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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
Hennepin County gun violence rising, despite extra resources

Hennepin County gun violence rising, despite extra resources

Enhanced prevention measures have been developed in past several months.
Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene’s district saw some of the biggest changes in redistricting.

Steady population growth means only slight changes in Hennepin County district lines

State demographer says such stability in an urban area over a decade is unusual.
A public charging station for electric vehicles in New York, March 7, 2022. Hennepin County will focus on a long-term plan to get electric cars and ch

Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Duluth selected for first-of-its-kind climate change grant

They were three of 22 cities and counties that will receive technical assistance to reduce gas emissions in disadvantaged areas
A disciplinary process will start Monday for staffers who fail to prove they are vaccinated. That could range from everything up to termination, said

Hennepin County says 22 staffers have not met vaccine deadline

A disciplinary process will start Monday for staffers who fail to prove they are vaccinated. That could range from everything up to termination.
David Hough

Hennepin County could suspend or fire more than 100 employees not vaccinated for COVID

The County Board mandated the vaccine in November. The deadline for compliance is Monday, and the workers have exhausted their latest legal challenge.
Iverson Otterson, 6, climbed across monkey bars with the help of her mother, Ericka, at Powderhorn Park in June 2020.

Hennepin County hands out $1.1 million in another round of youth sports grants

County has awarded more than $29 million for such grants since 2009.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson.

Hennepin sheriff's peace officer license under review after drunken driving crash

Investigation stems from guilty plea in case.
Army National Guard veteran JayDoo Vang, 30, gives a tour of the home he shares with three other vets, a north Minneapolis property developed for home

Homeless veterans' group plans to build affordable housing for vets in north Minneapolis

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) wants to expand options for minority vets.
Masks will no longer be required in the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday.

Minnesota courts, Hennepin County lift mask mandate for employees, visitors

The Duluth school district is lifting its mask mandate for students and staff.
Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene

Hennepin County expected to commit $10 million to gun violence prevention

The initiative includes a coordinator and a focus on youthful offenders.
Target Field Plaza on the day before the Twins home opener in April 2021.

Hennepin County to spend $860K on security improvements at Target Field Station ramp

County and Metro Transit officials have discussed making changes for several years.
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson.

Hennepin County Sheriff Hutchinson won't run for re-election after crash

David Hutchinson heard numerous calls to resign following allegations of drunken driving in a high-speed December crash.
Patricia Avery, 69, was Hennepin County’s senior department administrator in the Department of Health and Human Services. She died Jan. 3 of natural

Patricia Avery, a top human services official in Hennepin County, dies

She also was an innovator in community programs and racial equality in Iowa
Nautica Argue, left, and Kashwan Wertman

2 teens charged in alleged metrowide carjacking wave

The defendants reported linked to nearly two dozen incidents across three metro counties.
David Hutchinson was sentenced on Dec. 20 to two years’ probation and fined $610 on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

State Patrol: Hennepin sheriff driving over 120 mph while drunk in crash

The State Patrol said Hennepin County sheriff had a loaded gun, didn't have his seat belt on and initially claimed to "absolutely not" be the driver. Gov. Walz said Dave Hutchinson should step down.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo shown in June.

Minneapolis police chief serves his last day

Medaria Arradondo announced he was stepping down last month
In 2019, snow removal equipment operated on a runway at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

MSP Airport Teamsters who plow snow reach tentative agreement

The union had filed a notice to go on strike.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says critics have a simplistic view that a get-tough approach will halt the wave of carjackings and other violen

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman defends work of his office

He also discusses 4 major initiatives he wants to implement in his last year.
Vanessa Drews made cheesecakes for her business Cheesecake Funk from kitchen space she rents from the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka.

Hennepin County reaches out to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

More than 700 businesses have taken advantage of free consulting services.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson.

Majority of Hennepin County Board calls for Hutchinson to resign

Sheriff says he plans to stay on after pleading guilty to drunken driving charge in December.
St. Louis Park police released this photo recently of an attempted carjacking in the Lunds & Byerlys parking lot.

Carjackings sweep through Twin Cities communities

Police struggle to keep with the latest crime trend.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson

Hutchinson says he has no plans to step down after DUI

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson was charged with four misdemeanor drunk driving charges, but pleaded guilty to fourth-degree driving under the influence of alcohol. He received two years of probation and a fine after guilty plea.
Roger Cersine

Roger Cersine, popular teacher and Minnesota Hall of Fame swimming official, dies at 86

Washburn High teacher was known for challenging students with dramatic classroom scenarios.
A Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy disposed of prescription drugs.

Hennepin County signs onto national opioid settlement

Hennepin County has agreed to participate in a nationwide settlement of claims brought against opioid distributors and manufacturers.Together with the proposed bankruptcy settlements of two…
Three juveniles charged in carjackings in Edina and St. Louis Park that injured five

Three juveniles charged in carjackings in Edina and St. Louis Park that injured five

Several victims were violently attacked.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson, seen in 2019, was sentenced Monday, Dec. 20, to two years’ probation and fined $610 on a misdemeanor drunke

Hennepin County sheriff sentenced to two years probation on DUI charges

He also was fined $610 after he crashed his SUV.
Suspicious package found at Ramsey County Courthouse

Suspicious package found at Ramsey County Courthouse

Item was made to look like an explosive device.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan at the People Helping People shelter in 2019.

Hennepin County will no longer charge to stay at family homeless shelters

Cost is often a barrier for the homeless to gain permanent housing.
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson

Hennepin County sheriff charged with drunken-driving offenses

He crashed his vehicle at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on I-94 near Alexandria after attending a state sheriffs convention. His blood alcohol level was 0.13%, which is over the legal limit.
Officials at a St. Paul school found a gun in a student’s backpack Wednesday.

Gun found on student at St. Paul school

The student was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a firearm by a juvenile.
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson

Sheriff David Hutchinson 'lucky to be alive' after alcohol-related crash

His attorney said test results from Wednesday's wreck are pending, but he expects they will show he was too intoxicated to drive.
Minneapolis lost a significant facility with single rooms when the Drake Hotel burned down in a Christmas Day Fire in 2019.

Hennepin County report focuses on single room occupancy housing for low income residents

Task force examines options to increase the number of these new affordable units.
Chris Knutson, an outreach worker with St. Stephens Human Services, handed a blanket to resident of the encampment near the Sabo bridge in Minneapolis

Hennepin County says hepatitis A outbreak has been contained

As of last week, 22 states were experiencing active hepatitis A outbreaks, including Illinois and Michigan. The CDC has declared an end to the outbreak in 15 states, with Minnesota among the most recent to meet the CDC's threshold for containing the virus.
All county employees had to submit proof of vaccination in October. The people who chose not to be vaccinated or not disclose their vaccination status

COVID-19 outbreak hits Hennepin County workhouse in Plymouth

The facility has strict protocols in place to prevent the virus.
As of last week, 85% of Hennepin County employees had been vaccinated.

Hennepin County will require vaccinations for COVID-19

The County Board unanimously approved the measure, which was necessary to receive specific medical federal funding. The county previously allowed shots or testing.
Hennepin County allocated $240 million in what officials called “a-once-in-a-generation” federal funding package that will develop affordable hous

Pandemic accelerates Hennepin County's disparity reduction efforts

Federal funding will create housing, education and job opportunities.
On Friday, an armed hit-and-run suspect tried to carjack a woman in north Minneapolis as she was heading to the kickoff of the Twin Cities Salvation A

Surge in Twin Cities carjackings is putting drivers on edge

Police struggle to rein in surge of armed thefts. They say there is no clear pattern.
A deputy from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office searched for a missing person in the Mississippi River in 2017.

How is the sheriff's office different from the police department?

From performing water rescues to selling foreclosed properties, county sheriff's offices handle a wide range of tasks.
So far this year, Minneapolis has recorded 1,214 catalytic converter thefts and St. Paul has had 1,556 such thefts — more than in all of 2020.

New Mpls. ordinance targets catalytic-converter thefts

Officials hope new laws will deter thieves and protect vehicle owners.
Construction of the Southwest light-rail line’s half-mile-long tunnel in the Kenilworth corridor of Minneapolis has proved difficult, as contractors

Legislative auditor's memo highlights troubled relationship between Southwest LRT and major contractor

DFL lawmakers pledge to push for a more detailed probe.
Randy Anderson trains people to become peer recovery counselors, but he has recently needed to take a break. The reason: his sister, mother and stepfa

With Narcan kits and his own story, Minn. man fights addiction

Losses motivate sober "poster child" to educate state, console families.
One of the biggest changes came when St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis closed earlier this year. The emergency shelter handled the intak

Independent analysis evaluates gaps in Hennepin County foster care system

Hennepin County system analyzed in study spurred by class-action lawsuit.
Dead flowers, candles, and makeshift memorials still hung in the parking ramp where Winston Smith was shot and killed. They were expected to be remove

Winston Smith's death revived scrutiny of federal body camera policies

The Justice Department started phasing in new body camera program last month.
David Hann, new state Republican Party chair.

Minnesota GOP picks former state Sen. David Hann as new leader

Four candidates vied for spot after former chair Jennifer Carnahan's resignation.
Man's fatal shooting is Minneapolis' 75th homicide of the year

Man's fatal shooting is Minneapolis' 75th homicide of the year

The man died several hours later at North Memorial.
A lawsuit, filed Wednesday, seeks an order halting the University of Minnesota’s requirement that students at its five campuses be vaccinated by Oct

Lawsuit targets University of Minnesota vaccine mandate

UMD student's suit claims Gabel acted unlawfully.
Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County chief medical examiner, gave a tour of the autopsy suite in the new Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office

One-of-a-kind county medical examiner's office going up in Minnetonka

When the $53 million facility opens in November, it will be a one-of-a-kind medical examiner's office in the United States.
Commissioner Irene Fernando asked the board to consider a 5% tax levy to allow budget flexibility.

Hennepin County Board approves maximum property tax levy

The board has raised the property tax levy each year by an average of 4.6% since 2015.
Nearly 30% of inmates in Hennepin County don’t have a high school diploma or GED, Sheriff David Hutchinson said at a news conference Monday, Sept. 2

Hennepin County Sheriff offers education for inmates

Hennepin County unveils program to help inmates earn GEDs, new skills.
Scrawled on white paint at the Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul was “Life, Liberty, Victory,” associated with white nationalists.

Hennepin County starts initiative to battle hate amid rise in bias crimes

Commissioner Jeff Lunde will ask board for $1 million to address the issue.
Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene

Minneapolis, Hennepin County start mortgage relief program

Eligible property owners can receive up to $35,000.
The Hennepin County Government Center. The County Board will set the maximum 2022 property tax levy Sept. 21 and vote to approve the budget Dec. 14.

Hennepin County proposes 3.5% hike in property tax levy for 2022

The County Board approved a 0 % increase in the tax levy for this year's budget.
Irene Fernando

Hennepin County makes $20M new commitment to mental health in pandemic

County will use $20 million in federal funding to hire 36 employees and expand programs.
“We haven’t received any blowback from ICE,” Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said of his new policy on immigrant detentions. “We trea

Hennepin County sheriff changes approach to jail inmates with immigration issues

The Sheriff's Office is no longer honoring some immigrant detainer holds or alerting feds about releases.
Karin Alaniz

Karin Alaniz, nurse educator who started children's asthma camp, dies at 76

She described teaching and mentoring as her passion.
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson, left, seen on March 25, said the Cops Don’t Call for Cash program will crack down on scammers claiming to

New program to prevent law enforcement telephone scam

People posing as police to collect fines for missed court dates and other legal matters.
Stickers warn responders that an individual may have dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism or another disability.

Hennepin County offers stickers to alert first responders to special needs

Office also expands opioid-awareness program in Hennepin County.
Amber Bougie was the chief deputy recorder for the past eight years.

Hennepin County selects first woman to run real estate recording office in 160 years

More than 300,000 real estate records are expected to be processed this year, the highest number in 15 years.
“This is an unprecedented amount of money we are spending on housing,” Hennepin County Commissioner Debbie Goettel said.

Hennepin County approves record funding for affordable housing

"Unprecedented" amount of money now is devoted to affordable housing.
Ramsey and Hennepin counties will require their combined 13,000 employees to either provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or submit to regular testi

Hennepin, Ramsey counties to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for employees

Those who choose not to be vaccinated must submit to regular testing.
A trail in the “Big Woods” was photographed Friday. AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Natural area in Orono gets final pieces of land donated by Dayton family

Wood-Rill Scientific and Natural Area has 350-year-old trees.
A man, donning a surgical mask, walked through the skyway attached to HCMC.

No masks required for vaccinated people in Hennepin County government buildings

Policy change lets the vaccinated enter goverment buildings.
Parkers Lake Golf Center in Plymouth with the Women’s Housing Unit of the Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility in the background,

Ninety-year-old Hennepin County workhouse slated for improvements

In a separate project, the facility also will install solar panels to cover one-third of its electricity needs.
Richard Tsong-Taatarii/rtsong-taatarii@startribune.com Minneapolis, MN;7/31/07;left to right: On the Midtown Greenway, westbound traffic picks up afte

Midtown Greenway safety project near completion in south Minneapolis

Preparation for the project started in 2016.
Bowen

James 'Jimmy' Bowen, former Moorhead basketball star and youth mentor, dies at 70

He playing for Minnesota's professional softball team and again nominated to state and national halls of fame.
The intersection of N. Washington and N. 2nd avenues in the North Loop neighborhood.

How did the North Loop neighborhood get its name?

Now one of the city's most popular entertainment destinations, its name has surprising transit origins.
Maj. Jeff Storms of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, shown in 2011.

Minnesota law enforcement agencies using drones are confronting new transparency law

New state law requires agencies to report drone use and create policies.
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson, shown in 2019.

Hennepin County Board approves $8.2 million for police training center

The North Metro Regional Public Safety Training Facility in Maple Grove trains more than 20 agencies.
Hennepin County Commissioner Chris LaTondresse, right, in May.

Hennepin County Board approves a record $17 million for affordable housing projects

The projects will create and maintain more than 2,300 new units.
In 2020, Almaz Braasch, 13 of Edina tried out the Juneteenth double dutch challenge with Pros of the Rope at the Juneteenth Celebration - Unite & Rebu

Hennepin County officially makes Juneteenth a paid employee holiday

The Hennepin County Board approved Juneteenth as a paid holiday for its more than 8,000 employees Tuesday, a move it hopes will be followed by…
Pride Cleanup workers removed waste in a homeless encampment off Hiawatha Avenue on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. Homeless people living in encampment

Hennepin County is battling an new HIV outbreak

Population most impacted are people who are on the street and injecting opioids.
Dan Rassier in 2016.

Court rules against man once a person of interest in Wetterling case

Daniel Rassier said law enforcement defamed him and inflicted distress.
People gather outside the Hennepin County Government Center waiting for the verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Cha

Hennepin County Board rejects resolution condemning use of chemical weapons and less-lethal projectiles

Commissioners also discussed the use of the Government Center's public plaza for protests.
Hennepin County Emergency Management Director Eric Waage, shown in 2013.

As tech evolves for severe weather warnings, Hennepin County leads the way

New equipment assists with evolving plans for warnings.
The Hennepin County Government Center will reopen Monday after new security was erected during the Derek Chauvin trial. Mark Vancleave • Star Tribun

Hennepin County jail, Government Center reopen some services in Minneapolis

Services and buildings will reopen Monday after the trial of Derek Chauvin.