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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.
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Tevlin: Luverne vets' last toast to fallen comrades is bittersweet

Tevlin: Luverne vets' last toast to fallen comrades is bittersweet

The two are all that remain of a blood-brothers group of World War II veterans who gathered at the former Glen's Bakery and Deli for years.
Tevlin: Men can play role in shifting culture of harassment

Tevlin: Men can play role in shifting culture of harassment

The good news this week is that Democrats and Republicans are finally on the same page about something. The bad news is that it’s sexual…
Tevlin: Barb Johnson's long Minneapolis City Council run comes to an end

Tevlin: Barb Johnson's long Minneapolis City Council run comes to an end

For 20 years, 11 as council president, Johnson has been one of the more powerful people in the city.
Tevlin: Fatal bar fire yields new start for homeless seniors in Minneapolis

Tevlin: Fatal bar fire yields new start for homeless seniors in Minneapolis

In March 2010, a fire ripped through McMahon’s Pub on East Lake Street, killing six people in the apartments above the bar. The victims included…
Tevlin: Strip clubs love football, especially the Super Bowl

Tevlin: Strip clubs love football, especially the Super Bowl

Just as the Minneapolis City Council is meeting Wednesday to come up with a strategy to disrupt sex-trafficking statewide in advance of the big game, the exotic dance industry is ramping up for a bigger surge in business.
Tevlin: St. Paul's police union shamelessly attacks a mayoral candidate

Tevlin: St. Paul's police union shamelessly attacks a mayoral candidate

The attack on Melvin Carter is a dangerous, and perhaps unprecedented, abuse of the power of the police federation for political means.
Tevlin: Untruths fan flames of fear in St. Cloud

Tevlin: Untruths fan flames of fear in St. Cloud

"It's extremely embarrassing to be in the news for this," said Natalie Ringsmuth, director of #UniteCloud, a nonprofit that seeks to ease racial, religious and cultural tensions in St. Cloud.
Tevlin: Deported Worthington father was a victim of political optics

Tevlin: Deported Worthington father was a victim of political optics

  Jacobo Gabriel-Tomas is no bad hombre. He is beloved by his family, his church, his employer and what he considers his hometown of Worthington,…
Tevlin: In making a play for Amazon, would we be selling our souls?

Tevlin: In making a play for Amazon, would we be selling our souls?

Across the Twin Cities, from Arden Hills to Shakopee, city planners are huddling with developers and Mad Men to put together the biggest "welcome basket'' the state has ever seen.
Tevlin: Minn. pharmacist who faced addiction demons now helps teens

Tevlin: Minn. pharmacist who faced addiction demons now helps teens

Some might see him as an atypical example of America's opioid crisis, but Sean Higgins will tell you his story is very common.
Tevlin: Police/community relations can't be fixed overnight

Tevlin: Police/community relations can't be fixed overnight

After St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop, Gov. Mark Dayton created the Council on Law Enforcement and Community…
Tevlin: U ethics expert says Trump White House is a nightmare

Tevlin: U ethics expert says Trump White House is a nightmare

Law Prof. Richard Painter, who was George W. Bush's White House ethics chief, considers himself a loyal Republican.

Tevlin: Vet's phone call was inspired by strong feelings toward the VA

If you work at the VA and met Mike Krueger, you should know that he appreciates you more than you can imagine.

Tevlin: From serving in Iraq to working on Ph.D, U scholar is 'like a kid in a candy store'

Jason Jones is the first in his family to go to college, and he said the U's TRIO McNair Scholars program has been instrumental in getting an advanced degree.
Tevlin: Assault leads to community dialogue on 'Suicide Hill' homeless camp

Tevlin: Assault leads to community dialogue on 'Suicide Hill' homeless camp

They call it "Suicide Hill" because the homeless and addicted people who gather there sometimes pass out and roll down the embankment into traffic.The area,…
Tevlin: Get ready for some more traffic chaos, Minneapolis

Tevlin: Get ready for some more traffic chaos, Minneapolis

When Franklin Avenue shuts down near I-35W to rebuild a bridge, MnDOT's detour for the nearly 15,000 cars that use Franklin Avenue each day will go to 26th and 28th streets, facing restrictions.
Tevlin: When it comes to discussing politics, it's a zoo out there

Tevlin: When it comes to discussing politics, it's a zoo out there

What does it say about the political temperament of America when an argument over politics gets a senior citizen volunteer fired from the Minnesota Zoo?
Tevlin: Legendary defense attorney Ron Meshbesher struggling with Alzheimer's

Tevlin: Legendary defense attorney Ron Meshbesher struggling with Alzheimer's

"If our story can help bring awareness that even brilliant people like my husband can be afflicted with this disease, it will be worth it," Kim Meshbesher said.
Tevlin: North Loop entrepreneur Peter Kirihara kept his imagination unchained

Tevlin: North Loop entrepreneur Peter Kirihara kept his imagination unchained

He was honored for his pioneering vision and his determination to transform the once ghostly Warehouse District into a legitimate destination spot, now known as the trendy North Loop.
Tevlin: A crisis in Minneapolis just can't compete with L.A.

Tevlin: A crisis in Minneapolis just can't compete with L.A.

Hodges better hope the race doesn't come down to the main blunder on her fundraising trip: the menu.
Tevlin: Reopening State Fair diner is family's rite of August

Tevlin: Reopening State Fair diner is family's rite of August

Lee and Bev Bahr have turned management of the Lunch Box over to the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, but on Tuesday were still there before first light.
Tevlin: North Side's Tooties is almost back from brink

Tevlin: North Side's Tooties is almost back from brink

The basement fire started by a burglar has closed the neighborhood joint for 40 days and counting.
Tevlin: Two kids were able to play with toy guns and not get killed

Tevlin: Two kids were able to play with toy guns and not get killed

This is now the world in which we live.
Tevlin: Being the good guy won't be enough for Arradondo as potential chief

Tevlin: Being the good guy won't be enough for Arradondo as potential chief

Praise for Arradondo at last week's hearing was one of the few genuinely hopeful moments in the recent history of relations between police and the public, but it's a tenuous one.
Tevlin: A night of fun in Richfield ended in gunfire and tears for a young man slain

Tevlin: A night of fun in Richfield ended in gunfire and tears for a young man slain

The shooting death of Jonathan O'Shaughnessy has left his family reeling and asking for anyone who knows what happened to step forward.
Tevlin: Dean Phillips taking his campaign for Congress to the people

Tevlin: Dean Phillips taking his campaign for Congress to the people

Phillips knows it's an uphill battle against Rep. Erik Paulsen, but he's been there before.
Tevlin: A proud Eagle Scout from Minnesota turns in his badge after Trump's speech

Tevlin: A proud Eagle Scout from Minnesota turns in his badge after Trump's speech

"It didn't matter what the speaker said, I identified it as an enormous failure of leadership by the adults who were there," said John Rowell of Moorhead.
Tevlin: Minneapolis shop owner's mother fearless in standing up to armed robber

Tevlin: Minneapolis shop owner's mother fearless in standing up to armed robber

It happened at the ColorWheel Gallery, a combination hair salon and gallery in south Minneapolis where local artists sell their wares and neighbors often gather for folk music.
Tevlin: Police chief's absence spelled the end

Tevlin: Police chief's absence spelled the end

Janee Harteau certainly doesn't own all the crises that have tarnished the police force the past few years, but political expediency made her departure inevitable.
Tevlin: Where Justine Damond died, cameras roll too late

Tevlin: Where Justine Damond died, cameras roll too late

We are international news, again, for all the wrong reasons.
Small-town doctor in Minnesota gives voice to Islam

Small-town doctor in Minnesota gives voice to Islam

Two weeks after a major profile in the Washington Post brought huge attention, Ayaz Virji is still working through his emotions.
Tevlin: Who will rise from huddled mass of Minneapolis mayor candidates?

Tevlin: Who will rise from huddled mass of Minneapolis mayor candidates?

Ray Dehn scored a victory over an incumbent mayor in Saturday's DFL convention, but that certainly doesn't make him a lock.

Tevlin: For this July 4th, waving a flag and making a vow

The run-up to celebrate all that's good in this country comes with plenty of reasons to fear that things we once celebrated are now targets.

Tevlin: Preparing his granddaughter for a life without sight

David House brought his 8-year-old granddaughter, Lily, to Minnesota this month for a three-week stay. She got to visit the Mall of America and a…
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…
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