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Jon Tevlin

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Jon Tevlin is a metro section columnist.
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Tevlin: Snippy letter shows awkward dance between Mpls. mayor, downtown leaders

Two days before the Minneapolis City Council budget hearing, a group of powerful downtown business leaders surprised Mayor Betsy Hodges with a stern, exasperated lecture…

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.
Tevlin: Hundreds turn out on muggy night for pre-primary DFL debate

Tevlin: Hundreds turn out on muggy night for pre-primary DFL debate

Even though the air was thick with humidity with threats of storms, more than 250 people filled an auditorium and spilled into an overflow room to watch.
Tevlin: Instead of civility, Freeborn County chose Ted Nugent

Tevlin: Instead of civility, Freeborn County chose Ted Nugent

Freeborn County, the rural area surrounding Albert Lea, Minn., roughly 90 minutes south of the Twin Cities, is in the midst of a movement called…
Tevlin: Group seeks to reunite Jews with their north Minneapolis history

Tevlin: Group seeks to reunite Jews with their north Minneapolis history

  The colors for Minneapolis North High School are blue and white, same as the Israeli flag. This is not a coincidence, says Jane Barrash,…
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,…
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