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Randy Furst

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Randy Furst is a general assignment reporter covering Minneapolis for the Star Tribune.
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Contractor hired by Hennepin County attorney linked to past sanctions

Contractor hired by Hennepin County attorney linked to past sanctions

Company that would aid offenders in Hennepin County was accused of unscrupulous behavior by attorney general's office.
Jail sentence delayed for Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

Jail sentence delayed for Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

A landlord who has been in a heap of trouble won't have to go to jail if he continues to cooperate, a housing court referee rules.
Obituary: Minneapolis pacifist went to prison three times for his beliefs

Obituary: Minneapolis pacifist went to prison three times for his beliefs

Orin Doty came from an antiwar family, and he lived his principles. He went to prison three times: twice for opposing the draft and refusing…

Hennepin County Board argues over cutting ties with Operation de Novo

The debate over the future of adult diversion programs for first-time felony criminal offenders in Hennepin County heated up on Friday.Three members of the Hennepin…
Hennepin County to terminate diversion program contract with Operation de Novo

Hennepin County to terminate diversion program contract with Operation de Novo

The move likely will force Operation de Novo to shut down permanently, after 46 years of offering programs for offenders to complete to avoid a criminal charge or get it dismissed.
After Mpls. mom is swindled out of new garage, volunteers step in to help

After Mpls. mom is swindled out of new garage, volunteers step in to help

After a fire, Tawanda Miller, who had only partial insurance, was the victim of a construction swindle by a phony contractor who took about $6,600 from her as a partial payment to rebuild the garage, then disappeared.
Controversial Mpls. landlord ordered to jail for contempt of court

Controversial Mpls. landlord ordered to jail for contempt of court

In a rare order, a housing court referee cites landlord Stephen Frenz for contempt for refusing to turn over key documents in court case.
Former Mpls. cop charged with felony assault appears in court

Former Mpls. cop charged with felony assault appears in court

Christopher Reiter was briefly jailed one day after he was charged with felony assault for kicking a domestic assault suspect in the face.
Some Mpls. apartment buildings get top rating despite code violations

Some Mpls. apartment buildings get top rating despite code violations

Review finds troubled Mpls. properties are rated too high, meaning less scrutiny.
Jesse Ventura and Chris Kyle estate fighting over $37,000 legal bill

Jesse Ventura and Chris Kyle estate fighting over $37,000 legal bill

Dispute over $37,000 in legal fees is latest twist in long-running defamation case.
Minnesota labor leader Dave Roe dies at 92

Minnesota labor leader Dave Roe dies at 92

Roe was president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO from 1966 to 1984.
Japanese-American woman who spent 3 years in internment camp dies at 92

Japanese-American woman who spent 3 years in internment camp dies at 92

There was no bitterness in Helen Tsuchiya's voice when she spoke of having spent more than three years as a teenager in a Japanese-American internment…
Health issues force a change atop ACLU Minnesota

Health issues force a change atop ACLU Minnesota

After 20 years at the helm, Chuck Samuelson will tell stakeholders Thursday he's retiring as executive director, effective Feb. 28.
A doctor who gave her all to the American Indian community retires

A doctor who gave her all to the American Indian community retires

Retiring Dr. Lydia Caros has been the pediatrician to generations of children in Minneapolis.
Mpls. landlord hit with largest fine in housing court history

Mpls. landlord hit with largest fine in housing court history

Stephen Frenz, one of the city's biggest landlords, must pay a record $187,390 fine for deceiving Hennepin housing court.
Bill to crack down on Minn. protesters appears to be national trend

Bill to crack down on Minn. protesters appears to be national trend

'Shame, shame!' demonstrators chanted after the bill passed 6-3.
About 2,000 protesters converge in downtown Mpls. to protest Trump

About 2,000 protesters converge in downtown Mpls. to protest Trump

Protesters criticized the new president's views on immigration, climate change and women's rights.
Activists gear up for anti-Trump marches in Twin Cities

Activists gear up for anti-Trump marches in Twin Cities

Rallies and marches are planned in Twin Cities on Friday and Saturday.
Larry Leventhal, attorney who championed Indian rights, dies at 75

Larry Leventhal, attorney who championed Indian rights, dies at 75

For more than 40 years, he traveled the country representing Indian tribes and activists in battles over water, land, fishing and hunting rights.
With riot charges dropped, some Castile protesters vow to take remaining counts to trial

With riot charges dropped, some Castile protesters vow to take remaining counts to trial

Many demonstrators in Castile protests won't accept plea deals, but St. Paul says it's being reasonable.
Riot charges thrown out against Castile protesters on I-94 in July

Riot charges thrown out against Castile protesters on I-94 in July

Being present at the protest does not constitute active rioting, Judge G. Tony Atwal ruled for 38 people charged with gross misdemeanor riot. They may still face lesser charges.
From 'bawdy houses' to 'boys with matches,' a wealth of history in Mpls. clock tower

From 'bawdy houses' to 'boys with matches,' a wealth of history in Mpls. clock tower

Minneapolis City Hall's clock tower holds a treasure trove of records.

Jan. 10: Ventura loses appeal to reinstate $1.8 million defamation verdict, vows retrial

After the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear his appeal, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said he was looking forward to a new trial…
A fire, then a scam, leaves Minneapolis homeowner without a garage

A fire, then a scam, leaves Minneapolis homeowner without a garage

Unlicensed scam artists took advantage of Mpls. woman who was trying to economize.
Hennepin History Museum exhibit puts local politics on display

Hennepin History Museum exhibit puts local politics on display

For political junkies who have not yet overdosed on the 2016 elections, there’s a fun little nonpartisan exhibit on display at the Hennepin History Museum…
Minneapolis renters' group puts landlords on notice

Minneapolis renters' group puts landlords on notice

"You have to make noise to get landlords to listen," tenant organizer says.
U professors criticize bowl boycott threat, Gophers coach

U professors criticize bowl boycott threat, Gophers coach

The professors, speaking at a public forum, said it was a "terrible thing" that Gophers coach Tracy Claeys tweeted his support for the players' boycott threat.
Toyota appeals $10.9M verdict in fatal St. Paul car crash

Toyota appeals $10.9M verdict in fatal St. Paul car crash

A jury awarded victims of a 2006 crash $10.9 million, but Toyota claims some testimony should have been barred.
Miles Lord, a pivotal judge in Minnesota history, dies at 97

Miles Lord, a pivotal judge in Minnesota history, dies at 97

Miles W. Lord, a former federal judge whose withering criticism of corporate abuses and forceful rulings in favor of women, minorities, workers and consumers, antiwar protesters and the environment gained him a national reputation, died Saturday.
Obituary: Meteorologist John Graff kept Minnesotans informed of the weather

Obituary: Meteorologist John Graff kept Minnesotans informed of the weather

In a state that endures and celebrates its weather extremes, John Graff was the voice of authority, detailing the imminent dangers, telling Minnesotans when it…
Renters caught in middle as cities spend years battling landlords to fix problem properties

Renters caught in middle as cities spend years battling landlords to fix problem properties

While the Stephen Frenz case has taken extra twists and turns, even more straightforward license revocations can lead to a lengthy process for city regulators.
Lawsuit alleges mistreatment, threats of deportation at Sun Foods, Star Ocean

Lawsuit alleges mistreatment, threats of deportation at Sun Foods, Star Ocean

Federal labor investigators said they found 'criminal activities of involuntary servitude.'
Pipeline protester has surgery in Mpls. after arm 'pretty much blown off'

Pipeline protester has surgery in Mpls. after arm 'pretty much blown off'

The 21-year-old woman from New York City apparently suffered a severe arm injury during a confrontation with law enforcement Sunday.
City rolls back some aspects of Irving Avenue greenway in north Minneapolis

City rolls back some aspects of Irving Avenue greenway in north Minneapolis

An experimental greenway in north Minneapolis has gotten a mixed reception.
How Jason Sole rose to lead Minneapolis NAACP

How Jason Sole rose to lead Minneapolis NAACP

The incoming president of the Minneapolis NAACP points to his grim past as a former drug dealer, gang member and felon as an example for…
Civil rights activist Nekima Levy-Pounds to run for Mpls. mayor

Civil rights activist Nekima Levy-Pounds to run for Mpls. mayor

Levy-Pounds, 40, who stepped down in October as president of the Minneapolis NAACP, said she'll make her formal announcement at a news conference in front of the Fourth Precinct on the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark.

Police say restraint was best approach to I-94 protest

A nonconfrontational approach helps keep situation calm, they say.
Mpls. begins process to revoke landlord Stephen Frenz's rental licenses

Mpls. begins process to revoke landlord Stephen Frenz's rental licenses

This week's move to start taking action against Stephen Frenz's licenses on 62 apartment buildings could take months or even years.
Innocence Project questions Thomas Rhodes' murder conviction in wife's death near Spicer

Innocence Project questions Thomas Rhodes' murder conviction in wife's death near Spicer

Thomas Daniel Rhodes, 57, has spent the last 18 years in prison for the first-degree murder of his wife, Jane, in Spicer, Minn., in August…
Minn. Supreme Court hears latest parole bid from Seward Market killer, then 16

Minn. Supreme Court hears latest parole bid from Seward Market killer, then 16

Mahdi Ali's life sentence was ruled unconstitutional, but he's still imprisoned for 90 years.
Money to jump-start Coyle Center expansion caught up in lease dispute

Money to jump-start Coyle Center expansion caught up in lease dispute

$330,000 appropriation to expand the Minneapolis community center sits unused.
Minneapolis Super Bowl security could cost millions of dollars

Minneapolis Super Bowl security could cost millions of dollars

Minneapolis approves $471,000 for command center, with more costs on horizon.
Big legal battles in Minneapolis fall to City Attorney Susan Segal

Big legal battles in Minneapolis fall to City Attorney Susan Segal

She's praised as a hardworking, reform-minded advocate by city leaders but criticized by some of the activist crowd.
Lawsuit seeks rent refunds, receivership to manage Stephen Frenz's apartments

Lawsuit seeks rent refunds, receivership to manage Stephen Frenz's apartments

It's the second round of legal trouble for one of the landlords.
Minneapolis puts embattled landlord Stephen Frenz on notice

Minneapolis puts embattled landlord Stephen Frenz on notice

Officials have launched an investigation into the apartment buildings he owns, warning that he could be stripped of his rental licenses if he misrepresented his ownership of the properties.
Terry Olson: After years in prison, being free is 'wonderful'

Terry Olson: After years in prison, being free is 'wonderful'

Olson, who maintains he's innocent in the 1979 death of a Wright County man, was released from prison Tuesday.
Minneapolis landlord Frenz deceived court, housing referee rules

Minneapolis landlord Frenz deceived court, housing referee rules

A Hennepin Court housing court referee has ruled that Stephen Frenz, one of Minneapolis’ biggest landlords, deceived the court in a deliberate and elaborate scheme…
Convicted of murder in 2007, Minnesotan who says he's innocent is freed

Convicted of murder in 2007, Minnesotan who says he's innocent is freed

Terry Lynn Olson, who faced seven more years in prison, was resentenced to time served by a Wright County judge, under an agreement with the Wright County attorney's office.
Activist attorney continues battle with the U over free speech issues

Activist attorney continues battle with the U over free speech issues

The feud between a prominent activist attorney and the University of Minnesota appeared resolved in April when the Minneapolis City Attorney’s office dropped the charges…
Obituary: Barbara Wright was a social justice advocate who aided refugees, children

Obituary: Barbara Wright was a social justice advocate who aided refugees, children

In the 1960s and 1970s, Barbara Lee Wright fought systemic housing discrimination, known as “redlining,” in Washington, D.C. Moving to the Twin Cities, she continued…
Fed-up tenants take major Minneapolis landlord to trial over violations

Fed-up tenants take major Minneapolis landlord to trial over violations

Stephen Frenz is on trial in Hennepin County housing court, accused of fostering substandard conditions at a south Minneapolis apartment building. City records show he has more violations than other landlords with large apartment buildings.
Jesse Ventura says he'll take defamation case to the U.S. Supreme Court

Jesse Ventura says he'll take defamation case to the U.S. Supreme Court

The former Minnesota governor declared that the legal battle to clear his name has made the past four years "hell" for him and his wife.
A symbol of Minneapolis black power, The Way celebrates 50th anniversary

A symbol of Minneapolis black power, The Way celebrates 50th anniversary

Founders and supporters mark 50th anniversary of group that galvanized black pride.

Activist Minneapolis attorney sues the University of Minnesota for false arrest

An activist Minneapolis attorney says the U illegally arrested him for taking video of a disruptive protest.
Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not reconsider Ventura decision

Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not reconsider Ventura decision

The Eighth U.S. Circuit of Appeals delivered another defeat to Jesse Ventura on Tuesday, refusing to reconsider its decision to toss out the $1.8 million…
For black leaders, white allies can require a balancing act

For black leaders, white allies can require a balancing act

White activists agree black voices must control the narrative
Differences 'resolved,' police going back to work at Lynx games

Differences 'resolved,' police going back to work at Lynx games

Police were at Target Center on Friday after they mended their differences
Mayor blasts 'jackass remarks' by police union over Lynx walkout

Mayor blasts 'jackass remarks' by police union over Lynx walkout

On her Facebook page, Mayor Betsy Hodges wrote that the head of Minneapolis' police union "sure as hell doesn't speak for me about the Lynx or about anything else."
Mpls. officers working Lynx game walk out over T-shirts, player comments

Mpls. officers working Lynx game walk out over T-shirts, player comments

Lynx players did not wear T-shirts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of Tuesday's game in San Antonio.
July 2016: Dozens are arrested after I-94 in St. Paul gets shut down for hours

July 2016: Dozens are arrested after I-94 in St. Paul gets shut down for hours

Traffic between Hwy. 280 and downtown St. Paul began flowing in both directions around 1:15 a.m. after police cleared the freeway and many protesters moved on to a rally at the governor's residence on Summit Avenue.
Marchers shut down I-94

Marchers shut down I-94

Marchers blockade freeway; officers respond in riot gear.
Hundreds gather to mourn in Loring Park and march downtown

Hundreds gather to mourn in Loring Park and march downtown

"The blood is on our hands" after local police shooting, Levy-Pounds says

Black Lives Matter group asks Falcon Heights to end contract with St. Anthony police

St. Anthony officers were involved in the shooting of Philando Castile.
East African businesses recruited to Open Streets event in Minneapolis

East African businesses recruited to Open Streets event in Minneapolis

Seward business group works to involve East African businesses in street event.
Obituary: Amy Hile was a trailblazer in bilingual education for deaf students

Obituary: Amy Hile was a trailblazer in bilingual education for deaf students

In the world of deaf education, Amy Hile had a profound impact.Her sudden death from a pulmonary embolism on June 15 has been felt throughout…
Police training in Gang Strike Force settlement still pending 6 years later

Police training in Gang Strike Force settlement still pending 6 years later

More than $214,000 has been spent on the project so far, about half of it for an executive director who retired last September.
Ventura to appeal decision to overturn $1.8M defamation award

Ventura to appeal decision to overturn $1.8M defamation award

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura plans to appeal the decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which last week overturned the $1.8 million defamation…
Will Ventura seek new trial in 'American Sniper' defamation case?

Will Ventura seek new trial in 'American Sniper' defamation case?

The battle isn’t over in the defamation lawsuit brought by former Gov. Jesse Ventura, who saw the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday…
Appeals court overturns verdict in Ventura defamation case

Appeals court overturns verdict in Ventura defamation case

The appeals court threw out the $1.35 million awarded to Jesse Ventura for "unjust enrichment." It ordered the district court to conduct a new trial on the $500,000 defamation judgment in favor of Ventura.
Rashad Turner of Black Lives Matter St. Paul vows to 'build bridges'

Rashad Turner of Black Lives Matter St. Paul vows to 'build bridges'

Still a rebel, Rashad Turner embraces his diplomatic side and runs for the state House.

Transgender woman from rural Minnesota took early stand on equal rights

Bullets were fired at her house and car years ago. She’s received anonymous hate calls. A businessman tipped her off that a group of men…
St. Paul Central students march to City Hall to protest teen's arrest

St. Paul Central students march to City Hall to protest teen's arrest

They walked out over teen's arrest.
Jesse Ventura says 'unequivocally' he will not run for president

Jesse Ventura says 'unequivocally' he will not run for president

"Just in case I would win, I don't want to do the job," the former governor explained. He said he'd back the Libertarian candidate.

How we tracked down the CIA in Minneapolis

The Twin Cities CIA office was a mystery 40 years ago. It had a local phone number but listed no address, and when you called,…
Black defendants, white jurors: Does race matter in courtroom?

Black defendants, white jurors: Does race matter in courtroom?

An all-white jury in the Minneapolis ISIL trial raises questions, even among the jurors themselves, but the much-studied answers are complex.
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