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John Reinan

Reporter | Region & State
phone: 612-673-7402
John Reinan hails from Fergus Falls and has been a reporter at seven newspapers, from Alaska to Florida and points in between. He covers news in Greater Minnesota. He's also been a Star Tribune business reporter and metro reporter.
Recent content from John Reinan
Minnesota's new Senate duo prompts 'Tina and Amy' meme on social media

Minnesota's new Senate duo prompts 'Tina and Amy' meme on social media

Twitter is thrilled by Minnesota's soon-to-be U.S. senator. Why? Three words: Tina and Amy.

Feds moving forward on plan to cut hours at two Minnesota border ports

Gov. Mark Dayton described the shorter hours at two ports of entry as "deplorable" and "ridiculous."
Woman pleads guilty in Fargo murder, newborn kidnapping

Woman pleads guilty in Fargo murder, newborn kidnapping

The defendant's boyfriend is also charged in the case.
Fighting store closing, Fergus Falls hopes to keep Target interested in rural Minnesota

Fighting store closing, Fergus Falls hopes to keep Target interested in rural Minnesota

Store's fate is a warning to all of rural Minnesota, city leaders say.

Blue Earth football banquet cancelled after charges against 4 players

Charges that Blue Earth players beat a teammate prompted the decision.
Minnesotans confess 'very turbulent feelings' over allegations against Garrison Keillor

Minnesotans confess 'very turbulent feelings' over allegations against Garrison Keillor

In his hometown, a mix of shock and disappointment.

Authorities identify anglers who drowned in Upper Red Lake

They went through the ice on their ATV while fishing last weekend.

Blue Earth football players accused in attack played in state playoff game

Blue Earth district wanted more facts before discipline was considered.

Blue Earth seeks answers after 4 teens are charged in attack on teammate

Among the questions: What prompted the beating last month and why did it take so long to be investigated?
Man bringing his gun in for service caused Eden Prairie Center lockdown

Man bringing his gun in for service caused Eden Prairie Center lockdown

Police said he was bringing it to a sporting goods store for service.
Here's the poop on Monday's stinky air

Here's the poop on Monday's stinky air

Warm weather thawed out farm fields and released the odor of some powerful fertilizer.
Minnesotans thrilled to be part of presidential turkey pardon

Minnesotans thrilled to be part of presidential turkey pardon

The crew that raised him in Douglas County was thrilled to be part of the ceremony.
Northwest Minnesota residents angered by plan to cut back border crossing hours

Northwest Minnesota residents angered by plan to cut back border crossing hours

Two crossing stations on the Minnesota-Canada border in northwestern Minnesota will be closing earlier starting in January, and residents aren’t happy about it. “It’s a…
Minn.-bred turkeys head to D.C. for a Thanksgiving pardon from President Trump

Minn.-bred turkeys head to D.C. for a Thanksgiving pardon from President Trump

The nation's top turkey state is taking center stage ahead of Thanksgiving with high-profile events.
Face-off in Alexandria over funding for new hockey rinks

Face-off in Alexandria over funding for new hockey rinks

Alexandria’s eagerness for a new hockey rink has spawned what some see as uncomfortable competition. The NorthStar Group broke ground last month on a 70,000-square-foot…
The last dance: Storied Withrow Ballroom goes out swingin'

The last dance: Storied Withrow Ballroom goes out swingin'

The Minnesota's oldest dance hall is up for sale, and dancers made sure to go out on a high note
Watch your step: Several sinkholes appear around Lake Nokomis

Watch your step: Several sinkholes appear around Lake Nokomis

There's a simple reason — too much precipitation in recent years.
Lake country cabin owners shoulder a big share of property tax burden

Lake country cabin owners shoulder a big share of property tax burden

A growing number say they often don't feel like they have much voice in how that tax money is spent.
Mysterious giant bog inflicts shoreline damage as it cruises Brainerd lake

Mysterious giant bog inflicts shoreline damage as it cruises Brainerd lake

A large as 5 acres, it has been creeping along the lake since breaking loose from the shoreline on Friday the 13th.
Today's culture wars foretold in tiny Floodwood, Minn., 70 years ago

Today's culture wars foretold in tiny Floodwood, Minn., 70 years ago

Government health care. Racial equality. Income disparity. They're familiar battles in 2017. But not so familiar seven decades ago. Here's how a book about an education experiment in Minnesota decades ago foretold today's culture wars.
Wabasha farm may not get buried in Mississippi River sand after all

Wabasha farm may not get buried in Mississippi River sand after all

Corps of Engineers considers options proposed by the community.
Norton Armour made the leap from courtroom to counseling

Norton Armour made the leap from courtroom to counseling

Norton Armour was at the peak of his legal career, but something wasn't quite right.As general counsel for the Star Tribune Co., he represented a…
It's city vs. country as Isanti annexation battle heats up

It's city vs. country as Isanti annexation battle heats up

In the coming months, the city, where the population has more than doubled in the past 15 years, plans to annex about 30 properties in Isanti Township that border city limits.

Minnesota lake associations give millions in money and volunteer hours, study finds

Minnesota study is first to measure citizens' impact on preservation efforts.
Family of pregnant Fargo murder victim hires high-profile attorney

Family of pregnant Fargo murder victim hires high-profile attorney

Victims' rights lawyer Gloria Allred has represented accusers of Bill Cosby, President Trump.
This weekend, Minnesota celebrates the Finns, with rare visit by president

This weekend, Minnesota celebrates the Finns, with rare visit by president

FinnFest USA returns to Minneapolis on nation's 100th anniversary.
Finland + Minnesota = Finnesota. Here are the top connections

Finland + Minnesota = Finnesota. Here are the top connections

Minnesota is home to more Finnish-Americans than any other state.
Homeless vets move into new apartments built just for them

Homeless vets move into new apartments built just for them

After years of planning, new apartment project near Fort Snelling opens its doors to homeless vets.
Minnesotans living and working in Irma's path face rebuilding task

Minnesotans living and working in Irma's path face rebuilding task

Minnesotans in Irma's path come to terms with what has been lost and count their blessings.
NONFICTION: "Fantasyland," by Kurt Andersen

NONFICTION: "Fantasyland," by Kurt Andersen

NONFICTION: In Kurt Andersen's "Fantasyland," an outraged journalist flays his country's loss of reason.
Baby of slain Fargo woman is awarded to father

Baby of slain Fargo woman is awarded to father

The infant had been under the care of county officials in the weeks following her mother's death.
Irma spares many Minnesota snowbirds: 'We really, really dodged a bullet'

Irma spares many Minnesota snowbirds: 'We really, really dodged a bullet'

Many Minnesota snowbirds were breathing sighs of relief Monday, as reports from Florida's Gulf Coast indicated relatively little catastrophic damage after Hurricane Irma rolled through…
Bemidji State builds on-campus gun room for student weapons

Bemidji State builds on-campus gun room for student weapons

The lockers there improve security for gun-owning students.
Indians look to murdered woman's spirit as source of strength, resolve

Indians look to murdered woman's spirit as source of strength, resolve

As Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind is laid to rest Thursday, those who mourn hope her story will raise awareness of the plight of Indian women.
Charged with swindling nearly $90,000, embattled mayor of Crosby, Minn., resigns

Charged with swindling nearly $90,000, embattled mayor of Crosby, Minn., resigns

James Hunter had vowed to continue in office but reconsidered.
Charges in death: Fargo couple planned to claim baby as theirs

Charges in death: Fargo couple planned to claim baby as theirs

According to the criminal complaint, William Hoehn arrived home to find Brooke Crews cleaning up blood in their bathroom before she showed him a baby girl. "This is our baby, this is our family," he said she told him.
After 10 years of rejection, artist gets into the State Fair art show — and wins

After 10 years of rejection, artist gets into the State Fair art show — and wins

Persistence has paid off for a St. Louis Park artist who was on his way to becoming the Susan Lucci of the State Fair.For 10…
Body of missing pregnant Fargo woman found in Red River

Body of missing pregnant Fargo woman found in Red River

The announcement by the Fargo police ended a two-week search for Savanna Greywind, who was eight months pregnant when she disappeared.
Rural sites searched for missing pregnant Fargo woman after infant found

Rural sites searched for missing pregnant Fargo woman after infant found

An area near Dilworth, Minn., is among those being searched for Savanna Greywind, missing since Aug. 19.
Willmar might pull student privileges if parents, after multiple chances, still don't pay lunch debts

Willmar might pull student privileges if parents, after multiple chances, still don't pay lunch debts

The policy would not apply to students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Blasts at Mankato quarry leave neighbors fearing for safety

Blasts at Mankato quarry leave neighbors fearing for safety

It started in April with an earsplitting explosion that shook dozens of homes. That was followed seconds later by what the company argued was the first earthquake in Mankato's history.
A year after fire, Waseca ready to break ground on new baseball field

A year after fire, Waseca ready to break ground on new baseball field

City breaks ground this week on rebuilding of Tink Larson Field
Bad night on the beat: Minn. cop tasered, bitten by police dog in pursuit of suspect

Bad night on the beat: Minn. cop tasered, bitten by police dog in pursuit of suspect

A Moorhead officer and a a Clay County sheriff's deputy police dog both found their colleague instead of the driver being pursued.

Blue Earth County man on riding lawn mower faces DWI charge

Thomas Grothe allegedly was intoxicated when an officer spotted him driving erratically and on the wrong side of the road, a police report said.
First responders in I-35W bridge collapse honored at ceremony

First responders in I-35W bridge collapse honored at ceremony

On the 10-year anniversary of the I-35W disaster, the city thanked its first responders and dedicated a monument.
Minnesota's oldest auctioneer is going, going strong at 98

Minnesota's oldest auctioneer is going, going strong at 98

Bertram Boyum is a legend in the corner of the world where Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa meet.
Review: 'Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures,' by Ben Mezrich

Review: 'Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures,' by Ben Mezrich

NONFICTION: Author Ben Mezrich recounts the thrilling quest to bring the woolly mammoth back to life.
Dayton says walleye restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs could be eased

Dayton says walleye restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs could be eased

Two days after protest, Dayton says the DNR will survey Mille Lacs this fall.
In a first for Minnesota, Wright County to make watercraft inspections for aquatic invasive species mandatory

In a first for Minnesota, Wright County to make watercraft inspections for aquatic invasive species mandatory

The move signals a get-tough attitude toward a threat to Minnesota lakes.
An act of racism stunned Delano; now the town is fighting back

An act of racism stunned Delano; now the town is fighting back

The push for unity in Delano comes against the backdrop of a changing Minnesota. More than a million people of color live in the state, about 20 percent of all residents.
Mississippi River dredging plan threatens Wabasha farm, tourism

Mississippi River dredging plan threatens Wabasha farm, tourism

A longtime family farm could be sacrificed to keep barges moving.
Feuding lakes in Otter Tail County won't be mingled, judge rules

Feuding lakes in Otter Tail County won't be mingled, judge rules

Decades-long feud between the residents near Hoffman Lake and West McDonald Lake is settled — for now
Trump's base in Blue Earth Co. stands by him after rough start

Trump's base in Blue Earth Co. stands by him after rough start

What drew them to Trump in the first place — and still holds them close — is his blunt, brash, take-no-prisoners attitude.
Bob Dylan fans get OK for monument at Hibbing High School

Bob Dylan fans get OK for monument at Hibbing High School

Bob Dylan's hometown of Hibbing, Minn., lacks a prominent public monument to the songwriter and singer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature last year. But a group of local Dylan boosters is taking steps to change that.
Minnesota's bald eagle population soars above most of the United States

Minnesota's bald eagle population soars above most of the United States

The state's thriving bald eagle population is in the midst of nesting season, and the birds hatched this year should be ready to fledge — or fly from the nest — right around July 4.
Legendary auto dealer Wally McCarthy, a true self-made man, dies at 93

Legendary auto dealer Wally McCarthy, a true self-made man, dies at 93

Abandoned as a child after his mother died and his father disappeared, McCarthy became the world's largest Oldsmobile dealer, and Lindahl Olds was a Minnesota landmark for decades on the Interstate 494 strip in Richfield.
New owners, fresh ideas on Gunflint Trail as old lodges change hands

New owners, fresh ideas on Gunflint Trail as old lodges change hands

Wi-Fi? Sure. But North Woods will still be a bucolic getaway.
In Willmar, a playground brings a fragmented community together

In Willmar, a playground brings a fragmented community together

In Willmar, Minn., hundreds of volunteers worked from sunup to sundown for nine days to create a playground that's fully accessible to children with disabilities — and open to all.
Actor Baio prompts online furor over Brainerd yearbook's anti-Trump entry

Actor Baio prompts online furor over Brainerd yearbook's anti-Trump entry

Actor Scott Baio sets social media ablaze over Brainerd school's entries.
Wisconsin tornado's trail of destruction was unusually long, raising theory of second twister

Wisconsin tornado's trail of destruction was unusually long, raising theory of second twister

Tuesday's tornado that hit near Chetek stayed on the ground 30 to 60 miles, longer than a typical storm of its strength.
After deadly Wis. tornado, residents try to pick up pieces

After deadly Wis. tornado, residents try to pick up pieces

In the shambled remains of a mobile home park near Chetek, dazed residents look for pets as well as seeking shelter after the storm, which packed winds of 120 to 130 mph.
Stunning WWII museum among the attractions of Minnesota River Valley

Stunning WWII museum among the attractions of Minnesota River Valley

A world-class collection of vintage military planes is the main draw at the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls, Minn., but this memorial to the 20th-century cataclysm has much more to offer.
Kids and community bring St. Cloud-area school forest back to life

Kids and community bring St. Cloud-area school forest back to life

The 34-acre forest, adjoining Clearview Elementary School in the Sherburne County town of Clear Lake, has been part of the school for 40 years.
Minn. food deserts mean thousands are lacking access to grocery stores

Minn. food deserts mean thousands are lacking access to grocery stores

More than 1.6 million Minnesotans lack access to a grocery store
Hotel where Laura Ingalls Wilder worked as a child saved from demolition

Hotel where Laura Ingalls Wilder worked as a child saved from demolition

As a young girl, Laura Ingalls worked as a waitress and housekeeper at the hotel, where she would devour a popular pulp-fiction magazine.
Small-town Minnesota mayor resigns amid claims of hiding millions

Small-town Minnesota mayor resigns amid claims of hiding millions

Lambasted for refusing to tear down a funky, 54-foot concrete tower and dogged by a civil complaint in federal bankruptcy court, Kerkhoven Mayor Jim Rothers quit five months after he was elected.
Pam Edstrom, PR giant and University of Minnesota grad who created the legend of Bill Gates, dies at 71

Pam Edstrom, PR giant and University of Minnesota grad who created the legend of Bill Gates, dies at 71

Reporters who wanted to talk to Bill Gates had to get past Pam Edstrom first. Smart, tough and funny, Edstrom was known inside Microsoft Corp.…
Local residents save Fort Ridgely golf course from the plow

Local residents save Fort Ridgely golf course from the plow

With strong support from throughout southern Minnesota and from as far away as Hawaii, area residents have raised more than $70,000 to take over the 9-hole Fort Ridgely course, located south of Fairfax, from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Meals on Wheels cuts could impact over 50,000 Minnesotans

Meals on Wheels cuts could impact over 50,000 Minnesotans

Citing a responsibility to taxpayers, the Trump administration recently proposed a federal budget that calls for drastically reducing ­— or eliminating — programs that pay for Meals on Wheels and other nutrition services.
Crosby mayor won't resign, despite charges

Crosby mayor won't resign, despite charges

Despite a call for his resignation by two City Council members, the beleaguered mayor of Crosby, Minn., says he has no plans to quit. James…
Hubbard County keeping out aquatic invaders — so far

Hubbard County keeping out aquatic invaders — so far

The northern Minnesota county has, so far, escaped infestation by major aquatic invasive species (AIS), including zebra mussels, milfoil and starry stonewort.
Minn. proposal would give Bible, Qur'an classes public school credit

Minn. proposal would give Bible, Qur'an classes public school credit

Students in Minnesota public high schools soon could earn credit for courses that teach the Bible or the Qur'an as infallible truth under a proposal now before the Legislature.
REVIEW: 'The One-Cent Magenta,' by James Barron

REVIEW: 'The One-Cent Magenta,' by James Barron

NONFICTION: Welcome to Stamp World, where the quest to possess means everything.
Rural Minn. food shelves may be serving up more than nutrition

Rural Minn. food shelves may be serving up more than nutrition

Foundation focuses early effort on seven north-central counties.

Police arrest eight after SWAT standoff near Bemidji

Among them were two armed suspects who fled the house before police arrived and were later captured.
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