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Randy Furst

Reporter | Minneapolis
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Randy Furst covers the U.S. District Court in Minnesota for the Star Tribune.
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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.
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.
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…
25th anniversary sparks fresh look at Jacob Wetterling mystery

25th anniversary sparks fresh look at Jacob Wetterling mystery

A brainstorming session in the summer of 2014 led investigators to arrest a ''person of interest'' in the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.
'Person of interest' named in 1989 Jacob Wetterling disappearance

'Person of interest' named in 1989 Jacob Wetterling disappearance

Jacob Wetterling was 11 when he was abducted while riding on his bike near St. Joseph, Minn., 26 years ago. Danny James Heinrich, who was charged with possessing child pornography, is a person of interest in the case.
After flying drunk 25 years ago, Northwest pilot pitches recovery to alcoholics

After flying drunk 25 years ago, Northwest pilot pitches recovery to alcoholics

Joe Balzer says he is a very different man from the one I covered 25 years ago. Back then Balzer was one of three Northwest…
Ventura says he was 'booster rocket' propelling sales of 'American Sniper'

Ventura says he was 'booster rocket' propelling sales of 'American Sniper'

Ventura says he is prepared to fight the case again if retrial is ordered.
Big guns come out as Ventura verdict goes to 8th Circuit

Big guns come out as Ventura verdict goes to 8th Circuit

Top news corporations have enlisted prominent First Amendment attorneys in an attempt to overturn the $1.8 million verdict.
Minn. appeals court: DWI suspect should not be imprisoned for refusing blood test

Minn. appeals court: DWI suspect should not be imprisoned for refusing blood test

Legal expert calls state Appeals Court ruling an "important constitutional decision."
Former child soldier from Sierra Leone released from Carver County jail in Minnesota

Former child soldier from Sierra Leone released from Carver County jail in Minnesota

ICE frees Nelson Kargbo, who had been detained for more than 2 years, after magistrate judge's ruling.

140 federal prisoners have been ordered released in Minnesota

Fifty federal prisoners will be released in the state on Oct. 30 and another 25 will be released in November, said Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim.
Obituary: Alvin Greenberg, novelist, poet, librettist

Obituary: Alvin Greenberg, novelist, poet, librettist

Novelist, poet and essayist Alvin Greenberg charmed generations of readers with his wit and cerebral musings and ability to manipulate the English language. “He was…
Former Ph.D student at the University of Minnesota sues over sexual harassment

Former Ph.D student at the University of Minnesota sues over sexual harassment

In the remote Alaskan arctic, Stephanie Jenkins felt cornered. The 29-year-old woman and her academic mentor, Ted Swem, had rappelled down a cliff to a…
Bicyclist with legal pedigree takes on BNSF railroad over accident

Bicyclist with legal pedigree takes on BNSF railroad over accident

Robert Cattanach is used to mixing with the big boys. So he didn't hesitate to sue BNSF, one of the nation's largest railroad companies, over a bike accident — his own — after the company refused to pay a few thousand dollars in medical bills.
Federal judge slaps $282,000 in sanctions on Minneapolis law firm

Federal judge slaps $282,000 in sanctions on Minneapolis law firm

U.S. judge ruled that law firm's filing was frivolous.

Credit report mistakes are common; consequences can be severe

You open up your credit report and it says you have a bad debt but you know it isn’t true. How common is that? “It’s…
U.S. Senate Judiciary Comittee approves Wright for a federal judge position

U.S. Senate Judiciary Comittee approves Wright for a federal judge position

But it's unclear when the Minnesota high court justice will be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate.
Is Jesse Ventura about to end exile, jump back into politics?

Is Jesse Ventura about to end exile, jump back into politics?

As outsiders stir up the race for the White House, Minnesota's former governor is contemplating whether to take another shot at political office.

Eliot Ness fought against mob, then venereal disease

My father worked for Eliot Ness. Ness was the crime-busting government agent who organized a team called the Untouchables that brought down Al Capone and…

8th Circuit ruling revives 3 lawsuits over lookups of driver's license data

Attorneys applauded the ruling, which allowed them to continue to pursue their claims in federal district court in Minneapolis.
Rights of transgender youth, adults at heart of cutting-edge legal cases

Rights of transgender youth, adults at heart of cutting-edge legal cases

From public schools to private enterprise, transgender men and women — and youth — are challenging old restrictions and forcing changes.
Ex-child soldier held in metro jails for 2 years

Ex-child soldier held in metro jails for 2 years

Nelson Kargbo, a refugee from Sierra Leone, has a rap sheet, but would face torture if deported, judge ruled.
Wilhelmina Wright's chances in Congress for federal judgeship said to be good

Wilhelmina Wright's chances in Congress for federal judgeship said to be good

Even though Congress remains hobbled by partisan paralysis, judicial observers are optimistic that the state Supreme Court justice will eventually be confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge in Minnesota.
Judge says Rogers student, suspended over tweet, can file suit

Judge says Rogers student, suspended over tweet, can file suit

Student says suspension forced him to change schools.

Texas man pleads guilty to calling in fake hostage situations in Minnesota, elsewhere

The phone call that came to the police dispatcher in Marshall, Minn., last January described a horrific situation. A man said he had taken a…
7 indicted in what authorities call Minneapolis gang war

7 indicted in what authorities call Minneapolis gang war

The defendants are active members of two street gangs known as the 10z and the 20z, which operated in south Minneapolis. They were charged in a shootout outside HCMC last year.

Legal fight erupts over Clean Water Act rules

Jurisdiction was expanded illegally, plaintiffs say.
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