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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
Ramsey County Sherif Bob Fletcher, shown in 2019.

Ramsey County officials tell sheriff he needs their signature for State Fair duties

It's 71 days to the Minnesota State Fair, but who will provide security?
Washington County drops charges against bookkeepers

Washington County drops charges against bookkeepers

New information led to charges being dropped
Sheriff Bob Fletcher said his opinion wasn’t sought in a meaningful way during the county’s budget process.

Ramsey County sheriff's budget feud goes to court

Ramsey County sheriff sued board over budget cuts to his department.
The “Thin Blue Line” flag was raised at Bloomington City Hall for one week starting May 16 in recognition of National Police Week.

'Thin Blue Line' flag in Bloomington draws complaints from activists

Bloomington will host discussion before raising flag again, mayor says.
Kimberly A. Potter

Minnesota AG takes over prosecution in police killing of Daunte Wright

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter is scheduled to go to trial in December.
Joseph Gomm

Family of slain prison guard raps state response

Attorney for Joseph Gomm's family says lawsuit could be filed this summer.
Pastor Johnie Johnson, right, led a prayer for the recovery of 9-year-old Trinity Smith. People linked arms as they prayed to support her father and s

Girl shot in head, police attacked in violent Mpls. weekend

At two incidents early Sunday, people threw rocks and other debris at Minneapolis police or sprayed mace as the officers responded to calls over street racing in Uptown and during bar close downtown.
The Fruen Mill in 2015. A teenage boy was seriously injured Friday, May 14, when he fell five stories at the abandoned mill in Minneapolis’ Bryn Maw

Teenager injured in fall at the abandoned Fruen Mill in Minneapolis

A teenage boy was seriously injured Friday when he fell five stories at the abandoned Fruen Mill in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, according to the…
Metro State University nursing student Nicholas Hillson administered a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine into the arm of 6th grader Dorrie

Minnesota reports 805 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

At least 2.3 million Minnesotans have received full vaccinations.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot speaks Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn., during a news conference at the site of the fatal shootin

Police officials to Brooklyn Center mayor: Talk to us

Law enforcement leaders say reform efforts are misguided.
Brookly Center Mayor Mike Elliott at an April 12 news conference regarding the shooting of Daunte Wright.

Unarmed traffic stops part of Brooklyn Center mayor's police reform plan

The plan's details and costs would be worked out by a committee of citizens and experts, with a meeting later Saturday afternoon.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, shown in 2018.

Prosecutor defends charge against the officer who killed Daunte Wright

Protesters have argued that Pete Orput is biased toward police.
Ramsey County Sherif Bob Fletcher, shown in 2019.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher slams county manager over budget ask

County Board contends the sheriff has been given plenty of financial help.
Daunte Wright’s casket was removed from the church at Shiloh Temple International Ministries on Thursday in Minneapolis. His family is walking behin

Amid grief for Daunte Wright, a firm resolve for lasting change

Mourners including the state's top political leaders filled a north Minneapolis church Thursday to honor the life of a 20-year-man killed by Brooklyn Center police and demand justice.
People protested Wednesday near the Brooklyn Center Police Department in response to the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.

Clashes in Brooklyn Center open rift over law enforcement tactics

Mayor has been critical of Sheriff Office's response to protests.
People protested Thursday near the Brooklyn Center Police Department in response to the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.

Noor case raises questions about charge for ex-Brooklyn Center cop

Question of intent is key in debate over murder vs. manslaughter
Breaking down the video: What happened during Daunte Wright's fatal stop

Breaking down the video: What happened during Daunte Wright's fatal stop

A Black man was killed by police in Brooklyn Center. The chief said the officer may have gotten her gun and Taser confused.
Kimberly A. Potter in a booking photo Wednesday at the Hennepin County jail.

Ex-officer Potter makes first court appearance in Wright's killing

The former Brooklyn Center police officer will return to court in May on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.
Kimberly A. Potter was booked into the Hennepin County jail on Wednesday.

Officer who shot Wright arrested, charged with second-degree manslaughter

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly A. Potter posted $100,000 bond and was released from the Hennepin County jail on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.
Protesters posed for photos at an FBI Building in Brooklyn Center during a rally in response to the death of Daunte Wright, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in

Charges are likely today in Wright killing

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Tuesday that he's spent hours reviewing video and other evidence.
Daunte Wright’s brother, Damik, hugged a friend, before a vigil on Monday, April 12, in Brooklyn Center.

Cases in which a service pistol is mistaken for a Taser are rare

The Brooklyn Center police on Monday said the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright came by way of a rare mistake: An officer drew a service…
Friends of the victim involved in a fatal crash in Woodbury on gathered in March at the scene of the crash.

Woodbury rethinks intersection where teenager was killed

The city has hired a firm to study the intersection at Settlers Ridge Parkway.
John W. “Bud” Fowler, seen here at center, stood with his teammates in Keokuk, Iowa, where he played after leaving Stillwater.

Stillwater may honor first Black professional baseball player

John W. "Bud" Fowler's story will be on exhibit in area history museum.
The death of 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter lead to the closing of a loophole in state law that allowed drivers with DUIs to legally drive boats, snowm

Supreme Court affirms conviction of drunk snowmobiler in boy's death

Snowmobiler Eric Coleman struck and killed 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter in 2018.
Washington County Historical Society executive director Brent Peterson, left, checked on construction progress last week at the new Heritage Center in

Washington County prepares to put history on display at new Heritage Center

A new Heritage Center will partly open this fall.
DNR may close chapter on author Frederick Manfred's deteriorating home

DNR may close chapter on author Frederick Manfred's deteriorating home

Frederick Manfred's family, admirers want it preserved.
Protesters gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on June 1, 2020 following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

St. Paul City Council to withdraw public gathering ordinance

Proposed ordinance called unconstitutional, discriminatory.
The Ferrari 308 up for bid on Minnesota’s surplus auction website.

Burnsville drunken driving arrest ends with vintage Ferrari on the auction block

It's one of thousands of cars seized every year from drunken drivers statewide.
The Sun Ray Library in St Paul, shown in September.

Twin Cities libraries to consolidate digital offerings in a single app

Patrons in seven counties can share content like e-books and eMagazines.
Ramsey County Sherif Bob Fletcher, shown in 2019.

After cuts, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher asks for beefy budget increase

Civil unrest request nearly three times a previous ask.
In this Jan. 7, 2020, photo, mink fur pelts wait to be graded at Saga Furs, one of only two other similar-sized fur auction houses in Stoughton, Wis.

Midwestern mink farms navigate COVID fears

Animal vaccine possible after outbreaks kill 5,500 on Wisconsin fur farms.
Two men dead in apparent murder-suicide at Mahtomedi FedEx facility

Two men dead in apparent murder-suicide at Mahtomedi FedEx facility

Gun found at FedEx location where men were apparently shot.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher

Ramsey County Sheriff Fletcher elbowed in face during 'Live' broadcast

Ramsey County's Bob Fletcher was livestreaming nearby; incident not filmed.
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…
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher

Video shows Ramsey County sheriff driving past struck pedestrian

Bob Fletcher says the wet street and the man's position on roadway made it hard for him to see.
Devin Matthew Weiland

Albert Lea man, 21, admits shooting at neighbors, police

He has been charged with attempted murder and assault.
Instead of sitting out the pandemic winter, Stillwater — reflected Tuesday in the St. Croix River — has decided to decorate and plan low-key outdo

With rink, ice maze, ice-cream social, Stillwater hopes to light up pandemic winter

Town wants tourists but not too many at once.
Firefighters battled a multiple-alarm industrial fire at a warehouse on Bass Lake Road on Tuesday in Maple Grove.

One person unaccounted for after fire at Maple Grove commercial building

Fire crews battled a large fire at a one-story commercial building in Maple Grove on Tuesday night, and one person remained unaccounted for, according to…
Aggregate Industries was seeking a variance to mine gravel and limestone closer to homes in Grey Cloud Island Township.

Mining company pauses Grey Cloud Island expansion

Some residents say they remain wary of future operations near homes.
Cathy Spann said a group of Minneapolis residents who sued the city over police funding is fighting for the entire city.

Judge allows Minneapolis residents' lawsuit alleging inadequate police staffing to proceed

"Minneapolis 8" say the city's safety is at stake.
Breanna Baker lives across the street from the Grey Cloud Island Town Hall, which was sold to a mining company that plans to excavate on the site.

Grey Cloud Island residents dig in against expansion of gravel mine

Plans took many residents of the riverside area of Washington County by surprise.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, at an election night party.

Two new shelters opened for homeless in St. Paul

The temporary shelters will be open until Dec. 31, when Bethesda Hospital site becomes available.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher invited people into an open house for a new Rice Street substation in 2019.

Ramsey County sheriff criticized for high-speed chase he streamed on Facebook

In a statement Friday, Fletcher defended himelf and said that car thieves are emboldened because they think police won't chase them.

Minneapolis police investigating suspicious death

Minneapolis police are investigating the death of a woman who was found unconscious on Tuesday morning. The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was…
Grey Cloud Island Township is a riverside community in southern Washington County.

Coin flips decides an election tie in Washington County

Toss was used to break tie in Grey Cloud Island Township. Heads won.
“This is a nice little quote that stands here and doesn’t need attribution in here.”

Those we've lost: Donovan John Fisher, owner of Don's Bakery in Elk River

Don Fisher spent most of his life going to work just as everyone else was going to bed.The longtime owner of Don's Bakery in Elk…
Maintenance crew member Craig Lee rode an ATV to check on the snow-making equipment at Hyland Hills Ski Area on Tuesday afternoon.

Rain, sleet and snow pelt Twin Cities after balmy reprieve

Rude wintry intrusion follows balmy week, but a slight warm-up is expected by weekend.

Stillwater school board hoping to move beyond contentious year with five new members

A union-backed slate of five candidates who swept the Stillwater school board race on Election Day will see a smooth transition in January with the…
The Pine Bend Cemetery entrance sign frames nearby Pine Bend Refinery, owned by Koch Industries, and traffic along Hwy. 52.

Historic cemetery in Rosemount running out of time to find a caretaker

The oldest Pine Bend Cemetery Association volunteer is 88. The others aren't much younger.
An election judge at North High School in Minneapolis looked outside to check for more voters on Tuesday night. Voters in Minneapolis and St. Paul wer

Voters in metro decide on trash collection, council and mayoral races

Suburban residents in the metro area decided numerous races Tuesday involving local government leaders, school board members and ballot questions. Bloomington Four years after the…
Department of Homeland Security’s Ken Cuccinelli is trying to get the word out on Trump’s new refugee restrictions.

Tough election race means top government officials are calling Minnesota reporters

  In ordinary times, it’s not easy to get the top officials at the Department of Homeland Security to grant interviews. But it’s almost Election…
Tony Pham, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, took aim at local jurisdictions that don’t cooperate with immigration offici

ICE director, in Twin Cities, announces more than 100 immigration arrests

Nationwide enforcement action includes 31 arrests in Minnesota.

State grant kicks off fundraising for Black business district

Grant supports renovation of building that once housed the Dreamland Cafe.
In this June 30, 2020, photo, a box of absentee ballots wait to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y.

U.S. Postal Service to public: We'll get the ballots delivered on time

The system defended its readiness for record-setting mail ballots in the upcoming election.
A fallen leaf is buried in fresh snowfall on the grave marker of WW II Air Force Cpl. Gunnar Hansen at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Wednesday in Mi

Season's first major snowfall breaks record in Minnesota

The 7.9 inches of snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport shattered the previous record for Oct. 20 of 3 inches, and nearly bested the all-time snowiest October day in the Twin Cities.

Lake Elmo mayoral candidate Justin Bloyer alleges defamation in lawsuit against him

Justin Bloyer says a housing nonprofit defamed him by naming him in its lawsuit over a set of rental properties he owns in St. Paul.
By almost any measure, the U.S. Postal Service has had an extraordinary year, from weathering bad publicity in April when President Donald Trump said

Despite late deliveries this summer, local postal officials confident they will handle rush of mailed election ballots

Around mid-July, one in four pieces of mail in Minnesota wasn't delivered on time.
Families of those killed by police marched with hundreds of supporters to the Capitol in St. Paul on Thursday night.

In St. Paul and Minneapolis, hundreds join in second night of protests

No arrests were reported after the marches wrapped up Thursday, one night after 51 people were taken into custody, mostly in south Minneapolis.
Frac sand pile in Winona.

Company wants to take Minnesota county's frac sand ban to U.S. Supreme Court

Winona County's ban was upheld by state Supreme Court earlier this year.
The latest vandalism to the George Floyd mural at 38th Street and S. Chicago Avenue S. was noticed Monday and shared on the Black Lives Matter Minneso

George Floyd mural damaged for a second time

The damage is more extensive than an August incident.
An overhead view of the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul.

St. Thomas discussing what to do about campus building named after slave-owning bishop

Nineteenth-century Iowa Bishop Mathias Loras oversaw the area that later became Minnesota.
Jon McTaggart is president and CEO of American Public Media.

CEO of MPR's parent group tells the staff that he will step down

Jon McTaggart, president and CEO of American Public Media, informed employees in a memo.
A bomb threat disrupted classes and eventually closed campus at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. ] Shari

Former University of St. Thomas student pleads guilty to making bomb threat

Three bomb threats alleged, all in 2019.
Choulykor Vue

Maplewood hit-and-run victim's family offers reward for information

Choulykor Vue's family offered $20K for information leading to an arrest.