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MaryJo Webster

Data Editor | Newsroom
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MaryJo Webster joined the Star Tribune in April 2015. She has had stints as a data journalist as USA Today, Digital First Media, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Center for Public Integrity, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Early in her career, she also worked as a reporter and editor at papers in New Ulm, Minn., and Oshkosh, Wis.
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PART 3: How Minn. officers accused of serious crimes plea bargain to keep jobs

PART 3: How Minn. officers accused of serious crimes plea bargain to keep jobs

Officers with convictions – which might have cost them their careers in other states – can exploit weaknesses in Minnesota's licensing rules to keep their jobs.
What Minnesota can learn from Oregon on police oversight

What Minnesota can learn from Oregon on police oversight

In Oregon, police officers can be disciplined for infractions that wouldn't even trigger a state review here. The northwestern state has become a national model for rigorous licensing, with lessons for Minnesota in police accountability and improving public confidence.
PART 1: Minnesota police officers convicted of serious crimes still on the job

PART 1: Minnesota police officers convicted of serious crimes still on the job

Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state. More than 140 are still on the job.
PART 2: A blind spot for officers involved in domestic violence in state

PART 2: A blind spot for officers involved in domestic violence in state

The state rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.
School choice splits Twin Cities suburbs into haves, have-nots

School choice splits Twin Cities suburbs into haves, have-nots

Parents are going the distance to enroll their children in schools that offer the programs and services they want, effectively redrawing the map of district boundaries in the process.
Minneapolis' black families lead way in fleeing to other schools

Minneapolis' black families lead way in fleeing to other schools

Reasons for leaving the district range from safety concerns to a belief that academics elsewhere are better than in Minneapolis, which has struggled for years to close the achievement gap between white and black students.
Minorities make modest economic gains in Minnesota, new census data shows

Minorities make modest economic gains in Minnesota, new census data shows

Black, Hispanic and American Indian households in Minnesota made modest economic gains last year, but remain far behind whites and Asians, according to new census data.
Rising exodus of students puts more pressure on Minnesota schools

Rising exodus of students puts more pressure on Minnesota schools

In Minneapolis and St. Paul, a third of the students are now leaving for other districts. The student flight is magnifying budget pressures and transforming the racial diversity of metro-area schools.
Minnesota teen driving deaths plummet: Better drivers or fewer teens?

Minnesota teen driving deaths plummet: Better drivers or fewer teens?

The trend seems to reflect more restrictive licensing laws and changes in teen interests and behavior.
Minnesota math scores down a bit; reading results are flat

Minnesota math scores down a bit; reading results are flat

"It's frustrating to see test scores slowly increasing over time, but there's more to providing a student with a well-rounded education than can be seen in a test," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement.
Find your Minnesota school's math and reading test scores

Find your Minnesota school's math and reading test scores

Use the database to track your school's proficiency in math and reading.

History of gas line accidents in Minnesota since 1998

Before Wednesday’s explosion at Minnehaha Academy, gas distribution lines have experienced at least 41 major accidents in Minnesota since 2004, federal data show. The most…
Minnesota's riskiest bridges repaired after I-35W collapse

Minnesota's riskiest bridges repaired after I-35W collapse

State leaders set aside $2.5 billion for the program over the past decade, allowing the state to more aggressively tackle a backlog of bridge repairs. It also has left the state with one of the lowest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the nation.
Fatal police encounters in Minnesota since 2000

Fatal police encounters in Minnesota since 2000

More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
Trump's pushback on NAFTA has the attention of Minnesota's economy

Trump's pushback on NAFTA has the attention of Minnesota's economy

President Trump's vow to renegotiate the trade pact with Canada and Mexico could have big impact on Minnesota's economy.
Welcome to the 1860s, when most Minnesotans were born in another country

Welcome to the 1860s, when most Minnesotans were born in another country

A lot has changed in the 150 years since the Star Tribune began as the Minneapolis Tribune. Here's a look at why the 1860s were a pivotal decade of change for Minnesotans.
Equity-strapped sellers keep starter homes in short supply

Equity-strapped sellers keep starter homes in short supply

More than 20 percent of metro homeowners who have a mortgage wouldn't clear enough money in a sale to cover real estate commissions and other selling costs and to make a down payment on another home, according to a Star Tribune analysis.
Find out whether lack of home equity is a problem where you live

Find out whether lack of home equity is a problem where you live

More than 20 percent of Twin Cities mortgaged homeowners don't have enough equity to cover the cost of selling and moving up, stifling house listings.
Minnesota Poll results: Distracted driving

Minnesota Poll results: Distracted driving

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters about distracted driving. Here's what they said:    table…
Minnesota Poll results: Dayton's approval ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Dayton's approval ratings

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of Gov. Mark Dayton's…
Minnesota Poll results: How Minnesotans see the healthcare debate

Minnesota Poll results: How Minnesotans see the healthcare debate

The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about their healthcare and debates surrounding the…
Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump, foreign policy and Russia

Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump, foreign policy and Russia

The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about President Trump's foreign policy proposals and…
Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Donald Trump's favorability ratings

To mark President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the Star Tribune polled registered Minnesota voters between April 24 and April 26. Highlights from…
Minnesota Poll results: Senatorial job approval ratings

Minnesota Poll results: Senatorial job approval ratings

The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of the job performances…
Minnesota foreclosures reach lowest level in more than a decade

Minnesota foreclosures reach lowest level in more than a decade

Data on sheriff's sales in each county show how the foreclosure crisis has slowed, although hot spots remain.
Metro taxpayers give more than they get back on roads, bridges

Metro taxpayers give more than they get back on roads, bridges

A Star Tribune analysis found that metro and greater Minnesota taxpayers each provide about half the money for Minnesota's roads and bridges, but greater Minnesota gets twice as much back in projects.
Unlikely new hot spots in Twin Cities housing market

Unlikely new hot spots in Twin Cities housing market

Affordable areas near urban amenities are in demand – like Richfield.
Find the hot housing markets in the Twin Cities

Find the hot housing markets in the Twin Cities

Are you living in a hot housing market? To find out, the Star Tribune’s housing market index combines four key housing metrics for cities with…
There really are more twins and triplets in Minnesota

There really are more twins and triplets in Minnesota

Data on births in Minnesota show how the rate of multiple births rose over the past three decades.
Explore how much Minnesota lawmakers got for their expenses

Explore how much Minnesota lawmakers got for their expenses

Find out what your lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate were reimbursed for job-related expenses in 2016.
DFL spent big in 2016 losses in Minnesota legislative races

DFL spent big in 2016 losses in Minnesota legislative races

The two sides spent much of the money on fewer than two dozen legislative races, with totals on some topping $1 million.
Where money flowed in the 2016 battle for the Legislature

Where money flowed in the 2016 battle for the Legislature

Campaign finance data show where Minnesota candidates and outside interest groups are raised and spent the most money.
Was Obama's presidency good for Minnesota?

Was Obama's presidency good for Minnesota?

We look at how Minnesota has changed during the Obama years, from economic indicators to gay marriage to professional sports teams' success.
Work-related deaths in Minnesota were up in 2015

Work-related deaths in Minnesota were up in 2015

Newly-released data showed an increase in women dying on the job and in farm-related deaths.
How common is your last name? Type it in here

How common is your last name? Type it in here

New U.S. Census Bureau data on frequency of surnames shows the changing racial makeup of the nation.
Black drivers stopped at higher rates in St. Paul, data shows

Black drivers stopped at higher rates in St. Paul, data shows

Black leaders said the findings provide empirical weight to the anecdotes and troubling police encounters the black community has long experienced.
Database of deaths after police use of force in Minnesota since 2000

Database of deaths after police use of force in Minnesota since 2000

More than 140 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
How was Minnesota voter turnout by county? Here are the results

How was Minnesota voter turnout by county? Here are the results

The largest increases in percentage of voting-age residents casting ballots were in central Minnesota, counties that supported Trump, according to a Star Tribune analysis.
13 takeaways from the presidential election in Minn., nationwide

13 takeaways from the presidential election in Minn., nationwide

See the major trends and takeaways from America's historic and odds-defying night in Minnesota and nationwide.
Minnesota likely No. 1 again in voter turnout

Minnesota likely No. 1 again in voter turnout

Voter turnout dropped in Minnesota, yet it was strong enough that the state has likely regained its No. 1 spot.About 74 percent of eligible voters…
How Trump almost won Minnesota

How Trump almost won Minnesota

The Republican president-to-be won in a number of greater Minnesota counties that were previously won by Barack Obama in 2012, while Hillary Clinton racked up her Minnesota-winning tally in the bigger cities.
Who's using absentee voting in Minnesota?

Who's using absentee voting in Minnesota?

A new analysis of absentee voter data, obtained Monday just a few hours before the close of early voting, shows that young people have started…
Older, urban voters lead spike in Minnesota absentee voting

Older, urban voters lead spike in Minnesota absentee voting

Older citizens, city dwellers first in line for state's expanded early voting, data show.
Optimize your Halloween haul tonight: What's your neighborhood's Candy Score?

Optimize your Halloween haul tonight: What's your neighborhood's Candy Score?

We crunched some data for an unscientific look at where you might find the sweetest results from trick-or-treating.
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.
Both sides spending heavily for control of Minn. state government

Both sides spending heavily for control of Minn. state government

Without a statewide race for governor or U.S. Senate this November, the attention and money of the state's wealthiest interests are focused on the Capitol.
Why 2016 might be the deadliest year for Minnesota pedestrians in a long time

Why 2016 might be the deadliest year for Minnesota pedestrians in a long time

Minnesota crash statistics paint a glum picture of pedestrian deaths in 2016, and the long-term trends around pedestrian injuries aren't much better.
Deep look at the battle for Minnesota Senate

Deep look at the battle for Minnesota Senate

Explore the current and historical balance of power in the Senate, this fall's most important races and profiles for every district.
Minnesota minority households get left out of the income boom

Minnesota minority households get left out of the income boom

Racial earnings gap persists, but some see signs of progress.
Part 1: Why does Minnesota have so many American Indian kids in foster care?

Part 1: Why does Minnesota have so many American Indian kids in foster care?

Taken from homes, American Indian children have flooded Minnesota's foster system: Less than 2 percent of children in Minnesota are Indian, but they make up nearly a quarter of the state's foster care population.
Foster care disparities growing

Foster care disparities growing

Minnesota judges place American Indian children into foster care in numbers that surpass any other state — and the breakup of Indian families is accelerating.
Deep look at the battle for Minnesota House

Deep look at the battle for Minnesota House

Explore the current and historical balance of power in the House, this fall's most important races and profiles for every district.
More and more Minnesota students are opting out of standardized tests

More and more Minnesota students are opting out of standardized tests

The trend is especially pronounced in Minneapolis high schools and raises questions about accuracy of test scores.

Fatal encounters with police in Minnesota since 2000

Fireworks injuries in Minnesota last year were highest in a decade

Fireworks injuries in Minnesota last year were highest in a decade

The number of emergency room visits, mostly from young people, especially men, have been increasing in recent years.
Police being forced to front lines of growing mental health crisis

Police being forced to front lines of growing mental health crisis

At a time when police are facing intense scrutiny over the use of force, more law enforcement officials agree with Beckie O'Connor that officers need more training. Yet no one is taking charge.
How have visits to National Park Service sites changed in 100 years?

How have visits to National Park Service sites changed in 100 years?

More than 307 million people visited hundreds of sites last year, including some of our favorites in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

How we counted police-involved deaths

Shortcomings in public data have obscured a full accounting of the cases.
How bad is the Twins' start? To begin, it's among worst in 3 decades of baseball

How bad is the Twins' start? To begin, it's among worst in 3 decades of baseball

Not just for the franchise, not just for the year -- but compared to every bad team every season at this point going back to 1980, the Twins are ... not looking very good.
How has the popularity of your name in Minnesota changed in 100 years?

How has the popularity of your name in Minnesota changed in 100 years?

New data on popular baby names in Minnesota in 2015 also sheds light on the names that have been rising and falling in popularity in recent years. Look up yours for the past century.
Where cars got towed from during Minneapolis snow emergencies

Where cars got towed from during Minneapolis snow emergencies

Maps help shed light on why more towing occurs in some areas of the city than others.
What you've been throwing away, but could be recycling

What you've been throwing away, but could be recycling

Data tracking recyclable items that ended up in landfills or at incinerators shows Minnesotans are trashing less than they used to overall, but more of some items like plastic bags and bottles.
Question of risk: Medtronic's lost Infuse device study

Question of risk: Medtronic's lost Infuse device study

Medtronic collected data on thousands of patients given its Infuse device, uncovering complications. The problems went unreported for years – even as scrutiny intensified.
Where does Twin Cities rank for population growth in Midwest?

Where does Twin Cities rank for population growth in Midwest?

New U.S. Census Bureau estimates show population trends in nation's metropolitan and micropolitan areas.
If winters seem warmer than when you were a kid, you're not imagining it

If winters seem warmer than when you were a kid, you're not imagining it

The average low temperature this winter was more than 10 degrees higher than usual, continuing an upward trend that climatologists attribute to global warming.
Metro-area support fueled victories for Sanders, Rubio

Metro-area support fueled victories for Sanders, Rubio

The state's suburban, college-educated Republicans handed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio his only victory so far while Minnesota's DFL caucuses were tailor-made for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' insurgent, progressive campaign.
The ins and outs of Minnesota caucusing; it's a party-run affair

The ins and outs of Minnesota caucusing; it's a party-run affair

"The whole process is based on trust," said Mark Ritchie, former secretary of state. If this sounds like an opportunity for mischief, both parties say fear not.
North hit hard by demolitions while south rebuilds

North hit hard by demolitions while south rebuilds

The city of Minneapolis issued about 2,700 permits to demolish buildings between 2002 and 2015, and about 38 percent of those properties have had new structures built on them since then, according to a Star Tribune analysis of the city's wrecking and new construction permit data.
Minnesota shows solid population gains, but growth will slow

Minnesota shows solid population gains, but growth will slow

State ranks No. 24 for growth rate; North Dakota still the fastest.
Data: Segregation in Twin Cities' charter schools

Data: Segregation in Twin Cities' charter schools

Elementary-level charter schools in the Twin Cities are more racially segregated than their counterparts in the St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburban school districts, according to a Star Tribune analysis of enrollment data going back to 1980-81.
Segregated by choice, state's charter schools face a test

Segregated by choice, state's charter schools face a test

State weighs whether to include charters in integration plan, and a lawsuit blames charters for heightening segregation in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools.
Mpls., St. Paul school districts are among the least integrated

Mpls., St. Paul school districts are among the least integrated

Elementary students in Minneapolis and St. Paul attend schools that are more racially segregated than they have been in a generation.
Inner city schools segregate as suburban schools diversify

Inner city schools segregate as suburban schools diversify

Minneapolis and St. Paul public elementary schools have returned to levels of segregation not seen since the early 1980s, while suburban schools are more diverse than ever before.
Blacks of all backgrounds feel growing Minnesota income gap

Blacks of all backgrounds feel growing Minnesota income gap

A shift to lower-paying jobs has hit state's black households especially hard.

A close look at black incomes and microdata

To look more closely at Minnesota’s black population, the Star Tribune analyzed microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. With assistance from the…
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