming race for governor in Minnesota…
Complete Minnesota Poll results: Sexual harassment

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Sexual harassment

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about workplace sexual harassment and the fallout of…
Minnesota Poll results: What Minnesotans think about Al Franken's resignation

Minnesota Poll results: What Minnesotans think about Al Franken's resignation

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about Al Franken's resignation from the Senate amid…
Minnesota Poll results: What Minnesotans think about possible collusion with Russia

Minnesota Poll results: What Minnesotans think about possible collusion with Russia

The Star Tribune poll interviewed Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and…
Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

To mark President Donald Trump's first year in office, the Star Tribune polled Minnesota registered voters between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Highlights from questions…
Sunrise over Lake Calhoun, Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Minnesota's weather in 2017 was warm, but not too warm

Minnesota's warmth was notable for how long it lasted rather than how hot it was.
Die-hard Viking fans Heidi Clapp, Kindra Egge and Melissa Morissette were super disappointed after a shocking loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January 1

Are the Vikings the NFL's most tragic playoff team?

A Star Tribune analysis shows the Vikings do unexpectedly lose a significant number of postseason games, but aren't necessarily the worst.
Can you guess how Minnesota's population has changed over time?

Can you guess how Minnesota's population has changed over time?

Try your hand as demographer and draw where you think the trend lines go.
Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency ro

Minnesota's suicide rate has been rising steadily for nearly two decades

Minnesota's suicide rates have increased steadily in recent years.
As the polls were about to open for the day at the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis on Nov. 7, an election worker walked to place a flag outside the

Voter turnout bounces back in Mpls., St. Paul. Did ranked-choice play role?

This year's increases have broken the free fall in Twin Cities voter turnout in municipal elections, which crashed about 20 points between 1993 and 2009.
St. Paul mayoral candidates including, from left, Melvin Carter, Elizabeth Dickinson, Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris and Dai Thao, answered a question aske

St. Paul mayoral candidates draw cash from donors outside the city

Star Tribune analysis shows which candidates are favored in different St. Paul neighborhoods and what communities outside St. Paul — and outside Minnesota — are financially fueling the race.
A recent study sought to see exactly how much a humanlike digital device might replace humans. (Dreamstime) ORG XMIT: 1200138

Ownership of digital devices reaches new high in Minnesota

This shift toward digital devices makes the turn of the 21st century — back when only half of households had internet access and smartphones didn't exist yet — look dramatically different from today's ultra-connected world.
A recent study sought to see exactly how much a humanlike digital device might replace humans. (Dreamstime) ORG XMIT: 1200138

Internet access across Minnesota has improved, but still gaps for some

While about 80 percent of Minnesotans have home high-speed internet access, there are still disparities among demographic groups.
Como Park Senior High teachers and upper class students welcomed new students at a freshman orientation event on Aug. 31, 2017.

Enrollment trends in your school

Search Minnesota school districts to see trends on enrollment and school choice since 2000.
The new Line 3 pipe is considerably thicker than the old one that it is replacing.

Enbridge has improved its Minnesota safety record in recent years

Since 2002, Enbridge's pipelines in Minnesota have sprung 60 leaks, although spills in recent years have involved considerably less oil, a review shows.
Students are selected as National Merit Semifinalists based on results of a PSAT qualifying test.

Find your Minnesota school's math and reading test scores

Use the database to track your school's proficiency in math and reading.
Is your nearby lake or river infested with zebra mussels?

Is your nearby lake or river infested with zebra mussels?

More than 200 major bodies of water in Minnesota have tested positive for the presence of zebra mussels so far. Use the search tool to see which lakes and rivers have been affected.
Farmer Jim York returns to his farm on Highway 30 after raking ditch hay with his International Harvester Farmall 400 tractor in Lake Wilson, MN.

Why economic recovery in greater Minnesota is actually better than in Twin Cities

Regions like Minnesota's western edge have seen much faster growth in average personal income and other economic metrics than the Twin Cities.

Explore how drug prices have changed over time

Some of the best-selling prescription drugs have seen huge price spikes in recent years. Use the lookup tool to reveal how costs for some of…
Juan Salas, 20, and his girlfriend, Damaris Carrera, 18, both first-time voters, waited to vote in November at Garden City Elementary School in Brookl

Despite Minnesota's high voter turnout, youth and minority participation lagged

As Minnesota and the rest of the country look ahead to off-year political races and midterm elections, the recent presidential contest's aftermath is still revealing new data about who voted – and who didn't.
Our changing region: See how the Twin Cities has changed in 50 years

Our changing region: See how the Twin Cities has changed in 50 years

The Twin Cities has changed dramatically since the founding of the Met Council 50 years ago.
Find out whether lack of home equity is a problem where you live

Find out whether lack of home equity is a problem where you live

More than 20 percent of Twin Cities mortgaged homeowners don't have enough equity to cover the cost of selling and moving up, stifling house listings.
Your guide to more than 70 Twin Cities farmers markets

Your guide to more than 70 Twin Cities farmers markets

Looking for some fresh produce or other homegrown offerings? Check out our interactive map for more than 70 farmers markets in the Twin Cities.
Minnesota Poll results: Distracted driving

Minnesota Poll results: Distracted driving

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters about distracted driving. Here's what they said:    table…
Minnesota Poll results: Dayton's approval ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Dayton's approval ratings

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of Gov. Mark Dayton's…
Minnesota Poll results: How Minnesotans see the healthcare debate

Minnesota Poll results: How Minnesotans see the healthcare debate

The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about their healthcare and debates surrounding the…
Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump, foreign policy and Russia

Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump, foreign policy and Russia

The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about President Trump's foreign policy proposals and…
Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

To mark President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the Star Tribune polled registered Minnesota voters between April 24 and April 26. Highlights from…
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken with Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues in March.

Minnesota Poll results: Senatorial job approval ratings

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of the job performances…
A commuter flow-based regionalization of the United States.

What would the Twin Cities look like as a mega-region?

A map created by university researchers reveals the Twin Cities to be the center of its own universe of commuters.
Find the hot housing markets in the Twin Cities

Find the hot housing markets in the Twin Cities

Are you living in a hot housing market? To find out, the Star Tribune’s housing market index combines four key housing metrics for cities with…
Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout - again. Here's one reason why

Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout - again. Here's one reason why

While Minnesota saw a slight downturn in voter turnout since 2012, it still led the pack nationally in 2016.
Explore how much Minnesota lawmakers got for their expenses

Explore how much Minnesota lawmakers got for their expenses

Find out what your lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate were reimbursed for job-related expenses in 2016.
Where money flowed in the 2016 battle for the Legislature

Where money flowed in the 2016 battle for the Legislature

Campaign finance data show where Minnesota candidates and outside interest groups are raised and spent the most money.
Tracking metro area community Facebook groups

Tracking metro area community Facebook groups

A growing number of suburban residents are turning to city-specific Facebook groups to share events, post concerns and get engaged in civic and political life.…
'It could have been worse': Minnesota's weather in 2016 was, in a word, wet

'It could have been worse': Minnesota's weather in 2016 was, in a word, wet

Minnesotans weren't able to use one of their favorite phrases – "We could use some rain!" – in 2016. The Twin Cities broke the record for annual rainfall – with 40.3 inches.
The DFL's slide

The DFL's slide

After crushing victories in 2006 and 2008, the House DFL has suffered defeats the past two election cycles, leaving them with just 57 members, to…
Database of deaths after police use of force in Minnesota since 2000

Database of deaths after police use of force in Minnesota since 2000

More than 140 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
13 takeaways from the presidential election in Minn., nationwide

13 takeaways from the presidential election in Minn., nationwide

See the major trends and takeaways from America's historic and odds-defying night in Minnesota and nationwide.
Full U.S. and Minnesota election results dashboard

Full U.S. and Minnesota election results dashboard

As results come in from around the U.S. and Minnesota, see how people are voting by county, district and precinct for major races.
Who's using absentee voting in Minnesota?

Who's using absentee voting in Minnesota?

A new analysis of absentee voter data, obtained Monday just a few hours before the close of early voting, shows that young people have started…
Clinton holds comfortable lead over Trump in Minnesota polls

Clinton holds comfortable lead over Trump in Minnesota polls

See how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have fared in every major survey of Minnesota voters since the beginning of the campaign in our presidential poll tracker.
What you need to know about your congressional district

What you need to know about your congressional district

We examine the political leanings and demographic profiles for each of Minnesota's congressional districts.
Just how close is Minnesota to becoming a swing state?

Just how close is Minnesota to becoming a swing state?

One index shows the state still leans Democratic -- but that margin is getting smaller.
Deep look at the battle for Minnesota Senate

Deep look at the battle for Minnesota Senate

Explore the current and historical balance of power in the Senate, this fall's most important races and profiles for every district.
"I Voted" stickers.

Are Minnesotans becoming complacent when it comes to voting?

Minnesota is known for its high voter turnout, but a look at the data over time shows the number is sinking.
Deep look at the battle for Minnesota House

Deep look at the battle for Minnesota House

Explore the current and historical balance of power in the House, this fall's most important races and profiles for every district.
Urban vs. rural: Why playing Pokémon GO in the suburbs could be hurting your game

Urban vs. rural: Why playing Pokémon GO in the suburbs could be hurting your game

Why are some areas chock full of Pokéstops and others are Pikachu dead zones? We take a look at a sample of the data to help you avoid boring locations.
A timeline of Philando Castile's vehicle citations

A timeline of Philando Castile's vehicle citations

From 2002 until his death July 6th, Philando Castile was stopped by police 49 times, resulting in 82 citations and more than $7,000 in fines.…

Fatal encounters with police in Minnesota since 2000

Our favorite don't-miss Duluth restaurants, from old to new, by searchable map

Our favorite don't-miss Duluth restaurants, from old to new, by searchable map

We've charted nearly 40 don't-miss Twin Ports dining options, from old (the 102-year-old Pickwick Restaurant & Bar) to new (the just-opened Northern Waters) and everything in between. Discover them by location, or by eight easy-to-search categories.
Minnesota judges have been rejecting state's stiff drug penalties for years

Minnesota judges have been rejecting state's stiff drug penalties for years

The most common reason cited was faith that the defendant could be rehabilitated, analysis shows.
Key events in Prince's life

Key events in Prince's life

A look at the legacy left by Prince.
Internet access in Minneapolis is still divided between haves, have-nots

Internet access in Minneapolis is still divided between haves, have-nots

There are still pockets of Minneapolis where 25 percent of households don't have any Internet connections at home -- not through smartphones, Wi-fi, home computers or anything.
How did Minnesota vote on Super Tuesday? A look at data

How did Minnesota vote on Super Tuesday? A look at data

Minnesota subverted national trends by delivering wins for Sanders and Rubio on Super Tuesday.
North hit hard by demolitions while south rebuilds

North hit hard by demolitions while south rebuilds

The city of Minneapolis issued about 2,700 permits to demolish buildings between 2002 and 2015, and about 38 percent of those properties have had new structures built on them since then, according to a Star Tribune analysis of the city's wrecking and new construction permit data.
Data reveals sharp divide between Twin Cities, rest of the state

Data reveals sharp divide between Twin Cities, rest of the state

Explore some of Minnesota's divides through a series of state maps and county-level breakdowns.
Data: Segregation in Twin Cities' charter schools

Data: Segregation in Twin Cities' charter schools

Elementary-level charter schools in the Twin Cities are more racially segregated than their counterparts in the St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburban school districts, according to a Star Tribune analysis of enrollment data going back to 1980-81.
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