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Glenn Howatt

Editor | Computer-Assisted Reporting
Phone: 612-673-7192

Glenn Howatt has been with the Star Tribune since 1990 where he has specialized in health care reporting and data journalism.


Howatt is a recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for a series of stories exposing deaths of children in under-regulated day care homes. He was also a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting for a series on Minnesota's dehumanizing treatment of the disabled. He also received the Gerald Loeb Award in 2011 for reporting on the debt collection industry and in 2015 for reporting on the home health care industry, which also received the 2015 Barlett and Steele Silver Award. He holds a master's of science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied urban geography. He also has a journalism master of arts degree from the same institution where he specialized in the use of Census data by newspapers.
Recent content from Glenn Howatt
Minnesota Department of Health’s infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann is stepping down Feb. 2.

Minn. infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann to retire Feb. 2

Kris Ehresmann, a key architect of the state's response to the COVID pandemic, will retire in February after more than 30 years at the state's health agency.
Twin City Gardens nursing home, which was taken over by state regulators in October 2021, will close within 60 days because of structural deficiencies

State shutters troubled northeast Mpls. nursing home

Twin City Gardens was placed under state receivership in October because of patient care lapses and financial difficulties.
As a member of the infectious disease division and now its leader, Kris Ehresmann has helped the state respond to outbreaks that claimed many lives wo

Longtime public health official helps coordinate Minnesota's COVID-19 fight

Kris Ehresmann is no stranger to health crises, and her experience at the Department of Health runs deep.
"We’ve known since the beginning that long term care facilities ... face an elevated risk for outbreaks,” said Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, sh

Minnesota 'battle plan' addresses COVID-19 in long-term care

The plan includes more testing and health screening, using state stockpiles of personal protective equipment and greater coordination with local health care systems.
A North Memorial transport worker held a bottle of disinfectant outside North Ridge Health and Rehabilitatioin in New Hope. [Credit: DAVID JOLES, Star

Minnesota COVID-19 cases jump by 786 with 23 more deaths

Testing continues to ramp up, with 4,189 tests performed, which is an increase but so far state and private labs have not passed the 5,000 mark.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz provides an update on the state's response to COVID-19 during a news conference on Friday, April 17, 2020.

Walz: Moves to open up will be gradual ones

While the debate about stay-at-home continues, Minnesota on Friday reported some of the largest one-day increases in confirmed cases and deaths.
On April 8, 2020, Gov. Tim Walz provided an update on the state’s next steps to respond to COVID-19. He was joined by Health Commissioner Jan Malcol

17 more COVID-19 deaths; Minn. cases top 2,000

Seventeen more Minnesotans have died — a new daily high — and another 159 people tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Health Department.
New Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead called key lawmakers personally on Monday to inform them of the new round of costly mista

Minnesota DHS computer system errors cost state nearly $80M

As a result of deficiencies in the METS system, county caseworkers were required to manually review 37% of 624,000 cases over a 15-month period.
State Rep. Dave Baker, right, teamed up with Michael Asp, owner of La Grolla restaurant to talk Thursday about the hardships that eateries face by fol

Minnesota COVID-19 case numbers jump to 115 as pace accelerates

Infections have likely spread beyond the 21 Minnesota counties that have confirmed cases, increasingly through community transmission.
State Rep. Dave Baker, right, teamed up with Michael Asp, owner of La Grolla restaurant to talk Thursday about the hardships that eateries face by fol

Minnesota hospitals ordered to postpone elective surgeries

Twelve more cases of COVID-19 were announced Thursday, bringing the total in the state to 89.
The proposal was unveiled Thursday by Seema Verma, the administrator who oversees the Medicaid program.

Will Minnesota accept new Medicaid financing deal from feds?

The program appears geared toward the 14 states that have not taken advantage of the ACA option to expand Medicaid to single adults.
Matt Anderson, will become assistant commissioner for health care, and Karen McKinney will become the agency's chief equity officer.

Troubled Minnesota agency names candidates for top health care, equity posts

Minnesota's biggest state agency continues to firm up its executive ranks.
HealthPartners to study community health interventions

HealthPartners to study community health interventions

HealthPartners study to see if community workers affect heart outcomes.
State's day care centers have troubling gaps on immunizations

State's day care centers have troubling gaps on immunizations

Centers that ignore rules can act as unwitting incubators for the measles virus.
Jerry Kerber, DHS inspector general, appeared before the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee and Senate Health, Human Services and Housin

Minnesota falters in fight against home care fraud

Once a leader in preventing Medicaid theft, Minnesota now lags in prosecuting fraudulent home-care workers.
House GOP Leader Kurt Daudt received applause from Republican House members when he said "I'm proud to say tht Democrats' total control of state gover

Party-hopping voters drove Minnesota's results

Nearly 450,000 voters — about a quarter of the electorate — chose one party's candidate for a state House seat, but then switched to pick a different party's candidate for U.S. Senate or governor.
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Minnesotans are voting at rate of 10,000 ballots a day

In record numbers for a midterm election, Minnesotans are using absentee ballot and mail voting to cement their choices well before most polls open.
Democratic Sen. Al Franken and GOP nominee Mike McFadden

State's U.S. Senate race brings cash from coast to coast

Both candidates have drawn major sums from far beyond Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP challenger Jeff Johnson

Cash pouring into Minnesota races as election draw close

Johnson equals Dayton's $2M haul this year; totals mount for House races.
Funding the U.S. Senate race

Funding the U.S. Senate race

The U.S. Senate race between DFL incumbent Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden has drawn donations from across the country. Altogether, Franken has raised $18.4 million and McFadden has pulled in $6.5 million. The maps below show the states and Minnesota zip codes of people who gave more than $200 to either campaign.
Moose Lake, MN: story on new sex offender facility in Moose Lake that features 25, 50-inch large-screen TVS that cost nearly $60,000.

In search of change, sex offenders at Moose Lake run for office

Group at Moose Lake center aims to elect up to eight offenders to city and county positions.
Minnesota absentee ballots largely from regular voters, Democratic areas

Minnesota absentee ballots largely from regular voters, Democratic areas

Analysis also shows more early votes from Democratic areas.
Minnesota absentee voters so far tend to be older and from Democratic areas

Minnesota absentee voters so far tend to be older and from Democratic areas

So far, only about one-third of absentee ballots have come from areas that lean heavily Republican.
Fourth-grade teacher Laurie Johnson helped Tamia Whittaker Shipp, left, and Samiya Womack, right, with their classwork at Friendship Academy of Fine A

Aug.: State test scores show achievement gap persists

Minnesota students showed little overall improvement in reading, math or science, according to the latest batch of results from statewide, standardized tests taken by nearly 500,000 elementary and high school students this spring.
Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP challenger Jeff Johnson

Political outside spending down in Minnesota so far this year

Gubernatorial and House races so far haven't been affected by national financiers like in the past.
The chairman of Minnesota�s three major political parties held a joint press conference Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the State Capitol to talk about the impo

Minnesota Democrats have cash advantage

GOP leader acknowledges underfunding, but says it will energize his party.
Minority Leader Kurt Daudt talked with House Speaker Paul Thissen before debate on the medical marijuana bill. ] Thursday, May 8, 2014 GLEN STUBBE * g

Minnesota House control will hinge on a few close contests

The race between Democrat Will Morgan of Burnsville and Republican Roz Peterson of Lakeville is one of a cluster of seats that will bear the brunt of an epic multimillion-dollar fight to determine control of the House.
Success around state propelled Jeff Johnson to GOP primary win

Success around state propelled Jeff Johnson to GOP primary win

The Hennepin County commissioner successfully broadened his campaign for governor well beyond his home district, placing first or second in 63 of 87 counties.
Who will control the Minnesota House of Representatives?

Who will control the Minnesota House of Representatives?

Control of the Minnesota House has changed parties three times in the past five elections and could alter again this year.
UnitedHealth Group signed up nearly 10 million new members in the second quarter, helping drive its profit past Wall Street expectations. Pictured is

Health insurers must pay up or pay back

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premiums on patient care.
With the Father of Waters sculpture looming to her rear, Kym Spotts of Minneapolis completes her absentee ballot at the Minneapolis City Hall Friday,

More absentee balloting coming from DFL areas, analysis shows

Lack of early votes from GOP bastions could presage a low turnout for Tuesday's Minnesota gubernatorial primary.