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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.
Recent content from Randy Furst
Teresa Nelson, legal director of the ACLU of Minnesota, shown in 2018. Nelson said the organization has filed a motion seeking a temporary injunction

Minnesota ACLU sues to halt alleged misconduct by enforcement agencies against media

The American Civil Liberties Union seeks a temporary restraining order on law enforcement.
Michael Friedman is executive director of the Legal Rights Center.

Minneapolis Legal Rights Center celebrates 50 years of rebalancing legal disparities

  From its earliest days, the Legal Rights Center (LRC) has been a major community asset, representing low-income clients, particularly people of color,…
When a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to George Floyd's neck Monday night, he used a restraint once taught by the department that is no l

Law enforcement experts denounce Minneapolis police use of force in George Floyd's death

Legal experts say officer acted wrongly in putting his knee on Floyd's neck.
The main hallway at the Sabathani Community Center in south Minneapolis. Sabathani, which housed Bryant Junior High. was launched in the height of the

Hennepin County proposal to end leases at buildings housing services for minorities draws fire

The County Board will consider more data at a meeting Thursday, with a decision possible as early as June 2.
Landlord Stephen Frenz at a 2019 trial where he was convicted of perjury. Low-income tenants in south Minneapolis will gain control of five apartment

Embattled landlord sells last of his Minneapolis buildings, giving control to tenants

They'll buy five buildings after a yearslong battle with a derelict landlord.
Minneapolis police are searching for an arsonist caught on surveillance video lighting a large bale of paper on fire at Pioneer Paper west of downtown

Mpls. police say someone using torch set fire at Mpls. paper company

In seeking info on the case, Minneapolis police have released surveillance video of what turned into a big blaze just west of downtown.

Marilyn Bailey, longtime editor and book reviewer, dies at age 87

After she retired from the Star Tribune, she contributed numerous travel articles.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

Ventura makes it official: He's probably not running for president.

The former Minnesota governor said he does not want to quit his job now because he will lose his medical insurance.
Anita Robinson

Anita Robinson, a librarian and casino tour bus organizer, dies of COVID-19 at 94

  Patrons who rode the buses to area casinos adored Anita Robinson, says her son, Gary, who operates a bus company, Best Bet Tours. She…
Royal Grounds coffee shop owners Jim and Joanne Heider have stayed open but had to let some employees go as sales have plummeted.

Twin Cities independent coffee shops losing steam

Coffee shops hope business will perk up, but many are barely surviving
Billionaire Richard Liu, CEO of, is accused of raping a University of Minnesota student in 2018. The company’s lawyers don’t want to

Judge rejects motion to remove Chinese billionaire's corporation from sexual assault lawsuit

It is difficult to determine when a CEO is "off duty," a Hennepin County judge said in a ruling.
Shawn M. Olthoff

$35 million suit filed by Moose Lake man who was shot by police and paralyzed in 2019

Suit claims Carlton County deputy shot man who had no gun and that the deputy had been drinking
Koua Fong Lee outside of the Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

U.S. appeals court: Law firm not entitled to fees in 2015 Toyota payout

An appeals court panel agreed that a law firm did clients more harm than good in a Toyota crash trial.
Tenant right advocates including Karissa Stotts organized a honking, vehicle protest around U.S. Bank Plaza in downtown Minneapolis.

With parade of vehicles replacing a march, protesters call for rent and mortgage relief

Dozens of honking cars with signs circled U.S. Bank Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, calling for a cancellation of rent and mortgage payments.
Mary Jo and Dick Copeland.

Dick Copeland, who helped wife Mary Jo in programs for poor, dies

Mary Jo Copeland recalls that her husband, Dick, was a little dubious when she first raised the idea of starting a storefront center to help…

Lawsuit: Sherburne County jail ignored inmate's warning signs before suicide

Documents indicate inmate had contemplated suicide, but jail and doctor insist case was properly handled.
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.