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Jon Tevlin

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Jon Tevlin is a metro section columnist.
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It's past time to pick up a copy of '21st Century Policing'

It's past time to pick up a copy of '21st Century Policing'

Shortly after Gov. Mark Dayton found out that a metro area police officer shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop, he did what Minneapolis Mayor…
Tevlin: Purple Heart lost in the sand returned to Andover veteran

Tevlin: Purple Heart lost in the sand returned to Andover veteran

Wondering how the medal wound up on a beach in Belize led an Army veteran to Andover.
June 15: Plot twists in case of Minneapolis drama teacher's arrest

June 15: Plot twists in case of Minneapolis drama teacher's arrest

Crystal Spring, a Washburn High School drama teacher, was arrested in May by Minneapolis police after she stopped to witness an altercation and was facing firing until Tuesday.

Tevlin: Routine traffic stop a tragic collision of separate realities

Larpenteur Avenue cuts through Lauderdale and Falcon Heights, past fields of crops surrounded by modest but well-kept ranch homes, past the University of Minnesota campus…
Tevlin: Another death, another tragedy

Tevlin: Another death, another tragedy

Video of the moments after the shooting are terrifying and haunting: a dying man, covered in blood while a panicked officer screams obscenities, seemingly horrified at what he has just done.

Tevlin: Nonprofit's demise didn't happen in a vacuum

Numerous board members from both the public and private sector were either oblivious to rampant misspending or tacitly complicit.
Tevlin: Homeless man reunited with therapeutic dog

Tevlin: Homeless man reunited with therapeutic dog

Mike Heath reported that the dog, Baby, was stolen in May. Heath posted fliers all over south Minneapolis, where the dog was believed to have been taken, and showed up at the Star Tribune looking for assistance.
Tevlin: Charter amendments give voice to the public, which is sometimes wrong

Tevlin: Charter amendments give voice to the public, which is sometimes wrong

Such a referendum is direct democracy in action, in which sub groups of society push to change an inept or crooked status quo by end-running it. Or, it's tyranny of the masses, depending on your view of representative democracy and how well it works.

Tevlin: Terrifying tale makes case for background checks

  Danny Ray Fuston was a low-level criminal just out of an Oklahoma prison and looking to start a new life in Minnesota. Through a…

Tevlin: Cardiologist, 90, has a stake in the Allina Health nurse strike, joins picket line

On a sultry Sunday, the 90-year-old with the stellar résumé took time away from a weekend with family to occupy a lawn chair at E.…
Tevlin: Bill Davis, a career of mendacity and conceit

Tevlin: Bill Davis, a career of mendacity and conceit

For years people in the nonprofit world questioned the financial dealings of Bill Davis, and every time, his powerful DFL friends stood behind him.

Tevlin: Why campus rape is a men's issue

At the beginning of his presentation at Metro State University, Keith Edwards showed a slide of a poster that upon first glance read: Men Rape.…

Tevlin: Sometimes trusted professionals fuel opioid epidemic

  While authorities investigate where Prince obtained the drugs that killed him, as well as the scandal that’s rocked the University of Minnesota wrestling team,…
Tevlin: Retiring Burroughs principal was heart, soul of the school

Tevlin: Retiring Burroughs principal was heart, soul of the school

  Tim Cadotte stood in the auditorium of Burroughs Elementary school and watched as dozens of kindergartners practiced a song about a little white duck.…
Tevlin: Dog is still missing, but compassion finds homeless man

Tevlin: Dog is still missing, but compassion finds homeless man

He was a homeless senior citizen with a dust mop of a dog, sharing his hopelessness with two drug abusers in a Bloomington motel. Before…

Tevlin: On Memorial Day weekend, evidence of Legislature's failure will be all around us

This weekend, tens of thousands of Minnesotans will travel to their vacations on scenic, crumbling highways to bike on stunning, pockmarked trails and fish in…
Tevlin: Deep truths and deep thoughts from Mayor Betsy Hodges' address

Tevlin: Deep truths and deep thoughts from Mayor Betsy Hodges' address

At some point during Mayor Betsy Hodges’ philosophically full-bodied State of the City address, I began to think that it sounded familiar. Not the platitudes…

Tevlin: Teen's death sets parents on new mission of suicide prevention, mental health issues

Solomon Elhindi was a small boy with a big smile, a hearty laugh and a fondness for telling jokes, pulling pranks on his friends and…
Tevlin: Homeless veteran desperate to find his stolen service dog

Tevlin: Homeless veteran desperate to find his stolen service dog

Mike Heath spreads a dozen tattered ­fliers across the table of an Arby’s restaurant where he spends a lot of time, mostly because time is…

Tevlin: Body-cam legislation efforts continue to be a tangled mess

Cameras are about to roll in the ongoing drama featuring the public and police, and advance reviews are hopeful that affixing body cams to officers…

Tevlin: Golfers who live near Fort Ridgely course to fight DNR for its future

The group Friends of Fort Ridgely plans to make what might be a last stand during a meeting later this month

Tevlin: Grand Marais saves Beaver House and a bit of our history

When you talk about Minnesota’s affection for iconic fiberglass roadside attractions, the Beaver House in Grand Marais deserves mention — right alongside North St. Paul’s…

Tevlin: Duo take up the cause of homeless vets who deserve better

James Hudson and Richard Greggersen cruised the perimeter of the wood processing lot in Hudson’s old Cadillac. Giant piles of wood chips and sawdust leaked…

Tevlin: Former welfare recipient lobbies for more aid to the poor

Decades later, Terese Hermann can recall growing up in poverty with no mother and a father who was in poor health.The "dumpster diving" at Goodwill.…
Tevlin: Law office shooting ripped hole in couple's life

Tevlin: Law office shooting ripped hole in couple's life

Long before it became personal, Athena Adkins wondered whether there was anything she could do about gun violence. The light bulb went off when she heard about schools conducting drills to teach students how to hide from armed intruders. It had come to this: Our public institutions were coaching kids on how to survive the most likely dangers in their world — tornadoes and gunfire.
Tevlin: Kahn's four decades are enough, thanks

Tevlin: Kahn's four decades are enough, thanks

  Over her expansive and eccentric 44-year-career as a state legislator, Rep. Phyllis Kahn has let it be known that she loves bikers, hates smokers,…
Tevlin: Chef Russell Klein dishes up harsh words for Minneapolis

Tevlin: Chef Russell Klein dishes up harsh words for Minneapolis

"I don't blame the city for my closing," Klein said of his eatery Foreign Legion. "But the city did make things harder all along the way."
Minnesota town claims Bigfoot's home; town in California begs to differ

Minnesota town claims Bigfoot's home; town in California begs to differ

Like a lot of small towns across the state, tiny Remer continually looks for ways to draw people to its community of 370 residents, midway…
Tevlin: Can cry for justice in Clark case cut through decades of mistrust?

Tevlin: Can cry for justice in Clark case cut through decades of mistrust?

There is a reason archaeologists study graves to identify a culture’s social structure and inequities. Where and how our bodies go when we die often…
Tevlin: Mike Freeman's pending decision on Clark case: a lose-lose?

Tevlin: Mike Freeman's pending decision on Clark case: a lose-lose?

The Hennepin County attorney faces pressure on all sides over his pending decision in the Jamar Clark case, Jon Tevlin writes.
Tevlin: Local sax player struggles to recover after being hit by a drunken driver

Tevlin: Local sax player struggles to recover after being hit by a drunken driver

It's been a grueling 15 months for Pat Mackin since that early December morning when a drunken driver slammed into Mackin's car, nearly killing him. He was on the way home from the Minnesota Music Café, where he had a gig as a saxophone player.

Tevlin: Sister's suicide and her obituary shine light on depression

It was the last gift she could give to her sister, and a way to keep her close just a little longer. So when Eleni…
Tevlin: Victim of violence on St. Pat's Day was with official downtown Mpls. booster

Tevlin: Victim of violence on St. Pat's Day was with official downtown Mpls. booster

For the past eight to 10 years, his family has marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Minneapolis, a city he loves and also…
Tevlin: Grand Rapids Target 'cart guy' delivers a few lessons in tolerance

Tevlin: Grand Rapids Target 'cart guy' delivers a few lessons in tolerance

Some time in late December, Jacqueline Dowell, an 82-year-old customer of the Grand Rapids Target, noticed that the shopping carts in the store’s parking lot…
Tevlin: That time I met Donald Trump

Tevlin: That time I met Donald Trump

I got to spend a minute with Donald Trump in 2006 behind the stage at a "motivational seminar" at the Minneapolis Convention Center.Trump was the…

Tevlin: Embezzler's early release upsets the victim

When John Tschohl received an e-mail last Thursday notifying him that Laura Lee Scholz was going to be released on May 9 — less than a year after she began serving her sentence — he was livid.

Tevlin: Promoting a vision for Minneapolis' North Side

  In his State of the State speech last week, Gov. Mark Dayton addressed the elephant in the room — the equity gap in both…
Tevlin: Local doctor's film sheds light on rise and fall of hoops prodigy

Tevlin: Local doctor's film sheds light on rise and fall of hoops prodigy

Long before he became a Twin Cities radiologist, way back in high school in Bemidji, Benjamin May was intrigued by a story about a legendary…

Tevlin: Even tougher battle ahead for maverick priest the Rev. Mike Tegeder

For years, the Rev. Mike Tegeder publicly fought what many considered unbeatable foes: the Catholic Church hierarchy and former Archbishop John Nienstedt. Tegeder was one…

Tevlin: Retired judge and legislator works to correct his 'biggest mistake'

At the end of a task force meeting on prison reform at the State Capitol on Wednesday, a man casually dressed in a sport coat,…

Tevlin: Protesters should choose their battles carefully

Last week janitors went on strike for one day to call for higher wages for the people who clean most of the downtown Minneapolis and…
Tevlin: Madelia fire 'not just a news story, it's our lives'

Tevlin: Madelia fire 'not just a news story, it's our lives'

Jeff and Michelle Van Hee got the call around 6 a.m. on Feb. 3, about the time their alarm usually goes off. Phone calls at…

Tevlin: At 72, Jessica cleans offices while workers sleep

Jessica Hansen is 72 and has done the same work now for 39 years, scrubbing down and cleaning the shiny offices where people work. If…

Tevlin: Inside a Minneapolis courtroom, a peek into terror recruitment

In a courtroom crowded with relatives and elders in traditional Somali clothes and young men in North Face jackets, new shoes and crisply pressed shirts,…

Tevlin: Minneapolis street doctor dispenses care with a dose of dignity

The son of missionaries, he grew up in the Congo and was shot by the same insurgents who killed his father, forcing the rest of…
Tevlin: Story of accusations vs. Jason McLean 'clawing to be told for decades'

Tevlin: Story of accusations vs. Jason McLean 'clawing to be told for decades'

It was 2002, and I was covering the controversy surrounding one of the city’s hippest hangouts, the Loring Bar. The landlord of the building and…
Tevlin: Minneapolis teen learns about the politics of educating our students

Tevlin: Minneapolis teen learns about the politics of educating our students

At one point in an otherwise raucous Minneapolis school board meeting, Becky and David Branch took to the podium, not to scold or rant, but…

Tevlin: E-mail by MPCA staffer over proposed pipeline project creates political stir

Today’s lesson for new or forgetful government employees comes courtesy of what appears to be a low-level cog working for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency…
Tevlin: Sergio Paez goes into belly of the beast to try to save his job

Tevlin: Sergio Paez goes into belly of the beast to try to save his job

With his reputation under attack and his career on the line, the kid who grew up in the streets of Bogota, Colombia, took on his…
Tevlin: This year-end list is a sad tally of domestic abuse

Tevlin: This year-end list is a sad tally of domestic abuse

The lists arrive with comforting predictability this time of year: the best of this, the worst of that, the funniest, the saddest, the ones we…

Tevlin: Day in court over holidays brings sad stories, tough decisions

On the day before Christmas Eve, they came before the judge in tattered overcoats, torn jeans and orange prison jump suits. Some were alone. One…
Tevlin: A year of lessons from extraordinary people

Tevlin: A year of lessons from extraordinary people

So 2015 slouches to the final days, days of retrospection and assessment, hope and regret. We look at the news: perpetual war, permanent jihad. A…
Tevlin: Harteau says this is where she should be right now

Tevlin: Harteau says this is where she should be right now

The woman with arguably one of worst jobs in the city right now stood in a dingy gymnasium in north Minneapolis and tried to tell…
Tevlin: When the plot is foiled, justice is a tricky matter

Tevlin: When the plot is foiled, justice is a tricky matter

It’s a scenario seen with frightening frequency. An impressionable young man or teen is influenced by outside forces due partly to the convenience and secrecy…
Democracy was a hot mess at the council's budget hearing

Democracy was a hot mess at the council's budget hearing

The Minneapolis City Council budget hearing Wednesday started with the usual plea for consideration from your Average Citizen. She wondered politely if the city couldn’t…

Tevlin: A long journey from addict to prison inmate to lawyer

Suzula Bidon was working in a federal prison kitchen for 12 cents an hour, the result of a drug habit that put her behind bars…

Tevlin: In court, it's brother vs. sister and a family torn apart

Sitting in the hallway of Hennepin County Court, Lissa Miller looked distraught. She didn’t think she would be spending the early years of her retirement…
With Capitol under renovation, debate begins on which art is appropriate when it reopens

With Capitol under renovation, debate begins on which art is appropriate when it reopens

When it comes to the Anton Gag painting “Attack on New Ulm,” which was hanging in the Minnesota State Capitol before being stored during the…
Tevlin: No easy solutions in north Minneapolis

Tevlin: No easy solutions in north Minneapolis

As hundreds of protesters streamed into downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday night, a defiant show of disgust after a white man allegedly shot five black protesters…
Tevlin: Betsy Hodges' measured response is just what's needed

Tevlin: Betsy Hodges' measured response is just what's needed

One Minneapolis spoke loudly and clearly this week about the death of Jamar Clark.It spoke from the Fourth Precinct, where hundreds have gathered to protest…
Modernism Week in Palm Springs lures an eclectic crowd

Modernism Week in Palm Springs lures an eclectic crowd

Modernism Week in this acclaimed center of clean-lined architecture lures an eclectic crowd for a wide range of activities.

Tevlin: Take a breath, wait for facts as clock ticks in Jamar Clark case

Over the past few nights protesters have set up a base camp in the alcove of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct. They’ve spilled into…

Some Canadians will do anything to get to a U.S. business meeting

Walter David Duncan's Great American Misadventure started in Toronto, traversed southern Canada, crossed the roiling Pigeon River, clomped through thickets and woods teeming with bears…

Tevlin: With blushing concern, Virginia, Minn., confronts sex parties

Bill Hanna has been editor of the Mesabi Daily News for 30 years, so he figured he’d seen it all — at least all that’s…

Tevlin: Can 'holistic' crime fighting conquer real-life violence?

When Carter Averbeck first moved into the Warehouse District of Minneapolis 15 years ago, he expected the drunks and chuckleheads. There were music venues, topless…
Tevlin: Mystery solved; flowers are a mom's tribute for soldier son

Tevlin: Mystery solved; flowers are a mom's tribute for soldier son

Thomas Johnson was a soldier and a son. He read Chaucer and liked sports, and he loved the Minnesota Twins so much he arranged his…
Tevlin: Flowers reveal that soldiers who die by suicide aren't forgotten

Tevlin: Flowers reveal that soldiers who die by suicide aren't forgotten

They come to the cavernous Hennepin County Government Center to solve problems, large and small. One by one, they drop by the information desk in…
Tevlin: Parking issues trip our inner reptile; ask St. Paul

Tevlin: Parking issues trip our inner reptile; ask St. Paul

Somewhere amid the heckling and the boos, the murmurs and groans, city officials tried to invoke his name, like a call to a higher power…
Tevlin: Judge makes thoughtful, solemn decision in LaDue case in Waseca

Tevlin: Judge makes thoughtful, solemn decision in LaDue case in Waseca

The judge was deliberate and solemn, choosing to write and read his decision carefully instead of speaking extemporaneously. It was what the moment demanded. After…

Tevlin: Latest city home inspections roil, worry landlords in Seward

The city, however, says such inspections of rental properties are taking place citywide, in a more focused, systematic way.

Tevlin: Working Families Agenda still faces a long road ahead

Danny Schwartzman grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., with an entrepreneurial mind-set and a socially conscious heart. He wound up in Minneapolis doing organizing…

Tevlin: If information is power, Mike Menner hands out lots of it

Mike Menner strolled into the reception area of St. Stephen’s Human Services, where an hour earlier people had lined up in search of advice on…

Tevlin: My mom, the 'recess consultant'

It’s not every day that you learn something new about your mother, especially when she’s been dead for nearly 30 years. But a story on…

Hurdles are nothing new for this Twin Cities marathoner

Running is nothing new to Crystal Gail Welcome, she’s been doing it all her life. But when she lines up for the start of the…
Tevlin: Posturing might cost Minneapolis a soccer stadium

Tevlin: Posturing might cost Minneapolis a soccer stadium

Last week, a local billionaire and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman got together to show some love for an abandoned bus barn in a shopworn…
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