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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 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
With new loft apartments, more ethnic businesses and entertainment options, and a new park in the not-so-distant future, Faribault’s downtown histor

As Faribault has grown, its historic downtown has undergone a renaissance

City has new loft apartments, businesses, entertainment options and a pending park project.
The Rev. Ed Treat was a Lutheran pastor in Bloomington when he realized his new calling. He founded the Center of Addiction and Faith, which attempts

For addicts, a spiritual renewal

The Rev. Ed Treat knows firsthand the struggles of addiction. He founded the Center of Addiction & Faith to foster honest talk about both.
Dawanna Witt, a major in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, will receive the Black History Month Excellence in Law Enforcement Award in a virtual

Hennepin County sheriff's major wins national award for Black law enforcement officials

Dawanna Witt, who supervises the courts and jail, is one of eight recipients of national law enforcement award.
A foot bridge on a hiking trail at Beaver Creek Valley State Park in southeastern Minnesota.

Body found in burned car at southeast Minnesota state park

Officials are still working on identifying the remains.
Thomasina Petrus, a Twin Cities actor and jazz vocalist, performed “Billie and Me,” a Billie Holiday tribute show, at Zumbrota’s State Theatre i

Zumbrota theater celebrates 100 years of community

The century-old State Theatre in this small town north of Rochester has bucked all the trends.
Adam Wiltgen, the Anderson Center’s development director and residency coordinator, and Joe Loer, the organization’s property and finance director

Restored water tower near Red Wing underscores arts center's history, vitality

The Anderson Center's famed water tower off Hwy. 61 recently got a spruce-up.
Bob Van Bergen held a portrait of his grandfather Pvt. Albert A. Van Bergen from 1918 while his cousin Jen Moeller cradled the Purple Heart that Alber

For Shakopee man, grandfather's long lost WWI Purple Heart is best Christmas present

Stolen medal was missing for five decades.
Police tape on Monday marked the Moorhead home where seven people died on the city’s south side.

Grief, unease follow Moorhead tragedy that killed seven

As speculation emerged about about carbon monoxide poisoning, police and leaders stressed that the investigation continued while awaiting lab results.
Chris and Kelsey Waits with Kit, 8, in the family’s Hastings home. A conservative group opposed to masks in Hastings public schools went after schoo

For family of trans child, idyllic life in Hastings is no more

A school board election turned nasty when a kid was brought into politics. That was the Waits family's worst nightmare.
Hamline University Prof. Jillian Peterson studied the lives of death-row inmates at Rikers Island and authored a three-year federally funded study und

Two Minnesota professors have devoted their careers to researching mass shooters

What they've discovered is that mass shooters aren't monsters, and there's no easy solution to this uniquely American problem.
Mary Kay Thomas

Former Marshall principal filed civil rights lawsuit against district

Longtime middle school principal claims uproar over LGBTQ flag led to suspension, reassignment.
A member of the Minnesota National Guard stood guard by the State Capitol in St. Paul on May 29, 2020.

For Minnesota National Guard, past two years have been relentless

Between civil unrest after George Floyd's murder to frequent COVID-related activations, this has been the Minnesota National Guard's busiest time ever for state active duty.
The Link’s CEO Beth Holger, left, Kesha Bradford, the housing and support services director, center and Angel Otis, unloaded Thanksgiving donations

$2.5 million Bezos grant will fight family homelessness in north Minneapolis, metro area

The Link, a nonprofit founded three decades ago by two former Minnesota Vikings, recently received the biggest single donation in the group's history.
Thomas Scott laughed as he told a story of how he caught his youngest son pretending to put a prosthetic leg on while getting dressed.

Minnesota veteran badly wounded in Afghanistan finds calling helping others

Thomas Scott, who lost a leg in Afghanistan, runs a business that helps people who've been badly injured live independently.
“No one listens to you  when you’re poor.” Sarah Brakebille-Hacke, now a Yale grad

Minnesota woman went from homeless in Rochester to the Ivy League

She once lived in her car. Now she's studying at Oxford and hoping to become an international human rights lawyer.
Silver Donald Cameron

Review: "Blood in the Water," by Silver Donald Cameron

A Canadian author's swan song uses a renowned local murder to ask big questions about neighbors and society.
Darlene Bertke looked over her ballot while voting Tuesday at Franklin Middle School in north Minneapolis.

At George Floyd Square, hopes for major change in Minneapolis policing fade with the darkness

Polling numbers heading into Election Day showed a city divided about the future of public safety.
For generations, this funeral home has been the shepherd of Black grief in Minneapolis

For generations, this funeral home has been the shepherd of Black grief in Minneapolis

Funeral director Tracy Wesley has buried Jamar Clark, George Floyd and Daunte Wright. It's the names you don't know that now trouble him.
Command Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Erikson

First woman named state command chief of Minnesota Air National Guard

Command Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Erikson's 32-year military career has seen a wide variety of experiences.
The flames from the crash were visible to MnDOT traffic camera on Interstate 35W near Lake Street on Saturday night.

1 dead in fiery crash at new 35W Metro Transit station

It appeared that a car hit the new bus station and burned. By 8:15 p.m., the fire was out.
A DVS exam station in Arden Hills, shown in May 2020 when it and 15 others reopened. An estimated 200 people were waiting in line in Arden Hills that

All Minnesota driver's testing stations to be open by end of January

Just a few of the sites have been reopened during the pandemic.
Lt. Col. Jake Helgestad

Minnesota Guard commander details mission to evacuate Afghan refugees

Twelve days at the Kabul airport were a sleepless time of never knowing if, or when, their security mission could turn deadly.
Allina’s surgery center at the West Health medical campus in Plymouth.

Allina's Plymouth nurses to begin 3-day strike Sunday

50 expected to be on picket lines stressing work hardships during pandemic.
First Sgt. Abraham plays catch with an Afghan refugee child where Afghans are living temporarily at Ft. McCoy U.S. Army base.

Veterans ask public to help Afghans who helped them

Navy veteran Art delaCruz felt a lot of emotions as the U.S. military pulled out of Afghanistan this summer, but strongest among them was a…
A C-130 aircraft carries service members back to Minnesota after a deployment in the Middle East in March 2020. These planes often fly over the Twin C

Why do military cargo planes regularly fly in pairs over the Twin Cities?

The large aircraft with four propellers are easy to distinguish from passenger air traffic.
Project Got Your Back connects Minnesota veterans with other vets for mentorships to help navigate the complex world of veterans’ benefits and resou

Minnesota military vets hit 100 miles of trail in support of fellow veterans

With packs and a banner, they raise funds for Project Got Your Back
A Marine sergeant set free two baskets full of doves at the 9/11 Day of Remembrance ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday.

9/11 remembered in St. Paul, with a look to lessons learned and hope for future

The state observed the 20th anniversary with a tolling bell, speeches, patriotic songs and a miliary flyover.
Mariah Jacobsen with her twin daughters outside their home in Northfield, Minn. Years after the 9/11 attack Jacobsen learned her birth father was Tom

Twenty years later, 9/11 stirs deeply personal emotions

Two women who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath pledge to use the tragedy to make the world a better place.
Minneapolis Public Schools are facing a bus driver shortage like other districts such as Stillwater, which sued its provider for breach of contract be

Stillwater sues, St. Paul turns to transit amid bus driver shortage

St. Paul ready to ask some high-schoolers to take Metro Transit.
Emily Berg is a crew chief on the same Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules planes that her father, Sr. Master Sgt. Corey Berg, once maintained

20 years ago, a day of terror brought decades of war for these Minnesotans

The events of 9/11 changed these five military members' lives.
Kamau Franklin at the Wendy’s site where Rayshard Brooks was killed by Atlanta police. The restaurant was burned down.

In Atlanta, a call to transform policing

In the rare American city with a majority Black police department, crime is the top issue in November's mayoral election, and the city's political discussion remains charged.
Paul Davis was in Afghanistan in 2012 with the First Marine Division. He says it’s heartbreaking to see what’s happening in Afghanistan and also p

Minnesota vets say U.S. pullout of Afghanistan is heartbreaking but predictable

War-weary Afghans have been waiting out armies and foreign regimes for thousands of years.
Whether the owner will rebuild the burned-out Clinton Grain Elevator is now up to its insurance company. Farmers are diverting loads to Graceville, 7

Future of town's grain elevator up in the air

'Too early to tell' on rebuilding after fire, general manager says
Mike McElhiney, the chief of staff at the MDVA, lost an arm in 2001 in Afghanistan. This weekend, he’ll be awarded the DAV Disabled Veteran of the Y

Disabled Minnesota veteran honored with national award

Lying in a hospital bed in Germany, Mike McElhiney wasn't thinking about the arm that got blown off below the elbow or the wound carved…
Salvage crews and volunteer firefighters cleaned up what was left of the grain elevator in Clinton, Minn., on Monday, July 26.

Grain elevator fire leaves Clinton asking, what comes next?

With the blaze contained, residents weighed painful long-term question: Would the owner rebuild? And if not, what would it mean for the future of Clinton, where so much depends on farmers hauling their grain to town?
Nisswa native Samantha French, an internationally acclaimed figurative painter, came back to her hometown with her longtime partner and collaborator,

N.Y. artist returns to Nisswa to paint mural celebrating Minnesota summers

Nisswa native Samantha French paints mural during visit home.
Jessi and Tom McKenna, co-founders of Every Third Saturday, and Jon Engfer, program director, stood on the corner of what will become the new headquar

New Minneapolis veterans center aims to fight 'lethal absence of hope'

If there's a message from Every Third Saturday's new headquarters near the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, it is this: There still is hope.
William H. Melville’s remains were interred Friday morning.

Mourned by nieces who never knew him, long-missing WWII soldier buried at Fort Snelling

They only knew Uncle Billy from letters and stories. After 77 years, his family welcomed him home.
A mural commissioned by Laura Murvartian, center, with her parents, celebrates the welcoming arms that the immigrant felt growing up in St. James, Min

Woman who immigrated as a child thanks her Minnesota hometown with mural

St. James welcomed her family from Mexico a generation ago
Outside the Hennepin County Government Center, during a brief recess in Derek Chauvin’s sentencing people shouted George Floyd’s name Friday in Mi

Chauvin's sentencing sparks relief but also resolve to keep fighting injustice

Activists who pushed for retribution said they felt a sense of justice by the rare punishment of an officer. But not everyone was satisfied with the sentence.
Veteran Austin Timm, of Sartell, with wife, Crystal

Edge4Vets helps military members transfer valuable skills to the civilian workforce

The jobs preparation program teaches veterans to identify skills from their military career and use them to get civilian jobs.
Getatchew Haile

Getatchew Haile, renowned Ethiopian philologist and beloved St. John's professor, dies at 90

He was remembered as a warm, sentimental, joyful man whose nose stayed in the books but whose heart was geared toward adventure and the big questions of life.
Police were at this location in Minneapolis on a report of body parts found.

Body parts in northeast Minneapolis prompt homicide investigation

Officers responded after a person reported finding a leg covered in plastic behind the Ukrainian Event Center, according to emergency dispatch audio.
SHARI L. GROSS • Bryan Piatt met end-of-life grief therapist Kelly Grosklags while working at KARE-11. Together, they cr

Duo teams up to give patients time, tools and tenderness to talk about death

A powerful thing that came out of their time together was an educational film for medical providers on how to have difficult end-of-life conversations.
Wooden pallets, a fist sculpture and other items blocked the entrance to George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on Friday, a day after the city cleared ba

It's 'business as usual' at George Floyd Square despite the city's reopening efforts

City workers removed barriers at 38th and Chicago on Thursday, but occupiers have reblocked the area.
A deer crashed through the nurse’s office, before making its way into the main hallway and out the front door.

In Roseau, Minn., school's out for summer, but a deer wanted in

A doe crashed through the school nurse's office to cap what had already been a year like no other.
Mayor Jacob Frey, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and City Council Member Alondra Cano, along with representatives of The Agape Movement, p

Contracted with the city, community group Agape Movement made the call on reopening George Floyd Square

The organization, which has handled security at George Floyd Square, has also walked Minneapolis neighborhoods to commune with businesses and neighbors to deter crime.
Ali Tennant, center, placed candles around an angel painted on the sidewalk at George Floyd Square during a daylong celebration on Tuesday to commemor

'Living memorial': Minneapolis, world remember George Floyd

Memorials and protests cropped up around the globe a year after Floyd's death. Despite the grim nature of the anniversary, many who gathered in Minneapolis said there were reasons to celebrate.
On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, there was a celebration of his life at the Salvation Army Harbor Light, where he once worked, finishing

Day marks celebration, mourning in Minneapolis and across country

George Floyd Square was jarred when police responded to call of shots fired at 10 a.m. one block away. One person was treated for a gunshot wound, police said.
Over the past year, artists worldwide have created murals of George Floyd — including these from Kenya, Belgium and Milwaukee — after he was murde

A year after George Floyd's murder, families of those slain by police want lasting change

Family members converged on Minneapolis to implore Americans to turn last year's moment into a sustaining movement for change.
In their own words: Minnesotans on how George Floyd's life and death impacted them

In their own words: Minnesotans on how George Floyd's life and death impacted them

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FILE-Megan Matson, helped her husband, Waseca police officer Arik Matson, walk outside. The couple will be at a community fundraiser in Waseca this we

Waseca holds fairgrounds fundraiser for injured cop

Waseca police officer Arik Matson survived a shot in the head in January 2020, but his recovery continues.
Rep. Ryan Winkler, shown in 2020. Winkler carried a House bill to fund the Veteran Resilience Project.

Group tackling veterans' mental health hopes to expand with state help

An earmark in the state budget could expand a much-lauded therapy.
Paul Bunyan suffered a broken arm at his home on the shores of Lake Bemidji.

Famous Paul Bunyan statue in Bemidji has a broken arm

The Bemidji roadside attraction will undergo repairs after arm cracks. Babe is reported to be ok.
During the trial of Derek Chauvin, Maj. Dawanna Witt, center, made a point of checking in with deputies and talking to protesters outside the courthou

High-ranking sheriff's major sees policing's potential, gaps

Dawanna Witt supervises 500 employees at the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office as the major in charge of the courts and the jail. Many around her hope she helps open the door for change.
At George Floyd Square on Tuesday, people celebrated the convictions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death.

Chauvin verdict seen as moment of victory in a history of injustice

It was far from a unanimous moment of elation, but many racial equality advocates took a moment to soak in what they saw as a rare instance of justice for Black Americans.
Charlotte Kazlauskas watched protesters as they marched in St. Paul’s Grand Avenue neighborhood  on Sunday, April 18, to bring attention to Daunte W

Community on edge as jury deliberates in Chauvin trial

On the day that jurors began deliberations in the Derek Chauvin trial, watched around the globe, Facebook declared Minneapolis a "high-risk location" and said it would remove posts that incite violence or celebrate Floyd's death.
Rachel Nelson, with Twin Cities Relief, hauled a few boxes of food which would be served to community members at a barbecue outside the Kenyan Communi

At Brooklyn Center food giveaway, kindness and humanity come first

"If you're angry and you haven't eaten, you're super-angry," said the organizer.
Chyna Whitaker embraced her son, Daunte Wright Jr., during a press conference addressing the death of Daunte Wright Friday. ] AARON LAVINSKY • aaron

Mother of Daunte Wright's toddler son details the family's uncertain future

Lawyer says family seeks both justice and change.
People protested Thursday near the Brooklyn Center Police Department in response to the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.

Noor case raises questions about charge for ex-Brooklyn Center cop

Question of intent is key in debate over murder vs. manslaughter
Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, was consoled by attorney Ben Crump during a news conference in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright's attorneys say charges against officer mark progress, but don't go far enough

The attorney for the families of George Floyd and Daunte Wright declared Thursday that while the manslaughter charges against former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim…
Katie Wright, center, the mother of Daunte Wright, was embraced by George Floyd’s girlfriend Courtney Ross, left,before a news conference outside th

Connected by police encounter deaths, Floyd and Wright families embrace in public sorrow

They drew a line connecting their grief, their calls for justice and their calls for reform.
The Rev. Al Sharpton led members and supporters of the Floyd family in prayer outside the Hennepin County courthouse. From left are Terrence Floyd, fo

Civil rights leaders pray with Floyd family outside Chauvin trial

The Rev. Al Sharpton and others also prayed for those traumatized by watching the trial.
Waseca County Deputy Sheriff Doug Gerdts said that he knows there are people who feel they have been treated negatively by law enforcement, but he doe

'Different worlds': Chauvin trial plays differently in rural Minnesota

Small-town Minnesota's relationship with law enforcement affects how Chauvin trial is viewed.
CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein spoke durnig a noon press conference at the Hennepin County Government Center Wednesday March 31, 2021 in M

Outside Derek Chauvin trial, activists call for police reform at Legislature

A coalition of groups blame state lawmakers for failing to act.
Rogen Abdalla, left, and her sister Rawan Abdalla of Minneapolis joined protesters outside the Hennepin County Government Center on March 15.

Chauvin trial marks defining moment in U.S. racial history

What began 10 months ago at the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue has transformed into nothing less than an American reckoning on justice, racial equity, the role of law enforcement and the historical wrongs perpetrated on Black people.
St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson, right, talked with Mahado Ali, a community health worker, and her son Mazin Reda, 7, during a Cop House

St. Cloud police forge community connections with 'COP House'

William Blair Anderson, one of Minnesota's only four Black police chiefs, wants police to be an omnipresent force for good.
Jai Hanson, left, and his father, Sam Hanson.

Minnesota police officer and dad find common ground on race, policing

Police officer, ex-judge work to see eye to eye.
Cpl. Caitlin Weege, a 21-year-old nursing student at Duluth’s Lake Superior College, recently posed for a portrait in front of her home in Duluth.

Minnesota National Guard 'ready' to keep peace for Derek Chauvin trial

Leaders say they'll be ready to protect peaceful protesters at Chauvin trial.
Protesters marched in downtown Minneapolis on the first day of the Derek Chauvin trial.

Peaceful protesters march as Chauvin trial slowed by legal wrangling

The specter of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial hovered over an anxious Twin Cities on Monday as legal proceedings began at the…
Denise Smalley of Chatfield sewed a dress for an Iowa-based nonprofit, Dress a Girl Around the World. Smalley and a group of women at her church have

Southeast Minnesota women sew hope for girls around the world

Chatfield woman nurtures effort to help dress needy children
Axel Theimer gave a virtual hug to about 200 CSB/SJU choir alums who contributed to a surprise virtual choir video Tuesday afternoon at St John’s Un

Students serenade retiring Minnesota professor: 'He helped build a university'

A half-century of students paid a virtual pandemic homage while nearly 100 former faculty and students watched via computer.
Bryce Williams, 26, of Staples held his daughter Kinley Rose, 3, on their way to his basketball league game late last month.

George Floyd protests gave him purpose. But Third Precinct arson plea comes with a price

Bryce Williams found purpose in Floyd protest; now he's paying a price for police station fire.
In this 2011 photo, a welcome sign for Fargo, N.D., sits in the rising floodwaters of the Red River as a flood engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Eng

$2.75 billion Red River diversion project approved

A big administrative hurdle was cleared with the approval of a permit from the Minnesota DNR.
A 2.5 mile skate path along the Warroad River has connected the community during the pandemic.

Warroad, Minn., comes together on a miles-long skate path

The path on the Warroad River has brought the town together, even in this time of isolation.