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Randy Furst

Reporter | Minneapolis
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Randy Furst is a general assignment reporter covering Minneapolis for the Star Tribune.
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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.
Sunday: Dozens are arrested after I-94 in St. Paul gets shut down for hours

Sunday: 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.
3 men get prison for failed Gambia coup, but a Minnesotan goes free

3 men get prison for failed Gambia coup, but a Minnesotan goes free

Papa Faal, who lives in Brooklyn Park, will not go to prison, receiving a sentence of "time served," plus two years of supervised release.

Vietnam War era activists reconvene at Macalester College

  Forty-six years ago this month, the nation’s campuses erupted in a series of student strikes, the largest student uprising in American history. Triggering the…
Minneapolis forced landlord to sell troubled properties in 2012, but he may still own them

Minneapolis forced landlord to sell troubled properties in 2012, but he may still own them

The revelation came Tuesday during testimony in housing court.
Ed Felien chronicles neighborhood news for Southside Pride

Ed Felien chronicles neighborhood news for Southside Pride

Walking up the narrow stairway to the second-floor office of Ed Felien, the publisher and editor of the Southside Pride, is a little like entering…
NAACP seeks special prosecutor in Clark case; AG's office says it lacks authority

NAACP seeks special prosecutor in Clark case; AG's office says it lacks authority

The attorney general said she lacks authority to make such a move.
Mpls. landlord on trial allegedly invented tenants to dodge suit

Mpls. landlord on trial allegedly invented tenants to dodge suit

Stephen Frenz's trial resumes Thursday after allegations of fake tenants, staged apartments and false leases.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis stages protest at Twins game

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis stages protest at Twins game

Demonstrators blocked streets and light rail tracks near Target Field
Mpls. city attorney's office drops charges against activist lawyer

Mpls. city attorney's office drops charges against activist lawyer

Jordan Kushner had been arrested during a demonstration at U. The city attorney said the charges were valid, but she wants to focus on other priorities.
Ex-Chief Bouza: Officers should have faced charges in Jamar Clark's death

Ex-Chief Bouza: Officers should have faced charges in Jamar Clark's death

Minneapolis' chief from 1980 through 1988, Bouza also says he believes the two officers were acting in good faith.
North Siders await decision today on Jamar Clark shooting

North Siders await decision today on Jamar Clark shooting

The stakes are highest on the North Side, where many residents fear a decision not to indict the officers in the death of Clark is a foregone conclusion.

Minneapolis attorney's office wants gag order during trial of activist attorney

Case involves arrest of attorney Jordan Kushner at U demonstration.
Activists decry police chief's warning as Clark decision looms

Activists decry police chief's warning as Clark decision looms

A coalition of civil rights groups called for a rally and march Saturday in Minneapolis, ahead of a pending decision about whether to prosecute police in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.

University of Minnesota unit examines wage theft issues

A series of articles and videos about “wage theft” appeared last month on a University of Minnesota website, describing how a large number of workers…
Judge orders forensic experts to examine Mpls. landlord's devices for evidence of fraud

Judge orders forensic experts to examine Mpls. landlord's devices for evidence of fraud

Landlord Stephen Frenz has been accused of fabricating leases.

Activists continue push for prosecution of officers involved in Jamar Clark case

The group will host a community meeting Saturday.
Mpls. landlord accused of fraud in tenant suit

Mpls. landlord accused of fraud in tenant suit

Attorneys said they would no longer represent one of the city's biggest landlords after he was accused of submitting phony leases to a Hennepin County housing court.
Tenants take major Minneapolis landlord to trial

Tenants take major Minneapolis landlord to trial

City records show Stephen Frenz has more violations than other landlords with large apartment buildings.
Walter Mondale says nature of GOP debate leaves him aghast

Walter Mondale says nature of GOP debate leaves him aghast

The elder statesman of the DFL Party in Minnesota acknowledges that he’s aghast at the level of discourse in the Republican Party debates. “I’ve watched…
Obituary: Wayne Wittman, union leader and peace activist

Obituary: Wayne Wittman, union leader and peace activist

Wayne Wittman devoted his life to social causes."He had a passion for helping folks in the community unlike anyone I have ever been around," recalls…
Mall of America drops lawsuit against Black Lives Matter activists

Mall of America drops lawsuit against Black Lives Matter activists

Protesters turned out at the Mall of America in large numbers that December day, but they left to demonstrate at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without holding a rally at the mall.
Black Lives Matter leaders cancel Crashed Ice protest

Black Lives Matter leaders cancel Crashed Ice protest

Group leaders say that St. Paul officials have addressed their demands.
Protests focus on grand jury's role in investigation of Jamar Clark's death

Protests focus on grand jury's role in investigation of Jamar Clark's death

Skip the grand jury and charge cops in police shooting, activists say.
Polly Mann is still taking on war and racism at age 96

Polly Mann is still taking on war and racism at age 96

Appearances can be deceiving when you meet Polly Mann. “She dresses up like a Southern lady,” said Mary Beaudoin, the editor of the newsletter for…
Mike Freeman to BCA: Expand probe of Jamar Clark's death

Mike Freeman to BCA: Expand probe of Jamar Clark's death

The Hennepin County attorney said "a number of things were not completed and they were sent back [to the BCA] to get done." He still hopes to have decision on charges by the end of March.
Protesters demand prosecution of officers involved in Jamar Clark shooting

Protesters demand prosecution of officers involved in Jamar Clark shooting

The demonstrators plan to rally weekly at the Government Center.

Older generation of blacks recalls lasting sting of racial discrimination

There were signs outside the Mankato house saying there was a room for rent, but when the Mankato State College student knocked on the door…
Activist attorney, busted by U police, fights City Attorney's office

Activist attorney, busted by U police, fights City Attorney's office

Jordan Kushner, who has clashed frequently with the city attorney's office, maintains he's innocent and is being politically targeted — something the city attorney's office denies.
Former ATF director B. Todd Jones calls NFL post 'a dream come true'

Former ATF director B. Todd Jones calls NFL post 'a dream come true'

For nearly four years, B. Todd Jones was one of the nation’s top law enforcement officers, overseeing the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives…
Rep. Keith Ellison to speak at fundraiser for Syrian refugees

Rep. Keith Ellison to speak at fundraiser for Syrian refugees

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., will be among the speakers at a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on behalf of Syrian refugees at the Minneapolis…
'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case to stay in custody

'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case to stay in custody

A man identified last week as a "person of interest" in the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago will remain in custody on child pornography charges, a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday morning.

PACER system allows anyone to look up federal court records online

Want to look up a federal-court case, read the indictment or lawsuit, evaluate what the prosecutor and the defense attorney had to say, or review…
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