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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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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…

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.
Edina looking to sell more beer, wine in parks and rec areas

Edina looking to sell more beer, wine in parks and rec areas

But sales would mostly be limited to certain events, not for any boozy free-for-alls, officials said.

Hundreds of families could be forced out of Meadowbrook Manor in St. Louis Park

As upgrade begins, leaders and families prepare for change.
8-year-old train fan and cancer patient takes Blue Line train for a spin

8-year-old train fan and cancer patient takes Blue Line train for a spin

Eight-year-old Karlis Barobs, the cancer patient who recently offered a donation to the SWLRT got a surprise at the rail yard.
Hopkins is on to the Elite Eight in national tournament of towns

Hopkins is on to the Elite Eight in national tournament of towns

Suburb next faces Hoboken, N.J., in NCAA-style bracket.

Family donation will create Edina's first pickleball courts

Family that relishes the tennis-like sport donates funds to city.
Richfield gun seizure raises question of mental illness and 2nd Amendment rights

Richfield gun seizure raises question of mental illness and 2nd Amendment rights

Richfield man's seized weapons at the center of 2nd Amendment dispute.

St. Louis Park approves $8.5 million multi-use sports and community facility

The fabric-roofed structure will host hockey and a range of other activities.
Hopkins store owner scores 100,000 mint records from Texas basement

Hopkins store owner scores 100,000 mint records from Texas basement

Minnesota's serious vinyl collectors include a Hopkins store owner who scored 100,000 virgin albums.

Edina school board says city's math doesn't add up on Grandview development plan

In a letter sent this week to Mayor Jim Hovland and the City Council, the school board questioned whether the 11-acre parcel in the heart of Edina really needs special tax treatment.
Dan Patch bridge over Minnesota River will be swinging again this spring

Dan Patch bridge over Minnesota River will be swinging again this spring

Expected boost in Minnesota river traffic coming as a result of expanding Panama Canal.
Old Ovaltine factory in St. Louis Park reopens with 400 jobs, 12 companies

Old Ovaltine factory in St. Louis Park reopens with 400 jobs, 12 companies

The transformation into Westside Center means a new business center that's nearly full.
Edina fears kids are being priced out of youth hockey

Edina fears kids are being priced out of youth hockey

Edina's youth hockey association is ruffling feathers by proposing to cut back on costly training sessions.

Richfield is hailed for bullish bike plans

A model of the postwar, auto-centric suburb, Richfield is now emerging as a leader in the Twin Cities biking community. The city’s “Sweet Streets” program,…
Hopkins boy wants to donate his cancer money to light-rail line

Hopkins boy wants to donate his cancer money to light-rail line

Karlis Barobs, 8, hopes to see the Southwest line come to his hometown. So he wants to donate a share of the $300 his classmates raised for him after they learned he has cancer.
Newly sworn citizens are overjoyed to be Americans

Newly sworn citizens are overjoyed to be Americans

36 new citizens welcomed at Richfield's first-ever naturalization ceremony.
Aug. 5, 2015: After years under par, Bloomington could close struggling Hyland Greens

Aug. 5, 2015: 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.
Bloomington task force recommends keeping Hyland Greens golf course open

Bloomington task force recommends keeping Hyland Greens golf course open

Task force calls for finding ways to fix its finances. The City Council will make the final call.
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.
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