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Dan Browning

Reporter | General assignment
Phone: 612-673-4493

Dan Browning has worked as a reporter and editor since 1982. He joined the Star Tribune in 1998 and now covers greater Minnesota. His expertise includes investigative reporting, public records, data analysis and legal affairs.

Browning has a master's degree in International Journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on Latin American studies, a master's in Journalism from the University of Oregon with an emphasis on legal affairs, and a bachelor's in Religious Studies from California State University-Chico, with an emphasis on Buddhism. His outside interests include jujutsu and Aikido, ballroom dancing and photography.
Recent content from Dan Browning
Derek Chauvin

Citing safety, judge rules Derek Chauvin can live out of state

Under the new conditions, Derek Chauvin "must establish residency somewhere in the State of Minnesota or a contiguous state as soon as possible" and report it to his supervising officer.
Dawn Willard a correction guard at Stillwater held a photograph of officer Joseph Gomm who was killed in 2018 at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memoria

Inmate gets life sentence for 2018 murder of corrections officer

Edward Muhammad Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Former police officer Thomas Lane walks through security as he arrived for a hearing at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on July 2

Lawyer for ex-officer Lane charged in Floyd killing says he 'did nothing wrong'

Attorney Earl Gray attacks Floyd as a habitual drug user with a violent past.
Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Kueng, left, arrived with his attorney Thomas Plunkett for a hearing at the Hennepin County Government

Ex-officer seeks to remove Mike Freeman from Floyd killing case

A lawyer for former officer J. Alexander Kueng said the Hennepin County attorney has demonstrated bias against his client.
Firefighters on the scene of a fire that had been burning for more than 24 hours at the Northern Metals Recycling plant in Becker, Minn.

Northern Metal Recycling fire in Becker an accident, report says

Report says it started deep within the scrap heap.
Attorney Jeff Anderson spoke during a press conference with abuse survivors in St. Paul in March 2016.

Court approves $34M clergy abuse settlement with New Ulm Diocese

The diocese also agreed to adopt 17 protocols to protect children from abuse.
September 20, 1989 Background Info: Edwin "Skip" Gage Carlson Companies Caption For This Pic: Skip Gage (Curt Carlsons son in law) will take over the

Edwin 'Skip' Gage, integrated marketing pioneer, dies at 79

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference with President Donald Trump on coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House, Sa

3M can't confirm Pence comments about making more masks

At a news conference Saturday, the vice president said the government has contracted with the Minnesota company
More than 100 fire crews responded to the Becker fire, which was reported early Tuesday morning and burned for more than 48 hours before it was contai

Citing imminent danger, state shuts down Becker recycling company

The metal recycler is told to freeze its operations until it assesses environmental damage after a massive fire and gets a cleanup plan.
The fire at Northern Metal Recycling in Becker burned for days but was largely under control — and under ice — Thursday morning.

Firefighters contain intense blaze at Becker recycling plant

City now its turns attention to air and water quality concerns.
Ice covered junker cars are seen as firefighters on Wednesday morning remained on the scene of a fire that has been burning for more than 24 hours at

Becker schools to close today as pile of cars still burns at recycling plant

Firefighting crews were trying to separate a portion of the burning stack of vehicles in hopes that the blaze would eventually die out.
"Second Amendment sanctuary" refers to states, counties or localities that have adopted laws or resolutions designed to impede enforcement of gun cont

More Minnesota counties declare themselves gun 'sanctuaries'

Boards in Clearwater, Marshall and Wadena counties each approved the resolutions.
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Nancy Jean Holland, Hamline philosophy professor and novelist, dies at 72

Holland was gratified to see several books published before she died. But less than two weeks before her death, she lamented that she had more to say.
The Roseau County Board, from left: John Horner, Jack Swanson, Roger Falk, Russell Walker and Daryl Wicklund.

Roseau County Board to Minn. Legislature: Hands off our guns

It becomes the first Minnesota county to join the movement resisting stricter gun control laws. It's unlikely to be the last.
Kathy Mentjes, a retired librarian who helped bring an an exhibit of the works of famed photographer and ethnographer Edward S. Curtis to Montgomery,

Exhibit honors photos of Minnesota's Edward S. Curtis

That 65 of his photographs found their way onto the walls of a narrow, brick building in Montgomery is a story of coincidence and curiosity.

Edward S. Curtis exhibit

Sixth-grade teacher Jason Hollom, left-rear, brought his class to Montgomery, Minn., this week to see the works of famed photographer and ethnographer Edward S. Curtis, who grew up in Le Seuer County.
The Rev. Nick VanDenBroeke at his 2012 ordination at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Rice County priest apologizes for criticizing Islam in sermon

The Rev. Nick VanDenBroeke's apology came Wednesday night via a statement from the archdiocese.

Fergus Falls woman pleads guilty in 6-year-old's abuse death

In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota court records show a wrongful

Two wrongful-death claims quietly dismissed by Prince's estate

Legal settlements likely in wrongful-death suits.
GLEN STUBBE � Real estate agents are again trying to sell the historic Van Dusen mansion, the Minneapolis landmark that rece

Federal judge in Minneapolis shuts down receivership in forex-related Ponzi scheme

Investors get back just 8 cents on the dollar.
Those who approved a motion to refuse refugee resettlement raised their hands in the overcapacity crowd in attendance.] Beltrami County is the latest

After Trump's order on refugee resettlement is blocked, agencies, Minn. counties wait and see

The legal whipsaw leaves them in a state of limbo.
Minnesota National Guard recruit dies in training exercise

Minnesota National Guard recruit dies in training exercise

Connor J. McGurran, found unresponsive, had planned to maintain Bradley Fighting Vehicle systems.
An arial view of the Red Jacket Trail trestle in Mankato.

Mankato area seeks trail grants to draw tourism

Officials hope network of pathways becomes a regional attraction.
Scott Anderson invited Joyce Howard on to the dance floor at Blues a Palooza at the Medina Entertainment Center.

Minnesota's dancing star hasn't left the dance floor since the days of disco

Starting in the days of disco, a Twin Cities dance instructor and competitor built a ballroom dynasty.
Drake fire brings flood of donations, but long-term shelter harder to find

Drake fire brings flood of donations, but long-term shelter harder to find

While donated food and clothes overwhelmed relief organizations, officials warned that it will be difficult to find alternative shelter when local homeless shelters are already full.
Lars Nielsen has publicized a whistleblower complaint his twin brother quietly filed with the IRS.

Minnetonka man wrote exposé about Mormon church investment fund

He says the church has misled members about a $100 billion fund.
Richard Sennott/Star Tribune. Robbinsdale Mn. Friday 03/11/11 ] American Independent Gold & Silver Inc. is being sued

Former Burnsville man sentenced to prison term for Ponzi scheme targeting elderly

Jamie Lee Smith took in his customers' coins to evaluate or hold but later sold them without permission and kept the money for personal expenses, prosecutors said.
Capt. Steve Buswell, administrator of the Winona County Jail, chats with two inmates who've spent the past month in the 41-year-old lockup. The Depart

Three Minnesota counties must rebuild old jails, with more to follow

Corrections officials say it may be time for regional lockups, cost-sharing.
Dr. John P. (Jack) Delaney. Photo courtesty of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center's Oral History Project.

Dr. John "Jack" Patrick Delaney stumbled into medicine, but it became his passion

Olga Marina Franco Del Cid

Guatemalan who killed 4 in 2008 Cottonwood, Minn., bus crash arrested

Ex-felon, deported after 8 years in prison, found living in Inver Grove Heights.
Destination Medical Center is a $5.6 billion public-private initiative to draw major investment to Rochester.

Housing atop Rochester's new parking ramp is on hold

City officials are awaiting a study to see if it can be strengthened, and at what cost.
Ryan Larson, seen in 2012, alleged that Stearns County authorities violated his constitutional rights when they arrested him in connection with the fa

Judge dismisses malicious prosecution lawsuit in shooting of Cold Spring officer

Judge says authorities immune in case arising from Cold Spring shooting.
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Rochester's Chateau Theatre celebrates reopening

Historic theater reopens with "Magical History Tour" exhibit.
Monticello City Administrator Jeff O'Neill said he did nothing wrong when he directed staff to negotiate directly with an engineering firm that employ

Whistleblower alleges conflict of interest in Monticello, Minn., road project

In an interview, the administrator defended the decision to seek a sole-source contract with WSB, a Twin Cities firm that employs his son.
Austin Cloes points to a photo of relatives Rhonita Miller and her family, who were killed in Mexico, on a computer screen Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in H

Family with North Dakota ties ambushed and slain in Mexico

Some of those shot and burned were from Williston, N.D., and visiting Mexico to attend a wedding.
A rendering of Fastenal Co.'s new office building in Winona.

Fastenal plans new office building on downtown Winona riverfront

The industrial supplies company has 1,800 staff scattered across the city.
Australian artist Guido van Helten braved cold, wet weather and 40 mph wind gusts to start work on a massive mural on the Ardent Mills grain silos in

Master muralist will transform Mankato silos with realistic, giant images

Australian artist says his work will suggest diversity, reconciliation.
CORRECTS YEAR TO 2017 INSTEAD OF 2018 - FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, packages travel on a conveyor belt for sorting at the main post offic

Ex-postmaster of Winona sentenced for destroying mail, stealing from cards

Twenty-year employee Sherri Jo Genkinger received probation after admitting opening, destroying mail.
Ninety-year-old Gladys Hopkins, right, says she welcomes the development gradually remaking her beloved Mantorville, where the entire downtown was pla

DMC adds to housing crunch in southeastern Minnesota

City and county officials in the region say housing shortages already are driving up prices across the region, though no one can say how much of the increase can be traced to the Destination Medical Center spillover.
FILE - This Monday, June 17, 2019, file photo shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. While the nation's attorneys general debate a legal settlement with Purdu

Mille Lacs Band sues drug companies over prescription opioids

The federal lawsuit likely will be consolidated with many other cases in an Ohio courtroom.

Former mayor of Tower, Minn., pleads guilty to misconduct

The charge resulted from efforts to remove a newspaper publisher from a public post.
Jared Michael Desroches, left, and Alexander Clifford Gordon

Montana drug couriers busted in Minnesota with 900 pounds of pot go free

Judge rules the seizure of 900 pounds of pot resulted from an unconstitutional search.
Dave and Shelly Speedling, foreground, and Pete Maringer reassemble a mold after unpacking a cement statute they poured of William R. Flores, a U.S. C

Minnesota company's statuary popping up at memorials, backyards, even undersea

Minn. couple's soldier, police, EMT figures are sold nationwide
Zumbro Falls Mayor Bruce Heitmann pointed out the erosion on a dike that protects his city of 207 residents from the Zumbro River. The city is seeking

Record rainfall causes erosion problems in Minn. river towns

Runoff from the summer's soaking has eaten away riverbanks, landscape.
Babette Joyce Gross

Babette Gross, who once met Al Capone, died at 94

Sleepy Eye's elders gather at Hardee's for coffee as the town grapples with the impending loss of its 89-year-old Del Monte cannery. They remember tou

Cannery's closure sends shock waves through Sleepy Eye

The effects will travel wide and deep, with lost jobs, hurt businesses and a blow to the city budget. Still the southern Minnesota town is resolute.
Police and federal authorities are investigating an early morning explosion Saturday at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. No injuries w

Defendant in mosque bombing challenges hate-crime law

A federal magistrate judge managing the prosecution of a man suspected of firebombing a Bloomington mosque in 2017 is weighing a constitutional challenge to the laws under which the suspect was charged.
Richard Sennott/Star Tribune. Robbinsdale Mn. Friday 03/11/11 ] American Independent Gold & Silver Inc. is being sued

Former Minnesota coin dealer signs plea agreement in federal fraud case

Jamie Lee Smith had run two companies in Minnesota.
Heidi Fellner of Minneapolis, right, waved to passing cars as she stood with fellow protesters outside the theater last month organized by survivors o

Children's Theatre settles six sexual abuse lawsuits

Nine other cases remain unresolved against the theater. Another pending lawsuit names former CTC teacher Jason McLean but not the theater.
Sheriff: Wis. man who killed 4 may have sought to imitate Closs kidnapping

Sheriff: Wis. man who killed 4 may have sought to imitate Closs kidnapping

A motive for the shootings at two Chippewa Falls area residences remains unclear, but investigators believe Ritchie German Jr., may have been trying to kidnap a woman at one house.
Marshall Helmberger, editor and publisher of the Timberjay Newspaper serving Ely, Tower and Orr.

Ex-Tower mayor, city clerk charged with criminal misconduct over feud with newspaper owner

The charges stem from an effort to remove a muckraking journalist from a public commission.
More than 100 stairs climb the steep bluff to Chimney Rock, a favorite destination for visitors to Whitewater State Park, which celebrates its 100th a

Whitewater State Park celebrates its 100th year

Commemorative programs highlight the "Paradise of Minnesota."
Fairmont Square is getting new siding and windows from its new owner, Myron Olshansky of Wayzata. But it comes with a helfty price tag: rents for many

Spike in rent slams low-income residents in Fairmont, Minn.

Cost to double for many renters, who are mostly poor, disabled or elderly tenants.

Pilot dies after small aircraft crashes in northwestern Minnesota

Former Illinois attorney sentenced to five years in prison for porn troll scheme

John Steele ran a fraud and money laundering scheme with Minneapolis lawyer Paul Hansmeier.

Burnsville coin dealer gets prison time for sale of bogus coins

According to plea documents, Skog stole more than $57,000 from his customers and had planned to sell 275 more counterfeit coins for $235,000.

Hennepin County investigating illness reports at Lake Minnetonka's Big Island

New London potter Bill Gossman, left, and Janet Olney, executive director of the Willmar Area Arts Council, pull newly fired tiles from his kiln. The

Willmar benches draw attention to the arts

Artists young and old painted hundreds of tiles for the bench tops.

Minnesotan charged with fishing while naked

Neighbors say he marred their lake view.
A gavel rests on its sounding block with a several law books and a justice scale out of focus in the background.

Minnesota Supreme Court ruling protects nonprofits helping domestic violence victims in libel cases

Domestic violence center wasn't obligated to prove award-winner's account.
Photo courtesy of Gary Schott: Nurse Deb Schott, who died in Friday's medical helicopter crash.

Pilot, nurse killed in North Memorial helicopter crash

A third crew member is hospitalized. No patients were being transported when the helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. near the Brainerd airport. Gary Schott of Biscay, Minn., confirmed that his wife, Deb Schott, 58, was the nurse who died.

Central Minnesota massage parlor owner, boyfriend charged with sex trafficking

Police say Oriental Massage near St. Cloud was holding immigrant worker captive.
The elevator in Ashby, Minn., (background) was allegedly swindled out of more than $5 million by its longtime manager, Jerry Hennessey.

Minnesota grain elevator manager who bilked farmers gets 8 years in prison

Jerome Hennessey stole millions from Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. to live large and pay for his hunting safaris.

Canby boy dies after being run over

Sheriff says toddler's death was an accident.

North Dakota grain trader agrees to plead guilty in $11.4 million fraud scheme

Grain salesman accused of swindling $11.4 million from farmers, brokers.
Paul Hansmeier

Minneapolis lawyer who ran porn trolling scheme gets 14 years in prison

Minneapolis lawyer Paul Hansmeier was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Lyman "Robby" Robinson resigned his job as Goodhue County Veterans Service Officer in the wake of sexual harassment complaints.

Goodhue Co. veterans services officer resigns over sexual harassment complaints

Sexual harassment allegations surface in Goodhue County.
Kim Husband is a freelance copy editor who usually enjoys working on her deck in Bloomington at this time of year. But this year, the black flies have

Biting 'buffalo gnats' drive Minnesotans indoors

Flooding delays pest control access to black fly breeding grounds, leading to possible historic wave.
"It was a dream five years ago, and here we are," said Terri Weyer, program dietician for Hilltop Regional Kitchen, as she shows off the commercial ki

Where Meals on Wheels can't go, Lutheran Social Service sends frozen meals via UPS

Seventy years ago, Maj. Henry A. Courtney Jr. earned a posthumous Medal of Honor for his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his lif

A heroic homecoming for Duluth WWII officer's award

Maj. Henry A. Courtney Jr.'s Medal of Honor returns to Duluth
Lois Riess

Riess charged with murdering her husband in Minn. home

The woman nicknamed Losing Streak Lois also faces a capital murder charge in Florida after a woman she allegedly befriended was found dead.
Members of anti-pipeline Native American environmental group Honor the Earth protested outside then many members attended the hearing. ] GLEN STUBBE *

Former employee says Honor the Earth ignored sexual harassment allegation

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found "no probable cause."
Martha Perea was comforted by a friend while clutching a photo of her husband on the steps of the house where the couple lived. Martha Perea's husband

Brooklyn Park man charged in death of Minneapolis motorist while fleeing police

The victim, Jose Madrid Salcido, is survived by a wife and four young children.
FILE -- Michael DeRoche held a photo of himself at the age of 9 or 10 — the age he was when he says he was abused by a priest in Proctor, Minn.

Diocese of Duluth reaches $40 million settlement with sex abuse victims

The agreement must be approved by a vote of the victims and a bankruptcy judge.
Paul Hansmeier

Victims invited to claim restitution from scorned lawyer's porn troll scheme

Millions could be due those caught in lawyers' copyright scheme.