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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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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.

Northern Minn. mayor charged with swindling lover's husband

The mayor and his girlfriend allegedly swindled her husband out of nearly $90,000 in a purported sale of a convenience store.
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.
2nd confirmed tornado is double dose of record early severe weather in Minn.

2nd confirmed tornado is double dose of record early severe weather in Minn.

A day later, residents around the Zimmerman and Clarks Grove areas were cleaning up and counting their blessings.
Minnesota deputy out looking for a bull on the highway hits a calf in road

Minnesota deputy out looking for a bull on the highway hits a calf in road

The impact killed the calf and was enough to set off the vehicle's air bags and send the deputy to the hospital.
In Cleveland, Minn., pop. 715, dynamic band director builds powerhouse

In Cleveland, Minn., pop. 715, dynamic band director builds powerhouse

In Cleveland, where the nine-man football team finished second in the state last year, it's the band that most unites the students and the town, a band that would be the envy of many big-city programs.
Lindstrom man charged with murder of longtime neighbor over lake access

Lindstrom man charged with murder of longtime neighbor over lake access

The two were arguing over access to a local lake, according to a criminal complaint.
2016: Angry neighbors in Otter Tail County defend their lakes in feud of 40 years

2016: Angry neighbors in Otter Tail County defend their lakes in feud of 40 years

Water quality, shoreline issues pit neighbor against neighbor.

Plot to burglarize farmhouse led to fatal Madelia shooting, charges say

One alleged accomplice is dead, two others face felony charges in plot to burglarize rural Madelia farmhouse.
Fat-shaming columnist gets booted from Fergus Falls newspaper

Fat-shaming columnist gets booted from Fergus Falls newspaper

Newspaper publisher says community response to writer's ouster has been overwhelmingly positive.
Review: 'High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic,' by Glenn Frankel

Review: 'High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic,' by Glenn Frankel

NONFICTION: An absorbing account of how a routine 1952 western starring a has-been and an unknown became an unexpected classic.
Massive water project in SW Minnesota wants Trump to open the money tap

Massive water project in SW Minnesota wants Trump to open the money tap

Federal government has been slow to deliver long-promised funds.
Immigration officials arrest 9 in Twin Cities suburbs

Immigration officials arrest 9 in Twin Cities suburbs

The action does not signal a broad crackdown, an official says.
Funding for schools pits farmers against city dwellers in rural Minn.

Funding for schools pits farmers against city dwellers in rural Minn.

CLEVELAND, MINN. School officials in this southern Minnesota town of 715 people will be asking voters on Monday for $18 million, a hefty sum…
Jan. 31: Ready to celebrate its rebirth, Madelia grapples with tragic shooting

Jan. 31: Ready to celebrate its rebirth, Madelia grapples with tragic shooting

One of three people in the car was fatally shot by the southern Minnesota homeowner, who told police he fired a handgun at the vehicle as it tried to leave his driveway.
Mankato bartenders may face on-the-job breath testing

Mankato bartenders may face on-the-job breath testing

A new liquor law in Mankato could cut down on BWI: bartending while intoxicated. Under a major overhaul of city liquor laws passed last month,…
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.
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.
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.
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