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Jeffrey Meitrodt

Investigations Editor | Newsroom
phone: 612-673-4132
Since joining the Star Tribune in 2009, Jeff Meitrodt has overseen more than a dozen investigations, including coverage of after-school tutoring companies, synthetic drugs, doctor discipline and lakefront development. He is currently working on investigations centered in the business world. He previously worked at the Chicago Tribune and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he won national awards for his coverage of cronyism in Illinois government, widespread nepotism among Louisiana's freewheeling fraternity of river pilots and massive abuses in government programs for women and minority business. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
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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.
Minnesota's new farm safety program to be most-funded in U.S.

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.
Petters lawsuits poised to move forward

Petters lawsuits poised to move forward

Judge signals that cases seeking "false profits" off scheme are fair game.
Victims of Petters' Ponzi scheme to start getting money

Victims of Petters' Ponzi scheme to start getting money

Judge OKs distribution of $172 million collected after fraud case.
Polaris recalls 133,000 off-road vehicles after reports of fire

Polaris recalls 133,000 off-road vehicles after reports of fire

Action follows 160 fires, one fatal, and involves 133,000 off-highway vehicles
Polaris recalls 133,000 vehicles following fires, injuries and one death

Polaris recalls 133,000 vehicles following fires, injuries and one death

Action follows 160 fires, one fatal, and involves 133,000 off-highway vehicles
Tractor safety efforts hit a legislative hurdle

Tractor safety efforts hit a legislative hurdle

A possible $2 million trim in agriculture spending could leave state short in funding.
Minnesota farm incomes reach a 20-year low

Minnesota farm incomes reach a 20-year low

Record crop yields helped cushion what could have been worse trouble.
Minnesota lawmakers embracing bills aimed at enhanced farm safety

Minnesota lawmakers embracing bills aimed at enhanced farm safety

Lawmakers increasing efforts to prevent deaths in Minnesota this session
Bills introduced to encourage farmers to add roll bars to tractors

Bills introduced to encourage farmers to add roll bars to tractors

The rollover protection program would help retrofit equipment with safety bars.
Starkey Super Bowl event sparks tension between deaf, foundation

Starkey Super Bowl event sparks tension between deaf, foundation

After the event, the California Association for the Deaf called on Starkey to change its marketing practices and stop engaging in what the association calls "inspiration porn."
Messy split at Starkey Hearing is making industry waves

Messy split at Starkey Hearing is making industry waves

A few days before Christmas, 1,400 employees of Starkey Hearing Technologies gathered on the company’s Eden Prairie campus for a pep talk. It had been…

TCF Bank trims 33 more retail branches in Chicago area

The grocery store outlets will be replaced with ATMs.
Petters' victims may finally get some money back

Petters' victims may finally get some money back

Some victims say too much of long-awaited compensation is going to lawyers and others.
Minnesota hopes to replicate Wisconsin's record on farm safety

Minnesota hopes to replicate Wisconsin's record on farm safety

Legislators and state officials hope to replicate Wisconsin's record on farm safety
Part 3: For farmers, it's a job for life – and death

Part 3: For farmers, it's a job for life – and death

Almost half of the Minnesotans who died in farm accidents in the past decade were 65 or older, according to a Star Tribune review of more than 200 death investigations.
Part 1: Deaths on the rise on Minnesota family farms

Part 1: Deaths on the rise on Minnesota family farms

Farm deaths jump in Minnesota and neighboring states as government backs away from safety.
Massachusetts has nation's toughest ATV law

Massachusetts has nation's toughest ATV law

PLYMOUTH, MASS – The showroom at Pilgrim Power Sports is sparse if you’re looking for an all-terrain vehicle. Only three new ATVs are on…
April 6: MNsure defects were no surprise

April 6: MNsure defects were no surprise

Project leaders chose to launch Minnesota's health insurance website knowing it was plagued by bugs. Managers and auditors said for months that the project was falling woefully behind and that critical system tests came too late or had to be curtailed
Part One: Four-wheel thrills drive child injuries, deaths

Part One: Four-wheel thrills drive child injuries, deaths

Some ATV enthusiasts are gambling with their children's lives. Instead of buying off-road vehicles specifically designed for young riders, many parents are letting their children drive adult-sized ATVs that can exceed 60 miles per hour and are as difficult to control as a car.
Part Four: ATV design changes could reduce injuries

Part Four: ATV design changes could reduce injuries

Some call for added features, but the industry says riders who follow the warnings already in place will be safe.
Part Three: ATV regulations are all over the map

Part Three: ATV regulations are all over the map

Some have imposed tough laws for children to ride, but others leave age minimum open.
Part Two: States shun federal ATV age limits

Part Two: States shun federal ATV age limits

For years, federal regulators, doctors and the all-terrain vehicle industry have agreed: Children should not ride ATVs designed for adults. But in most states, the practice is legal.
MNsure is shifting project management to outside vendor

MNsure is shifting project management to outside vendor

Project management work on the troubled insurance exchange website shifts to an IT company.
Deloitte in line for MNsure repair work

Deloitte in line for MNsure repair work

The consulting firm's task would be to fix flaws in the health insurance exchange.
Wider, deeper MNsure audit wins approval

Wider, deeper MNsure audit wins approval

The state's legislative auditor says he will conduct a time-consuming investigation, with results that won't come until after the fall elections.
Dayton lashes out at new GOP inquiry on MNsure

Dayton lashes out at new GOP inquiry on MNsure

As Republicans press for answers on troubled rollout of state insurance exchange, Dayton blocks access to key state officials.
MNsure error rates improve as sign-up gets easier

MNsure error rates improve as sign-up gets easier

The insurance exchange appears to be turning a corner and had signed up 92,498 people as of this past weekend.
Feb. 3: MNsure scolded for delays in fixing call center

Feb. 3: MNsure scolded for delays in fixing call center

A major boost in manpower is still weeks away at MNsure's overwhelmed call center, which continues to keep customers on hold for 30 minutes or more.
In Minnesota, race drives school labels, discipline for students

In Minnesota, race drives school labels, discipline for students

Minnesota leads the U.S. in its rate of black students labeled with emotional and behavioral problems, prompting calls for change.

Disabled students face dangerous discipline in Minnesota

Disabled students get punished for disruptive outbursts with severe forms of discipline — from forceful physical restraint to extended solitary confinement — that are either banned or more restricted in other states.
Minnesota's loose special ed rules drive up costs, boost enrollment

Minnesota's loose special ed rules drive up costs, boost enrollment

Loose Minnesota rules enable students who wouldn't qualify in other states to get services, straining budgets. All voices in the fight are certain they are acting in the best interests of schools and their students.
Mentally troubled students overwhelm schools

Mentally troubled students overwhelm schools

One boy's struggle with "Mr. Angry" highlights a growing dilemma: Thousands of kids with mental problems rely on schools for care.
New Minnesota law puts light on contract for deed

New Minnesota law puts light on contract for deed

New legislation will alert Minnesota home buyers to pros, cons of such sales.
Jan. 14: Contract for deed can be house of horror for buyers

Jan. 14: Contract for deed can be house of horror for buyers

Across the Twin Cities, many homes sold through contract for deed have been beset by inflated prices, high interest rates and other terms that almost guarantee the buyer will default, according to a Star Tribune investigation.
Teacher shortage shortchanges disabled students in Minnesota

Teacher shortage shortchanges disabled students in Minnesota

As Minnesota scrambles to educate more high-needs students, teachers say the job is increasingly dangerous.
Audit: No 'easy answers' for special ed programs

Audit: No 'easy answers' for special ed programs

Minnesota school districts are spending a growing chunk of their general education funds on special education, and the Legislature should consider options to relieve that burden, a new report finds.
Rising special ed cases huge cost to schools

Rising special ed cases huge cost to schools

A sharp rise in students diagnosed with major disabilities is forcing many schools to take difficult and at times divisive new steps to tailor classrooms to the disabled students' needs, no matter how expensive that gets.
Feds charge Duluth head shop owner

Feds charge Duluth head shop owner

Four are charged more than a year after local officials identified the store as a key source of synthetic drugs in Minnesota.
Forced insurance policies cripple Minnesota homeowners

Forced insurance policies cripple Minnesota homeowners

Lenders slap struggling homeowners with sky-high insurance rates.
Lenders' mistakes cost homeowners on flood insurance

Lenders' mistakes cost homeowners on flood insurance

Mortgage lenders are misinterpreting new FEMA maps to require homeowners to buy expensive, unwanted coverage.
Duluth shows the risk of betting against floods

Duluth shows the risk of betting against floods

In a state where homeowners have long been averse to buying flood insurance, the risks of going without have never been starker.
Part 2: Casual state vetting allowed tutor vendors to slip through

Part 2: Casual state vetting allowed tutor vendors to slip through

Minnesota's relaxed attitude in regulating the government's tutoring program burdened school districts with questionable companies. | With state waiver, schools get ready to dump program
One-man dynamo has a shining record

One-man dynamo has a shining record

In a tutoring market dominated by companies with high prices and questionable track records, Gary Davison stands apart.
Part 1: Fraud, mismanagement hijack federal tutoring program

Part 1: Fraud, mismanagement hijack federal tutoring program

A decade of problems has failed students, schools and taxpayers.
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