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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, particularly focused on long-form storytelling, controversial social and cultural issues, and the shifting politics around the Upper Midwest. He started at the paper in 2019.


A graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, Forgrave's career has spanned the gamut, from a national sportswriter and national magazine writer to chronicler of small-town stories in Iowa and the Mississippi Delta. Prior to the Star Tribune, Forgrave worked at CBSSports.com and CBS Sports HQ and FOXSports.com and Fox Sports 1. He's worked for several newspapers around the country, most recently The Des Moines Register, and has written long-form stories for The New York Times Magazine, GQ and Sports Illustrated, among others. His first book, based on a piece he wrote for GQ, was published in 2020. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.
Recent content from Reid Forgrave
At the Great American Think-Off, David Lapakko of Richfield debates the question, "Is freedom of speech worth the cost?" He said no, arguing that onli

In a small Minnesota town, America's divisiveness meets its match: Civil debate

A couple of weeks before President Biden debates Donald Trump, people in New York Mills, Minn., came together to debate free speech.
People raise painted red hands at a Minneapolis City Council meeting in January that debated a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas

Warring words, ejections and lawsuits: Why can't local governments work together?

Recent incidents on city councils and boards across the state show how the rancor of D.C. has infected local politics.
Greyson Leo Phillips sleeps in his incubator about a month after his birth in Brazil, surrounded by his parents and sister.

Minnesota family getting documentation to bring premature baby home from Brazil

Greyson Leo Phillips was born in Brazil on March 12, three months premature. His family has only now secured his Brazilian birth certificate, an important hurdle in finally coming home.
Army Sgt. Maj. Jason Rost awards a Purple Heart to Earl Meyer, 96, a retired farmer who was wounded in the Korea War but never received a Purple Heart

73 years after he was wounded in Korea, Minnesota man receives his Purple Heart

Earl "Sonny" Meyer, age 96, of St. Peter, received an honor the U.S. Army calls "long overdue."
Greyson Leo Phillips sleeps in his incubator about a month after his birth in Brazil, surrounded by his parents and sister.

Stuck in Brazil with premature baby, Minnesota family fights bureaucracy to return home

Cheri Phillips wasn't yet six months pregnant when she made the trip. The family has been stuck in Brazil since her son's premature birth March 12.

School sex abuse victim uses his tragedy to close gap in law

Lincoln Singh and his family are lobbying the Minnesota Legislature to require parental notification when students are unexpectedly pulled out of class.
Bridgette Norring speaks with Hastings High School students about how her son, Devin, bought a pill that killed him.

Hastings mom is on a mission after son's fentanyl death

The Hastings family is among 64 nationwide suing Snapchat, alleging that dealers use the app as a marketplace.
Earl Meyer with daughters Cindy Meyer (left) and Barb Wright (right) Not pictured is daughter Sandy. Since COVID started, Earl "Sonny" Meyer has repla

73 years later, St. Peter man finally getting Purple Heart

Earl "Sonny" Meyer's family and attorney have been battling bureaucracy for years to recognize his Korean War injury.
Steve Boyd said he’s running for his first political office because he believes the GOP and Congress need more outside voices.

In heated western Minn. GOP congressional primary, outsiders challenging incumbent

U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach has a solidly conservative voting record. But Steve Boyd, a Christian conservative who has never held public office, is gaining traction as an outsider.
Rose Hegerle, director of veterinary services at Tri-County Humane Society, examines one of the 93 cats transported from a residence in Crosby on Thur

St. Cloud animal shelter looking to reunite 94 Crosby-area cats with owners

The cats were found in a Crosby home and will go up for adoption Wednesday after mandatory five-day waiting period.
Kathy Ware calms son Kylen, 29, as he is secured to a stander as part of his physical therapy at their South St. Paul home. The stander helps Kylen, w

Assisted suicide in Minnesota? Critics point to Canada as cautionary tale.

Proposed medical aid in dying legislation promises to be an ongoing issue in Minnesota, where some in the disability community fear being devalued or coerced.
Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi cross-examined witness Owen Peloquin in Hudson, Wis., on Monday.

Nicolae Miu's attorneys suggest victims provoked fatal Apple River stabbing

The 54-year-old Prior Lake man is charged with homicide and faces life in prison; the sixth day of his trial opened with his attorney questioning a friend of the victims about whether they prompted the attack.
Taylor Richardson, left, smiles as her mother Ruth Richardson, executive director of Planned Parenthood North Central States, center, holds her grandd

New Planned Parenthood CEO says real issue is fairness, health equity

Ruth Richardson, the new president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States, must navigate big differences in Minnesota and neighboring states.
"I'm not afraid of death, but I am afraid of how I will die," Nancy Uden told lawmakers. Uden has glioblastoma, a devastating form of brain cancer wit

A tumor in her brain, she wants the option to die peacefully — before it's too late

As the Legislature debates a bill on medical aid in dying, also called assisted suicide, a Corcoran woman with terminal brain cancer fears an ugly death.
Lives of fallen Burnsville police and firefighter celebrated in multi city ceremony

'Nothing could be more honorable': Fallen Burnsville police, firefighter mourned in massive ceremony

Thousands attended in person and watched the livestream sending off the first responders.

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Otter Tail County bull attack ends in death

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Remains of 20-year-old Glenn Cyriack, of Lake Benton, were buried in a family plot.

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

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.

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

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

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.