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Jon Tevlin

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Jon Tevlin is a Metro Columnist. He started at the Star Tribune in 1997 as a business reporter. He has been a reporter in the metro and state sections as well as Variety. Prior to working for the Star Tribune, Jon was Senior Writer for the Twin Cities Reader. He has also worked for the Rochester Post-Bulletin and the New Ulm Journal and he has written for numerous national magazines.
Recent content from Jon Tevlin
Tevlin: For these friends, Hiawatha's not just a golf course

Tevlin: For these friends, Hiawatha's not just a golf course

The Minneapolis golf course, much of it under sea level and with fairways undulated like a spongy bog following the rain, is under threat.
Tevlin: South Minneapolis biz owners conflicted over $15 wage issue

Tevlin: South Minneapolis biz owners conflicted over $15 wage issue

A number of South Side small business owners find themselves emotionally and politically conflicted between their progressive values and the city's push for a mandatory minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Tevlin: When it mattered most, Yanez wasn't a good cop

Tevlin: When it mattered most, Yanez wasn't a good cop

In the end, it seemed like all parties could agree on something: Jeronimo Yanez should not be a cop.
Tevlin: Garrulous Mpls. restaurateur too sick to work keeps on laughing

Tevlin: Garrulous Mpls. restaurateur too sick to work keeps on laughing

Despite low energy and the need for an oxygen tank, Joe Minjares has kept his creativity and his sense of humor.
Tevlin: Yanez jurors find themselves in an imperfect world

Tevlin: Yanez jurors find themselves in an imperfect world

Jurors will face the unenviable task of sorting through a myriad of sometimes contradictory recollections and infinitesimal details to affix blame and perhaps find justice.

Tevlin: Health care debate is 'legacy' of the times

Rep. Keith Ellison, a Fifth District Democrat, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd in the Third District, about the proposed changes to health care.
Tevlin: Two decades after 'Murderapolis,' some old names resurface

Tevlin: Two decades after 'Murderapolis,' some old names resurface

Minneapolis, the 1990s are calling, and they want their gangsters back. The cops and lawyers who have been around the police blotter for a while…
Tevlin: One teenager's poignant struggle to 'get it out'

Tevlin: One teenager's poignant struggle to 'get it out'

An eighth-grade English assignment is a heartbreaking view of life coming apart for a 14-year-old girl, and a stark reminder that violent acts have many victims.
Tevlin: At Minneapolis' Ramsey Middle School, students study, then change history

Tevlin: At Minneapolis' Ramsey Middle School, students study, then change history

Thanks to their yearlong campaign, the Minneapolis school board will vote June 13 on whether to keep Ramsey or rename it Justice Alan Page Middle School.
Tevlin: Years later, Tom Petters scam still haunts halls of the Capitol

Tevlin: Years later, Tom Petters scam still haunts halls of the Capitol

A measure buried in a state budget bill would limit the funds that cheated investors could recover from charities and religious organizations.
Tevlin: Fraud at Minneapolis agency hurt 'the poorest of the poor'

Tevlin: Fraud at Minneapolis agency hurt 'the poorest of the poor'

Authorities say former Community Action of Minneapolis CEO William Davis stole more than $800,000 from CAM's coffers and spent it on luxuries, trips and five girlfriends.
Tevlin: After reversing fortunes, Minn. prep football team faces uncertain future

Tevlin: After reversing fortunes, Minn. prep football team faces uncertain future

The coach who rebuilt the Staples-Motley Cardinals after a five-year losing streak did not have his contract renewed. After the school board vote, the superintendent and five other football coaches said they were resigning.
Tevlin: Dear Reps. Paulsen, Emmer and Lewis, spare us the crowing over your 'health' bill

Tevlin: Dear Reps. Paulsen, Emmer and Lewis, spare us the crowing over your 'health' bill

With America in a health care crisis, the solution shouldn't be winning the lottery.
Tevlin: Mayor Hodges has had a mind-boggling month

Tevlin: Mayor Hodges has had a mind-boggling month

April is the cruelest month. You don't have to trust T.S. Eliot on that, just look to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. To be fair, March didn't end so swell either.
Tevlin: With a bike lane scuffle, spring begins in earnest in Minneapolis

Tevlin: With a bike lane scuffle, spring begins in earnest in Minneapolis

A group of Lyn-Lake business owners is angry with the city's plan to add protected bike lanes to two popular east-west corridors.

Tevlin: Lisa Goodman has proved she's a nice hue of blue

  On a gorgeous Saturday morning, Lisa Goodman sat alone on a grassy hillside in Bryn Mawr, collecting her thoughts. She was about to go…
Tevlin: Neurosurgeon and her teen patient are put to a marathon test

Tevlin: Neurosurgeon and her teen patient are put to a marathon test

  When the 15-year-old ninth-grader first met Dr. Uzma Samadani, her back pain was so severe she couldn’t participate in gym class at Richfield High…

Tevlin: Local LGBT cases being affected by regression on civil rights

When Jakob Rumble filed suit for what he saw as discriminatory treatment during a hospital visit in 2015, the tide was turning in favor of…

Tevlin: Twin Cities cabbie and best friend take a final ride together

Their special, albeit unusual friendship began six months ago with a call for a ride to the grocery.

Tevlin: Vietnam veteran Don Elverd still looking after the troops

"I didn't volunteer for this," Elverd said of his work with addicted vets. "I was drafted."
Tevlin: Raucous caucuses in Mpls. are telling us ... something

Tevlin: Raucous caucuses in Mpls. are telling us ... something

The Trump dystopia is clearly motivating people to do something, and at the local level that means running for office, even against your own party.

GOP legislator bucks his party for internet privacy

In the days before the current legislative session, Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, was cajoling his colleagues to remain vigilant, and healthy, because they only…
Popular small-town baker had recipe for trouble

Popular small-town baker had recipe for trouble

A homegrown cafe that helped resuscitate Main Street in Dodge Center is now shuttered after the owner was convicted of burglary.
Tevlin: Creating a new Peavey Plaza for all to treasure

Tevlin: Creating a new Peavey Plaza for all to treasure

Fixing one of the jewels of downtown Minneapolis promised the inevitable collision of two issues — preservation and accessibility.
Tevlin: For Kenyon's police chief, humanity comes first

Tevlin: For Kenyon's police chief, humanity comes first

Funny, self-deprecatory and guileless, Lee Sjolander may be the male Marge Gunderson, the cop from the movie "Fargo," only in the internet age.
Tevlin: After harsh Justice Department report, Hodges takes her lumps

Tevlin: After harsh Justice Department report, Hodges takes her lumps

  The U.S. Department of Justice report on the occupation of the Fourth Precinct police station is a 108-page confirmation of what most people already…

Tevlin: GOP health plan is a study in betrayal

  If you are young and healthy, or rich, or both, this column is not for you. You are bullet-proof. The government has your back.…

Tevlin: Noise, dust, odor from chipper still disrupting veterans in new housing

Nearly a year ago, I wrote about two veterans, James Hudson and Richard Greggersen, and their relentless efforts to move or shut down a…
Tevlin: First gathering is Minneapolis mayoral forum 'lite'

Tevlin: First gathering is Minneapolis mayoral forum 'lite'

The event was fittingly labeled a forum, not a debate, because it was largely a pillow fight between besties. This race seems like it will be less over direction than voice.
Tevlin: It's a first of its kind suit against gun shop owner

Tevlin: It's a first of its kind suit against gun shop owner

  Ray Kmetz never should have been armed. By the time the 68-year-old mentally ill man walked into the New Hope City Council chambers with…

Tevlin: Trade connection to Mexico essential

SAN DIEGO – Across America they were rounding up undocumented ­workers and promising to build that wall, but 10 floors above and a few…
Tevlin: Madelia's Main Street rises from the ashes

Tevlin: Madelia's Main Street rises from the ashes

They are emerging from the ashes, one by one, along Madelia’s Main Street. Last month, it was the Culligan Water shop, with its eight employees.…

Tevlin: Preemie in 1942 battled odds, and he won

Calvin Lepp was locally famous almost from the moment he was born, and over the course of the next 120 days, readers of this newspaper…

Tevlin: To most blessed guy, ALS stands for 'a loving savior'

  The stories started even before the smell of Sweet Martha’s cookies, being baked by Gary Olson, one of the actual founders of the Minnesota…
Tevlin: Stadium panel's Michele Kelm-Helgen wishes for a do-over

Tevlin: Stadium panel's Michele Kelm-Helgen wishes for a do-over

Two days after being grilled by legislators over the use of suites at the Vikings new home, she wishes she would have dealt with the bitter skepticism and conducted a thorough vetting of the MSFA's suite policies.
Tevlin: Downtown crime forces itself into Minneapolis mayoral race

Tevlin: Downtown crime forces itself into Minneapolis mayoral race

In the last election, economic issues like mandatory sick days, increasing the minimum wage and equity dominated the discussion. Now, the issue of public safety, whether it be downtown violence or police-related ­shootings, is forcing itself into the mayoral race, with caucuses three months away.
Tevlin: Frogtown fire didn't claim what matters most

Tevlin: Frogtown fire didn't claim what matters most

  It was Christmas Eve, and Jeff and Kristen Kidder were having dinner with their next-door neighbors, just as they had for the past several…
Tevlin: At refurbished Capitol, democracy never looked so good

Tevlin: At refurbished Capitol, democracy never looked so good

Shortly after 9 a.m., the sound of “Amazing Grace” rose from the rotunda floor at the State Capitol and bounced off columns of gleaming marble,…

Tevlin: Thanks, dear readers, for a woonerful 2016

Goodbye monkey. Hello, fire rooster. In China, or as our president-elect pronounces it, Chiina, 2016 was the Year of the Monkey, believed to be unlucky…
Tevlin: Victim of Coon Rapids hate crime finds grace in courtroom

Tevlin: Victim of Coon Rapids hate crime finds grace in courtroom

It was Jama's measured and compassionate response to her attacker in court that has provoked an emotional response.

Flight serves as a rite of passage for three generations of pilots

Three generations of the Weber family will take the trip of a lifetime next week. Wallace, Steve and Brian Weber will be accompanied by a…

Tevlin: Is ballpark the best place to enforce patriotism?

Last week national and state branches of the American Legion said they would rigorously enforce "proper respect" toward the U.S. flag during the national anthem in their summer baseball leagues. Minnesota, with 325 teams and thousands of players, is among the top states for Legion ball.
Tevlin: It's too late now to apologize for the sweet deal on stadium suites

Tevlin: It's too late now to apologize for the sweet deal on stadium suites

  “Baby, you can crash my party anytime,” Luke Bryan sang. Baby, did they ever. Since the new Vikings stadium opened in August, dozens of…
Tevlin: Snippy letter shows awkward dance of Mpls. mayor, downtown leaders

Tevlin: Snippy letter shows awkward dance of Mpls. mayor, downtown leaders

Hodges' response was a masterpiece of barely controlled passive-aggressive seething, unique in a way that a Nut Goodie or a Post-it note is unique — in other words, something that could be manufactured only in Minnesota.

Tevlin: Councilman's Facebook post exposes postelection rancor in Ely

Ely is the kind of place where people normally escape the rancor and contentiousness of everyday life. They go for the lakes and loons and…
Tevlin: Stadium officials should listen to people who tilt at windmills

Tevlin: Stadium officials should listen to people who tilt at windmills

You can't say Chuck Turchick didn't warn them.
Tevlin: Some suite seats for DFL Party big shots

Tevlin: Some suite seats for DFL Party big shots

The DFL insiders came for the free lunch at U.S. Bank Stadium and ended up buying the timeshare.
Tevlin: Refugee turned Rochester grad turned Rhodes scholar is on his way

Tevlin: Refugee turned Rochester grad turned Rhodes scholar is on his way

It might be a good time to introduce you to Ahmed M. Ahmed, a graduate of Rochester John Marshall High School, currently a senior at Cornell University, who was last week chosen as one of 32 U.S. Rhodes scholars. Ahmed will receive a scholarship, worth up to $250,000, to attend graduate school at Oxford University in England next year.

Tevlin: There will be an especially poignant thanks at this Thanksgiving table

Every year Miles Weske and his fiancée Brook Weber make Thanksgiving dinner for family, and this year will be no different. Except Weber jokes that…
Tevlin: With 2016 presidential race barely over, here comes Mpls. mayoral race

Tevlin: With 2016 presidential race barely over, here comes Mpls. mayoral race

Good Lord, the next election cycle has begun.

Tevlin: Trump's triumph no surprise to those who know white working class

  Thousands of people who dive deeply into issues that cleave and bind society will come to the Minneapolis Convention Center this week, and like…

Jon Tevlin: From Rep.-elect Fue Lee, a lesson in what democracy looks like

The door of a corner house on Bryant Avenue N. in north Minneapolis is draped with a string of small wooden objects. Two Hmong shamans…
Tevlin: After 38 years, Randy Johnson will leave his commissioner job and that wretched fountain

Tevlin: After 38 years, Randy Johnson will leave his commissioner job and that wretched fountain

I wasn’t going to write about the fountain. Even though I can see it from the window by my desk, surrounded by barricades and filled…

Tevlin: Ad targeting Edina DFLer offers one more sideshow in the election carnival

Although she is now the subject of a new attack commercial by Republicans against an Edina DFLer, Pat Maahs had never been interested in politics…

Tevlin: A family looks death – and health premiums – in the face

Anne Barta was diagnosed with stage four cancer in January 2015, news that devastated her family. Doctors first diagnosed her illness as ovarian cancer, but…

Tevlin: Ugly St. Paul dumping ground now sprouts vegetables and friendships

In May of 2012, this stretch of land near the corner of Prior and Gilbert avenues in St. Paul was a mess of weeds and…
'Too many young black men are dying,' a deputy chief says at community gathering

'Too many young black men are dying,' a deputy chief says at community gathering

Frank talk on police, race relations came a day before Minneapolis police announced officers in Jamar Clark shooting would not be disciplined.

Tevlin: Trump's talk of a rigged election is 'dangerous'

It’s rigged, folks. Believe me, there’s something going on here. You know what I’m talking about. They’re going to steal this election. It has become…
Tevlin: Wells Fargo CEO, a kid from Minnesota, had pattern of feigning ignorance

Tevlin: Wells Fargo CEO, a kid from Minnesota, had pattern of feigning ignorance

In the little town of Pierz, in central Minnesota, if you find the hidden medallion during their Octoberfest, you can win $500 worth of Pierz…

Tevlin: A shy kid finds a friend and mentor in St. Paul cop

Jeff Stiff first saw the kid out on the hockey rink back in January, wary and uncertain, wobbling across the ice with no gloves. It…
Tevlin: Recent gunfight in Minneapolis brings yet another plan to end violence

Tevlin: Recent gunfight in Minneapolis brings yet another plan to end violence

"This is not who we are as a city," Mayor Betsy Hodges says about a gunfight in downtown Minneapolis early Monday morning. Well, it's not who we are 24/7, but it's part of who we are some days, usually around 2 a.m., when the bars close and people who don't like each other meet for some gunplay.

Tevlin: After accident, wedding postponed but love endures

Brook Weber should be thinking about the final details of her wedding this week, a small affair with a few friends at Jay Cooke State…

Tevlin: From Arab Spring to a uniquely American scourge

Six short years ago Ahmed Eid was at the epicenter of a Middle East storm, hitting the streets with his fellow Egyptians as the Arab…
Tevlin: Abdi Warsame is a voice for Islam, for Somalia, and for hope

Tevlin: Abdi Warsame is a voice for Islam, for Somalia, and for hope

  With the U.S. State Department as his sponsor, Abdi Warsame had just spent several days traveling around Morocco, talking to other Muslims about the…

Tevlin: For two families, drunken-driving crash is lifetime of hard lessons

Pat Mackin and Jeanine Brudenell’s legal battle ended this week, but not their struggle. The couple settled a lawsuit on Monday, providing financial help to…

Will traffic calming 'woonerf' lead to slow-motion mayhem?

"I'm looking for the woonerf."A large man laying sod paused and removed his headphones."Woonerf," I said.Sensing that we spoke different languages, and perhaps even existed…

Tevlin: A search for common ground on race, police

It was a raw discussion between people who are often at odds. It was about race, responsibility, privilege and trust, and it was about the…

Tevlin: Hardworking ITT student cheated of his walk across the stage

It was supposed to be his special day, a day he'd worked for on those long nights and weekends while supporting his family. It was…
Tevlin: Ballot battles gave labor issues a needed shot in the arm

Tevlin: Ballot battles gave labor issues a needed shot in the arm

You will not be able to vote this November whether the people who clean hotel rooms, bus dishes or help the senior citizens deserve a…
Tevlin: Did Jason Lewis make Trump possible, or vice versa?

Tevlin: Did Jason Lewis make Trump possible, or vice versa?

More than a decade ago I sat in Jason Lewis' "Leave It to Beaver" living room for an interview with the talk radio host, who…

Tevlin: Metro Transit case weakens government transparency

It is somehow symbolic that the only person who will be able to “see” video from a public Metropolitan Transit bus actually can’t see. We…

Tevlin: Jury's misunderstanding of instructions altered murder verdict

It was a drug deal gone bad, and when it was over, one man was dead and two were in jail facing murder charges.
Tevlin: 25 years after Brian Coyle's death, his legacy lives on

Tevlin: 25 years after Brian Coyle's death, his legacy lives on

He was one of the first public officials in the nation to acknowledge he was gay and one of the first prominent people, before Magic…
Tevlin: Renters in elite Minneapolis condo district? Gasp!

Tevlin: Renters in elite Minneapolis condo district? Gasp!

It is the city's last slice of prime land, smack in the middle of what was once an asphalt tundra between downtown and the river.…

Tevlin: Heated debate on minimum-wage charter drowns out nuance

Only in Minneapolis can 200 people with similar ideologies and goals go into a room together and get into a fight about ideology and goals.
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