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Reid Forgrave

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

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 FOXSports.com and CBSSports.com.


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 FOXSports.com, and helped launch the national sports television network, Fox Sports 1, as national college basketball reporter. Most recently, Forgrave worked at CBSSports.com 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
Man arrested in Friday morning crash that killed two in Arden Hills

Man arrested in Friday morning crash that killed two in Arden Hills

State Patrol released the names of the victims in the crash on Interstate 694.
Man found fatally shot inside vacant building south of downtown Minneapolis

Man found fatally shot inside vacant building south of downtown Minneapolis

Republican Steve Boyd hosted an event on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol with a townhall meeting featuring members of the Wes

Three years later, some Minnesota Republicans show sympathy toward Jan. 6 rioters

Some Republicans in Minnesota and across the country are pushing revisionist versions of what happened at the U.S. Capitol that day.
Duluth East senior Lydia Kraker waits to compete in the Girls Classic Interval Start race during the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Racing Champions

Cross-country skiing sees boom — even as your body screams at you to stop

For "world's most taxing sport," challenges such as the "pain cave" are a central feature, not a bug.
Ralph Crowder III, whose father Ralph Crowder Jr. started Minnesota’s first AAU youth basketball team the McRae All-Stars in the 1980's, stands for

1980s middle-school basketball team helped change Black experience in Minneapolis

The McRae All-Stars team is now featured in a Minnesota Historical Society series.
First Lt. Caleb Hjelle and his wife, Regan Hjelle, right, bowed their heads during the benediction of the deployment ceremony for 550 members of the M

Minnesota National Guard sends 550 soldiers to Middle East in one of state's largest recent deployments

The Oct. 7 Hamas attacks in Israel changed the complexion of region, where Minnesota soldiers will be stationed until late this year.
Planned Parenthood CEO Ruth Richardson, shown in 2023.

Planned Parenthood to cut staff, consolidate clinics in Upper Midwest

Leaders for the five-state region, including Minnesota, say the change increases patient capacity.
Minnesota Representative Liz Reyer listens alongside fellow committee members to testimonies on the End-of-Life Options Act during a hearing in the Mi

Minnesota's end-of-life options bill clears its first legislative hurdle

The bill passed the House Health Finance and Policy Committee after hours of emotional testimony.
Walz predicts 2024 will be key year for abortion rights in Minnesota, Upper Midwest

Walz predicts 2024 will be key year for abortion rights in Minnesota, Upper Midwest

18 months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the Minnesota governor's visit to Planned Parenthood North Central States marks the ongoing battle.
After devastating fire, owners of Cass Lake Lodge near Bemidji rebuilding main lodge

After devastating fire, owners of Cass Lake Lodge near Bemidji rebuilding main lodge

After September fire, they plan to reopen the cabin by the May fishing opener, and main lodge by Memorial Day.
A board member for the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless in Bemidji and other volunteers serve a Christmas meal to clients earlier this month.

Why homelessness is a growing problem in greater Minnesota

In Beltrami County, where poverty rate is nearly double the state average, lack of affordable housing is acute.
He took joyride at Twin Cities dealership Christmas morning, charges say

He took joyride at Twin Cities dealership Christmas morning, charges say

The Little Canada man was arrested for allegedly receiving stolen property, possessing burglary tools, criminal damage to property and fleeing officers
Northeast Minneapolis woman who survived two genocides in Ukraine sees history repeating

Northeast Minneapolis woman who survived two genocides in Ukraine sees history repeating

With the help of her granddaughter, Nina Jablonsky, 90, is piecing together her life's journey.
A Minnesota screening of Hamas Oct. 7 attack film shares horrors

A Minnesota screening of Hamas Oct. 7 attack film shares horrors

Israel compiled Hamas videos and surveillance footage into a gruesome film to remind the world of atrocities.
Canoes for cops: Ely uses outdoor vibe to recruit police officers

Canoes for cops: Ely uses outdoor vibe to recruit police officers

Like many other cities, the Boundary Waters gateway community is struggling to keep its force staffed.
Minneapolis attorney Bruce Nestor spoke at a news conference at CAIR-Minnesota in Minneapolis Monday afternoon, November 27, 2023 to announce that a c

Edina schools criticized for suspending students who used pro-Palestinian chant

Two Muslim students who participated in a walkout in October were given a three-day suspension for using a slogan that many Jews consider antisemitic.
“It’s just an overall black sadness,” says Eilat Harel, photographed at her home in Minnetonka on Monday.

For Minnesota Jews and Muslims, a shared darkness since Oct. 7

For those with deep ties to a conflict zone thousands of miles away, struggles are a secondary trauma.
Jim Eide, a 100-year-old World War II veteran who served as a turret gunner, sipped his coffee as his daughter Vee Calder displayed his medals Wednesd

100-year-old World War II turret gunner among few Minnesota vets remaining from Greatest Generation

From his cabin up north, as Jim Eide lives out his twilight, war stories spill forth.
Residents of the Minneapolis Veterans Home watched a sneak preview of “Heroes & History,” a documentary produced by TPT, in 2018.

COVID infections prompt Veterans Home in Minneapolis to cancel Veterans Day event

But the state Veterans Day Event in Inver Grove Heights will go on as scheduled.
Ellen Kennedy held a photo of her late husband, Leigh Lawton, who died from cancer in 2022. It was Lawton's dying wish that Kennedy advocate for a law

Will terminally ill patients in Minnesota be allowed to choose when life ends?

The Legislature plans to take up the issue of medical aid in dying during its next session.
Olga Frayman, a Ukrainian Jew who moved to the United States 30 years ago, speaks Thursday at a press conference linking conflicts in Israel and Ukrai

Jews and Ukrainians band together in Minnesota to link conflicts in Israel, Ukraine

Equating Hamas to Russia and Israel to Ukraine, groups see parallels as Washington debates funding.
Rendering of proposed national service park, called Peace Corps Plaza, in Plainview.

Southeast Minnesota town to dedicate park to national service

With four of the original 3,000 Peace Corps volunteers, Plainview has a legacy of service.
A group of trail regulars who helped make the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area a mountain biking destination, from left, John Schaubach, Dan Cruse

These mining towns found new life as mountain-biking paradise

Crosby and Ironton, on the southern tip of the Iron Range, struggled after mining left. Then came the mountain bikers.
Law enforcement outside of the Karl Holmberg residence during a standoff after multiple officers were shot near Princeton, Minn., on Thursday.

'His day to die': Charges filed in Benton County shooting of five officers

Karl Thomas Holmberg was charged Friday with multiple felony counts, including six counts of first-degree attempted murder.
Ari Parritz, in the middle with sunglasses, celebrates his cousin’s wedding Friday in Caesarea, Israel. Hours later, Hamas launched the largest-scal

For Minnesotans with ties to Israel and Gaza, feelings of fear, devastation and anger

One awoke in Tel Aviv to air-raid sirens. Another feared for his brother, who was called to military duty.
Anti-gay graffiti traumatizes high school teacher in Stearns County town

Anti-gay graffiti traumatizes high school teacher in Stearns County town

Jake Pundsack, a teacher at Melrose High School, said he hopes it becomes a learning opportunity.
The interior of Fred Ambs’ Moorhead saloon, photographed around 1905.

Was Moorhead once a destination for drunks?

Decades before Prohibition, Moorhead benefited from a lesser-known liquor ban.
Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke announced Minnesota’s 133rd Airlift Wing is getting eight new C-130J Super Hercules airplanes to replace their aging C-130Hs,

Minnesota Air National Guard to get 8 shiny new hulking transport planes

The C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, $112 million each, will replace the unit's aging C-130H fleet and help continue the unit's transport and disaster relief missions.
RN Whitney Freshwater and Cameo, a health care assistant who asked that her last name not be used, took a breath after hours of nonstop work with pati

Inside Minnesota's busiest ER, the trauma of dealing with trauma never stops

Minnesota has been upended by trauma the past few years: COVID, George Floyd, civil unrest, gun violence, an opioid epidemic. The state's largest emergency room, at HCMC, has borne the brunt of it.
Families of people who died of fentanyl overdoses stood together during a news conference about the drastic increase in fentanyl deaths in Hennepin Co

Sheriff sounds alarm on fentanyl, which killed average of 1 a day in Hennepin Co. last year

This year, interagency task forces have seized enough fentanyl to kill every person in Hennepin County.
An honor guard from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office takes part in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, at the Edinburgh USA golf

First responders remember those lost in 9/11 — and the country's unity after the tragedy

Earl Meyer with daughters Cindy Meyer (left) and Barb Wright (right) are seen in 2022. Not pictured is daughter Sandy. Earl “Sonny” Meyer is a St.

Believing injury warrants Purple Heart, Minnesota Korean War vet, 96, sues Defense Dept.

The family of Earl "Sonny" Meyer, a retired farmer from St. Peter, cites a paperwork snafu as the cause of an injustice.
Paivy Ballayan, of Roseville, who was born blind, uses a combination of apps, including Google Maps and Lazarillo, to navigate the fair Saturday, Aug.

The Minnesota State Fair is crowds and chaos by design. Try navigating it with a disability.

Accessibility improvements have helped make the fair more welcoming for people with disabilities, but challenges remain.
Otter Tail County bull attack ends in death

Otter Tail County bull attack ends in death

Rally accident cancels race stage, sends driver to hospital

Rally accident cancels race stage, sends driver to hospital

The hospital trip was only precautionary, said organizers of the rally race held near Lake Itasca.
Fair employees test run one of the rides while setting up shop at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds' Midway Parkway. The fair opens to the public on Thu

The Mighty Midway is where Minnesota State Fair's magic happens — with help of 825 workers

It takes a week to build the midway — rides, games, concessions — and a few days to tear it down.
Taylor Fairbanks (middle), one of the Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellows (NAUMF) and August Mentch (right), the program support intern, laug

History often excludes Native Americans. The Minnesota Historical Society is trying to change that.

The Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship exposes students to careers in the museum field.
Capt. Rafael Barbosa gets a CT scan in Rochester in 2022. He learned this week that the Army approved his appeal to return to active duty.

After burn pits in Iraq nearly killed him, Minnesota Army pilot gets his wish to return to active duty

Capt. Rafael Barbosa, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran in St. Paul, will return to active duty.
Rudy Ruiz with his four children before he died in December.

Deadline nears for vets to get maximum benefits after exposure to burn pits, other toxins

The benefits can also help survivors of deceased veterans, such as the children of Iraq veteran Rudy Ruiz.
Recreational cannabis on display Tuesday at NativeCare in Red Lake, Minn., the state’s first recreational marijuana dispensary. A second dispensary

Second cannabis dispensary opens on tribal land in Minnesota

As Minnesota works on licensing, tribal nations can sell cannabis after law went into effect Aug. 1.
Red Pine Estates in Bemidji.

'We were kicked to the curb.' Elderly, disabled tenants of evacuated Bemidji apartments seek affordable housing

More than half of tenants evacuated a week ago due to "structural integrity" issues are still looking for affordable housing in a region starved of it.
Concerns of 'structural integrity' prompt Bemidji to evacuate apartment building

Concerns of 'structural integrity' prompt Bemidji to evacuate apartment building

City officials said those who didn't need to be inside the building must stay out "due to concerns of added load to the structure."
Lance Zaal during his most recent trip to Ukraine in June.

For Twin Cities ghost-tour operator, trips to help Ukraine are about leaving imprint on others

Lance Zaal loves the history in the stories his ghost tour guides tell. It prompted him to think more of his own legacy.
Moorhead is hitting the reset button on entire downtown

Moorhead is hitting the reset button on entire downtown

The city across the river from Fargo is tearing down a mall to rebuild a downtown in hopes of drawing residents and fostering lively streets.
Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, the medical director of Children’s Minnesota Gender Health program, will be the grand marshal of this month’s Twin Citie

Twin Cities Pride organizers celebrate trans youth amid national debate

Gender clinic doctor to serve as grand marshal of parade in show of support.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke about the DOJ investigation Friday, June 16, 2023 Minneapolis, Minn. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland,

Results of federal investigation into Minneapolis police met with hope, skepticism

The question on many people's minds is whether the eventual consent decree will prompt meaningful change.
A former manager of the Harvard Medical School morgue has been charged with trafficking of human remains.

Owner of White Bear Lake tattoo parlor charged with trafficking body parts

Matt Lampi was among six people indicted in the federal case.
Students study Chinese at Sēn Lín Hú, Concordia Language Villages’ Chinese village, at its longtime location at Maplelag Resort north of Detroit

After resort fire, Concordia Language Villages weighs permanent home for Chinese program

A fire at Maplelag Resort has temporarily moved the school's Chinese Language Village to Moorhead.
More than 80 years after Pearl Harbor, a Minnesota sailor comes home

More than 80 years after Pearl Harbor, a Minnesota sailor comes home

Remains of 20-year-old Glenn Cyriack, of Lake Benton, were buried in a family plot.
St. Thomas Academy cadets and volunteers help assemble a 3/4 scale of the Wall That Heals that contains 58,281 names of Vietnam Veterans who died in c

54 years after his father's plane crashed in Laos, Minneapolis man still searches for answers

In a pre-Memorial Day ceremony, Chris Walsh will tell the story of his father, Richard Ambrose Walsh III, an Air Force pilot shot down during the Vietnam War.
Ellie Krug, a newly elected school board member in Eastern Carver County schools who is one of eight transgender school board members nationwide, gave

Trans woman Ellie Krug changes hearts from unlikely place: a suburban Minnesota school board

Krug bridges the nation's heated gender debate with a deceptively simple strategy: human familiarity.
Military improving policies for new mothers

Military improving policies for new mothers

Recruiting and retention become top priorities as the military competes with near-record low unemployment.
A small memorial was at the scene where Kaitie Leising was shot Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2023 outside Glenwood City, Wisc. Kaitie Leising, a 29-year-o

Suspect dead after Wisconsin deputy's killing had extensive criminal history

Jeremiah D. Johnson was on supervised release following a years-long prison stint for two felonies: kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct.
Shake Ekman gives a tour to students from St. Michael-Albertville High School on April 26, 2023. Shane Ekman has a job with AVA, a modular housing man

Helping Minnesota veterans transition to civilian careers

One man's journey — adrift a year ago, now recruiting other vets — illuminates challenges and successes of looking for civilian jobs.
Mark Schultz, a volunteer firefighter with the Grandin-Gardner Fire Department north of Fargo, rescues 10-month-old Olivia Clark Thursday evening from

N.D. firefighters rush to rescue after family's SUV slides into flooded ditch

After weather conditions turned quickly north of Fargo, the traveling family found themselves in a desperate situation.
White-tailed deer foraged on the surface of the Red River in downtown Fargo, North Dakota Friday, March 24, 2023. A heavy winter of snowfall has Fargo

Fargo area hoping for a routine spring after severe flooding of years' past

The region has undertaken a slew of mitigation measures to protect from the Red River of the North.
Former Bagley school resource officer pleads guilty in sex abuse cases

Former Bagley school resource officer pleads guilty in sex abuse cases

Neil Henry Dolan, a former Clearwater County sheriff's deputy, already is serving a sentence in an earlier case.
Glenn Douglas Perry

Western Wisconsin towns mourn 2 slain police officers

Some 95 law enforcement vehicles, lights flashing but sirens off, accompanied the two flag-draped coffins to a local funeral home.
Longtime Fairmont city attorney temporarily suspended from practicing law

Longtime Fairmont city attorney temporarily suspended from practicing law

Discipline comes after attorney never made charging decision in more than 135 criminal cases.
Internationally acclaimed nature photographer Jim Brandenburg.

Minnesota briefs: Southern Minnesota town unveils grain bin rescue response trailer

Plus: Jim Brandenburg earns award from National Geographic; MnDOT to host meeting on upcoming Highway 10/23 project.
Cadet with Minnesota ties is living her dad's West Point dream

Cadet with Minnesota ties is living her dad's West Point dream

A football injury Erik Holmstrom suffered at Duluth's Denfeld High School kept him out of the service.
Beverly Cottman, Minneapolis teacher and storyteller, has died

Beverly Cottman, Minneapolis teacher and storyteller, has died

Auntie Beverly shared Black culture.
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Herke wrote to staff about the staffing changes at the Hastings Veterans Home.

VA officials face questions over allegations at Hastings facility

A Senate committee hearing Tuesday — over allegations that a toxic workplace environment has hurt veterans' care — comes after two officials were relieved of their duties over the weekend.
20 years later, Iraq war resonates with Minnesotans who deployed

20 years later, Iraq war resonates with Minnesotans who deployed

The war also changed the role of the National Guard, from a strategic reserve force typically used for domestic emergencies to a force regularly called up for overseas deployments.
Minnesota briefs: New UMD report suggests larger incentives for film industry

Minnesota briefs: New UMD report suggests larger incentives for film industry

Plus: April 1 deadline for philosophy contest entries; Twin Cities-based LGBTQ mentoring program expanding to St. Cloud.
Sara Hernandez, right, reads a bible verse to Geholmin and her one month old baby Ariadnee as they arrive for a weekly visit to Helping Hand Pregnancy

Minnesota's pregnancy resource centers under microscope in abortion debate

The centers are at risk of losing state funding in the aftermath of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Sisoka Duta, a Dakota language teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota, teaches his class on campus in Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday, Feb.

Saving the Dakota language, and saving a worldview

A teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota serves as project director for the first comprehensive Dakota-language dictionary app.
Deonté Haynes spends the day with his three younger children (from the left) Deonté Jr., 6, Alex, 8, and Jalei, 8, after he took the day off from wo

This again? 2023 blizzard lockdown brings déjà vu from 2020 COVID lockdown

A few days stuck at home during a historic snowstorm? Piece of cake.
Minnesota briefs: Tribes receive more than $1 million to improve roads on reservations

Minnesota briefs: Tribes receive more than $1 million to improve roads on reservations

Duluth police department forms Behavioral Health Unit.
Norwegian Home Guard member Pvt. Henrikke Iversen, center, works with fellow Home Guard members during training on combat lifesaving techniques from m

At Camp Ripley, Minnesota National Guard trains Norwegian soldiers in life-saving combat medicine

The training was part of a longstanding exchange with the Norwegian Home Guard.
Amanda Barbosa stops in the chemotherapy wing at Mayo hospital to take a breather and look outside as she waits for her husband Rafael, in Rochester,

As wife lobbies for colonoscopy bill, Army vet battles cancer while on religious pilgrimage

Amanda Barbosa will be Sen. Amy Klobuchar's guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Norwegian Home Guard member Pvt. Henrikke Iversen, center, works with fellow Home Guard members during training on combat lifesaving techniques from m

Minnesota and Norway celebrate a half-century of military connection

Norwegian troops will be in the state to train, while leaders officially recognize the partnership.
Loons on Lake Elora in northern Minnesota.

Minnesota briefs: New tool provides water health information for thousands of Minnesota lakes

Plus: St. Louis County Sheriff's Office launches crime-mapping site; USDA pursuing applications to improve rural transportation.
Memphis Grizzlies players bowed their heads in a moment of silence to honor Tyre Nichols ahead of their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday

For Black Minnesota leaders and activists, Memphis death recalls trauma of 2020

George Floyd's death less than three years ago informs how Black Minnesotans are digesting the nuances of the death in Memphis.
Minnesota prosthetics project for Ukrainian soldiers seeks to be 'lights in this world'

Minnesota prosthetics project for Ukrainian soldiers seeks to be 'lights in this world'

The donation-funded Protez Foundation has been flying groups of Ukrainians to the Twin Cities for treatment since summer.