Recent content from Jeff Hargarten
Track the popularity of any first name in Minnesota over the past century.
The Twin Cities metro area is the riskiest place in the country for such thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Last week's release of new congressional and legislative maps has shifted Minnesota's electoral landscape.
Every legislative seat is up for re-election in a redistricting year, meaning control of state government is at stake in the fall election.
There were roughly 100 carjacking incidents in the capital city last year.
Some stores have been hit several times, making workers quit and scaring away customers.
Carjackings swept across Minneapolis last year, mostly concentrated in areas around Midtown and Uptown.
As 2021 comes to a close, shootings are up by every metric, and the city nears the homicide record set in 1995.
Homicide arrests are up significantly, by contrast, in a sign Minneapolis police are focusing their resources.
New data released after votes were certified offers a deeper look at how voters ranked the mayoral candidates - and why a campaign urging people not to rank the incumbent mayor ultimately lost.
Minneapolis overhauled the thresholds for use of force by officers after the murder of George Floyd. But data available on the city's use-of-force dashboard remains incomplete, making it difficult to access the actual effect of the policy changes.
Voter turnout reached new heights, continuing a trend that's reversed years of declining engagement.
Through impassioned debates in the nearly 18 months since George Floyd's killing by police, one question was frequently asked: Who would decide the future of policing in Minneapolis? Black residents disproportionately impacted by crime and police use of force, or white voters who often dominate local election turnout?
While other younger, more diverse areas showed stronger support for the failed amendment, precincts on the North Side had narrower results.
This year is on track to surpass 2020's record-high 9,600 gunfire reports. And the past 20 months now account for almost a quarter of the 70,000 gunshot incidents reported in Minneapolis since 2008.
Interesting things we're seeing in the 2020 census data released Thursday.
Met Council's latest population forecast predicts slowdown in growth, but surging diversity.
From Sept. 1 to May 31, there were about 2,100 criminal incidents reported across university-area neighborhoods, up 40% from the nearly 1,500 tallied in the prior academic year.
An investment firm is area's largest landlord of single-family rentals
Most officers are white, while most residents are people of color. According to the mayor, not one officer lives within city limits.
Data from Google and other sources show a gradual shift toward normal habits.
The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
After years of declining victory margins, one of the few remaining "Blue Dog Democrats" couldn't stave off political changes in his district this time.
High rates of early voting help propel Minnesota to one of its strongest voting years ever.
Despite several visits from President Donald Trump hoping to win Minnesota, the electorate favored former vice president Joe Biden, delivering him the win in a handful of counties that evaded Hillary Clinton in 2016. Where Trump prevailed, his win margin was tighter in regional population centers, while it grew in some of the most rural parts of the North Star State.
With nearly 2 million absentee votes already accepted, Minnesotans are trending well ahead of previous election early voting.
More of Minnesota's donors gave more money to political campaigns via platforms like ActBlue and WinRed than ever before.
A Star Tribune analysis of voting patterns in Minnesota precincts with a majority or plurality of Black voters shows a drop in registered voter turnout from 75% in 2012 to 70% in 2016.
The volume of early ballots accepted this year is already almost double the number counted for the entire 2016 election. With 11 days to go until Nov. 3, the mountain of mail ballots is expected to rise.
Absentee balloting has shattered records and crossed regions during this pandemic election year.
Higher rates of mail-in ballots were returned by Minnesota voters during the state primary, while relatively fewer were rejected.
A heated presidential election and COVID-19 are driving people to vote from home.
Minneapolis police activity fell dramatically compared to last year as the department faced multiple challenges.
Check out your county's numbers on our map. The general election on Nov. 3 will likely test Minnesota's capacity to handle an even greater surge of voters.
Minnesotans are out and about this summer after COVID-19 lockdowns have eased, but daily life remains altered in some ways.
Police reports spiked, then dipped surrounding the unrest triggered by George Floyd's death.
After a decade of falling, the share of Minneapolis police incidents involving some form of force has increased in the past three years.
Typical Minnesota life ground to a halt when Gov. Tim Walz announced a shelter-in-place order in late March. But as summer approaches, fewer are staying home as often.
Minnesota's gaps in access to basic technology may leave vulnerable residents even further behind during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Explore a detailed map of each precinct's result showing where Joe Biden bested his rivals across Minnesota.
Amy Klobuchar had maintained a polling lead in Minnesota's primary before she withdrew from the race, but Bernie Sanders' momentum had been narrowing the gap.
Klobuchar's campaign may face a challenge reaching November's Democratic debate stage.
Sanders out-raised Klobuchar among Minnesotans contributing to ActBlue in January.
Some have wondered whether Klobuchar peeled votes away from Buttigieg and benefited Sanders, whose win was slimmer than in 2016.
After months of campaigning and visiting all 99 Iowa counties, Klobuchar was mostly washed out except for some suburban and sparsely-populated areas.
Minneapolis has released five proposals to shift schools and students around the district.
The first-of-its-kind report also reflects some people are staying in isolation for long periods of time.
Google Trends data shows which Democratic candidates Minnesotans have been most curious about over the past year.
Recent state death records show a downturn in Minnesota veteran suicide rate – though 100 or more former service members still die by suicide annually throughout the state.
About half of Minnesota's roughly UFO 1,700 sightings since the 1940s have taken place in this decade.
A panoramic photo of the city taken on a large-format camera in 1907 offers an incredible time capsule. "It reveals things that essentially nobody ever saw before. It's so immersive."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins a narrowed field of presidential candidates on Thursday night's primary debate stage, and has reached this point partially due to strong support from her Minnesota constituents.
Macey Meyer never considered herself the type to donate to a presidential campaign. Then she watched the first Democratic presidential primary debates. The 26-year-old restaurant…
A Star Tribune analysis of standardized math and reading test scores can determine whether schools are doing better than their demographics would suggest. Look up whether your school made the cut.
Minnesota's labor force growth is projected to slow the next decade, adding to those outside the workforce.
The discussion comes after a string of high-speed police pursuits that ended in crashes involving injuries and even death.
North Side, Northeast rose so far this year; overall, numbers fell a third in past decade.
With rents rising across the metro, cities find stable options to help, and keep, tenants.
As lawmakers reconsider the drug's legal status, here's a look at the current laws, public opinion and criminal justice data related to cannabis in Minnesota.
A handful of home-grown politicians have run for the highest office in the land, but none have ever progressed to the Oval Office.
Education, environment, economy, health care: As a new administration takes the helm, we dug into the data to see what happened in Minnesota under Dayton's leadership.
Many lakes still had ice cover on May 1, but a run of six straight days at or above 90 degrees, including a rare 100 degrees reading on Memorial Day, helped May end as the second warmest on record.
Heavier voter engagement in Minnesota's suburbs, and the metro area in general, helped drive huge turnout this midterm.
Minnesota's urban/rural political divide deepened in this year's midterm election.
See how Minnesota voted for governor, neighborhood by neighborhood, by exploring this highly detailed map of precinct results across the state.
On the eve of Election Day, more than half a million Minnesotans have already turned in a ballot - including many young people who didn't vote in 2016.
Some key voting trends and polling data suggest advantages for Democrats in Minnesota on Election Day. But Republicans have reason to be hopeful as well.
Some key voting trends and demographic factors could prove advantageous to Republicans on Election Day. But Democrats have reason to be hopeful as well.
Which party controls the Minnesota House of Representatives this midterm may hinge on several districts in the Twin Cities suburbs and greater Minnesota.
With four of its eight congressional races rated as tossups, Minnesota is poised to have an outsized impact in determining control of Congress.
Data show an overall decrease in Minneapolis crime, but also reveal recent upticks in rates for various violent crimes.
Precinct-level maps show in greater detail how Minnesota voted in this year's primaries.
In the governor's race, DFLer Tim Walz dominated the southern half of the state and Jeff Johnson of the GOP did well in exurban areas.