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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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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.
A Maplewood police officer attached his body camera to the magnetic plate worn inside his uniform last year.

Maplewood police say study shows they are unbiased, but others raise questions

Others note disparities in arrests required by state law or department policy.
Curtis Roy

Curtis Roy, a Civil War buff, led Minnesota Historical Society board

As president, Roy led the process to determine the best place to build the $60 million Minnesota History Center, which opened in 1992.
Stephen Frenz and attorney Douglas Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. ] Shari L. Gross ï shari.gross@startrib

Citing 'suspicious' sale of embattled landlord's properties, judge backs refusal of rental licenses

He rejects buyer's claim of racial discrimination in city's handling of sale.
Koua Fong Lee’s attorney Bob Hilliard spoke after a verdict in the Toyota liability trial that found the automaker 60 percent responsible and Lee 40

Lawyers in Minnesota Toyota case battle over legal fees

Settlement in fatal Toyota case left $1 million in legal fees.
Michael Cockson, a corporate attorney with Faegre Baker Daniels has devoted thousands of pro bono hours to the cause of aiding tenants.

A corporate lawyer in Minneapolis fights for low-income tenants

Michael Cockson goes after problem landlords.

'Money mule' charged with scamming 3 Minnesotans out of $360,000

One alleged victim thought he was sending $205,000 to a title company to complete a real estate deal.
Tina Smith greeted former Vice President Walter Mondale at MSP Airport on the way to D.C. for her swearing in. On the left is Smith's father.

Walter Mondale at 90 talks about sexual harassment, climate change, nuclear war

He doesn't feel like 90, he said in an interview, and he still enjoys talking politics.
Minneapolis landlord Steve Frenz stood before a Minneapolis City Council committee recently to request that his rental license revocation be stayed.

Judge in Frenz case calls sale of apartment houses 'suspicious'

Hennepin County District Judge Kevin Burke said a company controlled by landlords Stephen Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas may have committed fraud.
Stephen Frenz, right, and attorney Douglas Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis in September.

Ousted Minneapolis landlord wants court referee removed from case

Ricky Misco claims bias while challenging a ruling stripping him of control of five buildings.
Sunshing Spa in Buffalo, Minn., was raided on Dec. 6 and two women were arrested. The business has since closed down.

Police, BCA raid massage parlor in Buffalo, Minn.

After a yearlong human trafficking investigation, authorities say they plan to bring charges soon.
Minneapolis landlord Steve Frenz stood before a Minneapolis City Council committee recently.

Tenants' attorney asked court to hold Minneapolis landlord in contempt

Buyer of five buildings from landlord Stephen Frenz is accused of failing to cooperate.
Neighbors Robert Morris, left, Phil Qualy, Paula Johnson, Billy Davis, Nazeera Mohammed and Ginny Buran say they were promised a family-friendly hotel

As the Moxy Hotel prepares to open in Uptown Minneapolis, not everyone's happy

Party images in ads worry neighbors; developer says not to worry.
Stephen Frenz, right, and attorney Douglas Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis in September.

Minneapolis seeks administrator for 23 apartment buildings with 1,200 tenants

Never before has the city sought an administrator to run so many apartment buildings.

Dayton creates task force to address 'persistent crisis' regarding affordable housing

The governor said he regrets it took seven years into his administration to create affordable housing task force.
Minneapolis landlord Steve Frenz stands before a Minneapolis City Council committee recently to request that his rental license revocation be stayed.

Court puts five Mpls. apartment buildings under administrator

An independent administrator was granted control of five properties sold by him.
Minneapolis landlord Mahmood Khan in front of one of his rental properties in northeast Minneapolis in 2012.

Court appoints administrator for 43 buildings owned by Minneapolis landlord

A Hennepin County housing court referee on Monday appointed an administrator to oversee 43 rental properties owned by Mahmood Khan after the embattled Minneapolis landlord…
Minneapolis landlord Steve Frenz stands before a council committee last month to request that his rental license revocation be stayed. The request was

Minneapolis City Council unanimously revokes landlord's rental licenses

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously revoked 60 rental licenses belonging to landlord Steve Frenz on Friday, culminating a two-year saga that began when low-income…
Homelessness in Minnesota jumped 4.5 percent in 2017, HUD reports

Homelessness in Minnesota jumped 4.5 percent in 2017, HUD reports

The 4.5 percent jump from 2016 to 2017 still puts the total below 2010 levels.
Ventura settles defamation lawsuit but won't say for how much

Ventura settles defamation lawsuit but won't say for how much

"Apology is in the bank," former governor says.
Lilia Coronel shopped for herself and her 5-year-old son at the ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka. She’s a single mom and works a part-time job at minimu

More residents using Minnetonka food shelf

Many in the western suburbs can't stretch their limited earnings enough to get by.
FILE - This combination of file photos shows Chris Kyle, left, former Navy SEAL and author of the book "American Sniper," on April 6, 2012, and former

Jesse Ventura appears to have settled defamation lawsuit over book

Minnesota's former governor declined to comment on Friday about the apparent settlement of his defamation suit.
Wali Aar lost a leg when a car drove into his vehicle as he and Mahamud Abdisamad were attempting to jump-start Aar’s car along I-35W in Bloomington

Crash, loss of legs forced two friends to rebuild their lives — again

After fleeing a war-torn country, living in refugee camps and starting new lives in the United States, the two Bloomington men now face a new ordeal.
David Nasby

David Nasby, General Mills philanthropy leader, dies at 78

David Nasby committed his life to helping the less fortunate — from his days as the head of a small alternative school in south Minneapolis…
Stephen Frenz is one of Minneapolis' biggest landlords.

Minneapolis denies rental licenses for 16 apartment buildings

The city is refusing to grant rental licenses for buildings Steve Frenz sold, saying he did not give up his ownership, leaving hundreds in limbo.
Mahmoud Khan with a member of his maintenance crew, Melvin Snoddy, left, in one of his former rental properties in north Minneapolis Monday afternoon.

U.S. Supreme Court ends embattled Minneapolis landlord Mahmood Khan's appeals process

U.S. Supreme Court action allows Minneapolis to strip landlord's licenses.
Activists unfurled a scroll with Philando Castile's name at a rally outside the St. Anthony Police Department on July 10, 2016, one of several protest

Did Russian hackers organize Castile protest? Activists say no

Twin Cities activists discouraged people from attending a July 2016 rally organized by a Facebook group called "Don't Shoot," after the event description raised red flags.
John Gordon, a Faegre Baker Daniels attorney who will become the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, taught a c

New director of ACLU of Minnesota has been Mpls. lawyer for 40 years

John Gordon was chosen from 140 candidates to lead state civil liberties group.
Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Dayton's law enforcement commission comes under fire

The report ranges from training methods to transparency.
About 50 renters demonstrated Tuesday on the lawn of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz's house on E. Harriet Parkway.

Angry renters demonstrate outside landlord Stephen Frenz's home

Renters demonstrate in Minneapolis and St. Paul over issues of gentrification and housing deterioration this week.
Former tenants of landlord Spiros Zorbalas

Landlord kept control of Mpls. apartments after he was banned

Major landlord Spiros Zorbalas continued to have majority ownership and controls of apartment complexes, documents show.
Shanea Turner-Smith, who works for Adult Shelter Connect in Minneapolis, fields calls and tries to help homeless people find a place to sleep for the

With too many homeless, too few beds, Mpls. policy debated

A $400,000 federal grant offered to Minneapolis is at the heart of a debate over the best way to help the city's homeless.
The city of Minneapolis is attempting to ban Stephen Frenz, pictured, from holding rental licenses, like it has Spiros Zorbalas. They were joint owner

Embattled landlord files defiant affidavit in Mpls. case

Landlord mogul Spiros Zorbalas, who was banned by the Minneapolis City Council from renting property in the city for five years, has filed a defiant affidavit saying he has every right to co-own apartment buildings with Stephen Frenz.
In August, Hennepin County hit a milestone, crossing the 100,000-pound mark in medicine collections since 2010.

Collection and disposal of old, unused medicines in Hennepin County mushrooms

Hennepin County effort has collected 100,000 pounds of expired and unused drugs.
Stephen Frenz, right, and attorney Douglass Turner walked through Minneapolis City Hall on Thursday. Frenz has sold off most of his apartment building

Landlord Stephen Frenz sells off his apartment buildings, but lawsuit seeks to block him

Tenants say it clears him of what 'they are due.'
A massive project is finding deeds, long unenforceable, that barred blacks from buying houses in white neighborhoods. Jade Holman stands in front of h

Massive project works to uncover racist restrictions in Mpls. housing deeds

As many as 10,000 or more Minneapolis homeowners have property deeds with so-called "racial covenants." A team of University of Minnesota researchers is determined to find them all.
A car was smashed as part of a brick facade on a Minneapolis apartment building came crashing down late Tuesday. The Red Cross is helping 15 people wh

'I was terrified,' said renter struck by bricks at Mpls. apartment facade collapse

Minneapolis resident woke up to a crash as part of an apartment facade collapsed.
A car was smashed as part of a brick facade on a Minneapolis apartment building came crashing down late Tuesday. The Red Cross is helping 15 people wh

3-story Mpls. apartment building evacuated after brick facade falls

The Elliot Park building is owned by Stephen Frenz, an apartment owner who faces revocation of all his rental licenses.
Viridian’s Fact Duty gun-mounted camera automatically starts capturing sound and video when the gun is pulled from the holster.

Minnesota company sells camera that police can put on gun

Maple Plain manufacturer makes a small device that records a gun's movements; several departments have offered to try them out.
Marianne Hamilton

Obituary: Marianne Hamilton dedicated her life to the antiwar movement

Hamilton traveled to some of the world's hot spots, including Hanoi during the Vietnam War, to advocate for peace while also working at home.
Lee Canning, city editor of the Minneapolis Star, 1963

Former Minneapolis Star editor Leonard 'Lee' Canning dies at 87

Canning presided over the newsroom at the Minneapolis Star, the afternoon newspaper that would merge with the morning Tribune in 1982.
Protesters rallied in and out of the office of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz in a demand for a three-year rent freeze and more repairs on his pro

Millions at stake in class-action lawsuit against 2 Mpls. landlords

A rare class-action lawsuit against two Minneapolis landlords could cost them millions of dollars and benefit thousands of low-income tenants if they prevail.
Attorney Randy Hopper, shown in 2010 announcing a tentative settlement, no longer has a role in the case because he left the law firm that settled it.

Training course still in works 8 years after Gang Strike Force ends

Eight years after the scandal-ridden Metro Gang Strike Force was shut down, a law enforcement training course mandated as part of a settlement with victims has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and is still in development — with no firm date of completion.
Elena Nava, who has lived in her south Minneapolis apartment for 13 years, became emotional after pleading her case along with supporter Natasha Villa

Family of five evicted as affordable housing crisis worsens in Minneapolis

"It's really so mean and unjust," says Jose Lopez, whose family is being evicted from an apartment in the Whittier neighborhood where he's lived for 23 years. "How can someone come in and buy the building, and we have to leave in 30 days?"
A woman viewed the memorial to Justine Damond on the steps of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community building in south Minneapolis on Wednesday.

911 calls provide a glimpse into Justine Damond's final moments

Justine Damond spent her last moments trying to help a stranger, according to a 911 transcript. Soon afterward, a responding Minneapolis officer, Mohamed Noor, fired his gun from inside a patrol vehicle and killed her.
Governor Mark Dayton spoke about latest developments in the Justine Damond shooting at the capitol Wednesday July 19, 2017 in St. Paul, MN.

Gov. Dayton: Justine Damond shooting a tragedy, more information needed

He declined to draw parallels between it and other police shootings.
The sidewalk memorial to Justine Damond on W. 51st. St. in the Fulton neighborhood Monday night.

Southwest Minneapolis residents shocked by fatal police shooting

This is a place where neighbors help each other find lost pets. It’s where tidy yards are filled with flower beds and children pedal their…
Deborah Watts spoke during a community conversation at the Wilder Foundation.

Trauma counseling in wake of Yanez acquittal available in Minneapolis

Walk-in counseling and listening sessions are being set up in Minneapolis on both the north and south sides for people coping with trauma after the…
Amy Brisbane of St. Paul left a message and a rock on a memorial to Philando Castile outside the school where he worked.

Yanez verdict is only widening the police, community divide

Activists and police say the case's outcome adds to longstanding tensions.
Musician Stevie Wonder joined a peace conference in Minneapolis and Saturday and urged those there to join the effort.

At Mpls. peace summit, Stevie Wonder joins plea to end street violence

Young people mired in poverty need help to build more peaceful lives, attendees said.
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, Ryan Larson speaks during an interview. A Minnesota jury ruled Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, against Larson, who sue

Judge orders new defamation trial for man cleared in Cold Spring cop killing

Judge rules that news media aired false statements and a jury must consider that in Cold Spring defamation case.
Koua Fong Lee outside of the Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

$11M jury award upheld in St. Paul Toyota crash that killed 3

The appeals panel said a jury had sufficient evidence to find Toyota 60 percent at fault in 2006 fatal crash the led to the imprisonment of Koua Fong Lee.
A group of Seward Co-op workers and members of organizations promoting their efforts to unionize presented their issues to Nick Seeberger, right, Sewa

Workers press for union at three Seward Co-op facilities in Minneapolis

Managers deny the claim and say they'll work toward holding election.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura sat for an interview about his new show being broadcast by Russian television.

Jesse Ventura has a new gig — on Russian television

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he is now working for "the enemy of mainstream media."
Church and community leaders held a news conference Wednesday in North Minneapolis to announce a June 17 peace summit among gang members and Stevie Wo

Activists plan Minneapolis peace summit with Stevie Wonder as speaker in hopes of quelling violence

Sharif Willis, a Vice Lords leader, is back from prison, playing role in parley to be held in June.
Pro President Donald Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters exchanged words in the rotunda hallway during a national March4Trump at the State Capi

8 counterdemonstrators charged in scuffles at pro-Trump rally in St. Paul

Ramsey County attorney said the right to assemble peacefully was at stake.
A Hennepin County housing court referee has ordered prolific and controversial Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz to return $27,813 in rent to seven r

Housing court orders Mpls. landlord Stephen Frenz to return $27,813 to tenants

It is believed to be the largest rent abatement for multiple tenants in the 27-year history of housing courts in Minnesota.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, shown in March, told the Hennepin County Board that the new diversion program will be closely monitored.

Hennepin County Board approves Diversion Solutions to run its diversion program

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office will closely watch the company.
A brochure by Diversion Solutions touts an 82 percent success rate, but officials say that number is considerably lower.

Data shows driver's license reinstatement program is less successful than company claims

Relicensing firm's successes don't seem to match its claims, documents show.
Paul Ridgeway

Paul Ridgeway, who orchestrated high-profile political events, dies at 68

He helped coordinate then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's visit to the Twin Cities in 1990.
Protesters rallied in and out of the office of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz on Monday in a demand for a three-year rent freeze and more repairs

Tenants rally outside Minneapolis landlord's office demanding rent freeze, repairs

Some 75 protesters, most of them tenants, rallied in the rain outside the offices of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz on Monday in a demand for…
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.
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.
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