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David Chanen

Reporter | Hennepin County
Phone: 612-673-4465

David Chanen is a reporter covering Hennepin County government and Prince's estate dealings. He previously covered crime, courts and spent two sessions at the Legislature.


Chanen has spent his entire career at the Star Tribune A Minneapolis resident, he owns a pug and a rescue dog that looks like a gremlin.
Recent content from David Chanen
Chad Helton

Chad Helton, a pioneering black librarian, will be new head of Hennepin County Library

When Helton takes over the county library in late August, it will be nearly two years since previous director Lois Langer Thompson left.
Hennepin County Commissioners Angela Conley, left, and Irene Fernando.

2 Hennepin County commissioners press Mike Freeman for charges vs. fired officers in George Floyd's death

They described the Minneapolis Police Department as an oppressive system.

Hennepin County Board to require masks for employees and visitors

Two commissioners voted against the measure.

Mpls. Park officials warn of harmful algae in Cedar Lake

Toxic blue-green bloom can sicken humans and animals alike.
Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Hennepin County Board debates measured rollout of county services

Limited court hearings expected to start again next week at the county's Government Center.
“Our long-standing partnership with the University of Minnesota aligns with our mission to make meaningful contributions to society,” said Eric Ne

University of Minnesota announces $35 million gift for adolescent brain studies

It comes from the university's largest donor.
Marny Xiong

St. Paul school board chairwoman critically ill from COVID-19

Marny Xiong, 31, joined the board in 2018 and is a graduate of St. Paul Public Schools.
Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. The virus will force the county to make up an expected loss of $66 million in revenue and i

COVID-19 permanently changing the way Hennepin County does business

The County Board debated the first phase of reopening strategies during a two-hour briefing.
Frederick Koerner

Frederick 'Fritz' Koerner, engineer of a famous war spy plane, dies of COVID-19 complications at 86

Enticed by the U.S. Navy’s recruitment pitch “to see the world,” Frederick “Fritz” Koerner enlisted during the Korean War. He made it as far as…

Minneapolis school board taking final public comments on redistricting plan

The Minneapolis school board will take final public comments starting Tuesday on its controversial redistricting plan. The comments, which can be submitted in writing or…

Golden Valley school receives environmental award from the U.S. Department of Education

Thirty-nine schools nationwide received recognition.

Minnesota cities scramble as budgets take hits from the virus

Officials are hoping for relief from state and federal governments.
Grocery carts marked a path for shoppers at a Target store in Bloomington, where customer traffic is being monitored.

Bloomington officials discuss potential budget shortfalls because of the virus

Revenue from hotels, Mall of America boost the city's coffers in typical years.
Mel Eggersgluss

Melvin Eggersgluss, decorated combat hero in Korea who raised 15 kids, dies at 94

He received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
Hennepin County Administrator David Hough, shown in 2015.

Hennepin County opens third shelter for homeless in hotel

Some county workers to be reassigned to work with the homeless.
A frozen Lake Minnetonka back in early February. Lake Minnetonka is expected to have its ice-out within the next week, much earlier than last year’s

Ice-outs on Minnesota lakes about a week ahead of schedule

A quicker melt than last year could mean an earlier return to lake recreation.
Carmen Aspling and her fiancé John Sapp are homeless, but they found a place to stay in a Minneapolis church shelter operated by Simpson Housing Serv

Amid COVID-19, Minnesota homeless face daytime closures, nighttime crowds

The potentially devastating consequences of COVID-19 on the nearly 570,000 Americans without a place to live are starting to raise alarms.
A security guard at the downtown Minneapolis Public Library turned away a patron after the library closed Tuesday.

Hennepin, Ramsey counties declare states of emergency, close public buildings

Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Dakota counties all took steps to cancel face-to-face public services.

St. Peter bowling alley destroyed by fire started accidentally, owner says

Owner told police fire started when he was repairing a pin-setting machine.
An overhead view of the University of St. Thomas campus.

University of St. Thomas pulling students from Rome program because of virus

No students have been infected, but officials wanted them back home before travel restrictions increase.
After being closed for renovation and a technology upgrade, North Regional Library had a grand reopening in January 2007.

North Regional Library in north Minneapolis closing for a year

Nearly $7 million will spent on renovations.

Minneapolis high school students can stay in same school after boundary changes

Students currently in Minneapolis high schools can remain the same school even after the district changes attendance boundaries, officials said Monday.Students in grades 10 through…
The South St. Paul Quick-Serv License Center. The Department of Public Safety and its Driver and Vehicle Services division will pay out a total of abo

More than 150,000 Minnesota drivers will receive tiny refund for vehicle transfer overcharge

State overcharged transfer and renewal of titles when done simultaneously.
Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer, the co-chairman of the task force, spoke Wednesday about the extreme price increases of some prescription drugs.

Task force recommends 14 ways to lower prescription drug prices

Attorney General Keith Ellison released a yearlong task force report Wednesday with sweeping recommendations on how the state can lower prescription drug prices. Several have already been introduced as bills during this year's legislative session.
Boy Scout uniforms displayed Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in the retail store at the headquarters for the French Creek Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Bankruptcy filing won't hurt local finances, program, Minn. scout leaders say

The Northern Star Council said it doesn't receive money from the national organization for its $21 million budget and is "separately incorporated," a spokesman said.
Anti-Trump Willy Jenkins, left, and Trump supporter Chris Windego, right, gave each other a hug as they waited outside the Target Center in preparatio

Outside Trump's Minneapolis rally, some tried to bridge bitter divide

Between the raised middle fingers, the burning banner and the bellowing bullhorns came a few friendly moments.
The entrance to Mall of America's new wing. More than 100 people who fear they may have been secretly taped in a Mall of America store dressing room h

Bloomington police swamped with calls about hidden cameras in dressing rooms at MOA

The suspect may also be involved in similar cases at Maplewood Mall.
Police investigated the scene where one person and a child were found with gunshot wounds after a vehicle rollover on Sunday in St. Paul.

Man found shot in overturned SUV in St. Paul's West Side dies

Man driving SUV when he and his son were shot; no arrests so far.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson, shown in April.

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office seeks $5 million for body cameras

The $5 million budget request would equip 148 deputies with cameras.
A driver smashed into a bakery at 17th Avenue and Lake Street on Monday after carjacking a vehicle and injuring at least five people, Minneapolis poli

Five injured during brazen carjacking in south Minneapolis

A vehicle crashed into another vehicle and bakery, rammed a squad car and struck two girls before jumping a curb, hitting a streetlight and bursting into flames.
Self-response to the census survey starts April 1, followed by several months when census workers will be tracking down people who don't file their da

Hennepin County census team targets hard-to-count communities

Months before the 2020 census kicks off in April, Hennepin County is working ahead to ensure hard-to-count areas and communities are tallied and to sweep…
Few things have changed in appearance at the Hennepin County Government Center since it was built in the mid-1970s. Now a renovation of the 20 elevato

Going up? Major renovation to elevators at Hennepin County Government Center

Hennepin County towers serve 10,000 people daily.
The Hennepin County Board had tabled for nearly a year action on salary bumps for County Attorney Mike Freeman and Sheriff Dave Hutchinson.

Hennepin County Board approves 4.75% maximum property tax levy increase

Commissioners also agree to raise salaries for sheriff and county attorney.
Cyril Kerber

Cyril Kerber of Chanhassen, top-selling encyclopedia salesman, dies at 87

He sold 6,051 sets of the Encyclopaedia Britannica over 33 years. He believed that to be a world record.
Major drivers in the new Hennepin County budget include $71 million for road, bridge and trail infrastructure.

Hennepin County administrator proposes 4.75% property tax levy increase for 2020

The overall budget would increase to $2.5 billion; up nearly $90 million from 2019.
"We are very pleased with the results," Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said of the new opioid initiative. Hutchinson toured the jail in Janu

Hundreds now treated for opioid abuse in Hennepin jail

Though the Hennepin County program to treat inmates is less than a year old, officials already are making changes to increase the number of those getting treatment and keep them sober once they're released.
Assistant park manager Nick Bartels pointed to an area of the main road leading into Fort Snelling State Park that had been temporarily repaired in Ma

Fort Snelling State Park reopens six months after extensive flood damage

Officials said repairs at the popular venue, closed since March, will continue through the fall.
Assailants attacked a victim on Aug. 3 near Target field in this image from surveillance video provided by the Minneapolis Police Department.

18 charged in two violent group robberies in downtown Mpls.

The two August incidents were part of a robbery spree that targeted "easy prey," people who were intoxicated, distracted and alone, Minneapolis police said.
James Ron, left, and Jason Cao have been reinstated to their positions at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs after being di

2 U profs disciplined for sexual misconduct return; some students 'disturbed'

Two University of Minnesota professors disciplined for sexual misconduct have been reinstated to their positions in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a student…
Rachel Soukup was surprised to see very few people Friday at Lake Nokomis beach, one of the many in Minneapolis closed because of illness reports.

After summer of beach closings, illnesses, officials look at how to make next year better

Officials are talking about public education, more water testing and limits on boats as keys to curtailing outbreaks next summer.
Hennepin County Administrator David Hough, shown in 2015.

Hennepin County may seek a 4.75% property tax levy increase in 2020

County officials will present their proposed 2020 budget to the board on Sept. 17.
The 10-ton sculpture called “Nimbus,” outside the Hennepin County Central Library in downtown Minneapolis has been fenced off for a second time th

Sculpture on Nicollet Mall barricaded to block homeless

The installation outside the Minneapolis Central Library includes a few rows of amphitheater seating for public performances and some were camping there at night.
Michael Bauer Facebook page

SUV crashes into Starbucks in Eagan; three people injured

An SUV crashed into a Starbucks in Eagan Monday night, injuring the driver and two people inside the store. Eagan police received a call shortly…

Hennepin County attorney and Sheriff's Office get $550,000 grant for auto theft prosecution

The Attorney's Office is funding nearly three dedicated staff positions, and the Sheriff's Office is getting three automated license plate readers.
Minneapolis officials consulted adult entertainment workers to come up with their proposal to add protections from financial exploitation and unsafe w

Minneapolis ordinance to protect sex workers moves forward

The City Council will vote on rules for safer working conditions and wage protections for adult entertainment workers.
In June, Noor Construction owner Nawal Noor worked with her project superintendent Scott Eiden on the remodel of Hosmer Library in Minneapolis.

Historic Hosmer Library in Minneapolis reopens after yearlong renovation

The changes include larger children's and teen areas relocated to the front as well as preservation work on a large skylight and wood windows.
The Hennepin County library in Brooklyn Park.

Hennepin County considering elimination of overdue library fees

Hennepin County officials are considering the elimination of overdue library fees and amnesty for patrons who already owe money.Under existing library policy, patrons who owe…
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman poses for a portrait in Hennepin County Government Center after returning from a leave for alcohol treatment.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman back on the job

Job stress contributed to alcohol abuse. Now he says he's ready for work.
Viburnum leaf beetle larvae and damage.

Invasive viburnum leaf beetle discovered in Minnesota

State has received several reports and confirmed a sighting in Eden Prairie.

Person shot in Moose Lake by member of Carlton County Emergency Response Team

Police serving felony warrants shot and injured a person in Moose Lake on Monday, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Members of the…

Authorities have found body of boy who drowned near Mankato

Authorities on Monday found the body of an 11-year-old boy who is believed to have drowned while swimming in a southern Minnesota river. Denilson Fidel…

Man who faked death is sentenced to more than three years for life insurance claim

Igor Vorotinov, 55, pleaded guilty in May and will serve 41 months.
Portland Avenue in Minneapolis. At least 40% of Hennepin County’s road infrastructure is 50 years or older, said Chris Sagsveen, acting assistant co

Hennepin County Board to consider doubling annual wheelage tax

The board is considering a $10 increase to pay for road, bridge repairs.

A lane of East River Road closed by mudslide now open

Heavy rainfall is believed to have caused a portion of the bluff to collapse.
A home in Barron, Wis., and the surrounding trees were damaged after a strong afternoon thunderstorm moved through the area Friday.

Heavy rain, high wind from storm lash western Wisconsin

The worst damage occurred around Turtle Lake, Wis. No injuries were reported, but trees were downed and roofs were shredded. The St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake complex was evacuated, according to witnesses and the Barron County sheriff.

Treatment of the mentally ill improves in Hennepin County, but costs continue to rise

The County Board heard the findings and recommendations of a mental health system review it requested in January.
Proposed design for Plymouth Creek Center expansion project.

Plymouth moves closer to final design for $50 million expanded community center

Plymouth is nearing completion of its long-running plan to renovate and dramatically expand the city’s 20-year-old community center. The estimated $50 million project has been in…
Hennepin County joined nearly 500 jurisdictions in the U.S. that have raised the tobacco sales age to 21. The board decided against raising the minimu

Hennepin County Board approves tobacco sales restrictions at airport and four cities

Sales age will now be 21 and flavored tobacco products will be banned.

North Loop parking ramp denied by Minneapolis Planning Commission

The Federal Reserve Bank wanted the 800-spot ramp for its employees.
Darrel “Tuck” Ray

Darrel 'Tuck' Ray, King of the Hobos, dies at 58

Darrel “Tuck” Ray has caught the westbound train. That’s the hobo community’s way of saying that Ray, 58, has died. Named King of the Hobos…
The room applauded after Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General of France to the Midwest Region after he pinned the Legion of Honor medal on Boyd W. Sorens

Pipestone farmer who flew WWII bomber awarded French Legion of Honor

Boyd Sorenson flew 89 combat missions in Europe during World War II, escorting heaving bombers and attacking enemy installations and troop concentrations. “We weren’t heroes,”…
Two bats found in Minneapolis in recent weeks have tested positive for rabies at the University of Minnesota.

Two rabid bats found in Minneapolis, prompting warning

A man who caught one of the animals is being treated for the disease.
Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead

Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead not running again

Winstead, who isn't seeking re-election, reflects on up and downs.
A deputy walked down the hallway of the intake area in the basement of the Hennepin County Jail.

Hennepin County effort to cut jail inmate numbers pays off

Officials credited a combination of factors: fewer violators with misdemeanors going to jail, a shared in-custody database for real-time analysis, earlier release of suspects before charging and faster pretrial hearings.
Law enforcement leaders say that six months into the job, Sheriff Dave Hutchinson is asking the right questions.

Hennepin County sheriff makes positive first impression

Dave Hutchinson seeks transparency, outreach, public understanding.
Patrons at the Hennepin County library in Brooklyn Park.

Hoping for more diverse candidates, Hennepin Co. won't require master's degree for library director

State law for decades has placed the director of Hennepin County's massive library system on the top shelf.Lawmakers decided nearly 40 years ago that Hennepin…
Anson Truskoski counted the number of player autographs he'd obtained so far while watching the Twins take batting practice before Wednesday night's g

Twins fans focus on the heady present, avoid talk of what lies ahead

More than 32,000 people attended Thursday's game, and the next six games against Kansas City and Boston are expected to be sellouts.
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips on the floor of the U.S. House on Jan. 3, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips sees need to help cities lacking state funding

Formula for local aid means nearly 100 Minnesota cities don't make the list.
Lake Minnetonka near Lord Fletcher's in Spring Park in 2015.

Minnetonka and six other Hennepin County lakes under wake restrictions

Slow- to no-wake orders are in effect until water levels drop.

Police investigate homicide in Burnsville

No suspects are in custody, but officers are following several leads.

Four metro counties offering warrant resolution day

It's the first time for the partnership, which includes community groups, too.

Extra patrols start this week in downtown Minneapolis' SafeZone initiative

Summer initiative includes county sheriff's deputies and Metro Transit officers.
The welcome sign at Fort Snelling.

Fort Snelling signs open history debate among lawmakers, local officials

As legislators continue to work on state's spending, $4 million was restored to Minnesota Historical Society budget.
Water rushed over a flooded roadway to Picnic Island on Thursday at Fort Snelling State Park. Several roads are impassable due to high water.

Flood damage closes Fort Snelling State Park until July

The popular recreation spot has been shut since mid-March
Jean Gilmore

Jean Gilmore, longtime crossing guard for Anoka-Hennepin School District, dies of heart failure at 68

Jean Gilmore was one of the longest-tenured crossing guards in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. For 31 years, she safely guided several generations of families across…