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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.
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Underage drinkers often tripped up by their own fake IDs

Underage drinkers often tripped up by their own fake IDs

In the internet era, it's easier than ever to get a fake ID, making it even more important for bar owners and managers to train their staffers.
Time for North Dakota to dump daylight saving time, senator says

Time for North Dakota to dump daylight saving time, senator says

The annual switch "doesn't make any sense," a state senator says.
Minnesota's oldest co-op store closes its doors after 122 years

Minnesota's oldest co-op store closes its doors after 122 years

Minnesota's oldest retail co-op falls victim to changing times
Hundreds of western Minn. residents pitch in to bring Canby theater back to life

Hundreds of western Minn. residents pitch in to bring Canby theater back to life

Like one of the old films once shown at the movie palace, they came from miles around to work together.
Review: 'His Father's Son,' by Tim Brady

Review: 'His Father's Son,' by Tim Brady

NONFICTION: In "His Father's Son," Ted Roosevelt Jr. tries to live up to his famous father's legend.
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.
Victims of love: Couple say man they saw as a son bled them dry

Victims of love: Couple say man they saw as a son bled them dry

Two Harbors couple say man bled them dry; he calls accusation "sour grapes."
Up to 10 inches of snow now expected south of Twin Cities by Sunday night

Up to 10 inches of snow now expected south of Twin Cities by Sunday night

The 2 inches that fell Saturday was enough of a problem, leading to more than 300 crashes and spinouts on Minnesota roads, most in the metro.
Longtime downtown elevator operator, friend to all, dies

Longtime downtown elevator operator, friend to all, dies

For 63 years, Mildred "Millie" DeZiel operated elevators in downtown Minneapolis. With her red hair elegantly coifed, wearing white gloves and an immaculately tailored suit, DeZiel was a familiar figure to generations.
Lake associations, local governments boost spending against aquatic invaders

Lake associations, local governments boost spending against aquatic invaders

Spending aims at nasty species as regional approach is considered.
Judge's properties in St. Cloud, including 1 with meth lab, called a blight

Judge's properties in St. Cloud, including 1 with meth lab, called a blight

City officials have met twice with area residents to discuss the problems, and a complaint has been filed with the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards about Vicki Landwehr.
Obituary: Dr. H. Mead Cavert, 'bicycling dean' at U of M Medical School

Obituary: Dr. H. Mead Cavert, 'bicycling dean' at U of M Medical School

Comfortable in a changing world, yet holding fast to his own exacting standards, Dr. H. Mead Cavert was a key figure in the growth of…
National Music Museum in S. Dakota is a world-class trove of rare instruments

National Music Museum in S. Dakota is a world-class trove of rare instruments

National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D., houses an astonishing collection of rare, one-of-a-kind musical instruments.
Weary Minnesotans say they are just glad the election is over

Weary Minnesotans say they are just glad the election is over

A sense of frustration came out time and again in conversations with Twin Cities-area voters Tuesday.
New regional kitchen will prepare more than 100,000 meals a year for rural senior citizens

New regional kitchen will prepare more than 100,000 meals a year for rural senior citizens

Minnesota's small towns, often dwindling in population, increasingly lack the financial and volunteer resources to care for their aging neighbors
College courses for high schoolers becomes touchy subject in Minn. districts

College courses for high schoolers becomes touchy subject in Minn. districts

The worry is about lost state aid for those students. In Fulda, Minn., some students and parents say that school officials have discouraged enrollment.
Review: 'Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar,' by Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna

Review: 'Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar,' by Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna

NONFICTION: The electric guitar is a cultural icon without parallel. "Play It Loud" explains how it came to be.
Drinking binge ends with $15M judgment in Olmsted County

Drinking binge ends with $15M judgment in Olmsted County

The DWI crash killed one boy and paralyzed another. Half of the $15 million will come from three taverns that served Gerald Mohs when he was already drunk.
Help wanted at Minn. City Halls as hundreds of local offices have no hopefuls

Help wanted at Minn. City Halls as hundreds of local offices have no hopefuls

The candidate shortage at the local level has some worried about future of civic leadership in Minnesota.
Angry neighbors in Otter Tail County defend their lakes in feud of 40 years

Angry neighbors in Otter Tail County defend their lakes in feud of 40 years

Water quality, shoreline issues pit neighbor against neighbor.
80-year-old error in land records wipes out popular state trail

80-year-old error in land records wipes out popular state trail

But owner is willing to donate some of the land back to the state.

Proposed casino project stirs emotions in Otter Tail County

The 270-acre complex is proposed for the shore of Star Lake, home to sensitive wildlife breeding grounds, cabins in families for generations and a private hunting club used by some of Minnesota's oldest-money families.
With hunger among seniors growing, state gives $2 million to boost use of mobile food shelves

With hunger among seniors growing, state gives $2 million to boost use of mobile food shelves

Over the last five years, food shelf visits statewide are up by 6 percent. But visits by seniors are up 24 percent, according to Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
Couple stabbed in mall attack stunned by sudden frenzy

Couple stabbed in mall attack stunned by sudden frenzy

Mall worker recalls how assailant charged at him outside St. Cloud mall.
Obituary: Richard Bowman was a legend in the courtroom and out

Obituary: Richard Bowman was a legend in the courtroom and out

Richard “Dick” Bowman wasn’t afraid to make a big impression, whether by lowering an automobile into a courtroom on a crane or wearing a pink…
Sauk Centre booting local legend Sinclair Lewis to make room for chain store

Sauk Centre booting local legend Sinclair Lewis to make room for chain store

Sinclair Lewis satirized commercialism; now his history center is being sold to developers.
Tears, anger in Jacob's hometown after killer's confession

Tears, anger in Jacob's hometown after killer's confession

Many said confessed killer Danny Heinrich deserves much more than 20 years in prison. "It kind of tore the community apart for 27 years, and he's getting 20 years?" said one St. Joseph resident.
Nanny's a natural at woodland art in St. Louis Park

Nanny's a natural at woodland art in St. Louis Park

St. Louis Park nature center visitors have learned to keep an eye open for Chelsey Bahe's fleeting whimsical creations.

Minn. camp cancels booking of Nordic heritage group with white supremacist bent

Identified as white supremacists, the Asatru Folk Assembly was forced to seek another location for its first Midwestern meeting.
Normandale students take national honors for innovative renewable energy proposal

Normandale students take national honors for innovative renewable energy proposal

Normandale Community College students say their proposal for renewable energy could save about $400 million a year nationwide.
On sidewalk plowing, St. Louis Park tells angry residents to shovel it

On sidewalk plowing, St. Louis Park tells angry residents to shovel it

Despite urging from older residents, city won't be plowing sidewalks, but the debate highlights the problems posed by aging suburban residents.

Edina's future is being decided right now — and it's too late to change course

The future of Edina is being decided right now, and it’s probably too late to change course. The grandchildren of today’s residents will be living…
After a decade of study, still no development in Edina's Grandview district

After a decade of study, still no development in Edina's Grandview district

City Council balks at community center's $45 million price tag, adopts transit study that could sway future.
Edina residents object to winter sports 'theme park' at Braemar

Edina residents object to winter sports 'theme park' at Braemar

Some residents in Edina's Braemar neighborhood say city is fast-tracking $3 million project with little input.
This is the youngest photo of Prince we've seen yet — and it's adorable

This is the youngest photo of Prince we've seen yet — and it's adorable

Even in elementary school, Prince had some swag. He's 10 years old in this yearbook photo from John Hay School in Minneapolis.
Edina offers $1,000 reward in park vandalism incidents

Edina offers $1,000 reward in park vandalism incidents

The Edina Crime Prevention Fund is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and charging of those responsible for recent vandalism at…

July: State investigating Lyndale Corridor in Bloomington as possible Superfund site

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investigating a large area in the Lyndale Avenue corridor of Bloomington for possible inclusion on the state Superfund…
What happens to suburbs if Southwest light rail isn't built?

What happens to suburbs if Southwest light rail isn't built?

After significant development, leaders worry about the fate of their cities if line never comes.
Bloomington man with a colorful past vows to keep fighting after judge tosses his pollution lawsuit

Bloomington man with a colorful past vows to keep fighting after judge tosses his pollution lawsuit

Bloomington man with a colorful past loses lawsuit, but vows to keep pursuing damages for health problems.

St. Anthony cancels annual festival parade in wake of Castile shooting

Citing safety concerns, organizers cancel annual festival parade.
Edina neighbors get a sidewalk on busy Valley View Road

Edina neighbors get a sidewalk on busy Valley View Road

Petition in Edina will bring a busy road a safe space to walk in 2018
Woman accused of hitting Hopkins building tested at more than four times the legal limit

Woman accused of hitting Hopkins building tested at more than four times the legal limit

A 50-year-old Plymouth woman tested at more than four times the legal blood alcohol limit after she crashed her vehicle into a downtown Hopkins brick…
Too late for kindness: Why didn't I protect a bullied classmate?

Too late for kindness: Why didn't I protect a bullied classmate?

As his high-school reunion approaches, this middle-aged grad regrets fumbling the chance to be a better person to the skinny, gangly kid everyone picked on as the class oddball.
Midtown Global Market celebrates a decade in business and newfound financial health

Midtown Global Market celebrates a decade in business and newfound financial health

The market marked its 10th year and new financial health.

Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit by low-income residents of Concierge Apartments in Richfield

A federal judge refused to dismiss their lawsuit alleging fair housing violations.
Totally tubular in Edina: City looks at adding outdoor winter sports at Braemar

Totally tubular in Edina: City looks at adding outdoor winter sports at Braemar

The Park Board is studying adding a winter sports area at Braemar Golf Course with trails and slopes.

Tempers flare in Bloomington as City Council rejects another effort to kill organized garbage collection

Tempers flared as a new effort to kill unified pickup was rejected.
Mercury Club award carries on a century-old tradition of pride in Jewish athletes

Mercury Club award carries on a century-old tradition of pride in Jewish athletes

The honor for Minneapolis high school athletes is rooted in a time when anti-Semitism was prevalent.
Mercury Club timeline

Mercury Club timeline

1865: The first Jews settle in Minneapolis. 1884: Adath Jeshurun is the city’s first synagogue. 1920: Mercury Club founded at the Wells Memorial House on…

Edina residents make concrete case for sidewalks

Some west-metro neighborhoods have sprouted "Say no to sidewalks!" signs, as residents try to pressure city leaders who have adopted transportation policies that give less priority to cars.
'God loves ukuleles': Tiny instrument a big draw for Minnesotans

'God loves ukuleles': Tiny instrument a big draw for Minnesotans

The humble uke is ditching its image as a Tiny Tim toy and stepping up in the music world. What's the appeal? The baby of the stringed family is cheap, portable — and fun.
Protesters of proposed apartment claim St. Louis Park is trying to be 'Minneapolis Jr.'

Protesters of proposed apartment claim St. Louis Park is trying to be 'Minneapolis Jr.'

They say a proposed apartment doesn't fit in their city.

After bitter debate between Edina residents and officials, sidewalks get some love

Residents successfully petition to for sidewalks on two streets, a development one official called "rather refreshing."
IRS proposing strict new limits on tax-free municipal bonds

IRS proposing strict new limits on tax-free municipal bonds

Affordable housing in Albertville, a community gym in Edina, a fire station in Pelican Rapids: Local governments say the rules mean such projects would be much tougher to pay for.
Wheelchair-using doctor files disability lawsuits by the bundle

Wheelchair-using doctor files disability lawsuits by the bundle

David Ketroser's one-man crusade offers a window into society's ongoing struggle to integrate disabled people into everyday life.

Bloomington City Council member resigns ahead of move to Chicago

Cynthia Bemis Abrams, a member of the Bloomington City Council since 2014, announced Tuesday that she will resign her seat effective June 4. She is…
Dazzling $25 million Masonic Heritage Center set to open next month in Bloomington

Dazzling $25 million Masonic Heritage Center set to open next month in Bloomington

Group hopes to showcase its history and philosophy to all Minnesotans, not just members.
Ban on foam food containers isn't catching on in Twin Cities suburbs

Ban on foam food containers isn't catching on in Twin Cities suburbs

St. Louis Park is the only one to ban foam takeout containers, as of Jan. 1; Edina is studying the issue.
Randy Johnson will step down from Hennepin County Board after 38 years

Randy Johnson will step down from Hennepin County Board after 38 years

Randy Johnson is longest serving board member.
Richfield is latest suburb to adopt permanent lawn sprinkling limits

Richfield is latest suburb to adopt permanent lawn sprinkling limits

Richfield is the latest to adopt permanent limits.
Obituary: Jim Fuchs, longtime U of M professor, serious student of barbecue and bonsai

Obituary: Jim Fuchs, longtime U of M professor, serious student of barbecue and bonsai

When Jim Fuchs got interested in something, he knew only one way to tackle it: Research it exhaustively, understand it thoroughly and enjoy it immensely.That's…
St. Louis Park, Golden Valley look at joining forces for marketing

St. Louis Park, Golden Valley look at joining forces for marketing

Golden Valley is looking at hiring someone to do its marketing — and the leading candidate is St. Louis Park. Golden Valley, which doesn’t have…
Cancer fears fester over St. Louis Park Superfund site

Cancer fears fester over St. Louis Park Superfund site

Some residents blame years of exposure to underground chemicals.
Century College design students tackle real-life project for Richfield senior care community

Century College design students tackle real-life project for Richfield senior care community

Designing for seniors is different, as a group of White Bear Lake students recently discovered.
Review: 'The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes,' by Frank Bures

Review: 'The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes,' by Frank Bures

NONFICTION: Ambitious and exhaustively reported, this thoughtful book examines culture, beliefs and madness.
Judge throws out Bloomington trash lawsuit but suggests it could be recycled

Judge throws out Bloomington trash lawsuit but suggests it could be recycled

Opponents say they'll be back with a new challenge; judge suggests city charter can be used for changes.
From potatoes to computers, Normandale has all the chips covered

From potatoes to computers, Normandale has all the chips covered

Computer firms are begging for program graduates.

As low-income housing disappears, Hopkins gets good news

Units will stay affordable, and developer plans to add a nearby complex.
On bustling Franklin Av., sustainable values of Seward neighborhood come to life

On bustling Franklin Av., sustainable values of Seward neighborhood come to life

A Minneapolis architect has watched Franklin Avenue, main street of the uber-green Seward neighborhood, modernize while retaining its eco-character.

Golden Valley to hold the Twin Cities' first suburban Gay Pride festival

According to census figures, there are more gay couples in Golden Valley, as a percentage of households, than any other city in Minnesota.
Some in St. Louis Park want city to curb its enthusiasm for sidewalks

Some in St. Louis Park want city to curb its enthusiasm for sidewalks

The City Council recently decided to proceed with the $3.1 million project to install sidewalks and rebuild streets in three neighborhoods. But the move doesn't sit well with some residents.
Investors snapping up lucrative older suburban apartment buildings

Investors snapping up lucrative older suburban apartment buildings

Much of the action happening in the first- and second-ring suburbs is being driven by large, institutional investors from outside the state.

Why there are only two two-bedroom units at Richfield complex

The Concierge Apartments in Richfield is one of the Twin Cities’ largest rental complexes. Formerly known as Crossroads at Penn, it was sold last year…
Residents of Plymouth's only mobile home park worry about its impending sale

Residents of Plymouth's only mobile home park worry about its impending sale

Residents worry about the future of Plymouth's Sun Valley mobile home park amid an impending sale, but city officials say new owners couldn't redevelop the location without a long public process.
Bloomington has 'lost its former luster,' city report warns officials

Bloomington has 'lost its former luster,' city report warns officials

The once-youthful, booming suburb is grappling with aging neighborhoods, underperforming schools and a lack of appeal to younger residents.
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