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Patrick Condon

Night Team Leader | Metro
Phone: 202-662-7452

Patrick Condon is a Night Team Leader at the Star Tribune. He has worked at the Star Tribune since 2014 after more than a decade as a reporter for the Associated Press.

Condon grew up in Watertown, Minn., and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with degrees in journalism and English. He lives in Minneapolis.
Recent content from Patrick Condon
Anna Moschovakis

Review: 'Participation,' by Anna Moschovakis

FICTION: Poet Anna Moschovakis experiments with language and form in her novel about a woman who belongs to two reading clubs during a time of climate disaster.
Percival Everett

Review: 'Dr. No,' by Percival Everett

FICTION: A witty, possibly insane billionaire is out for revenge in the latest satire from this Pulitzer finalist.
In this Star Tribune file photo, visitors to Voyageurs National Park ride in a 26-foot replica of a voyageurs canoe on Rainy Lake. Costumed interprete

The voyageurs helped power Minnesota's historic fur trade. Who were they?

French-Canadian laborers were key to the Great Lakes fur trade, and were among the first Europeans to blend with Native tribes.
Aaron Foley

Review: 'Boys Come First,' by Aaron Foley

FICTION: This frank, funny debut novel follows three thirtysomething pals as they ride the ups and downs of relationships and careers over a few months in Detroit.
Nell Zink

Review: 'Avalon,' by Nell Zink

FICTION: Nell Zink's sixth novel in seven years is about a woman's rise from dire beginnings.
Stewart O’Nan

Review: 'Ocean State,' by Stewart O'Nan

Told through multiple voices, "Ocean State" examines the murder of a young girl.
A man and his dog dashed across the crusty snow at Battle Creek Recreation Center, in St. Paul, on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. The National Weather Service

Winter storm forecast for large swath of Minnesota today, Tuesday

Snow will come in two waves, with the second on Tuesday currently expected to dump more than the first.
Whitney Place, the new executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Minnesota.

Key USDA agency has new Minnesota leader

Former state ag official Whitney Place now leads Farm Service Agency, which doles out federal dollars to farmers.
Zach Johnson, a 37-year-old western Minnesota farmer, has become a YouTube star with frequent videos about farm work and life that he posts under the

Minnesota's 'Millennial Farmer' is YouTube star

Western Minnesota farmer Zach Johnson has amassed big YouTube following with his down-on-the-farm videos.
Auctioneers with Fladeboe Land took bids in December on a 409-acre farm that was donated to Willmar’s Calvary Lutheran Church. The church made $4.5

Land donated by a bachelor farmer creates windfall for Willmar church

Escalating farmland values pushed up bids at auction to $4.5 million, shocking leaders at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.
CHS HQ in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. CHS Inc. is is the country’s top-grossing agriculture co-op.

CHS sees large profit gains as global trade and demand for energy soar

The Inver Grove Heights-based agribusiness giant posted strong first quarter results in the new fiscal year.
Andrew Hanson-Pierre and his wife, Margaret, own Clover Bee Farm in Shafer, Minn. They both take second jobs when it is not growing season.

On Minnesota farms, winter doesn't always mean less work

For many farmers, the workflow may slow in winter, but the demands of running a small business seldom ease.
Sarah Vogel

Review: 'The Farmer's Lawyer,' by Sarah Vogel

Part memoir, part history by a lawyer who fought foreclosures on family farms in the 1980s.
St. Thomas senior Dagmawe Mamo works with an indoor vegetable- and herb-growing unit he and a group of fellow engineering students developed for use b

St. Thomas students plot indoor vegetable-growing kits for home use

Engineering students worked with nonprofit Seeds Feeds on project to grow produce year-round.
3M corporate headquarters in Maplewood.

3M wins earplug case days after big loss

Following a big judgement against 3M in military earplugs case, the manufacturing giant bounced back with a win in bellwether trials.
A $22.5 million jury verdict against 3M is the largest penalty yet in a series of trials over allegedly defective earplugs manufactured by the Maplewo

3M loses latest in series of military earplug cases

A $22.5 million ruling over military earplugs is largest judgment against the Maplewood manufacturer in bellwether trials.
Cargill Inc., with headquarters in Minnetonka, l plans to eliminate trans fats from its edible oils over the next two years.

Cargill eliminating trans fats from global edible oil supply

Minnesota agribusiness company says it's first global supplier of edible oil to sign onto World Health Organization goal
Workers processed a cow carcass in a “mobile slaughter unit” designed by the Washington-based company Friesla.

Two Minnesota community colleges will bring meat-cutting back to classroom

Schools in Brainerd and Willmar hope meat-cutting courses will help break bottlenecks in livestock processing.
Cargill Inc. headquarters in Minnetonka.

Minnesota's Cargill is largest U.S. private company, again

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness is once again atop Forbes' list of largest private companies in U.S.
Wild Ginger Boutique owner Roxanne Bartsh, left, talked with loyal customers Mandy Boardman, Mary Laven and Beth Kraft in the downtown Zumbrota shop.

Zumbrota's small businesses team up to defy odds: 'Last year was brutal'

Store owners in Minnesota's small towns are yearning for a surge of holiday spending to finish up 2021.
Farmland filled with a corn crop, in Dawson, Minn., in July.

Wright County farmer to lead Minnesota Farm Bureau

Dan Glessing wins contested race to take leadership at one of state's leading farm organizations.
University of Minnesota professor Paul Dauenhauer, the co-founder of a startup company that aims to convert corn products into acrylic acid, a common

Minnesota startup aims to make sustainable acrylics using corn instead of petroleum

Lakril Technologies uses U of M-pioneered technology to make acrylics, an ingredient in paints, coatings and adhesives, from corn rather than petroleum.
CHS HQ in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. CHS Inc. is is the country’s top-grossing agriculture co-op.

CHS creates new capital fund to bolster ag tech startups

The Minnesota ag giant is partnering with Illinois's Growmark on a $50M venture capital fund to advance breakthrough technologies in agriculture.
Michelle Keller, head grower at Living Greens Farm in Faribault, showed a growing room with butter lettuce.

Minnesota's Living Greens Farm has ambitious indoor produce plans

Vegetables grown indoors still a small fraction of produce market, but Faribault company sees a lot of possibility.
Outgoing Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap with son Andy Paap and grandson Lennox Paap at their Blue Earth County farm.

Minnesota Farm Bureau leader steps down after 16 years

Kevin Paap, who's led one of state's top ag interest groups, is wrappig up his tenure this month.
Voters cast their ballots Tuesday at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul.

Polls closed: Minneapolis voters weigh in for historic election year

Views on the Minneapolis mayoral race also seemed to be heavily influenced by the city's public safety debate. Voters in St. Paul and cities around the state also went to the polls with big issues at stake.
Angela Dawson and Harold Robinson stood in their hemp greenhouse. Together they run Forty Acre Co-op, a Black-owned farmers collective that aims to gi

Nearly all Minn. farmers white, and change doesn't come easy

Two farms in Pine County illustrate how America's evolving discussion on opportunity and race is threading into one of its most lopsided industries: agriculture.
In this August photo, workers unloaded a food truck at a World Food Programme (WFP) distribution site in Zelazle in the Tigray region of northern Ethi

World Food Day brings focus on global conflict, food security

Global Minnesota is holding a virtual symposium on food scarcity challenges Friday.
Hormel headquarters in Austin, Minn. The company, one of the largest sellers of meat in the nation, is taking another step in the meat alternative bus

Hormel takes another big step in plant-based meat alternatives

Minnesota-based food giant Hormel is partnering with Better Meat, a specialist in proteins from potato fermentation.
In this file photo, a Glenwood, Minn., farmer uses a tractor to bail hay on a field used for rotational grazing.

Minnesota farmers lack access to federal conservation dollars

Two Minnesota nonprofit organizations say farmers are trying to set aside more land for conservation, but federal help isn't coming as planned.
Dave Marquardt surveyed a drought-starved cornfield he hopes to harvest in the coming days on his family farm in Waverly, Minn.

After dry summer, Minnesota's harvest is underway and yields already differ

The dividing line appears to be right through the middle of the state, with the northern half enduring lower yields because of the lack of rain in the heart of summer.
Tom Pyfferoen has around 200 head of cattle on his Pine Island, Minn., farm.

Beef prices are surging, but processors are benefiting more than farmers

Four companies control processing and distribution of 80% of U.S. beef, a choke point that is drawing scrutiny from Washington.
A 250,000-square-foot Conagra vegetable processing plant is under construction in Waseca, Minn.

Birds Eye building huge vegetable processing plant in Waseca

It's the largest investment that food giant Conagra Brands has ever made in a production facility.
A pivot irrigation system sprayed water onto a soybean crop just south of Park Rapids in 2016.

Why don't farms water their crops at night?

Keeping fields properly watered is a complex challenge for Minnesota farmers — especially during this year's drought.
Out of Wisconsin, Utecht Home Grown Pork and sweet corn is a regular vendor at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Chris Utecht stresses the corn his fami

Tough summer for Minnesota sweet corn, but there will be plenty at the fair

Most of the sweet corn Minnesotans eat is from other states. Most of the sweet corn grown in Minnesota is processed for later consumption.
In this 2019 photo, a billboard promoting the Minnesota State Fair stood near the animal barns.

Returning Minnesota State Fair has full slate of ag programming

After a year off for the pandemic, the Minnesota State Fair is back with plenty of agricultural offerings.
Over the past decade, the retail landscape of small towns has been transformed by the expansion of Dollar General, like this one in Isanti, Minn. But

Some small Minnesota towns push back against Dollar General

Residents, elected officials in two Redwood County towns successfully opposed construction of Dollar General stores this year.
Allison O’Toole, the CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, far right, gave Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack a tour of the Second Harvest Heartland facil

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, local leaders discuss food security in Brooklyn Park

Food bank officials, school nutritionists from Twin Cities told the agriculture secretary that pandemic-era food assistance must continue.
Folks gathered to talk and get a look at the equipment offerings at the Ziegler Ag Equipment display at Farmfest 2021.

Minnesota farmers reconnect as Farmfest returns

The three-day ag show in southern Minnesota drew good crowds but fewer vendors after taking last year off due to the pandemic.
Melissa Sanders Carroll, executive director of Ideag, the organization that puts on Farmfest.

Minnesota's Farmfest back after a year off

The yearly farm show in southwestern Minnesota starts Tuesday after a year off
Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford will usher in the company’s 100th anniversary along with rising profits.

No one thought farmers could work together — then came Land O'Lakes

CEO Beth Ford continues to chart new paths for the 100-year old cooperative, which took its name from a stick of butter.
Bailey Tangen, a University of Minnesota graduate student in water resources, led a session on soil health at the University of Minnesota Extension’

To know what's happening in a field, ag advisers learn to 'just start digging'

University of Minnesota Extension's "Field Days" aims to give ag professionals a farmer's-eye view.
Steve Anderson, a farmer near Foley, on Friday looked over his alfalfa crop, which he said should be up to his knees at this point in the season. It b

As drought concerns grow, so do Minnesota farmers' worries

While dry weather can push up commodity prices, grain farmers increasingly worried about lower yields this year.
After a court struck down year-round sales of ethanol enacted by the Trump administration, some members of Congress, including Democrats, want the rul

Minn. lawmakers push to restore year-round sales of ethanol blend

Democrats join Republicans in the push to save year-round E15 sales that were first enacted by the Trump Administration.
Prices for farmland are nearing record levels in Minnesota, helped by high prices for crops. Shown is farmland for sale near Silver Lake, Minn., last

In rural Minnesota, 'nothing but upside' as farmland values near record highs

With the peak sales season coming in September, per-acre prices are already reaching $9,000 threshold in parts of rural Minnesota.
Kernza, a perennial wheat said to have environmental benefits, is shown here. A group of organic farmers is forming what they say is the first Kernza

New Minnesota co-op wants to profit from getting Kernza wheat in marketplace

Group of organic farmers join together to promote the perennial wheat that's proven itself in the field but not yet the marketplace.
Minnesota State Capitol. With just days before the end of session, lawmakers were locked in budget negotiations and unable to move ahead with major le

Where big issues stand at the Minnesota Legislature

In special session, the divided Legislature must finish a two-year state budget and agree on other key policy issues.
Duane and Mary Bonebrake stood at attention as the Princeton Scouts carried the American flag at the beginning of the Princeton Rum River Festival’s

Alternative realities persist after the presidential election

National polls show large numbers of Republicans continue to believe Trump was the election's real winner.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Gov. Tim Walz elbow-bumped after their single-dose COVID shots in March.

Minnesota's governors form a small club with little small talk

Men who held state's top office mostly keep opinions to themselves.
Thomas Nides testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2012. President Joe Biden has nominated the Duluth native to serve as ambassador to Israel. (A

Biden picks Duluth native for ambassadorship

If confirmed by the Senate, Thomas Nides will serve as ambassador to Israel.
State GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan announced that the state Republican convention will be held May 13-14, 2022, in Rochester.

Minnesota Republican Party sets 2022 convention for Rochester

The main event will be endorsing a Republican gubernatorial candidate.
Anna Min

Minnesota's top LGBTQ rights group gets new leader

Anna Min, a photographer and activist, will take over OutFront Minnesota on an interim basis
Workers harvested cannabis flowers at LeafLine Labs in Cottage Grove. Enrollees in the state’s medical marijuana program will be allowed to smoke ra

Despite slow progress at Capitol, legal marijuana supporters see momentum in Minnesota

Even some legislators who aren't on board admit to seeing the writing on the wall.
Patrick Duffy Murphy, chief clerk of the Minnesota House, has been in the Capitol chamber in person, keeping everything running smoothly while many ot

Session hobbled by pandemic winds down with a whimper

By Saturday, with only a few dozen hours left until the adjournment deadline of Monday at midnight, legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz still had not cut a deal on the two-year state budget that kicks in on July 1, or agreed on new policing laws sought by Democrats.
Mike Marti describes himself on his campaign website as a “political outsider.”

Kasson business owner joins GOP field for Minnesota governor

The list of Republicans running for governor of Minnesota is slowly growing.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke to the media after announcing a timetable for ending COVID restrictions including the statewide mask mandate and limits

GOP leaders at Capitol pan Gov. Tim Walz's reopening plans

The DFL governor's lifting of COVID restrictions by May 28 come as he, lawmakers try to wrap session.
Buttons, stickers and copies of a few key legislative votes are tacked to the walls of Monica Meyer’s OutFront Minnesota office. The longtime execut

OutFront Minnesota became LGBTQ rights powerhouse under departing leader

Monica Meyer is stepping down after more than a decade leading state's premier LGBTQ equality group.
Census worker Daniel Crawford gathered information from a person in the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis last September during a food drive.

Minnesota won't lose eighth congressional seat, Census Bureau rules

The state kept its eight U.S. House seats by the narrowest of margins.
Walter Mondale and state Rep. Bjorn Olson, R-Elmore, are pictured in 2013 in Mondale’s childhood home, where Olson now lives.

Minnesota Republican politician has unusual link to Walter Mondale

"He grew up in the house that I'm sitting in right now," state Rep. Bjorn Olson said.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale, left, sits onstage with former President Jimmy Carter during a celebration of Mondale’s 90th birthday on Jan.

Public memorials for Walter Mondale in September, family says

Family of former VP, who died Monday, says they'll memorialize him in Minnesota, D.C. later this year.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke during a news conference after the guilty verdicts in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Advocates fear Minnesota, federal police reform efforts could lose momentum

Minn. Senate GOP still noncommittal and bill named for George Floyd stalled in U.S. Senate.
Known as “Fritz” to family, friends and voters alike, Walter Mondale died in Minneapolis on Monday at age 93.

After life of history-making service, Walter Mondale dies

He served as vice president under Jimmy Carter, and then chose the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. It followed a series of landmarks in a public career that spanned seven decades in Minnesota and Washington.
Walter Mondale sat on stage with former President Jimmy Carter during Mondale’s 90th birthday party celebration in 2018. ANTHONY SOUFFLE • STAR TR

Walter Mondale remembered for decency, sweep of accomplishments

Political leaders from across the political spectrum praised the former vice president, who died Monday.
Protesters clashed with police outside Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Monday, April 12, following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.

Protesters, police clash at Brooklyn Center police station; 40 arrested

Protesters had been on hand throughout the day outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, but the scene escalated after the start of a 7 p.m. curfew across four Twin Cities metro counties.
Jennifer Carnahan, Republican State Chairwoman, was re-elected Saturday to a third two-year term leading the state party.         ] GLEN STUBBE • gl

Jennifer Carnahan re-elected to lead Minnesota Republican Party

Carnahan wins third two-year term despite challenge for top state GOP post from Sen. Mark Koran
Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Jennifer Carnahan in recent days has been embroiled in a public feud with two of the state party’s other top off

Jennifer Carnahan fights to stay atop Minnesota GOP

Carnahan, state Sen. Mark Koran facing off in a contentious fight to lead state's Republican Party.
Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which plans a hearing on the proposal Wednesday.

Change to Minnesota sexual assault law looking likelier

A key Republican state senator is signaling he's likely to back changes to Minnesota's criminal sexual conduct laws.A bipartisan proposal at the State Capitol would…
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., takes a hard-line view of corporate monopolies in her book “Antitrust,” due out in April.

Sen. Klobuchar takes on monopolies in new book 'Antitrust'

Antitrust law, Minnesota senator writes, should become "competition policy."
Replacing the 60-year-old Blatnik Bridge connecting Duluth and Superior, Wis., could run upward of $1 billion, state officials say.

Joe Biden's infrastructure plans could bring billions of dollars to Minnesota

They would include $1 trillion for roads, bridges and other transportation projects nationwide.
Minnesota Senate panel votes to put Columbus statue back up at Capitol

Minnesota Senate panel votes to put Columbus statue back up at Capitol

Proposal from Senate Republicans would restore Columbus statue, but DFLers unlikely to get on board.
State Sen. Mark Koran and state Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan are both running to lead the party.

Accusations fly in contest to lead Minnesota Republican Party

Chair Jennifer Carnahan, state Sen. Mark Koran are in a heated contest to lead the state GOP.
Trump’s grip on the party remains, though some are seeking alternatives.

Trump still a force, factor in Minnesota GOP politics

Republican operatives, activists say there remains little upside inside the party to criticize Trump.
Bonnie Haugen and her family have been farming near Canton, Minn., near the Iowa border since the 1990s.

Minnesota farmers prepare for new direction from Washington

A new year brings new reasons for optimism for Minnesota's farmers, fueled by a booming export market with China and forecasts for a strong 2021 harvest. But the new administration has farmers wondering what's in store.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to a news conference as the Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill that enshrines protection

Minnesota House delegation splits on LGBTQ rights bill

The measure's fate is uncertain in the U.S. Senate.
Rep. Pete Stauber spoke to the crowd at Reagan Day at the Ranch, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls, in September 2020.

Rep. Stauber 'keeping all options open' regarding Minnesota governor bid

Chatter around possible bid raises possibility of marquee match-up vs. Gov. Tim Walz.