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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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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.

Bloomington's Southtown Center poses challenge for Orange Line bus route

Many an innocent tree and pixel has died chronicling Southwest Light Rail Transit, a $1.74 billion project that’s projected to carry about 30,000 people a…
Southtown Shopping Center in Bloomington to be slowly transformed

Southtown Shopping Center in Bloomington to be slowly transformed

The city envisions a more pedestrian- and transit-friendly development.
Edina launches tough new rules to stop tree teardowns

Edina launches tough new rules to stop tree teardowns

Concerned with contractors who were scraping entire lots down to bare earth, Edina passed a tree preservation ordinance that took effect July 1. “We’re getting at the builder who just takes everything out,” a city official said.
Hopkins giving a one-day peek into the future with "living street” event

Hopkins giving a one-day peek into the future with "living street” event

City unveils temporary “living street” concept that it hopes to make permanent.
Mpls.-owned land looks set to go to Edina, St. Louis Park for dog park

Mpls.-owned land looks set to go to Edina, St. Louis Park for dog park

An informal dog park on the southwestern border of Minneapolis appears set to change hands. Officials in Edina and St. Louis Park said Monday that…
Black Lives Matter protesters call MOA linked to Bloomington

Black Lives Matter protesters call MOA linked to Bloomington

Those charged after a December protest argue in legal briefs that Bloomington and the Mall of America cooperate so closely that the mall is operating as a “quasi-governmental” entity.
Got what it takes to write a sitcom? Wayzata TV vet seeks winning scripts

Got what it takes to write a sitcom? Wayzata TV vet seeks winning scripts

Veteran comedy writer from Wayzata sponsors contest to find undiscovered talent.
Culture of pedal pubs becomes target — online and by bike

Culture of pedal pubs becomes target — online and by bike

Hate for the traveling taprooms went from an Internet joke to a criminal case over the weekend. Now five men are charged with misdemeanors for allegedly throwing water balloons and shooting squirtguns at mobile pub passengers in Minneapolis.

Richfield adding more roundabouts at major intersections

Nicollet and Lyndale will get roundabouts at 66th Street.
Edina residents give street bump-outs a thumbs down

Edina residents give street bump-outs a thumbs down

The border between Edina and Minneapolis may be safer, but it’s also uglier. That’s what residents along Xerxes Avenue S. say about the “bump-outs” installed on the street last fall by Hennepin County. An engineer admits the barriers are “not physically attractive” but says they are effective.
Fire-breathing 'pirate' in Hopkins sues city over water dispute

Fire-breathing 'pirate' in Hopkins sues city over water dispute

Gypsy Rogers breathes fire at Renaissance festivals, designs architecture for artificial intelligence and entertains as a rogue pirate. But it’s a simple household water meter…

Bloomington voters want to take trash issue into their own hands

Garbage is an emotional topic for some Bloomington residents. The city wants to turn over trash collection to a single consortium of haulers to cut…

City-aided projects in St. Louis Park now must include affordable housing

St. Louis Park policy mandates percentages for developments.

What's a woonerf? Edina's Grandview project may provide the answer

City nixes office towers but embraces the “living yard.”
Sen. Franken demands information from FBI on surveillance flights

Sen. Franken demands information from FBI on surveillance flights

He asked about use of surveillance technology and legality of flights.
Mystery plane that circled Twin Cities was part of secret FBI fleet

Mystery plane that circled Twin Cities was part of secret FBI fleet

The flight path and ownership records of the plane in Minneapolis made it conspicuous to aviation buffs.
Citizens' revolt brewing in Bloomington over garbage collection

Citizens' revolt brewing in Bloomington over garbage collection

Bloomington residents are divided over a city plan to allow seven trash hauling companies to carve up terrority and charge a single negotiated rate.
Streetscapes: Ralph Rapson's legacy thriving in Twin Cities

Streetscapes: Ralph Rapson's legacy thriving in Twin Cities

The architect's design legacy is alive and flourishing in the Twin Cities. Look no further than CHS Field.
Craigslist ad brings director, makeup artist together for award-winning horror movie

Craigslist ad brings director, makeup artist together for award-winning horror movie

Two Twin Cities residents combine to create an award-winning fright film.
Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises eyebrows

Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises eyebrows

The small aircraft circled Minneapolis, the Mall of America and Southdale for hours late at night.

Richfield gets six proposals for new housing development in Cedar Point

The recession halted Cedar Point project, but now 6 developers have offered plans.
State Patrol pins badges on 50 new troopers

State Patrol pins badges on 50 new troopers

Family ties run deep as one cadet follows mother, father and grandfather into service.
Animated mannequin helps teach student nurses at Normandale

Animated mannequin helps teach student nurses at Normandale

A high-tech mannequin helps teach nursing students at Normandale Community College.

Oak Grove gets first of two aerial sprays for gypsy moth infestation

Aerial spray Wednesday will be followed by another in about a week.
St. Louis Park weighs being first in Minnesota to ban plastic bags

St. Louis Park weighs being first in Minnesota to ban plastic bags

Even ultra-green Boulder, Colo., a city synonymous with environmentalism, hasn’t gone that far. Many California cities have banned them, but a statewide ban there has been delayed.
Single-hauler trash pickup plan rouses Bloomington residents

Single-hauler trash pickup plan rouses Bloomington residents

Proposed shift to single-hauler trash pickup draws hundreds of responses, for and against.
Debate over deep wells raises tensions between Met Council, cities

Debate over deep wells raises tensions between Met Council, cities

Local officials say they can manage their own water. The Met Council counters it sees the bigger picture.
Man surrenders to Wright County cops after shooting at St. Michael home

Man surrenders to Wright County cops after shooting at St. Michael home

Suspect in shooting who surrendered at Qwik Stop in Monticello may also have injured his father.

Edina youth housing project gets more than $1 million in local funding

Affordable-housing project for homeless youth secures seed money from local sources.
St. Bonifacius mom takes action after son's overdose

St. Bonifacius mom takes action after son's overdose

Garret Bethke’s last words to his mother came in a late-night text: “I’m OK, Mom.” Hours later, he was dead of a heroin overdose at age 28.

Antique treasures to be appraised in St. Louis Park

Residents can bring their treasures for appraisal by experts at “Park's Antique Parade” on May 16.
The 'Infamy' of WWII internment camps

The 'Infamy' of WWII internment camps

Veteran journalist Richard Reeves probes the imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans.
Twin Cities students walk out to join Black Lives Matter protest

Twin Cities students walk out to join Black Lives Matter protest

Many metro-area high school students walked out of school and were headed for the noon rally at Martin Luther King Park.
Old Odd Fellows lodges thrive as neighborhood connectors

Old Odd Fellows lodges thrive as neighborhood connectors

Most of the Odd Fellows lodges are gone. But two of the old buildings in Minneapolis survive and thrive today, anchoring busy commercial corners while providing a hub for community-building.
Calling it her gift to the future, great-grandmother in Plymouth goes solar

Calling it her gift to the future, great-grandmother in Plymouth goes solar

An array of solar panels was installed last week on the roof of Alice Ellison's home, and the retired educator is also talking the panels up.
Rehabilitation project begins for most-polluted stretch of Minnehaha Creek

Rehabilitation project begins for most-polluted stretch of Minnehaha Creek

In Hopkins, cleaning up the creek and cleaning up the city go hand in hand.Officials gathered Thursday to celebrate the beginning of work on an…
Hopkins' $5M Mainstreet project aims to retain the small-town feel

Hopkins' $5M Mainstreet project aims to retain the small-town feel

The project on Mainstreet aims to retain the small-town feel.
Mall of America won't seek $40,000 restitution in Black Lives Matter protest case

Mall of America won't seek $40,000 restitution in Black Lives Matter protest case

Mall wants focus to be on actions of Black Lives Matter protesters, not on damages.
Bloomington will survey 3,000 local businesses for insights on economy

Bloomington will survey 3,000 local businesses for insights on economy

Bloomington plans to survey 3,000 businesses about city services, the economy and the local business climate.
Comedian Scott Hansen comes out of retirement for show at VFW post

Comedian Scott Hansen comes out of retirement for show at VFW post

Scott Hansen, who stopped performing for health reasons, will play a show at an Anoka County VFW post.
VEAP director retiring after 39 years of helping SW metro residents

VEAP director retiring after 39 years of helping SW metro residents

Susan Russell Freeman nurtured VEAP from a church basement into Minnesota’s largest food shelf.

St. Louis Park says MnDOT is ignoring huge traffic headaches from Hwy. 100 rebuilding

City worried about safety issues caused by Hwy. 100 roadwork.
Richfield bowling alley closing after 57 years

Richfield bowling alley closing after 57 years

Richfield grieves the last frames of 57-year-old Lariat Lanes.
West metro cities seek state funding for special projects

West metro cities seek state funding for special projects

Several west metro cities are at the Minnesota State Capitol this year asking for state aid for several projects — everything from a Lake Minnetonka pier to ice arena renovations in Plymouth.

Hopkins invites residents to help plan development around Blake Road transit station

The city is looking for ideas on development near a light-rail station opening in 2019.
Richfield wants to turn the lights off at Motel 6

Richfield wants to turn the lights off at Motel 6

The property at the corner of Old Cedar Avenue and Interstate 494 stands in the path of a planned highway underpass that would connect Richfield to the Mall of America and airport.
Big tax assessment hits Old Cedar Avenue in Bloomington

Big tax assessment hits Old Cedar Avenue in Bloomington

Residents of the road near the soon-to-be-restored bridge are upset at charges for long-delayed road repairs.
Edina narrows Grandview concepts, but some neighbors still are hard against it

Edina narrows Grandview concepts, but some neighbors still are hard against it

Opponents are still fighting for the land to be solely for public use but fear the “train has left the station.”
11 protesters plead not guilty to charges from MOA demonstration

11 protesters plead not guilty to charges from MOA demonstration

The protesters want dropped the charges filed from the massive “Black Lives Matter” demonstration at the mall on the Saturday before Christmas.
Protesters say e-mails show 'disturbing' coordination between Bloomington and Mall of America

Protesters say e-mails show 'disturbing' coordination between Bloomington and Mall of America

Prosecutor scoffs at notion that e-mails show collusion over response to demonstration.

Golden Valley would consider selling naming rights for new community center

All financing options are on the table as the city looks to replace the nearly 100-year-old Brookview Community Center.
Bloomington's Pederson is 1st woman to be Minn. City Engineer of Year

Bloomington's Pederson is 1st woman to be Minn. City Engineer of Year

The first woman to receive the state honor said she hopes to inspire more young women to enter the field.
Bloomington prosecutor replies to faith leaders

Bloomington prosecutor replies to faith leaders

Sandra Johnson praises their goals but refuses their demands to drop charges against 11 protesters.
Bloomington prosecutor not backing down on Mall of America protesters

Bloomington prosecutor not backing down on Mall of America protesters

Bloomington city attorney says she can’t be swayed by a letter from ministers asking for Mall of America cases to be dropped.
Experience trumps youth as Golden Valley welcomes 12 new firefighters

Experience trumps youth as Golden Valley welcomes 12 new firefighters

City welcomes mature candidates as it fills out its Fire Department.
Mall of America loses bid to cut its bill for pedestrian bridge

Mall of America loses bid to cut its bill for pedestrian bridge

Lawsuit loss could have implications for Nicollet Mall renovation project, some say.
Local inventor seeks big break for 'highway-speed bike'

Local inventor seeks big break for 'highway-speed bike'

Rich Kronfeld has been on TV often, but this time it’s to present his electric vehicle.
Golden Valley inventor and his electric car look for their big break on TV invention show

Golden Valley inventor and his electric car look for their big break on TV invention show

Rich Kronfeld has been on TV often, but this time it’s to present his electric car.
Pointing to I-35W-494 bottleneck, Dayton officials push for road funds

Pointing to I-35W-494 bottleneck, Dayton officials push for road funds

Cabinet members, suburban leaders press for Dayton proposal to ease traffic at the nation’s 17th worst interchange at 35W and 494.
'Grammar Goddess' at Coon Rapids High mixes old-school standards with new teaching approaches

'Grammar Goddess' at Coon Rapids High mixes old-school standards with new teaching approaches

Coon Rapids High School teacher upholds rules of language while adapting to today's “snippet phase.”
Mall of America tightens security after latest terror threat

Mall of America tightens security after latest terror threat

The Mall of America said it beefed up already-complex security measures Monday in the wake of a weekend terror threat and sought to assure shoppers that everything possible is being done to keep them safe.
Cities re-examine their security in wake of New Hope shooting

Cities re-examine their security in wake of New Hope shooting

Cities are looking at their security in wake of New Hope shooting, but they acknowledge there’s no guarantee of safety at City Hall.
Edina may change liquor laws to keep up with Minneapolis

Edina may change liquor laws to keep up with Minneapolis

Restaurateurs say the city’s food/alcohol formula puts them at a disadvantage.
St. Louis Park Historical Society looks to the future

St. Louis Park Historical Society looks to the future

St. Louis Park Historical Society has a new home and new board and is looking to grow.
Walking to Southdale is easier after Edina's $4 million pedestrian project

Walking to Southdale is easier after Edina's $4 million pedestrian project

Edina’s $4 million pedestrian project aims to make the growing area more walkable.
Long-running Hopkins condo feud leaves hard feelings

Long-running Hopkins condo feud leaves hard feelings

It started with a complaint about late-night noise. Now, more than five years later, a feud at Minnesota’s largest condo complex shows no sign of ending. The long-running dispute has included malicious websites, vulgar protest signs, noisy demonstrations and six-figure court judgments.
Special theater performance focuses on organ donor awareness

Special theater performance focuses on organ donor awareness

St. Louis Park's Public Theater of Minnesota is partnering with LifeSource on a special performance to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.

Teen play bears message about life-changing gifts

St. Louis Park's Public Theater of Minnesota is partnering with LifeSource on a special performance to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.
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