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John Reinan

Reporter | West Metro
phone: 612-673-7402
I returned to the Star Tribune in 2014 after an absence of several years spent working at a marketing firm. I was a business reporter here in the 2000s; before that, I reported for six other newspapers from Alaska to Florida. I grew up in Fergus Falls and graduated from St. Olaf College, where I did not work on the college newspaper because I thought I'd be going to law school.
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U of M's giant, stinky corpse flower about to open

U of M's giant, stinky corpse flower about to open

The once-a-seven-year bloom should be open to visitors all weekend.
Upscale redo at Richfield apt. complex sparks federal lawsuit

Upscale redo at Richfield apt. complex sparks federal lawsuit

One of Minnesota's largest apartment complexes just moved upscale — and right into a federal lawsuit alleging housing discrimination.
Metro residents, cities scrap over who picks up garbage

Metro residents, cities scrap over who picks up garbage

"For some reason, there is a group of people who care deeply about who picks up their trash," said Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris. Battles over organized trash collection, meaning that a city arranges for pickup by one designated hauler, have been fought in more than a dozen metro communities in recent years.
Obituary: Pilot, businessman James M. Grogan packed a lot into 93 years

Obituary: Pilot, businessman James M. Grogan packed a lot into 93 years

You can pack an awful lot of life into 93 years, as James M. Grogan demonstrated. In those nine-plus decades, Grogan survived the Great Depression…
Life is lonely in Edina, teen tells mayor

Life is lonely in Edina, teen tells mayor

An Edina High sophomore thinks city should be more neighborly. Like Savage, for instance.
Disruption in store for Richfield as long-awaited rebuilding of 66th Street begins

Disruption in store for Richfield as long-awaited rebuilding of 66th Street begins

Long-awaited reconstruction project is underway for Richfield's unofficial Main Street.

New Golden Valley city manager hopes to create "a well-oiled machine"

There’s a change in the air in Golden Valley. The city recently committed to building a new community center; it hired a new police chief;…

Richfield adopts paid parental leave for city employees

The suburb joins other cities that do the same.

Richfield wants to cut down no-shows on citizen advisory commissions

The first duty of any job is simple: Show up for work. Richfield is sending that message to members of its citizen advisory commissions after…
Millions of dollars, wild cast of characters in bitter Edina divorce

Millions of dollars, wild cast of characters in bitter Edina divorce

The monumental separation battle between Nader and Jibil Kazeminy has ground on for more than three years, involving four judges, dozens of attorneys, mountains of court documents and millions in legal fees.
Luxury apartment project on Excelsior Blvd. in St. Louis Park forces longtime businesses to move

Luxury apartment project on Excelsior Blvd. in St. Louis Park forces longtime businesses to move

Roughly a dozen businesses in the 4400 block are affected, with some already closed.
Edina's teardown craze hasn't hit neighboring St. Louis Park

Edina's teardown craze hasn't hit neighboring St. Louis Park

Industry officials say it's just a matter of time before it goes the way of Edina.
Edina's 50th & France thrives by providing that old-time feeling

Edina's 50th & France thrives by providing that old-time feeling

Stroll around 50th and France today, and you'd never guess that the bustling corner once housed a blacksmith and a creamery serving the farming community of Edina.
Court says Hopkins condo critic has the right to be offensive in long feud

Court says Hopkins condo critic has the right to be offensive in long feud

Hennepin County District Court Referee Richard Trachy upholds free speech, even though it may be upsetting to some.
BLM protest at MOA, airport mostly peaceful; 13 arrested

BLM protest at MOA, airport mostly peaceful; 13 arrested

After filling the mall rotunda and getting warned about arrests, demonstrators moved the protest to nearby light-rail trains, taking the Blue Line to the Humphrey Terminal.
Bloomington gives final approval to single-hauler trash collection

Bloomington gives final approval to single-hauler trash collection

It’s hard to imagine a city getting more emotional about garbage than Bloomington has been in the past year. As the city has considered a…
Mountain bikers attack plan for paved trail along Minnesota River

Mountain bikers attack plan for paved trail along Minnesota River

We have plenty of paved trails, so leave this natural, they say. Proponents argue for accessibility.
Flying squirrels, indoor snow make life miserable for Edina condo owner

Flying squirrels, indoor snow make life miserable for Edina condo owner

Years of complaints about leaks and mold have led to lawsuit, irked neighbors.
St. Louis Park backs away from first-in-state plastic bag ban

St. Louis Park backs away from first-in-state plastic bag ban

But the city is moving ahead on requiring recyclable or compostable packaging.
After attack in Coon Rapids, Muslims wonder: Am I next?

After attack in Coon Rapids, Muslims wonder: Am I next?

While Asma Jama bears the scars, Muslims throughout the Twin Cities have been wounded by the attack.
Golden Valley moving ahead with $18 million Brookview Community Center replacement

Golden Valley moving ahead with $18 million Brookview Community Center replacement

The replacement is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
Bloomington's Penn American development progress exceeds expectations

Bloomington's Penn American development progress exceeds expectations

With the new Red Robin restaurant opening this week, along with the opening of the Fresh Thyme Market in September, the second phase is nearly complete.

Street fight is brewing in Edina over Sunnyside Road construction project

Some residents are unhappy that traffic from Sunnyside Road will be diverted onto their streets.

Bloomington renters find tight market, high prices

You’re almost as likely to die in a car crash as you are to find a place to rent in Bloomington. While the average American…
Upscale apartment makeover in Richfield forces hundreds to move

Upscale apartment makeover in Richfield forces hundreds to move

New owner of large Richfield complex says he's giving residents time to find homes.
Habitat for Humanity dramatically improves families' lives, study finds

Habitat for Humanity dramatically improves families' lives, study finds

Sweat-equity program transforms lives in Minnesota, study says
Charges dropped against Black Lives Matter over MOA protest

Charges dropped against Black Lives Matter over MOA protest

A Hennepin County judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against the organizers of last Christmas' massive Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington.
St. Louis Park residents adjust to new 20-foot neighbor – a sound barrier

St. Louis Park residents adjust to new 20-foot neighbor – a sound barrier

Residents aren't quite sure about Hwy. 100 sound barrier.
Hopkins and St. Louis Park get new mayors; Bloomington's mayor wins a fifth term

Hopkins and St. Louis Park get new mayors; Bloomington's mayor wins a fifth term

Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead won a fifth term.

Western suburbs set to approve CenturyLink cable TV as competition for Comcast

St. Louis Park is first suburb to allow in CenturyLink.
Sandra Peterson, former head of state teachers' union, former lawmaker, dies

Sandra Peterson, former head of state teachers' union, former lawmaker, dies

Sandra Peterson, a tough labor union leader and a tender hockey grandmother, died early Saturday after a four-year fight against ovarian cancer. She was 79.…
Brewpubs on tap as Edina uncorks new liquor laws

Brewpubs on tap as Edina uncorks new liquor laws

It's never been easy to get a drink in Edina. The city has always banned bars, and it wasn't until 1985 that restaurants were allowed to serve alcohol. But Edina is poised to offer a more spirited experience to its guests.
Realistic 'bodies' in Halloween display rile St. Louis Park neighborhood

Realistic 'bodies' in Halloween display rile St. Louis Park neighborhood

A Halloween display created to gross out 12-year-olds is the talk of a St. Louis Park neighborhood.Some parents think the hanging "bodies" — next to…
Edina housing for homeless youths lands $8.3 million in funding

Edina housing for homeless youths lands $8.3 million in funding

An Edina affordable housing development for homeless youths was awarded $8.3 million in state funding on Thursday, ensuring construction of the project. The city approved…
Normandale Community College briefly locked down after police chase

Normandale Community College briefly locked down after police chase

It began after a police chase. A suspect was later arrested.
Richfield officer on leave was previously disciplined for using excessive force

Richfield officer on leave was previously disciplined for using excessive force

Nate Kinney has twice been cited for improper use of force.
A year later: Closing the book on a controversial Edina teardown

A year later: Closing the book on a controversial Edina teardown

Does this house fit in Edina's Country Club? Neighbors and city say it does.

Bloomington wants state action on long-delayed transportation projects

Bloomington wants state to get going on long-delayed work with effects beyond its borders.

St. Louis Park celebrates reopening of Minnetonka Boulevard bridge

Minnetonka Blvd. link over Hwy. 100 is now restored, but Hwy. 7 work follows.
A James Brown tribute show 40 years in the making

A James Brown tribute show 40 years in the making

"When I put on that wig and that makeup, don't call me Ty," said Ty Stone, 55, a Bloomington factory worker. "I do James Brown better than I do myself."
Second Richfield officer placed on leave

Second Richfield officer placed on leave

Richfield police have placed a second officer on paid administrative leave and called in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to investigate an incident…
Richfield officer seen in video slapping Somali-American teen put on leave

Richfield officer seen in video slapping Somali-American teen put on leave

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Saturday after police received a phone call about a suspicious person and stopped a vehicle.
Somali group upset at video of encounter with Richfield police

Somali group upset at video of encounter with Richfield police

Video appears to show officer striking 19-year-old man after traffic stop.
Edina might let builders buy way out of affordable housing

Edina might let builders buy way out of affordable housing

The idea is that collecting hefty fees from developers of luxury housing will allow the city to build a pool of cash that it can use to create affordable housing
Blacks of all backgrounds feel growing Minnesota income gap

Blacks of all backgrounds feel growing Minnesota income gap

A shift to lower-paying jobs has hit state's black households especially hard.
River battle brewing over future of Dan Patch bridge crossing

River battle brewing over future of Dan Patch bridge crossing

Bloomington wants nothing to do with Savage's idea of reopening the Dan Patch swing bridge to car traffic
Twin Cities college wins federal grant to boost dental hygiene program, statewide care

Twin Cities college wins federal grant to boost dental hygiene program, statewide care

Minnesota has a shortage of hygienists in rural areas of the state, with a wave of retirements expected.
Black household income plunges in one year in Minnesota

Black household income plunges in one year in Minnesota

Dramatic one-year drop puts state behind Mississippi for median black household earnings.
At court hearing, Black Lives Matter protesters compared to Minneapolis zombie marchers

At court hearing, Black Lives Matter protesters compared to Minneapolis zombie marchers

In a freewheeling legal hearing Tuesday, ­attorneys for Black Lives Matter defendants argued that charges should be dismissed against the alleged organizers of a massive…
Sept. 11 hero Tom Burnett Jr.'s parents give mementos to area historical societies

Sept. 11 hero Tom Burnett Jr.'s parents give mementos to area historical societies

The trove going to the Minnesota Historical Society, the Bloomington Historical Society and the U includes a college paper on terrorism, along with mementos, artifacts and photos.

Richfield aims to be a leader in sustainable living

It's an issue that surveys show is key for the millennial generation.
Twin Cities facing an 'epidemic' of golf cart thefts

Twin Cities facing an 'epidemic' of golf cart thefts

What's behind the thievery? There's the rising popularity of golf carts as all-around utility vehicles. Plus, they are lightweight, valuable and anonymous.
Survey says: Everyone likes living in Edina

Survey says: Everyone likes living in Edina

In a survey of more than 500 residents, released Monday, not a single person rated Edina's quality of life as "poor." In fact, 96 percent rated it as "good" or "excellent."
Edina City Council is howling over last-minute demands in dog park deal

Edina City Council is howling over last-minute demands in dog park deal

The Edina City Council is howling after a long-negotiated land deal hit a last-minute snag. The council is upset at the city of Minneapolis, which…
Kristin Asher is new public works director in Richfield

Kristin Asher is new public works director in Richfield

Richfield’s new public works director has a big job to do — make that several big jobs — but she’s eager to tackle them. Kristin…
68% more passengers expected to use already strained MSP by 2035

68% more passengers expected to use already strained MSP by 2035

But consultant says estimate of a 68% leap is overblown.
Minnesota cities get aggressive in fight against flushable wipes

Minnesota cities get aggressive in fight against flushable wipes

The popularity of flushable wipes has forced city officials to defend themselves aggressively against homeowners who seek payment for damages from sewer backups caused by wipes and other "rags."
Normandale president sees a special mission for community colleges

Normandale president sees a special mission for community colleges

Normandale president seeks to instill academic pride in community college students.
Lawsuits claim Bloomington is causing damaging flooding at U-Haul lot

Lawsuits claim Bloomington is causing damaging flooding at U-Haul lot

In two separate federal lawsuits filed this week, U-Haul and the owner of its property contend that poor stormwater management by the city of Bloomington has caused repeated floods at its rental store

St. Louis Park not stirred by cocktail room proposal

St. Louis Park group wants to study issue further, but is likely to allow licensing.
The power of pie: Golden Valley sends sweet-potato comfort to tragedy-stricken S.C. church

The power of pie: Golden Valley sends sweet-potato comfort to tragedy-stricken S.C. church

Golden Valley sent sweet-potato comfort to tragedy-stricken S.C. church. "They gave us a little food for our soul," said a member.

Hopkins cracks down on drunken driving with $500,000 grant

City gets $500,000 grant to hire officer solely for drunken-driving enforcement.
Suburbs embrace tax subsidies as Minneapolis' interest fades

Suburbs embrace tax subsidies as Minneapolis' interest fades

Suburban communities across the metro area are rebuilding themselves with the aid of a controversial development subsidy that once played a major role in reshaping…
Traveling Route 66 with a boatload of old cars and a busload of gearheads

Traveling Route 66 with a boatload of old cars and a busload of gearheads

Since 1983, dozens of vintage cars and trucks have set out each year on an epic cross-country road rally. This year, more than 115 vehicles paid the $5,000 entry fee to join the trip down fabled Route 66.
Bloomington dismisses some charges from Black Lives Matter protest

Bloomington dismisses some charges from Black Lives Matter protest

Black Lives Matter criticizes focus on protest organizers.
After years under par, Bloomington could close struggling Hyland Greens

After years under par, Bloomington could close struggling Hyland Greens

Over the next few months, a task force will consider options for the future of Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center, a par-3 course that opened in 1963. Although no final decision will be made until spring, the numbers don't look good for golf.
What's the next North Loop? It could be Bloomington's South Loop

What's the next North Loop? It could be Bloomington's South Loop

You’ve probably heard of the North Loop, the industrial-chic neighborhood in downtown Minneapolis that’s the metro area’s white-hot center of hip. You probably haven’t heard…

Charge: Hopkins woman stole nearly $150,000 from estate sales

A Hopkins woman stole nearly $150,000 from clients of her estate sale business, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Thursday. Mary Jane Thompson, 71, has…
In Twin Cities, issue of gay Boy Scout leaders is unclear

In Twin Cities, issue of gay Boy Scout leaders is unclear

Several churches contacted Monday weren't aware that they might have to make a decision about allowing gay leaders in the Scout troops they sponsor.
Forgotten section of Minnehaha Creek remade in St. Louis Park

Forgotten section of Minnehaha Creek remade in St. Louis Park

The work by a collection of local governments, community groups and businesses opens up a quiet preserve on the most urbanized section of the 22-mile waterway.
2,000+ sign petition to preserve Robbinsdale's historic Terrace Theater

2,000+ sign petition to preserve Robbinsdale's historic Terrace Theater

The Robbinsdale building could be pricey to reopen.
Survey of Golden Valley officials reveals tension in the ranks

Survey of Golden Valley officials reveals tension in the ranks

A recent survey of senior officials by a management consultant unleashed a torrent of criticism of the City Council and the mayor. The five council members, including the mayor, were among those surveyed.
At Brainerd's lakes, summer must go on and does after storm

At Brainerd's lakes, summer must go on and does after storm

  NISSWA, Minn. – An unexpected, 90-foot-tall guest crashed Brianna Sucik’s wedding rehearsal. The fierce storm that tore through the Brainerd lakes area a…
Dayton tours storm-ravaged Brainerd lakes area

Dayton tours storm-ravaged Brainerd lakes area

Governor meets with resort owners, takes helicopter tour of area damaged by Sunday's severe storm.
Hopkins' flourishing Mainstreet is the envy of many suburbs

Hopkins' flourishing Mainstreet is the envy of many suburbs

If you want to visit a really great downtown, get yourself to Target Center in Minneapolis. Then head southwest and keep going for 10 miles until you reach Hopkins.
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