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

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 draw cash from donors outside the city

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.
Ownership of digital devices reaches new high in Minnesota

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

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.
Enrollment trends in your school

Enrollment trends in your school

Search Minnesota school districts to see trends on enrollment and school choice since 2000.
Enbridge has improved its Minnesota safety record in recent years

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.
Find your Minnesota school's math and reading test scores

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.
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.
Fatal police encounters in Minnesota since 2000

Fatal police encounters in Minnesota since 2000

More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
Why economic recovery in greater Minnesota is actually better than in Twin Cities

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

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…
Minnesota Poll results: Senatorial job approval ratings

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

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 adverse hospital events in Minnesota

Explore adverse hospital events in Minnesota

Minnesota's hospitals have publicly reported adverse events since 2005. This database allows you to look up adverse events by hospital, year or error type.
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.
Are Minnesotans becoming complacent when it comes to voting?

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.
Inner city schools segregate as suburban schools diversify

Inner city schools segregate as suburban schools diversify

Minneapolis and St. Paul public elementary schools have returned to levels of segregation not seen since the early 1980s, while suburban schools are more diverse than ever before.

Exploring the legal trade in at-risk wildlife

This is not the highly publicized, illicit trafficking in such goods as ivory and rhino horns. Millions of vulnerable wildlife specimens are legally admitted through U.S. customs each year.

Explore 13 years of a payday lender's political spending

Brad Rixmann's rise to dominance in the payday lending industry has coincided with his and his family's growing political spending.

Graphic: Football districts replace conferences

Football conferences are out and 18 districts are in to handle regular-season scheduling of games in Minnesota. Find which schools went where.

Green Line LRT ridership surpasses Blue Line in 2015

The Green Line may only be a year old, but it's already seeing greater ridership than its Blue Line cousin in 2015.

Explore overtime pay for metro area public employees

Workers in metro county sheriff's departments top the list of county employees earning the most overtime as a percent of their total earnings.

Explore payments made to Minnesota doctors

Total payments in 2014 to doctors licensed to practice in Minnesota, summarized by the drug or medical device company making the payment, the form of payment (cash/cash equivalent or in-kind) and the nature of the payment (i.e. consulting, travel, speaking, research). Note: Some doctors may be listed at more than one address. This is a sub-set of Open Payments data released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Click the doctor's last name to reveal further details. To search for doctors in other states, visit openpayments.cms.gov

Nine charts that explain the state of marijuana in Minnesota

Everyone is talking about pot these days, thanks to new laws in a handful of states and a shift in public opinion in favor of legalizing the drug. The U.S. Justice Department has announced policy changes to relax enforcement in states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and to assure banks that they will not be punished for offering financial services to legitimate marijuana-related businesses. Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in Congress to end the federal prohibition. Despite these changes nationally and Minnesota's reputation as a liberal state, Minnesotans have been slower to embrace cannabis -- even while enrollment in the state's new medical marijuana program opens in July. In these slides, we use data to explore the relationship between the people, the state and the leafy green plant.
Interactive: Track the spread of avian flu in Minnesota

Interactive: Track the spread of avian flu in Minnesota

Which Minnesota counties have had confirmed cases of bird flu? This newly updated interactive map tracks which poultry farms have been hit by avian influenza (HPAI).

Census data show Minneapolis, St. Paul continue steady growth

Population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show steady growth across cities in the metro area since 2010, particularly the core cities. Percentage change in population between 2010 and 2014.

Where do those arrested for drugs in North Minneapolis live?

More than half of the nearly 1,400 drug suspects arrested in North Minneapolis last year came from outside the area, with many coming from the upscale western suburbs to score heroin or methamphetamine, according to a Star Tribune analysis of police department statistics. Read the story here.

MINNESOTA POLL: Gov. Mark Dayton

GOV. MARK DAYTON: A majority of Minnesotans approve of the job Mark Dayton is doing as governor, but they are mixed on how he handled a public dispute with a fellow DFL leader.

MINNESOTA POLL: State budget surplus

STATE BUDGET SURPLUS: Minnesotans are split on whether most of the $1.9 billion projected surplus should be refunded, spent or saved. But if it is refunded, a majority say it should be returned proportionally, based on how much income tax a person paid.

Interactive graphic: Minnesotans on transportation

TRANSPORTATION: Most Minnesotans rate the state's roads as being in only fair to poor condition, but only 45 percent support Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to increase the gas tax to raise more money to pay for improvements.

MINNESOTA POLL: Teacher tenure

Teacher Tenure: A majority of Minnesotans believe that when public schools are forced to lay off teachers, administrators should consider performance, not just seniority.
Where Minneapolis kids go to school outside their district

Where Minneapolis kids go to school outside their district

A Star Tribune analysis found more than 17,000 students live in Minneapolis but currently attend schools in other districts. The map below shows how many…
Interactive: St. Paul fatal police shootings since 2004

Interactive: St. Paul fatal police shootings since 2004

St. Paul police officers have used deadly force against 14 men since 2004. Here's a look at what happened in each of these incidents. Here's more about St. Paul officers' use of deadly force.
Giants Ridge: A decade of losses

Giants Ridge: A decade of losses

Read the story: State-subsidized Giants Ridge ski resort leaves trail of red ink.
Dark-sky advocates try to salvage stars amid urban glow

Dark-sky advocates try to salvage stars amid urban glow

Dark-sky advocates say light pollution from the ever-brighter Twin Cities has erased much of the night sky's splendor.

Minnesota observatories and stargazing sites

Several observatories and remote locations throughout Minnesota provide stargazers with an opportunity to peer into the night sky, even in urban areas where light pollution has washed out cosmic spectacles.

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.…

These are the worst bridges in Minnesota

As the Minnesota legislature prepares to open its 2015 legislative session on Tuesday, lawmakers in both major parties agree that more needs to be done to repair the state's aging transportation infrastructure. About 1,200 of Minnesota's more than 20,000 bridges are classified as structurally deficient — they're safe, but need to be monitored, maintained and ultimately replaced. The map below shows the bridges with the lowest sufficiency rating. A lower rating indicates greater disrepair.

Metro vs. outstate: Which counties pay most taxes and which get most aid?

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