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Reid Forgrave

State/Regional Reporter | Minnesota/Upper Midwest
Phone: 612-673-4647
Location: Minneapolis

Reid Forgrave covers Minnesota and the Upper Midwest for the Star Tribune. He started at the paper in September 2019, returning to his newspaper storytelling roots after eight years as a national sportswriter for and

Prior to his foray into sportswriting, Forgrave wrote people-focused feature stories for several newspapers around the country, most recently The Des Moines Register. In Iowa, Reid was a general assignment reporter focusing on long-form storytelling. He wrote a narrative on a tornado-wracked small town and its inspirational high school football team, covered every angle of Iowa's gay marriage debate, and wrote a series about a woman who was seven months pregnant with her fifth child when her husband died in a plane crash. After his stint in Iowa, he worked as a national sports feature writer for, and helped launch the national sports television network, Fox Sports 1, as national college basketball reporter. Most recently, Forgrave worked at and CBS Sports HQ covering college hoops and the NBA. He also has written for The New York Times Magazine and GQ magazine. His first book, based on a piece he wrote for GQ, will be published in 2020. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.
Recent content from Reid Forgrave
The Minnesota State Capitol

Bill to expand Minnesota veterans courts dies again in Legislature

Senate bill to expand the courts passed 67-0, but the House did not vote.
Kevin Shores, left, with friend Lonnie Johnson on the bicycle, rode 270 miles across Minnesota to advocate for military veterans with Gulf War illness

Moorhead man's 270-mile ride in a wheelchair advocated for veterans' causes

The trek by Navy veteran Kevin Shores was his second and even more remarkable because he is blind.
“It was something Dad never wanted to pursue. … And we’d say, ‘You deserve it!’ ” Cindy Meyer, left, with father Earl and sister Barb Wr

For Minnesota family, a quest for a Purple Heart marches on

When Nicole Neumann was in ninth grade, she interviewed her grandpa, Earl “Sonny” Meyer, for an assignment. She asked the retired St. Peter farmer about…
Clockwise from top left, Rick Huggins, Mark Arnold, Lena Gardner, Jan Malcolm, Tammy Wong and Patrick Stith are among the Minnesotans whose lives have

6 lives changed forever: How COVID-19 ravaged Minnesota

From a funeral home to a restaurant, in the government and at home with a newborn, the pandemic upended how we live, how we grieve, and how we look into the future.
Sgt. First Class Joshua Guyse gave a presentation in February to a group of Minnesota National Guard instructors about mental health at Camp Ripley in

Iraq vet in Minn. National Guard uses his own downward spiral to offer soldiers hope

Iraq vet uses his own downward spiral to offer soldiers hope.
Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

Review: 'A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear,' by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

NONFICTION: A New Hampshire town takes on a libertarian experiment with humorous and tragic results.
Alysha Price, who runs a new company called the Price Dynamic. It offers mediation and family coaching for co-parenting families.

New Hope co-parenting coach helps divorced moms and dads put kids first

Alysha Price is founder of the Price Dynamic, a professional family-coaching firm in New Hope that she founded in 2019.
Pat Morris, a veteran of the National Guard will not be voting for President Trump this fall especially after demeaning comments about veterans attrib

Vets disturbed by reports of Trump ripping military, if they believe it

A recent Military Times poll taken before the Atlantic's report shows views on Trump have steadily declined since his election in 2016, and service members now show a "slight but significant preference" for Joe Biden.
Regenerative farmer Matt Maier hosted a family dinner on Thousand Hills’ 600-acre ranch in Clearwater, near where the Clearwater and Mississippi riv

Central Minnesota farm 'renegade' tackles new industry: Fashion

Minnesota ranch works to bring regenerative ag to leather products
Craig Boone

Craig Boone, who defended people who most needed it, dies at 76

After Craig Boone's friend of more than four decades, Malcolm Reid, received a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia in 2011, Boone fell into a routine with…
Crowds clashed with police, smashed windows and looting occurred in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday night.

Activists blame riots on lack of trust in Minneapolis police

The tense and destructive evening along with the protesters' gut reactions underscored the disconnect between the community and police.
Janet Spearman

Janet Spearman, former head operating room nurse at HCMC, dies of COVID-19 at 79

One of the things that upsets Bruce Mathis about the June death of his 79-year-old mother, Janet Spearman of Minneapolis, is that it feels like…
National Guard troops responded to civil unrest in the Twin Cities after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Minnesota National Guard sending soldiers from Stillwater to Guantanamo Bay

The 34th Military Police Company, based in Stillwater, worked to quell unrest after George Floyd's death.
The site of a Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in December 2019, killing three service members.

Maintenance failure caused Minnesota Guard helicopter crash that killed 3

Part of an engine was improperly installed, an investigation found.
Chris Hvinden looked over to Judge Judith Tilsen while being recognized for his accomplishments in Ramsey County District Court during the the veteran

Vets make special session push to expand veterans courts statewide

They want law for venue to keep vets out of prison.
Mark Bowden

REVIEW: 'The Case of the Vanishing Blonde,' by Mark Bowden

NONFICTION: Journalist Mark Bowden delves deep into the dark side with these six true stories about abuse and murder.
Dr. Greg Beilman, a trauma surgeon and Iraq/Afghan vet who is leading M Health Fairview’s incident command center, consulted by phone with an ICU do

Battle-tested military vet helps lead M Health Fairview's COVID response

Dr. Greg Beilman is a trauma surgeon, but his colleagues believe there is no one better suited to direct the system's COVID-19 incident command center.
People marched Monday, July 6, in memory of Philando Castile, including Philando’s mother, Valerie, and Diamond Reynolds, who was with Philando on t

Remembering Philando Castile: 'We got strength in numbers'

Six weeks after George Floyd's death, two rallies for Philando Castile on Monday underscored how the movement that started with protests and riots in the Twin Cities has grown.
Former Google executive Steve Grove took over as Minnesota’s economic czar the year after returning to the state.

State economy chief Grove was tasked to focus on 'innovation economy.' Then everything hit

For the former Google executive, not much has been going according to plan these days.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond was fatally shot by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on July 15, 2017.

For Don Damond, Floyd's death brings back pain of Justine Ruszczyk's fatal shooting by Mpls. police

Fiancé of police-shooting victim feels solidarity.
Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, shown in 2016 with artwork inspired by her son.

For mother of Philando Castile, George Floyd's death a nightmare revisited

"George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel's back," Valerie Castile said.
Senior Airman Nathan Van Beusekom wiped his brow in the 90-degree weather as he awaited orders in St. Paul on Monday.

On patrol in St. Paul, National Guard waits 'for the scales to tip'

Minnesota's citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen face long days and tense nights.
Police arrested about 150 protesters at gas station near Washington and Interstate 35W on Sunday night in Minneapolis.

Police arrest 150 Sunday night; driver who pushed into crowd is in custody

Hundreds in downtown Minneapolis ignored the curfew and were met with police lines and tear gas. Earlier, officials warned of continued arson attacks, after several caches of flammable materials were found in neighborhoods.
Buildings along Lake Street near S. 27th Avenue in Minneapolis lay in ruins Saturday as a fire smoldered nearby and the Twin Cities looked to pick up

The toll of our unrest: Scenes from the Twin Cities

Across the Twin Cities, the physical and psychic effects of what's gone on bear a heavy weight. It is a city under siege.
Dawn breaks after the second night of unrest in south Minneapolis, following the death Monday of unarmed George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody. H

Frey: Unrest 'unacceptable'; Trump promises to step in

Mayor Jacob Frey also said he decided to evacuate a police station later set ablaze: "The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life." He spoke after President Trump tweeted about Minneapolis' unrest: "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
‘We’ll be prepared’ Dr. Mohammed I. Hussain said he is waiting for the surge of COVID-19 cases he’s sure will come.

Rural Minnesota ER doctor is calm as he waits for the storm

Today, nearly three months after Minnesota's first case, a Monticello doctor is still waiting for a surge that now more than ever he feels is inevitable.
John Schwanke’s Lakeview Industries in Carver has produced and shipped 5 million shields.

'We can help a lot of people': Carver manufacturing company gets inspired and thrives

Lakeview Industries has shipped 5 million face masks to more than 20 states, including Minnesota. Another 1.5 million are on order.
With a photo of his 6-month-old daughter, Evelynn, by his side, Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Tucker Truax sat at his workstation in the Middle East.

Rochester family navigates first year of new baby amid pandemic, deployment

"Sometimes," Sgt. Tucker Truax said, "that's just the price you have to pay."
missing mom: Dan Clapero worked with his son Franklin on some schoolwork. Clapero, a teacher and father of three, was expecting his wife, Elizabeth, t

In an uncertain time, an extended deployment for five Minnesota families

It was a depressing moment in the Clapero household in Shakopee when, one Friday in mid-April, a package arrived from Kuwait.The package was a suitcase…
Dr. Andrew Badley outside the historic Plummer building on Mayo’s campus.

Mayo's virus researchers are in a desperate race against time

Dr. Andrew Badley is the conductor for the clinic's massive research push to fight the coronavirus.
FILE-The historic Calumet Inn in Pipestone, Minn., is the subject of a fierce fight between its owner and local officials who have shut down the landm

Owner of Pipestone's historic Calumet Inn appeals closure

Fire code dispute between city and 1887 hotel to head to state for appeal.

Major Gen. John R. Dolny, veteran, Air National Guard leader, dies at 99

For some World War II veterans, saving the world from fascism became the single defining moment of their lives. For others, it was but one…
Dez Reding moved in with her in-laws while her husband is deployed in Iraq with the Minnesota National Guard.

As soldiers face attacks overseas, families battle virus at home

For the nearly 700 Minnesota National Guard soldiers on a yearlong deployment in the Middle East with the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, the past month has been a disorienting experience.
Danielle Hoppe, a customer service manager at a Cub Foods in Mankato, cleaned baskets between uses.

Minn. grocery workers put their health on the line every shift

If one place encapsulates the best and the worst moments of life during the coronavirus pandemic, it's grocery stores. For those who work there, even their daily routines are risky business.
Drawings of the P-51 Mustang are rare; they’re typically only seen on dark and incomplete microfilm.

Bemidji company flying high over rare P-51 Mustang drawings

Original engineering plans "freaked out" aircraft restorers.
A copy of the original book "Alcoholics Anonymous", and a copy of the original manuscript that Fred Holmquist used for his research.

Minnesota addiction programs go online in race to prevent relapses

If addiction is a disease of isolation, counselors are finding news ways to reach out.
In December, Minnesota Gov.Tim Walz visited the Minnesota National Guard’s joint force headquarters, where he greeted service members. On the right

Minnesota Guard still evaluating Pentagon's 60-day troop freeze

"The impact will vary from unit to unit," said a Guard spokesman.
Tim Magee, left, must defer his visits to Dave Roberts for now. But he’s grateful for the friendship the two veterans have forged over the past year

In a Farmington hospice, a friendship bloomed among two veterans

In these uncertain times, a visitor and a patient bond over rich life stories.
FILE-The state veterans home in Minneapolis.

Minnesota's five veterans homes remain coronavirus-free, VA says

The VA is beefing up supplies of iPads to keep vets in touch with families with visits restricted.
Registered nurse Kim Lutes left, and others carried 1,200 N95 masks donated by Rich Forstner, president of White Bear Lake contracting firm Mavo Syste

Mask by mask, scores answer call for gear for health care workers

The nationwide and state effort stretched the gamut, from huge corporations exponentially multiplying their mask production to a neighbor in Victoria driving to a nurse's house to deliver three leftover masks.
Relaxation Automobile Station co-owner Troy Derheim described how he wants his hair cut to Sandee Stall, manager of the sister business, the Hair Gara

New brakes and a new 'do all in Moorhead pit stop

New auto business opened a salon-spa, with unfortunate timing.
Kara Spike, a nurse at the COVID-19 unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, had a tear streaming down her face after she collected a box of respi

Mask shortage hits home for Minnesota nurse

Nationwide, health care professionals have sounded the alarm for what is quickly becoming an acute mask shortage.
Karen López Rivera and her husband, Edwin Colón Pérez, danced to salsa music during a community welcome party Polaris hosted.

Puerto Rican connection brings workers, diversity to Roseau

Roseau needed workers. It found them – in Puerto Rico.
Jason Ricci, left, and Jeremy Degeier with a painting honoring Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., who died in a helicopter crash in December

Minnesota inmates use art to honor fallen Guardsmen

Artwork gives prisoners a chance to express themselves
"God I love that sound,” said Lauren Shegstad, who ran to greet her husband, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Shegstad, as soon as she spotted him. With her are

Minnesota Air National Guard unit returns to hugs, kisses

More than 100 Guard members are returning this week from a six-month deployment in the Middle East.
Bill Beyer

William Charles Beyer, former University of Minnesota adviser and 'incredible listener,' dies at 75

He had a love of nature and an appreciation of life, whether it was with his big laugh in conversation or while dancing with his wife.
David van Eijl has teamed up with his brother Paul to invent a new ice resurfacing machine that shaves the time to resurface a rink from 10 to 15 minu

Two brothers rose to the challenge to build a better Zamboni machine

Their system can resurface a rink in 90 seconds. "This is a game changer," one Minnesota ice arena manager said. "It looks like the Jetsons taking place out there."
Cammie LaValle of Farmington believes monitoring programs are causing doctors to be overly cautious in prescribing opioids to intractable- and chronic

Woman's battle vs. chronic pain expands to Minnesota's opioid laws

Pain patients say "one-size-fits-all" drug laws compound their suffering.
Deonte Haynes hugged his daughter, Jalei, 5, in early December at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where he was leaving to return to Fort H

Tensions with Iran add to strain for 'Army man' and his family

U.S. airstrike killing general and Iranian retaliation ramp up the stress of Minnesota National Guard deployment.
The rock dam on Pine River was put in a half-century ago to regulate water flow between Pine Lake and the Pine River and to increase water levels in P

Crow Wing County headache gets a fix: New Pine River dam to be completed this year

A new dam along the Pine River will be completed this year

Some Minnesota National Guard members on base near Iran missile attack

Early reports sent Wednesday morning Iraq time indicated the soldiers were safe.
For many years, the small town of Staples’ opera house was a historic gem hidden in plain sight. Few knew of its existence.

Historic opera house could be small Minnesota town's artistic salvation

Restoring the Batcher Block Opera House wouldn't just be a unique performance space with world-class acoustics. It's seen as a boon to all of Staples.
Elliott Tanner, 11, from St. Louis Park, a junior at the University of Minnesota, takes a selfie in the Surdyk’s Café in Northrup auditorium, where

11-year-old University of Minnesota physics student is still a kid at heart

For Christmas, he is asking for a $170 textbook, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers." But he also loves "Angry Birds" and "Frozen 2."
Mohamed Malim, 23, founded a company called Epimonia that makes bracelets and hats out of repurposed life jackets the refugees have likely used during

Young Mpls. entrepreneur creates empathy for refugees, one bracelet at a time

Mohamed Malim turns battered life jackets into bracelets or badges for hats, showing "the struggles and the perseverance."
Spc. Nicole Cavanaugh saluted the memorial of Chief Warrant Officer James A. Rogers Jr., at North Fort Hood, Texas, on Sunday.

Guard members honor crash victims with mournful roll call

Hundreds of Minnesota National Guard soldiers about to deploy to the Middle East attended the memorial on Sunday.
Sharon Radack, left, organized squares of fabric while Helen Dykema, center, and Sonia Pooch, right, pieced them together at a November gathering at C

Alexandria quilters deliver a hand-stitched 'thank you' to Minnesota vets

Honor Quilts group sews hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind gifts
Minneapolis high-rise fire victims linked in life and death

Minneapolis high-rise fire victims linked in life and death

The five people who perished in the Nov. 27 blaze at Cedar High Apartments will forever be linked by the tragedy. Yet their lives, as well as their deaths, share a common thread.
Jen Chaffee snuggled with her daughters Madison, 8, and Ally, 3, on Sept. 18, knowing she will soon be deployed to the Middle East.

'Anything can happen' military couple knows as large Guard contingent heads overseas

Nearly 700 soldiers are headed to the Middle East in one of the largest single deployments for the Minnesota National Guard since the second Iraq war began.
Said Harsi, the son of Amatalah Adam, 78, one of five victims of Wednesday’s fire in Minneapolis Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, mourned over her body

As high-rise fire investigation continues, community buries its dead

Fire officials have said that a preliminary investigation indicates the blaze in a Cedar-Riverside high-rise was accidental.
From Shakopee to Kuwait: From left, Franklin, 6, Calvin, 9, and Norman, 4, had a video chat with their mom, Capt. Elizabeth Clapero, who is in the Min

Holidays tough on Minnesota families of deployed military

Little gestures ease holidays, everyday life amid deployments.
Tom McKenna, right, talked with Army veteran Larry Svien outside his organization Every Third Saturday.

For decade, nonprofit near Mpls. VA has back of homeless vets

And in his work with Every Third Saturday, collecting and distributing nearly 50,000 items, Tom McKenna has put himself in a good spot.
Gregg Peppin took in a ceremony honoring Korean War veterans, including his late father, Richard.

Trip to South Korea helps Minnesota son complete his veteran father's story

An unexpected opportunity to visit South Korea offered answers and renewed pride for the son of a Korean War veteran.
An overhead look at downtown St. Cloud. City officials are banking on an eventual extension of the Northstar commuter rail to revitalize the east side

St. Cloud's east side primed for a makeover

City consider a plan to redevelop area along Mississippi River

Teen dies in rollover near Waseca, deputy injured

The high school sophomore was killed when the pickup truck she was riding in struck a telephone pole and rolled over.

One dead, one injured in western Minnesota house fire

The cause of the Wednesday morning fire is under investigation.
After Dan Pearson lost his son Justin to an overdose in 2006, he was able to channel his grief. He believes the opioid crisis requires a new mind-set

Narcan, gas cards, new laws: One dad's fight against an epidemic

Dan Pearson believes the opioid epidemic can't be solved with a law here or a new treatment center there. It will require a shift in mind-set: Society believes there's a pill for everything, but then shuns anyone who abuses pills.
Roseau residents presume the change in hours at the U.S.-Canada border crossing resulted from increased attention to the southern border, but federal

Roseau hobbled by earlier closing time at border crossing with Canada

U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year changed the operating hours, closing it at 8 p.m. each night instead of midnight.
Jessica Woratschka, now a sophomore at Minnesota State University, Mankato, earned 19 credits while serving with the Minnesota National Guard in Kuwai

National Guard soldier goes from wartime in Kuwait to college life in Mankato

State's universities support nearly 10,000 vets and service members
In an effort to change how applicants viewed manufacturing, Park Industries in St. Cloud updated its logo and launched a social media campaign. Bryan

Worker shortage sparks Minnesota businesses to think outside of the box

Minnesota businesses, desperate for employees, offer unique incentives.
Johanna Clyborne, center, at a hearing as MNIT commissioner. Clyborne will be promoted to a two-star Minnesota National Guard general.

Minnesota National Guard to recognize its first female two-star general

The 30-year veteran who just returned from Iraq stint will be promoted Saturday.