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Matt McKinney

Reporter | Regional Team
Phone: 612-673-7329

Matt McKinney is a reporter on the Star Tribune's state team. In 15 years at the Star Tribune, he has covered business, agriculture and crime. 


McKinney graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville and spent the ensuing years chasing stories through Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and Cambodia. A Minnesota childhood taught McKinney to love winter, skiing, the first warm day of spring, good books and time spent outdoors. He benefited from great teachers at Stillwater High School, and again in Collegeville and at the University of Minnesota. He's a fan of several local breweries, Prince, Jessie Diggins, the Loons, and newspaper reporters near and far who taught him the craft. McKinney bikes to work year-round from his home in the Twin Cities, which he shares with his wife and two sons.
Recent content from Matt McKinney
Patrons navigated the ice maze in Stillwater on Friday night just after it opened to the public for the first time.

Get lost in winter: Stillwater opens an ice maze

The parking-lot sized maze filled with ice sculptures and an ice slide was opening to the public Friday evening.
Police tried to hold back supporters of President Donald Trump who breached security and entered the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6 in Washington D.C.

St. Croix County Republican website with 'war' message goes down

County party chairman initially defiant; unclear who ordered site taken down.
Police clear a mob of Trump supporters from the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, after the mob stormed the Capitol.

Hudson, Wis., Republican Party homepage: 'Prepare for war'

State Republican officials' request to remove message ignored
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, June 4, 2018.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects suit over Winona County frac sand ban

Mining company first filed suit in 2017
The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, shown in 2019. A more than $1 million gift to the college from the Manitou Fund will help pay for nursing si

White Bear Lake fund donated millions to environment, the arts

Manitou grant recipients ranged from Oregon bees to a school in Switzerland.
A drone used for police operations in Chula Vista, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. Minnesota drone trainer and salesman Logan Noess said he’s seen a rapid

Woodbury to join cities flying drones

The devices are increasingly popular among law enforcers.
Bob Fletcher

Citing meager budget, Ramsey County sheriff sues board over COVID-19 cuts

Saying he needs nearly $2 million more for his 2021 budget, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher has taken the Ramsey County Board to court over…
Ramsey County Sherif Bob Fletcher, shown in 2019.

Citing meager budget, Ramsey County sheriff sues board over COVID cuts

Dispute arises over county's pandemic-induced austerity measures
6-10 inches of snow in Twin Cities forecast today enough for white Christmas

6-10 inches of snow in Twin Cities forecast today enough for white Christmas

Strong winds, blowing snow and falling temperatures could make travel difficult heading into Wednesday evening.
Betty Berman

Betty Berman, Holocaust survivor and Mia docent, dies at 90

Betty Berman made a life in Minneapolis after years in forced labor and concentration camps.
Stillwater school board eyes new contract for interim superintendent

Stillwater school board eyes new contract for interim superintendent

A special school board meeting to vote on Malinda Lansfeldt's contract is expected next week.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan wore a mask during a press conference in July. “For far too long, Native women have been, at best, invisible, and at worst,

Report: Indigenous women and girls face violence epidemic

Indigenous women and girls face an epidemic of violence and are far more likely than other groups in Minnesota to be murdered or to go…