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Randy Furst

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4224
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Randy Furst is a Star Tribune general assignment reporter covering a range of issues, including tenants rights, minority rights, American Indian rights and police accountability. 

Furst has spent most of his 45-year career at The Minneapolis Star and later at the combined Star Tribune as a general assignment reporter. He has been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize (a series on the condition of migrant workers; questions regarding the innocence of two black men convicted of rape; the arrest of three Northwest Airline pilots for drinking and flying; and the exposure of a rogue Metro Gang Strike Force, which was forced to disband) and was a finalist twice.
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St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell announced the firing of five police officers for failing to intervene in an assault last year.

Five St. Paul police officers fired for failing to stop assault

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell declined to go into specifics about the incident, citing data privacy laws. He called it "an ugly day in our department's history."

State Supreme Court decision expands rights for tenants facing retaliation, lawyers say

Decision says he had right to challenge his eviction.
Gov. Tim Walz and advocates at a ceremonial signing Tuesday.

Walz signs bill letting homeowners renounce racist covenants

Project at the U to uncover racial housing prohibitions spurred Legislature to act.
Tenant Tecara Ayler spoke with Mayor Jacob Frey in 2018 following a meeting with tenants of landlord Mahmood Khan, who is now banned from holding rent

Tenants of troubled Minneapolis landlord become homeowners

Contracts signed for Mpls. houses formerly rented out by Mahmood Khan.
Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

Judge nixes some of landlord Stephen Frenz's requests for tenant information in perjury case

Landlord Stephen Frenz's attorneys told eviction history of tenants who may testify against him is irrelevant.
Kamarra Johnson met with attorney Barbara White, right, an attorney with Target Corp. during an eviction expungement legal clinic. Johnson is trying t

Minnesota lawyers' dedication to pro bono work has made the state a national leader

Deeply rooted sense of justice drives Minnesota's vigorous pro bono work.
The remains of Lola on the Lake on Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun seen after the fire.

Minneapolis Park Board to tear down Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun pavilion on Tuesday

The investigation into the fire continues, police said.
William Bernard Butler

Minneapolis lawyer ordered to pay back taxes to avoid incarceration

William Butler avoided incarceration, but must file returns for 2012 to 2019.
In March, Mark Andrew embraced Deea Elliott after he advocated that her assault conviction be expunged from her record, five years after she participa

Judge expunges felony record of woman who assaulted former politician at MOA

A judge said Deea Elliott, who attacked Mark Andrew at the mall, "had great potential for rehabilitation."
Randy Shaver, right, laughs next to his son, Ryan Shaver, during the Prep Sports Extra show at the KARE 11 studio in Minneapolis on Friday, Nov. 2, 20

KARE 11's Randy Shaver learns he's cancer-free a second time

Randy Shaver, the weeknight news anchor on KARE 11, has won a second round in his battle with cancer.
Minnetonka snowboard champion Meghan Graham dies at 24

Minnetonka snowboard champion Meghan Graham dies at 24

As a teenager, Meghan Graham of Minnetonka was a five-time national snowboard racing champion for her age group. By 2012, Graham was crowned the U.S.…
Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance, who presided over Mohamed Noor's trial, maintains control over the hundreds of pieces of evidence,

After Noor trial's conclusion, evidence still not made public

There is no explicit deadline for release, according to requirements.
On the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, at least 800 people took part in the weekly demonstration against war on the Lake Street-Marshall Avenue

Lake St.-Marshall Av. Bridge peace vigil marks 20th year on Wednesday

Antiwar demonstration has gone uninterrupted every Wednesday.
Adrian Saffold hugged his mother, Janie Saffold, after he was named St. Paul’s officer of the year for his commitment to working challenging overnig

Top officers and a civilian honored by the St. Paul Police Department

St. Paul recognized a patrol officer, a detective and a civilian for their work.
FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, May 22, 2014, Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, CEO of, raises his arms in 2014 to celebrate

U student who claimed she was raped by Chinese billionaire files lawsuit

An attorney for Richard Liu said the suit is without merit.
Stephen Frenz, right, and attorney Douglas Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Owners of former Stephen Frenz properties settle with the city of Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis has settled with landlords who bought 18 properties from Stephen Frenz.

Sting during Final Four nets 58 suspects attempting to solicit children for sex, trafficking

Thirty-three criminal justice agencies arrested 11 over sex trafficking and 47 for soliciting a minor in undercover sting.
Staff of the Innocence Project of Minnesota on move-in day, April 1. From left to right, Executive Director Sara Jones, staff attorney Jim Mayer, adva

The Innocence Project has new digs at the University of Minnesota Law School

The group, which works to free people unjustly convicted, is expanding operations.
Mark Andrew and Deea Elliott shared a hug Thursday.

Ex-politician brutally attacked at MOA urges judge to erase his attacker's record

A prosecutor opposes expunging the criminal record of a 22-year-old Minneapolis woman who severely beat Mark Andrew in 2013 at the Mall of America.
Stephen Frenz and attorney Douglas Turner walked through Minneapolis City Hall in 2017.

Tenants in buildings owned by Minneapolis landlord band together to stop water cutoff

Residents in buildings owned by embattled landlord raised $7,400.
William Bernard Butler

Minneapolis attorney who questioned legality of taxation found guilty of failing to pay his taxes

Attorney William Butler, who once said Jesus consider tax collectors, "sinners," faces up to 5 years prison on each of two counts.
Landlord Stephen Frenz

Tenants rally as landlord Frenz makes first appearance in perjury case

Landlord is facing felony perjury charges while trying to evict renters.
Andrew Ellis and his wife, Harriet, sitting at a table in their south Minneapolis house in 2015.

Supreme Court rules against Minneapolis landlord with decadeslong history of substandard conditions

Landlord Andrew Ellis had been targeted by tenant protests as far back as 1976.
Stephen Frenz and attorney Douglass Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Court upholds revocation of rental licenses to Mpls. landlord Frenz

A Minneapolis landlord who has been in a legal battle with the city for years suffered another defeat at the state Court of Appeals on Monday.
United States Postal Service letter carrier Keith Caniff sorts mail on his route in East Grand Rapids, Mich., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

In Mpls., some say mail service is spotty; carriers decry worker shortage

While Minneapolis residents complain of delivery problems, Postal Service says it is "consistently reaching nearly all delivery points."
Marie Kemper

Marie Kemper, who earned a Bronze Star during World War II, dies at 97

Marie Kemper, an Army nurse who lived through the horrors of war in the South Pacific during World War II, was proud of her service…
Clyde Bellecourt, center, attended a dinner for American Indian nonprofits in early February in St. Paul, where he offered a prayer for children and t

As his body gives out, AIM co-founder keeps his eye on the fight

Despite cancer, AIM co-founder Clyde Bellecourt still leads charge for change
Stephen Frenz

Minneapolis seeks independent administrator for troubled landlord's properties

About 1,000 tenants in 18 buildings tied to Stephen Frenz are stuck in limbo as the case proceeds.
Daniel Hanson died of a drug overdose two days after his release from the county workhouse.

Hennepin County jail and workhouse to tackle opioid addiction deaths head on

A study revealed that large numbers of the inmates overdose and die shortly after they are released from custody.
Jade Holman, whose home is subject to a racial covenant, posed in front of his Minneapolis house in 2017.

Measure allowing Minn. homeowners to renounce racist language on titles advances

A homeowner who has a title that says the house cannot be sold to blacks may be able to repudiate it.
Richard Liu, the founder of founder seen in Shanghai in 2015. After Hennepin County declined to press charges in a sexual assault case, an atto

U allowed atmosphere leading to alleged rape by Chinese billionaire, lawyers claim

Accuser's attorney contends U officials ignored "sexually hostile environment."
Anne White-Eastman, 35, hugged her father, Emmett Eastman, whose great-grandfather Little Thunder was one of the 38 hanged in Mankato following the U.

At 87, Emmett Eastman runs to honor 38 Indians hanged, including great-great-grandfather

In three decades, Emmett Eastman, 87, has missed only one Dakota 38+2 Run founder Richard Liu, shown in Shanghai in Jan. 4, 2015.

Chinese billionaire won't be charged with rape, county attorney says

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday that Chinese billionaire Richard Liu will not be charged with rape in connection with an incident involving a University of Minnesota student.
Stephen Frenz and attorney Douglas Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis.

Dozens of tenants could get reprieve after court overturns evictions sought by Minneapolis landlord

Dozens of Minneapolis tenants could get reprieve after referee overturns evictions sought by Stephen Frenz.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

Hennepin County attorney: Maple Grove officer was justified in shooting of man with knife

Mike Freeman said a police officer acted reasonably in shooting a knife-wielding 50-year-old man.
John Braun

John Braun, antiwar activist and former priest, dies at 89

For 45 years, John and Marie Braun were inseparable, as a couple and as socially concerned Catholics and antiwar activists, protesting war, weapons production and…
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, second from right, at a protest outside the Fourth Precinct headquarter in response to the shooting death

Footage shot of offensive tree at Mpls. police station reviewed

Internal affairs investigators are examining the video for evidence about tree decorated with racist items.
Holidazzle kicked off at Friday night with fireworks that filled the sky.

Holidazzle promising to be bigger and better this year

The sort of "winter state fair" is expected to draw 250,000 to Minneapolis' Loring Park.
Jason Gabbert, 49, of Plymouth, with a partial collection of baseballs he has amassed attending Major League Baseball games.

Fan banned from Target Field over pursuit of baseballs goes to bat to stay

Twins officials say Jason Gabbert, who chases baseballs thrown to fans in stands, has been disruptive, but he disagrees. One judge already has backed the team.

Worker at Dakota housing agency charged with stealing $271,000

Prosecutors intend to seek a longer sentence than called for under the state guidelines if they obtain a conviction against a man charged on Friday…
Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, the founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site

U student told police she pleaded with billionaire, 'I don't want to do that'

The Hennepin County attorney is weighing whether to charge Richard Liu with a sexual assault
Eden Prairie police detective Travis Serafin

Two more drug convictions dismissed following Eden Prairie officer's falsified warrant

Dozens of Travis Serafin's cases are under review after he admitted falsifying a search warrant.
Stephen Frenz.

Controversial Mpls. landlords to pay $18.5M to settle tenants' class-action suit

Up to 5,400 tenants will share in a recordbreaking class-action lawsuit against Stephen Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas.
Indi Mohamed, left, and Allison Rubin danced during the Westside Rally Against Gun Violence on Saturday afternoon.

At Excelsior rally, a plea for more gun restrictions

Students say legislation is key to fighting violence committed with guns.
Stephen Frenz tenants Candida Mendez and Jacinto Clara Aguilar say they won’t abide by orders to vacate their properties on Sunday.

Tenants vow to fight embattled landlord's effort to force them out of their apartments

Controversial landlord has ordered 160 tenants from 5 apartment buildings to vacate by Sunday.
Vincent Johnson

Vincent E. Johnson, a lawyer and World War II vet who opposed Vietnam War, dies

The 97-year-old's children remember him as a warmhearted man who stood up for his principles and conveyed them to his family.
Dayquan Hodge

18-year-old charged in 3 deaths from horrific Mpls. crash

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said it would seek a higher sentence than recommended under state guidelines.
Tameca and Kevin Woods are delighted to be in their newly remodeled home, rented to them by the city of Minneapolis. Their old house, rented out by Ma

Minneapolis buys nine properties to house displaced tenants

Unusual step makes city a landlord – and saves families from eviction.
Amanda Weber with son Zayvion.

Advocates hail child's return to mother as victory against Minn. child protection system

Critics of state's child custody system say many children are being wrongfully removed from the home.

Minneapolis mother and daughter charged with animal cruelty after 46 cats and dogs discovered in home

A mother and daughter have been charged with mistreating animals after authorities discovered 46 cats and dogs in their north Minneapolis house in such poor condition that 33 of the animals had to be euthanized.
The American flag flew at half-staff at the White House to mark Sen. John McCain’s death on Saturday, but it was raised for a time Monday, causing h

American Legion's repeated differences with Trump called unprecedented

White House's slow reaction to McCain's death is latest sore point.
David Cooley, right, a Vietnam veteran, is attending both the American Legion and Veterans for Peace conventions while fighting against the privatizat

As veterans hold national conventions, concern continues over privatization of the VA

In Minneapolis for conventions, veterans talk about health care needs.
Doug Hall of the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City Color Guard saluted at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

American Legion comes back to Minneapolis for its 100th convention

It's been a popular site, even that very first national convention in early November 1919, with 11-degree temps and light snow.
Edward M. Johnson

More than a month after correctional officer's slaying, lockdown ends at Stillwater prison

Until a reconfiguration of the industry building is complete, offenders will not be participating.
Viridian Weapon Technologies President and CEO Brian Hedeen showed the 3-inch camera mounted on a police training weapon. It includes a flashlight to

Officers being outfitted with camera-mounted guns in west metro

While a suburb says gun-mounted cameras are cheaper than body cameras, the Minnesota ACLU said they should not be a substitute for them.
Minneapolis attorney William Butler faces two felony counts of failing to file his state income taxes in 2013 and 2014.

Suspended attorney charged with failure to pay Minn. income taxes

William B. Butler, who has long history of battling judges, is charged with not filing state income taxes.
Frank Wright

Frank Wright, a prominent Minneapolis journalist, dies at 87

For 44 years Wright plied his craft from skid row to hot spots around the world.

Man arrested in October shooting death in south Minneapolis

A passenger in a car was shot in the head in south Minneapolis last October.
Man pleads guilty to wrong-way crash on I-494, killing 3 people

Man pleads guilty to wrong-way crash on I-494, killing 3 people

Patrick Hayes blamed a fatal crash on a medication change he had known would make him more prone to seizures.
Jerry and Patty Wetterling pose at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis in October.

Wetterlings won't appeal judge's order to release documents

The family had wanted to keep some documents nonpublic.
Darlynn Blevins, the sister of Thurman Blevins, addressed the media during a press conference in front of Minneapolis City Hall, Monday, July 9, 2018

Family decries Blevins' shooting death, calls for officers' firings

Family members called for community on Wednesday, the third meeting planned this week dealing with the death of Thurman Blevins.
William H. Smith

Bill Smith, a compassionate supporter of recovering alcoholics, dies at 75

The first graduate of Turning Point on the North Side helped many in more than 41 years of sobriety.
Thurman Blevins, 31, was fatally shot June 23 by Minneapolis police who were responding to a 911 call.

Funeral set for man killed by Minneapolis police; BCA head to meet with the community

Superintendent Drew Evans to meet with community to discuss process of investigation on Thursday.
In 2013, Steve Frenz stood in front of a Franklin Avenue apartment building he took over from banished landlord Spiros Zorbalas. City officials later

Minneapolis takes steps to avoid another debacle in rental housing

Buyers of buildings from ousted landlords face more scrutiny.

19-year-old charged with murder in death of young Richfield man

Witness says Silas McDougal killed someone because he was "shorted" some marijuana.
Tecara Ayler, a tenant of discredited landlord Mahmood Khan, rested her head on the shoulder of fellow renter Patricia Grant after Friday’s meeting.

Layoffs at nonprofit a blow to Mpls. tenants

Minneapolis scrambles to find new partner after nonprofit helping tenants sheds staff.

Brooklyn Park man charged with sex trafficking of 15-year-old

He is accused of forcing a teenage girl to have sex with 10-15 men at a hotel.
Political newcomer Mark Haase, endorsed by the DFL for Hennepin County attorney, says “unacceptably high racial disparities” are a top priority.

Hennepin County attorney's race has a wild card: Will outside forces intervene?

Contest between Freeman and Haase could be stirred up by outside forces
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, left, and challenger Mark Haase.

In Hennepin County attorney race, Freeman, Haase joust on juvenile policies

The county attorney says he's keeping juveniles out of jail; his opponent says more juveniles in detention are minorities.

Some caught in Mpls. marijuana stings still face unknown fates

Charges are dropped against 31 of the 47, but prosecutors still must decide how to deal with 16 people who have already been convicted.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Thursday he discontinued stings targeting low-level marijuana sales at the request of Mayor Jacob Frey

Mpls. cops halt minor marijuana stings, citing racial disparity

All charges were dropped after reports show 46 of 47 arrested were black. "While the intention was good, it had an unintended consequence," Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said.

Mental health experts debate fate of child care provider who tried to hang boy

The woman pleaded guilty to attempted murder of toddler.
Tecara Ayler, a tenant of discredited landlord Mahmood Khan, rested her head on the shoulder of fellow renter Patricia Grant after Friday’s meeting.

Minneapolis mayor meets with angry tenants facing eviction

Mpls. mayor vows to step up after hearing complaints and ideas.
Thomas Robert Tichich Credit: Hennepin county sheriffs office (Minneapolis, MN)

Ex-Minneapolis cop gets 4 years in prison for sexual assault

Thomas Tichich, 49, was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman he met in a bar after he had gone off duty.
Authorities investigate the scene where a 16-month-old boy survived being intentionally hanged in a day care on Humboldt Av. in south Minneapolis Frid

Emotional meeting for mom of boy nearly killed by Mpls. day-care provider, man who saved him

It was one of several dramatic moments during a daylong sentencing hearing for Nataliia M. Karia.
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