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Jeffrey Meitrodt

Investigations Editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-4132
Location: Minneapolis
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Jeffrey Meitrodt is an investigative reporter for the Star Tribune who specializes in stories involving the collision of business and government regulation. 

Previously, Meitrodt was an investigative reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He also covered the Illinois statehouse for the Chicago Tribune. He grew up in southeastern Minnesota and graduated in 1984 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism. He has won national journalism awards for his reporting on public corruption in Louisiana and Illinois, and for his coverage of corporate misconduct and educational disparities in Minnesota.
Recent content from Jeffrey Meitrodt
Able Energy moved to St. Paul this spring after their landlord in Oakdale kicked the company out for not paying rent for three months. The company's t

Able Energy ordered to repay $1.5 million to customers

Able Energy must repay $1.5 million to defrauded clients, a judge has ruled.

Newspapers seek help on pension requirements

Costs adding pressure to industry, coalition says.
Gottsacker

Honeywell engineer, veteran and lover of brats Raymond Gottsacker dies at 94

His legacy includes four engineering patents, a Purple Heart earned during World War II and a 500-word love letter to his wife.
Able Energy owner Mike Harvey

Owner of solar-installation company admits problems, says he's trying to catch up

Able Energy faces license revocation hearing.
Small-town publisher Larry Dobson says Dodge County authorities went too far in keeping his camera’s memory card and searching all its images after

Dodge County sheriff, journalist butt heads after incident at drowning scene

After deputies confiscate camera at drowning scene, each side claims the other acted unreasonably.
After hearing from dozens of unhappy customers of Able Energy Co., state officials are moving forward on two fronts to help Minnesotans recover thousa

Able Energy's unfinished solar projects spark legislation, state fraud suit

State officials are seeking restitution for customers who are still waiting for solar installations after making big down payments.
Bill Doi

Bill Doi, World War II internee and social activist, dies at 101

Doi was a veteran of the Twin Cities advertising scene and a leader in the local Japanese-American community.
Tom Petters, shown at a Petters Aviation open house in 2008, is serving a 50-year sentence for the largest financial fraud in Minnesota history.

Tom Petters bankruptcy trustee alleges fraud via $100 million claim

Investor Michael L. Stern says he did nothing wrong by asking for up to $100 million.

KleinBank settles closely watched discrimination case

KleinBank will open a Hennepin County branch.
Former star wrestler Timothy Krieger, seen in 1982, is facing lawsuits by employees and investors after the bankruptcy of Aspirity Holdings.

Facing $30M in losses, investors fight back against ex-wrestler's firm

Fraud claims follow company's bankruptcy.
Able Energy recently moved to St. Paul from Oakdale.

Solar company Able Energy challenges state license revocation order

State says Able Energy engaged in fraud for taking down payments and not doing the work. Scope of problems is unprecedented in Minnesota.
A St. Louis Park company, Air T, has filed a lawsuit seeking to expose the identity of an online critic of the company.

Who is bashing Air T online? Company files lawsuit to find out

The criticism comes in the wake of a rocky year for Air T, which lost $3.2 million on revenue of $148 million in 2017.
Brad Anderson, former CEO of Best Buy, contributed money to a group that ran ads vilifying Muslims.

Ex-Best Buy CEO donated to group that ran anti-Muslim ads

Brad Anderson says he didn't know Secure America Now was involved in the ads. His $25,000 donation was meant as support for Israel, he says.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is moving to revoke the license of Michael J. Harvey and his new company, Able Energy, in the wake of d

Minn. regulators say they botched investigation of electrician

Regulators working to pull Able Energy's license.
Able Energy recently moved to St. Paul after their landlord in Oakdale kicked the company out for not paying rent for three months. The company's truc

Customers of St. Paul solar installer fuming as 120 projects unfinished

Able Energy, which faces fraud complaints, has 120 unfinished projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
William E. ‘Bill’ Mullin dies at 83.

William E. "Bill" Mullin, lawyer and political activist, dies at 83

Whether he was working for Hubert Humphrey’s presidential campaign or advising a first-time politician, Minneapolis attorney Bill Mullin could be counted on to deliver for…
Garrison Keillor performed at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., on Feb. 28, in his first show in months.

Keillor case tests blurry legal lines surrounding workplace relationships

Sexual banter between workers and supervisors is a minefield, lawyers say.
Garrison Keillor, shown during a 2016 “Prairie Home Companion” show, gave his first interview since his break with MPR.

Keillor shares dozens of e-mails and asserts banter was mutual

The former MPR radio host said he was not trying to seduce the woman, and backed off when she complained about his conduct in 2015.
Chris Thile returns Saturday to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul for the first show since MPR severed ties with Garrison Keillor.

Former 'Prairie Home' returns for first time since Keillor scandal: 'It's been really hard'

Host Chris Thile talks about bringing the radio show back to the Fitzgerald Theater, saying "the show must go on."
Dan Rowles, upper left, joined “A Prairie Home Companion” in 1985 as a stagehand and soon worked into a spot on the cast.

Source of Garrison Keillor allegations shocks those close to radio host

Longtime "Prairie Home" employee Dan Rowles alerted MPR after being dismissed from the show, seven show staffers say.
Adrian Peterson ran off the U.S. Bank field at the end 2016 finale. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - January 1, 2017, Minneapolis, MN, US

Adrian Peterson ordered to repay Edina bank $600,000 over loan

The running back borrowed $2.4 million from Crown Bank in 2016 to refinance other debts, according to court records.
Counterfeit Super Bowl and NFL merchandise confiscated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials is displayed before a news conference Thu

NFL warns fans to be wary of counterfeit goods, tickets

Federal agents who usually fight terrorists are stalking our skyways and scrutinizing shopping tags.
In this May 21, 2016, photo, Garrison Keillor appears during a live broadcast for "A Prairie Home Companion" at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. “W

Wishing to be heard, Garrison Keillor now is planning return from scandal

Stalled talks with MPR over exit focus on archives, but he wants cash and more.
Garrison Keillor accused Minnesota Public Radio of a “breach of good faith” in releasing complaint details.

MPR lays out its case against former host Garrison Keillor

Minnesota Public Radio said the woman who worked for the host of "A Prairie Home Companion" alleged "dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents ... over a period of years."
Dr. Ted Truitt performed sinus surgery in 2008 and talked to the patientduring the procedure. Entellus Medical and Truitt developed the sinus operatio

Stryker to buy Plymouth-based Entellus Medical for $662 million

It's unclear how the deal would affect the 280 workers employed by the maker of products to treat sinus problems.
Harold Fabriz

Longtime FBI agent Harold 'Hal' Fabriz dies at 85

Harold “Hal” Fabriz, a veteran FBI agent who worked the front lines of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, helped prevent violence in Mississippi…
According to a Ramsey County lawsuit and interviews with eight current and former drivers, Green & White excluded blacks from driving for corporate ac

Black drivers: Twin Cities taxi company shut them out of high-paying work

Green & White denies that it shut them out of high-paying work for corporate accounts.
Tim Krieger as an Iowa high school wrestler in 1982.

Nov. 15, 2017: Probe of trader Tim Krieger cleared to proceed

Focus is how millions in company assets vanished before bankruptcy filing.
Altogether, 34 people were hospitalized and seven people died from eating apples contaminated with listeria, according to the federal Centers for Dise

Second Minnesota suit filed following deaths from tainted caramel apples

The lawsuit, filed this month in Ramsey County, is involving one of the nation's worst outbreaks of listeriosis in recent years.
QFO Labs CEO Brad Pedersen, left, and President Jim Fairman are looking forward to a big Christmas shopping season for the anticipated popular gift.

Suit: Big French firm ripping off Minnesota drone maker

A tiny Bloomington company called QFO Labs last week asked a federal judge to block a large French company from selling its ­popular drones at Best Buy, Target and ­Amazon, arguing the foreign manufacturer ripped off its design.
Charles Barry, right, the former CEO of Twin City Fan, reached a settlement with his children over control of the company. Family members questioned h

Twin City Fan Cos. family rift yields multi-million dollar settlement

Charles Barry will sell his share to end legal dispute.
Ameriprise Financial headquarters sign in downtown Minneapolis. David Denney Star Tribune 7/24/2013

Allstate alleges Ameriprise is stealing agents, client info

Ameriprise denied the allegations, claiming that many of the confidential documents identified by Allstate are readily available to "anyone with a computer, car or phone or access to the court."
Tim Krieger in 1982.

U.S. trustee pursues investigation of former star wrestler Tim Krieger

Probe would seek to uncover how millions in Aspirity Energy assets disappeared.
Thrivent headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.

Executive sues Thrivent, saying he was fired because he is black

Thrivent denies allegation, saying he violated their leadership standards.
Amazon's campus in Seattle, Wash., photographed from the roof of Amazon's Port 99 building. Real-estate developers from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., a

Minnesota plans a 'modest' bid in high-stakes Amazon battle

So far, the most valuable incentives package comes from Newark, New Jersey, where state and local officials have teamed up to offer $7 billion in tax breaks. Dayton said the pitch outlines the state's existing incentive programs, which have a $3 million spending cap.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told Iowa officials “we admire what you guys have accomplished” in creating an environment to attract job-creating companies li

Iowa dramatically outspends Minnesota to lure companies like Amazon

Minnesota spends much less than its neighbors to attract big employers.
Tim Krieger, wrestling in 1982.

Investors could be out $30M as ex-wrestling star hits bankruptcy in Minneapolis

Tim Krieger won national championships in wrestling and made millions in commodities trading. Then his once-flourishing business collapsed.
Mark Mahon, a former state representative from Bloomington, died Sept. 7 at age 87.

Former Minnesota Rep. Mark Mahon, a strong voice for working people, dies at 87

When the phone rang at 2 a.m. at the Mahon house in east Bloomington, the four boys always knew it was a call for Dad,…
The geodesic domes are part of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. The online retail giant is searching for a second headquarters — perhaps the Twin Ci

Plenty of Twin Cities sites would work for Amazon; other challenges loom

Among them: Can the metro can provide enough workers? And would public officials ante up the kind of incentives necessary?

Anchor Bank sold to Old National for $303M

Anchor's chief executive said partnering with a larger bank was its best option for growth.
Pantry essentials and office supplies can be found at the stores. The man pictured above said it was worth going out of his way to save on staples at

Big changes afoot for Twin Cities convenience stores

New players could bring big changes to the Twin Cities convenience store business
Charles Barry is accused of spending corporate money on his longtime mistress, now his wife, Kathleen Bryan-Barry.

Lawyers say feds are probing Twin City Fan Cos. after family dispute

Family fight for control over funds has attracted the attention of the IRS.
Holiday stores typically generate sales that are twice the industry average for both food and fuel, according to incoming owner Couche-Tard.

Holiday sale would create chain of convenience stores in more states than 7-Eleven

Canadian firm's purchase also is a major shake-up of the local convenience store business.
Charles Barry is accused of spending corporate money on his longtime mistress, now his wife, Kathleen Bryan-Barry.

Owner's affair divides family, costs Twin Cities fan business millions

The five members of the Barry family are fighting over who should be in charge of the family business, a manufacturing company that employs 1,500 people in five states, including 300 at the firm's Plymouth headquarters.
Paul Skarstad

Medtronic scientist helped lead big changes in medical devices

Paul Skarstad was a pioneering scientist at Medtronic who helped shrink the size of pacemakers and other medical devices by designing smaller, more powerful batteries…
Laura Cramer stands to lose nearly $200,000 in the alleged fraud perpetrated by “great salesman.”

Feds investigate possible fraud by Mound man who promised big returns

Mound man used investor money to buy vehicles, trips and pay off personal debts, court records say.
In March, Jeannie Bowers was shocked to find more than $7,700 missing from a joint TCF Bank checking account that she held with her daughter. TCF tran

Consumer watchdog that has helped thousands of Minnesotans now faces uncertain future

A fierce debate is underway in Washington over whether to restructure the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau or perhaps eliminate it.
FILE - This is a Nov. 8, 2015, file photo showing Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden on the sideline during the second half of an NFL footbal

NFL player sues Ameriprise over broker he claims stole $15 million

Dallas Cowboys running back claims firm suspended broker, had suspicions about trades.

Delayed lawsuits against U.S. Bank could see new life after court rulings

A businessman in Philadelphia claimed that his company was forced into bankruptcy in 2008.

Minnesota's crackdown on gifts means party is over for title industry

Commerce Department crackdown on "kickbacks" is unsettling players.
Ameriprise Financial, Minneapolis.

Ameriprise buys Texas investment firm

The Minneapolis-based company bought a Texas investment firm.
U.S. Bancorp said its first-quarter profit rose 6.3 percent.

U.S. Bancorp beats forecasts with 6.3 percent jump in profit

The company's new CEO began his first full day on the job with an earnings beat.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is digging into links between real estate agents and title companies. It fined a Maple Grove agent this week for

Maple Grove agent fined $5K for alleged kickbacks from title company

Officials contend free meals, drinks and lodging helped to create a conflict of interest.
Driver Wami Osman stood outside one of Uber's cars in 2012 when the service launched in the Twin Cities.

How Uber and Lyft bent the rules and won

Ride-share firms insist they are technology innovators, not transportation providers.
Gander Mountain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on Friday.

Gander Mountain files for bankruptcy protection

Gander Mountain, the nation's largest chain of outdoors specialty stores, said Friday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It will close 32 of its approximately 160 stores during the process, including units in Woodbury, Rogers and Mankato.
Minnesota United FC hopes to be in a new stadium in St. Paul within a year, but it has signed a contract with the U to play at TCF Bank Stadium until

United FC will pay U at least $1M to use TCF Bank Stadium

The soccer team is set to play at TCF for at least for one season.
On a recent day, taxi driver Abdul Mohammed worked for 12 hours and only landed two fares. At the end of the long day, he cleared about $25 after expe

Taxi drivers lose fares, livelihoods as ride-for-hire market heats up

Uber and Lyft have rapidly upended the transit business.

Force-placed insurance firm settles with state; will cut rates, pay fine

State orders Assurant to cut rates, issue refunds and pay a $5M penalty.
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PNC Bank looks to expand in the Twin Cities

The banking giant has not yet selected a site for the new office.
Doug Hile

Redlining suit against Chaska bank tests limits of bias laws

Feds' action against KleinBank will weigh inner-city needs vs. banks' right to location.

Feds allege Chaska bank discriminated in lending practices

The U.S. Justice Department accused Chaska-based KleinBank of "redlining" in its mortgage lending business to avoid serving minority neighborhoods in the Twin Cities.

Strike averted at St. Paul Park refinery

Teamsters vote Tuesday on new contract; details to be revealed.
Trainer Mark Shields, right, shows taxi driver Mohamed Abdi how to use a tablet for work at Blue and White, Rainbow and ABC Taxis headquarters where t

Readiness a concern for Uber and Lyft drivers in Twin Cities

Unlike at traditional taxi companies, training is optional at the increasingly popular ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft in the Twin Cities.

Imation's new plan: asset management

The company will move into asset management.
Uber driver John Myles Henning was pulled over after running a stop sign and nearly colliding with another car. Altogether, he has had six moving viol

Cities' checks of Uber, Lyft drivers appear to be hit or miss

Minneapolis and St. Paul have made it easy for people with criminal records or bad driving histories to work for ride-sharing companies.
Poet John Rezmerski read a chapbook titled "Cataloging the Flow - Elegy," before a live audience at Twin Rivers Council for the Arts Emy Frentz Galler

John Rezmerski, poet, storyteller and Gustavus Adolphus professor, dies at age 74

John Calvin Rezmerski, one of Minnesota’s best-known poets and storytellers and a longtime professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., died Saturday of…
A Starkey Hearing employee approached to work at a new firm instead told owner Bill Austin, above, and spilled the beans, according to federal investi

Starkey probe, $20M embezzlement case began with small betrayal

The controversy has been a major distraction for Starkey, which is now also embroiled in several related lawsuits.
Former Starkey president Jerome C. Ruzicka and former Starkey human resources manager Larry W. Miller (far right) left the Federal Courthouse on Frida

Four Starkey defendants plead not guilty in $20M fraud case

Four of the five business executives accused of stealing more than $20 million from Starkey Hearing Technologies pleaded not guilty to criminal fraud charges Friday.

Minnesota levies $1M fine in case involving force-placed insurance

The case involved a form of home insurance called lender- or force-placed.

Suspect arrested in most recent north Minneapolis homicide

A 39-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record has been arrested and booked with probable cause murder in the slaying of Travis Washington of Minneapolis,…

Storm packing high winds powers through central Minnesota

Two cars were crushed by a falling tree near Lake Calhoun.

Man, 56, dies during Rochester triathlon

Another man tried in vain to save the 56-year-old.
The 1947-model Allis Chalmers tractor re-engineered by farmer Duane Fuglie and photographed on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Ulen, Minn. This tractor kil

Minnesota's new farm safety program to be most-funded in U.S.

A new state program provides money for farmers to upgrade old tractors.
FILE -- In this 2008 photo, Tom Petters is introduced by President of Petters Aviation Jay Salmen, Petters then spoke to employees and invited guests

Petters lawsuits poised to move forward

Judge signals that cases seeking "false profits" off scheme are fair game.
FILE -- In this 2008 photo, Tom Petters is introduced by President of Petters Aviation Jay Salmen, Petters then spoke to employees and invited guests

Victims of Petters' Ponzi scheme to start getting money

Judge OKs distribution of $172 million collected after fraud case.
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