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Randy Furst

Reporter | Minneapolis
phone: 612-673-4224
Randy Furst is a general assignment reporter covering Minneapolis for the Star Tribune.
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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.
Minnesota company sells camera that police can put on gun

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.
Obituary: Marianne Hamilton dedicated her life to the antiwar movement

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

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

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

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.
Family of five evicted as affordable housing crisis worsens in Minneapolis

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

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

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

He declined to draw parallels between it and other police shootings.
Southwest Minneapolis residents shocked by fatal police shooting

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…
Trauma counseling in wake of Yanez acquittal available in Minneapolis

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…
Yanez verdict is only widening the police, community divide

Yanez verdict is only widening the police, community divide

Activists and police say the case's outcome adds to longstanding tensions.
At Mpls. peace summit, Stevie Wonder joins plea to end street violence

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

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

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

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

Managers deny the claim and say they'll work toward holding election.
Jesse Ventura has a new gig — on 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."
Activists plan Minneapolis peace summit with Stevie Wonder as speaker in hopes of quelling violence

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

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

Ramsey County attorney said the right to assemble peacefully was at stake.
Housing court orders Mpls. landlord Stephen Frenz to return $27,813 to tenants

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 Board approves Diversion Solutions to run its diversion program

Hennepin County Board approves Diversion Solutions to run its diversion program

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office will closely watch the company.
Data shows driver's license reinstatement program is less successful than company claims

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

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