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Randy Furst

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4224
Location: Minneapolis
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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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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.
A frustrated commuter who had been on a light rail train asked demonstrators to move off the track so the train could proceed before law enforcement o

18 arrested for blocking light rail tracks in deportation protest

The protesters shut down Blue Line light-rail service between south Minneapolis and the airport for more than an hour, forcing commuters to take buses.

Missouri man pleads guilty in child sex sting during Super Bowl

A man who thought he was answering an ad for sex with children, was snared in a police sting during the Super Bowl.
Melissa Coleman, Samuels' grandmother hugged grandson Kemarion Prowell,11, who was outside when 7-year-old Keyaris Samuels shot himself. Samuels was h

Plymouth boy shot himself with loaded gun found in box, police say

Keyaris Samuels died Wednesday in an accidental shooting that Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein said was preventable.
Handout photo: Tyrone Williams was shot and killed early this month.

Warrant issued, reward offered in slaying of Minneapolis activist

A warrant has been issued for Sid Brady Strickland Green, police spokesman John Elder said, but his whereabouts are unknown.
Beth Freeman, left, and her attorney Andrea Ryan Anderson fought back emotions in Hennepin County Court on Friday.

Mound woman sentenced to 8 years for fatally running over Wayzata cop

Driver who struck Wayzata officer hears from his family as prison term is imposed.
Kevin Woods of Minneapolis says the ruling has left his family’s life “in shambles.” He lives in one of the affected properties with his wife, T

Minneapolis landlord's homes are too run down, so court referee says tenants must get out

Minneapolis mayor promises help, but some say it's not enough.

DNA on cigarette butt leads to man's murder arrest in Minneapolis slaying

Authorities link DNA on a cigarette butt found at a south Minneapolis murder scene to a 23-year-old defendant.
Longtime American Indian activist and AIM co-founder Clyde Bellecourt, shown in 2014.

After 48 years, Clyde Bellecourt steps down from board of Legal Rights Center

Bellecourt helped create the center, which preceded the public defender's office.
“The numbers are staggering,” Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said of jail inmates' history of opioid use.

One in five Hennepin County jail inmates used or abused opioids, study found

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said the new data on opioid use and abuse among jail inmates was "staggering."
More people are learning about a project to undercover the secret clauses in Minneapolis housing deeds that barred blacks from buying houses in white

Minn. lawmakers hear plan to help homeowners repudiate racial covenants

Bill fails to advance in Legislature, but backers plan to reintroduce it.
Thomas Robert Tichich

Off-duty Minneapolis police officer found guilty of sexual assault

Prosecutors said Thomas Tichich forced himself on a woman who was passed out after a night of drinking.
Thomas Robert Tichich Credit: Hennepin county sheriffs office (Minneapolis, MN)

Jury to consider whether Minneapolis cop committed sexual assault

Police officer Thomas Tichich insisted during two hours on the stand that sex with woman was consensual
Minneapolis was the behemoth when it came to payouts over police misconduct, with nearly $21 million over the past 11 years — 35 percent of the stat

Minn. cities, counties paid $60.8M in police misconduct claims in decade

From 2007 to 2017, Minnesota jurisdictions made at least 933 payouts for alleged misconduct. And they're on the rise.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington DC, August 28, 1963. United Press International (UPI) file photo.

Activists recall the local tension and outrage after King's assassination

Sorrow, frustration and anger exploded locally after 1968 assassination.
Some Twin Cities lawyers say Minneapolis could exceed a $5 million settlement if a civil suit is filed by Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s family related t

Mpls. could face record payout if Damond family sued

If the family filed a lawsuit related to her shooting death by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, legal experts suggest settlement may set record.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor left the Hennepin County jail with his attorney, Thomas Plunkett.

Racial dynamic draws focus in case vs. Noor in Damond killing

Some Somali-Americans worried their community, rather than the use of deadly force by an officer, will end up on trial.
Candice Vance had a new door installed, but it was shorter than the old door, so a 2-by-4 was nailed onto the top of the door frame as a stopgap.

Despite penalties, Khan's tenants still waiting for repairs

Three months after Khan lost landlord licenses, tenants are frustrated that most major repair work has not yet begun, leaving some of them in uninhabitable conditions.
Christopher Lloyd Stowe and Lisa Marie Stowe

Vadnais Heights father will challenge search that led to firearms discovery

Attorney said a boy who talked of shooting students, was responding to a school bully and didn't mean it.

Jury convicts man of murder in Brooklyn Center marijuana deal gone bad

It was the second murder trial for Lannon Burdunice after a mistrial last fall.
Benjamin Love, 46, leaves the courtroom after being sentenced to the maximum 288 months or 24 years by Judge Jay Quam Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the

Man sentenced to 24 years in woman's fatal Minneapolis parking ramp stabbing

Mai Yer Cha was heading home after a night out with friends when she was killed.
Wesley Martin

Charges: 2 men rob, beat elderly woman at Mpls. transit center, record video of the crime

"The video is appalling," Metro Transit police officer Michael Leubner wrote in the criminal complaint.
This victim of a reported road rage incident suffered multiple facial fractures and several lacerations requiring many stitches, the Sheriff's Office

Elderly man assaulted in East Bethel in road rage incident

Anoka County authorities say driver was taunted by another motorist, followed home and badly beaten.
Man pleads guilty in murder of woman in ramp near Target Field

Man pleads guilty in murder of woman in ramp near Target Field

Benjamin Love, 44, faces a sentence of 24 years in prison in death of Mai Yer Cha.

Minneapolis man charged with beating, shocking nephew with wires

Boy, now 15, said he was made to run in place all night as punishment.
Judge Tamara Garcia gave Joshua Ezeka life in prison for the murder of Birdell Beeks at his sentencing hearing at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Mi

Life without parole in shooting death of Mpls. grandmother in minivan

Sa'Lesha Beeks sobbed as she poured out her contempt toward the gangland atmosphere in her Minneapolis neighborhood and the man who shot and killed her…
Three former Vikings — Rufus Bess, Mike Morris and Dave Osborn (all in back row) — attended Wright County's annual child foster care holiday party

Wright County says that needs for child protection services have grown

Social workers responsible for dealing with child abuse are stretched thin, director says.
Marta Chou, left, the presiding judge for the Hennepin County Drug Court, congratulated Melissa Williams after the ceremony for 24 men and women gradu

Hennepin County Drug Court offers a new lease on life

A 42-year-old woman recovering from heroin addiction said that Hennepin County Drug Court saved her life.
In blunt language, Judge Mary Vasaly wrote that landlord Stephen Frenz, at right with his lawyer, lied to the city attorney’s office, by claiming th

Citing lies, judge OKs punitive damages in Minneapolis tenants' lawsuit

A Hennepin County judge says that during fraud, one landlord threatened to expose the other.
Mahad Abdiraham raised his index finger as he was photographed leaving the courtroom after his sentencing in the stabbing of two men at the Mall of Am

Man gets 15 years for ISIS-inspired knife attack at Mall of America

Mahad A. Abdiraham raised an index finger after being sentenced, an ISIS symbol.
In 2016, authorities investigated the scene where a 16-month-old boy survived being intentionally hanged in a day care on Humboldt Avenue S. in Minnea

Minneapolis day-care provider pleads guilty to attempted murder of 16-month-old

Daycare operator Nataliia Karia testified in court that she did not have a clear memory of hanging a baby in her basement.
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