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Randy Furst

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4224
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Randy Furst is a Star Tribune general assignment reporter covering a range of issues, including tenants rights, minority rights, American Indian rights and police accountability. 

Furst has spent most of his 45-year career at The Minneapolis Star and later at the combined Star Tribune as a general assignment reporter. He has been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize (a series on the condition of migrant workers; questions regarding the innocence of two black men convicted of rape; the arrest of three Northwest Airline pilots for drinking and flying; and the exposure of a rogue Metro Gang Strike Force, which was forced to disband) and was a finalist twice.
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Ali Abdalla, 34, of Coon Rapids, was seized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in July 2017.

Lawsuit: U.S. citizen from Somalia illegally detained by immigration authorities

Ali Abdalla had been a U.S. citizen since he was a child, the lawsuit claims.
The line for lunch at Sharing & Caring Hands Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Minneapolis.

Study: Nearly 20,000 homeless on average in Minnesota

Wilder Research's new data was gathered before the coronavirus outbreak. The majority experienced trauma or violence, the probe found.
“I’m ecstatic and so thankful to the whole Innocence Project [of Minnesota],” Javon Davis said of the organization of attorneys who worked to ex

Minneapolis man who served five years 'ecstatic' after attempted murder charges dropped

Prosecutors dismissed attempted murder charges against a man who says Innocence Project of Minnesota "saved my life."
James Lamar Davis

Judge overturns 2015 attempted murder conviction of man sentenced to 26 years

In a 142-page ruling, the judge gave a scathing evaluation of a Minneapolis attorney while also faulting work by a state appellate defender.
Ty Jindra most recently worked as a patrol officer in the North Side 4th Precinct. He was among the first officers to arrive to the scene of the polic

Mpls. cop under federal investigation for alleged excessive force, theft

A federal grand jury has been hearing evidence against Ty Jindra, who most recently worked as a patrol officer in the North Side 4th Precinct, sources say.
CEO of Richard Liu Qiangdong arrives at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultat wants to be removed from U student's suit alleging rape by CEO

Student says CEO, aides got her drunk, but Liu says sex was consensual.
Landlord Stephen Frenz will report to the Hennepin County workhouse on Tuesday to begin a sentence for lying in court.

As Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz begins sentence, some see more charitable side

Stephen Frenz is reporting to county workhouse for 30 days this year and next.
Sam McCloud.

Minn. lawyer who had license restored after prison in trouble again

Lawyer Samuel McCloud faces discipline up to disbarment for failing to show up for two hearings.
Body camera footage showed Minneapolis park police officer Matthew Ryan detaining four Somali teens at gunpoint while his partner Eric Olson handcuffe

Mpls. Park Board pays $170,000 to settle claims brought by 4 boys in park incident

Four youths each got $40,000 and a park officer was suspended 2 days for escalating the situation and not apologizing.
Ron Edwards at Minneapolis City Hall in 2013. The longtime civil rights activist has died at age 81.

Longtime Minneapolis civil rights activist Ron Edwards dies

The 81-year-old Edwards was an outspoken advocate on social and racial justice issues.
Kenneth Niesen

Charges: Felon ran over man attempting to recover stolen property at Blaine Target

A 58-year-old man who was killed had his transmission shop burglarized.
Supporters of the University of Minnesota student who accused Chinese billionaire Richard Liu of rape rallied at the Hennepin County Government Center

Chinese from around the U.S. gather to support U undergrad who alleges rape by billionaire

Student's supporters say they want to counter Chinese social media which has sided with billionaire Richard Liu.
Furst's rehab at Fairview Cardiac Rehabilitation Services in Edina came in a one-hour session, three days a week.

Reporter details emotional and physical recovery after open-heart surgery

Patients of open-heart surgery — with its "brush with mortality" — are often surprised how taxing the emotional recovery can be.
Richard Liu, the founder who was arrested in the United States on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, shown in Shanghai, Jan. 4, 2015.

Lawyers for woman who alleges she was raped by Chinese billionaire battle his attorneys

Richard Liu's Chinese company denies responsibility; the woman's lawyers report difficulties serving lawsuit.
Landlord Stephen Frenz, right to left, looks on during his sentencing on a perjury conviction, seen next to his attorneys Paul Engh and Robert Sicoli,

Mpls. landlord guilty of perjury gets 60 days in workhouse

Stripped of his rental licenses, Stephen Frenz now has a criminal penalty for his actions as a landlord.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.

Mayor Carter on racist threats: 'I'm not going to dwell on nasty experiences'

St. Paul police are investigating who may have sent threatening and racist messages to Mayor Melvin Carter in the days leading up to a contentious vote on organized trash collection.
Single family home construction is booming at the Kingston Fields development in Cottage Grove. ] Shari L. Gross ¥ Over t

How did Minnesota become one of the most racially inequitable states?

By almost any measurement, Minnesota is plagued by racial disparities — in unemployment, in poverty, in homeownership. Readers want to know what's behind the inequities.
In July, tenants and their supporters marched to Our Lady of Peace Church in south Minneapolis to oppose the efforts by one of the parishioners, landl

With 100 people facing eviction, tenants rally in south Minneapolis

The controversial landlord has filed formal eviction papers for residents living in apartment buildings in south Minneapolis.

BCA identifies two St. Paul police officers involved in shooting incident

One was slightly injured when he was hit by a stolen car. The other fired shots at the car, which fled.

Guard charged in Minnesota Marine's shooting death

A Marine security guard is accused of taking out his pistol and "pulling the trigger in jest" in the killing of a fellow Marine.
Santiago Garnica and Erick Flores stood in their bare south Minneapolis apartment. Stephen Frenz’s workers tore out appliances including the kitchen

As Frenz landlord controversy continues, tenants arrive home to find apartment demolished, belongings tossed

"They took our memories," laments tenant after they return to their south Minneapolis apartment to find it stripped.
Activists protest in the Hennepin County Government Center after a court hearing for embattled Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz on Thursday, June 27

Housing court referee orders repairs of Frenz properties, but opens door to possible evictions

The city of Minneapolis says it wants to make an effort to keep low income tenants from losing their apartments.
FILE - This 2018 file photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office shows Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, the

Mpls. police docs: Woman who accused Chinese billionaire of rape sought money, apology

An attorney for the woman who alleged Richard Liu raped her called the allegations of extortion "ridiculous."
A Hennepin County judge said local ordinances like the one in Dayton, Minn. that restrict where sex offenders can live would have a "devastating effec

Minn. Court of Appeals upholds provisional release of child sex abuser

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a decision to release a prolific child molester from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) over the…
Elliott Chesler

Dr. Elliot Chesler, who created one of top VA cardiology units in country, dies at 87

His medical career spanned three continents as he became a respected and influential doctor.

Mpls. tenants march on landlord's church, asking that he not evict them

Their goal is to buy buildings from the landlord and create renter-owned cooperatives.
Protesters rallied in and out of the office of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz on Monday in a demand for a three-year rent freeze and more repairs

City will pay $25,000 to keep gas from being shut off to 5 buildings owned by embattled landlords

A housing court referee said he wanted an exit strategy to resolve dispute.
Minnesota Trooper charged in repeated sexual assault of 14-year-old

Minnesota Trooper charged in repeated sexual assault of 14-year-old

A Minnesota State Trooper has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in a series of encounters that began in April 2018 and continued…
Tracy Schutt, a Hennepin County principal child support officer, stood outside her work place at the Hennepin County Family Justice Center Tuesday, Ju

Judge overturns firing of Hennepin County child support officer

Tracy Schutt's successful fight to regain her job raises questions about 18 others who quit under pressure.
Stephen Frenz

Minneapolis landlord rejects plea deal, perjury case to proceed to trial

Tenants ask court to name overseer after threat to cut off natural gas utilities.
Vanessa Del Campo read with her daughter Regina in their Minneapolis apartment. She is one of the tenants who received a payout in a class-action sett

Tenants who fought Minneapolis landlord for years get a windfall

They endured years of infestation and disrepair before the settlements
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell announced the firing of five police officers for failing to intervene in an assault last year.

Five St. Paul police officers fired for failing to stop assault

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell declined to go into specifics about the incident, citing data privacy laws. He called it "an ugly day in our department's history."

State Supreme Court decision expands rights for tenants facing retaliation, lawyers say

Decision says he had right to challenge his eviction.
Gov. Tim Walz and advocates at a ceremonial signing Tuesday.

Walz signs bill letting homeowners renounce racist covenants

Project at the U to uncover racial housing prohibitions spurred Legislature to act.
Tenant Tecara Ayler spoke with Mayor Jacob Frey in 2018 following a meeting with tenants of landlord Mahmood Khan, who is now banned from holding rent

Tenants of troubled Minneapolis landlord become homeowners

Contracts signed for Mpls. houses formerly rented out by Mahmood Khan.
Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

Judge nixes some of landlord Stephen Frenz's requests for tenant information in perjury case

Landlord Stephen Frenz's attorneys told eviction history of tenants who may testify against him is irrelevant.
Kamarra Johnson met with attorney Barbara White, right, an attorney with Target Corp. during an eviction expungement legal clinic. Johnson is trying t

Minnesota lawyers' dedication to pro bono work has made the state a national leader

Deeply rooted sense of justice drives Minnesota's vigorous pro bono work.
The remains of Lola on the Lake on Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun seen after the fire.

Minneapolis Park Board to tear down Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun pavilion on Tuesday

The investigation into the fire continues, police said.
William Bernard Butler

Minneapolis lawyer ordered to pay back taxes to avoid incarceration

William Butler avoided incarceration, but must file returns for 2012 to 2019.
In March, Mark Andrew embraced Deea Elliott after he advocated that her assault conviction be expunged from her record, five years after she participa

Judge expunges felony record of woman who assaulted former politician at MOA

A judge said Deea Elliott, who attacked Mark Andrew at the mall, "had great potential for rehabilitation."
Randy Shaver, right, laughs next to his son, Ryan Shaver, during the Prep Sports Extra show at the KARE 11 studio in Minneapolis on Friday, Nov. 2, 20

KARE 11's Randy Shaver learns he's cancer-free a second time

Randy Shaver, the weeknight news anchor on KARE 11, has won a second round in his battle with cancer.
Minnetonka snowboard champion Meghan Graham dies at 24

Minnetonka snowboard champion Meghan Graham dies at 24

As a teenager, Meghan Graham of Minnetonka was a five-time national snowboard racing champion for her age group. By 2012, Graham was crowned the U.S.…
Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance, who presided over Mohamed Noor's trial, maintains control over the hundreds of pieces of evidence,

After Noor trial's conclusion, evidence still not made public

There is no explicit deadline for release, according to requirements.
On the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, at least 800 people took part in the weekly demonstration against war on the Lake Street-Marshall Avenue

Lake St.-Marshall Av. Bridge peace vigil marks 20th year on Wednesday

Antiwar demonstration has gone uninterrupted every Wednesday.
Adrian Saffold hugged his mother, Janie Saffold, after he was named St. Paul’s officer of the year for his commitment to working challenging overnig

Top officers and a civilian honored by the St. Paul Police Department

St. Paul recognized a patrol officer, a detective and a civilian for their work.
FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, May 22, 2014, Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, CEO of, raises his arms in 2014 to celebrate

U student who claimed she was raped by Chinese billionaire files lawsuit

An attorney for Richard Liu said the suit is without merit.
Stephen Frenz, right, and attorney Douglas Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Owners of former Stephen Frenz properties settle with the city of Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis has settled with landlords who bought 18 properties from Stephen Frenz.

Sting during Final Four nets 58 suspects attempting to solicit children for sex, trafficking

Thirty-three criminal justice agencies arrested 11 over sex trafficking and 47 for soliciting a minor in undercover sting.
Staff of the Innocence Project of Minnesota on move-in day, April 1. From left to right, Executive Director Sara Jones, staff attorney Jim Mayer, adva

The Innocence Project has new digs at the University of Minnesota Law School

The group, which works to free people unjustly convicted, is expanding operations.
Mark Andrew and Deea Elliott shared a hug Thursday.

Ex-politician brutally attacked at MOA urges judge to erase his attacker's record

A prosecutor opposes expunging the criminal record of a 22-year-old Minneapolis woman who severely beat Mark Andrew in 2013 at the Mall of America.
Stephen Frenz and attorney Douglas Turner walked through Minneapolis City Hall in 2017.

Tenants in buildings owned by Minneapolis landlord band together to stop water cutoff

Residents in buildings owned by embattled landlord raised $7,400.
William Bernard Butler

Minneapolis attorney who questioned legality of taxation found guilty of failing to pay his taxes

Attorney William Butler, who once said Jesus consider tax collectors, "sinners," faces up to 5 years prison on each of two counts.
Landlord Stephen Frenz

Tenants rally as landlord Frenz makes first appearance in perjury case

Landlord is facing felony perjury charges while trying to evict renters.
Andrew Ellis and his wife, Harriet, sitting at a table in their south Minneapolis house in 2015.

Supreme Court rules against Minneapolis landlord with decadeslong history of substandard conditions

Landlord Andrew Ellis had been targeted by tenant protests as far back as 1976.
Stephen Frenz and attorney Douglass Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Court upholds revocation of rental licenses to Mpls. landlord Frenz

A Minneapolis landlord who has been in a legal battle with the city for years suffered another defeat at the state Court of Appeals on Monday.
United States Postal Service letter carrier Keith Caniff sorts mail on his route in East Grand Rapids, Mich., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

In Mpls., some say mail service is spotty; carriers decry worker shortage

While Minneapolis residents complain of delivery problems, Postal Service says it is "consistently reaching nearly all delivery points."
Marie Kemper

Marie Kemper, who earned a Bronze Star during World War II, dies at 97

Marie Kemper, an Army nurse who lived through the horrors of war in the South Pacific during World War II, was proud of her service…
Clyde Bellecourt, center, attended a dinner for American Indian nonprofits in early February in St. Paul, where he offered a prayer for children and t

As his body gives out, AIM co-founder keeps his eye on the fight

Despite cancer, AIM co-founder Clyde Bellecourt still leads charge for change
Stephen Frenz

Minneapolis seeks independent administrator for troubled landlord's properties

About 1,000 tenants in 18 buildings tied to Stephen Frenz are stuck in limbo as the case proceeds.
Daniel Hanson died of a drug overdose two days after his release from the county workhouse.

Hennepin County jail and workhouse to tackle opioid addiction deaths head on

A study revealed that large numbers of the inmates overdose and die shortly after they are released from custody.
Jade Holman, whose home is subject to a racial covenant, posed in front of his Minneapolis house in 2017.

Measure allowing Minn. homeowners to renounce racist language on titles advances

A homeowner who has a title that says the house cannot be sold to blacks may be able to repudiate it.
Richard Liu, the founder of founder seen in Shanghai in 2015. After Hennepin County declined to press charges in a sexual assault case, an atto

U allowed atmosphere leading to alleged rape by Chinese billionaire, lawyers claim

Accuser's attorney contends U officials ignored "sexually hostile environment."
Anne White-Eastman, 35, hugged her father, Emmett Eastman, whose great-grandfather Little Thunder was one of the 38 hanged in Mankato following the U.

At 87, Emmett Eastman runs to honor 38 Indians hanged, including great-great-grandfather

In three decades, Emmett Eastman, 87, has missed only one Dakota 38+2 Run founder Richard Liu, shown in Shanghai in Jan. 4, 2015.

Chinese billionaire won't be charged with rape, county attorney says

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday that Chinese billionaire Richard Liu will not be charged with rape in connection with an incident involving a University of Minnesota student.
Stephen Frenz and attorney Douglas Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis.

Dozens of tenants could get reprieve after court overturns evictions sought by Minneapolis landlord

Dozens of Minneapolis tenants could get reprieve after referee overturns evictions sought by Stephen Frenz.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

Hennepin County attorney: Maple Grove officer was justified in shooting of man with knife

Mike Freeman said a police officer acted reasonably in shooting a knife-wielding 50-year-old man.
John Braun

John Braun, antiwar activist and former priest, dies at 89

For 45 years, John and Marie Braun were inseparable, as a couple and as socially concerned Catholics and antiwar activists, protesting war, weapons production and…
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, second from right, at a protest outside the Fourth Precinct headquarter in response to the shooting death

Footage shot of offensive tree at Mpls. police station reviewed

Internal affairs investigators are examining the video for evidence about tree decorated with racist items.
Holidazzle kicked off at Friday night with fireworks that filled the sky.

Holidazzle promising to be bigger and better this year

The sort of "winter state fair" is expected to draw 250,000 to Minneapolis' Loring Park.
Jason Gabbert, 49, of Plymouth, with a partial collection of baseballs he has amassed attending Major League Baseball games.

Fan banned from Target Field over pursuit of baseballs goes to bat to stay

Twins officials say Jason Gabbert, who chases baseballs thrown to fans in stands, has been disruptive, but he disagrees. One judge already has backed the team.

Worker at Dakota housing agency charged with stealing $271,000

Prosecutors intend to seek a longer sentence than called for under the state guidelines if they obtain a conviction against a man charged on Friday…
Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, the founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site

U student told police she pleaded with billionaire, 'I don't want to do that'

The Hennepin County attorney is weighing whether to charge Richard Liu with a sexual assault
Eden Prairie police detective Travis Serafin

Two more drug convictions dismissed following Eden Prairie officer's falsified warrant

Dozens of Travis Serafin's cases are under review after he admitted falsifying a search warrant.
Stephen Frenz.

Controversial Mpls. landlords to pay $18.5M to settle tenants' class-action suit

Up to 5,400 tenants will share in a recordbreaking class-action lawsuit against Stephen Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas.
Indi Mohamed, left, and Allison Rubin danced during the Westside Rally Against Gun Violence on Saturday afternoon.

At Excelsior rally, a plea for more gun restrictions

Students say legislation is key to fighting violence committed with guns.