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Richard Chin

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Phone: 612-673-1775

Richard Chin is a feature reporter with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. He has been a longtime Twin Cities-based journalist who has covered crime, courts, transportation, outdoor recreation and human interest stories.

As a feature reporter, Richard Chin has flown on the Goodyear Blimp, driven the Wienermobile, sunk to the bottom of a lake in a one-man submarine, worn a giant urine specimen cup costume as a mascot for a health care company, rode a vintage Puch at the Sturgis of mopeds and was mistakenly arrested by police hunting for a serial killer. He also spent six weeks in Baghdad during the Iraq war and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.
Recent content from Richard Chin
Abortion rights protesters rallied Saturday, May 14, in St. Paul.

Hundreds rally in St. Paul as part of wave of abortion rights protests

Planned Parenthood gathering seeks to call attention to U.S. Supreme Court's expected move to reverse landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Bride Kelsey Goth gives her 1-year old Cockapoo Winston a kiss on the mouth as she’s held by professional pet attendant Maggie Van Remortel before G

Whom to call if your dog needs a date to your wedding

Pet wedding attendants help your best friend be a part of the big event.
A ghost ad for Gluek’s Beer in Minneapolis featured in the book “Fading Ads of the Twin Cities.”

Fading 'ghost ads' of the Twin Cities are preserved in a new book

Decades-old messages painted on brick walls touting pop, beer, banks and farm implements are an evocative, bygone part of the urban landscape.
Mpls.St.Paul magazine is 50 years old.

50 years of Mpls.St.Paul magazine

The magazine presents a retrospective of its coverage over the decades.
More office workers will become part of the new hybrid workforce.

Becoming a hybrid worker? Here are some suggestions on how to do it

Being in the office only one day of the week won't be the same as the old Monday through Friday grind.
Osmo Vänskä did not take the Minnesota Orchestra on tour to Antarctica, as was announced on April 1, 2019.

Did Minnesota Orchestra conductor really ink $75 million deal to work for Netflix?

Announcement about Osmo Vänskä's plans for streaming shows about Finnish folk legends is another April Fool's Day surprise.
You can test ride a Harley-Davidson e-bike at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

A convention just for e-bikes wheels into Twin Cities

You can test-ride electric bicycles, including one sold under the Harley-Davidson brand.
Jessie Diggins reacts during the Women’s Cross-Country 10K Classic during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the National Cross-Country Skiing Cent

Welcome home celebration set for cross-country skiing champ Jessie Diggins

The public is invited to the event on April 2 in Afton.
Artist Linda Christensen carved Laura Grimm’s bust out of a solid block of butter in the Dairy Building at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. ] ANTHONY

Butter carver confessional: A memoir of the longtime Minnesota State Fair butter sculptor

Linda Christensen carved Big Bird and David Letterman, was on a first-name basis with plenty of princesses and was courted by reality TV.
Jane Becker Nelson Director, Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, with some of the World War II propaganda posters that are part of exhibit at the col

For the first time in 70 years, Nazi propaganda posters on display at St. Olaf museum

The exhibit deals with the ethical questions arising from conserving these wartime artifacts.
Homeowner Alan Peters turned over the signed toilet tank lid to plumber Otto Johnson’s descendant, granddaughter Lynda Bornhoeft, of Big Lake, Thurs

How amateur sleuths solved the mystery of 100-year-old south Minneapolis toilet cover

Plumber Otto Johnson took pride in his work. Homeowner Alan Peters wanted it remembered.
Kermit the Frog (AP Photo/Copyright-Jim Henson Productions, Inc.)

From Green Bay to Green Day, celebrate St. Patrick's Day with our quiz about all things green

This multiple-choice test about our favorite hue at this time of year won't leave you jaded.
Carlos Mendoza

Discouraged from using his Latino name as a pop star, Minneapolis barber never stopped making music

Carlos Mendoza became a Marine, a barber and business owner and Twin Cities musician — all under his own name.
Sally Franson in Stockholm on her way to meet family members for the first time.

A Minnesotan who knew little about her Scandinavian roots won a Swedish reality TV show

Minneapolis writer Sally Franson won small screen fame and a priceless connection to family.
Schnitzel. It’s just one of the many names Minnesotans think of as fun to say. Try it.

Succotash, hubbub and plankton: They're among the words Minnesotans love to say

From blather to bituminous, readers share the words that tickle their ears and minds.
Dr. Michael Joyner poses for a photo in the courtyard of Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus in Rochester. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startr

How a Mayo Clinic human performance expert watches the Winter Olympics

A doctor and sports expert savors the athleticism and artistry in the world-best performances on snow and ice.
Illustrations by Alenka Sottler from “The Original Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest,” by Felix Salten published by Princeton University Pr

Original 'Bambi' was not a children's story, says a Minnesota folklore expert

The novel on which the Disney movie was based dealt with loss, loneliness and racism.
How did we become so sarcastic?

How did we become so sarcastic?

We're so awash in sarcasm that researchers and government agencies are studying it. While it may make us sound smart, it's a tricky way to communicate.
The CDC COVID-19 record card you get with your vaccine is too large to fit in your wallet, yet small enough to be easily misplaced.

How to carry and display your vaccine card

There are several options to for your "plague passport."
Want a low-stress new year’s resolution? Start by vowing to know what day it is.

Want to make a New Year's promise you can keep? Try these 11 Low Effort Resolutions

Need an emotional boost as we head into what could be another tough year? Make a resolution you know you can achieve.
Air Force Lt. Col. Anil Menon, a doctor and a Minneapolis native, was recently selected by NASA as one of their new astronaut candidates.

A high flier from Minnesota is on the path to space

Minneapolis native Anil Menon is a doctor, pilot and an Air Force officer. Now he's going to be an astronaut.
Harry Nordstrom

Harry Nordstrom, longtime Carleton College music professor, dies

He was an accomplished violinist who taught generations of students
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with this festive DIY wreath made from Post-it Notes.

The lazy person's humorous guide to last-minute DIY Christmas gifts

How to save Christmas even if you're a cheap, lazy, inept procrastinator.
Zumbrota resident Alan Seaver with a few of the more than 350 typewriters in his collection.

Minnesota's typewriter fans are still clacking after all these years

The beloved mechanical devices were the original word processors.
St. Paul children’s author Nancy Loewen, left, and friend Linda Hayen have produced a book based on Hayen’s deceased daughter’s idea of an all-i

Minnesota mom turns deceased daughter's kindness into children's book

"The Everybody Club" has this message: "Include everyone, learn and you'll have fun."
The Free Blockbuster video sharing box outside of Heroic Goods and Games in Minneapolis.

Dust off the VCR: Free video lending libraries hit the Twin Cities

Lending boxes called Free Blockbuster are sprouting up in the Twin Cities for people to share DVDs, VHS tapes and nostalgic movie nights.
Get ready to say 'awwww': Winners of the annual Halloween pet costume contest

Get ready to say 'awwww': Winners of the annual Halloween pet costume contest

These cute pets have tricks and treats.
The WeCroak app sends reminders to your phone that you’re going to die.

Make yourself happy by reminding yourself you're going to die

The ancient tradition of thinking about one's mortality comes to the digital age.
Can you craft a very scary pet costume for our Halloween contest?

Submissions for Pet Costume Contest due today

Dress up your pet, snap a photo and enter now
It doesn’t take much more than a little creativity to win the Star Tribune’s pet costume contest

Pet Costume Contest closes soon

Submissions for the annual Halloween treat are due
Enter the Star Tribune Halloween Pet Costume Contest soon

Countdown to the Pet Contest

Don't miss the deadline. Dress your pet now.
Deb Frethem, a tour guide at the caves since April 1998, led a cave tour of the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@star

What is the most haunted place in Minnesota?

Ghost hunters believe many locations across the state are hotspots for paranormal activity.
With a little creativity, your pet could win the Halloween Pet Costume Contest

Enter the Halloween Pet Costume Contest

Dress your pet, win big
Could your pup be as scary (and cute) as this? Enter our contest and find out.

Scare up a pet costume

Outfit your Chihuahau or your chinchilla for Halloween and win
Can your cat be a winner? Enter our pet costume contest and find out

Calling all costume-able pets

It's time for the annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest

Enter your pet, and win!

The Halloween Pet Costume Contest is a chance to show off your pet and your creativity
Some 4,500 runners took part in the Twin Cities Marathon from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Twin Cities Marathon 'was like a big party the whole 26.2 miles'

Among the finishers was St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. He called the race from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol in St. Paul "an emotional victory for the Twin Cities."
A entry in the 2019 Halloween Pet Costume Contest

It's time to enter the Star Tribune Halloween Pet Costume Contest

We're turning Halloween into Howl-oween.
Molly McGee worked on building a Hemnes three drawer nightstand from IKEA for Kirsten Berg on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. She previously built Berg’

Meet the fastest Ikea furniture assembler in the Twin Cities

An ace with an Allen wrench puts together Ikea furniture so you don't have to.
A retired state Supreme Court justice, Alan Page says there’s still work to be done to ensure everybody is treated fairly.

Alan Page on education, criminal justice, bow ties and the love of his life

The former state Supreme Court justice and Vikings star is still trying to make Minnesota a better place.
Jason Larson prepared for a run in south Minneapolis. Shari L. Gross •    ]  Shari L. Gross ??? shari.gross@startribune.

A runner turns the streets of Minneapolis into a puzzle you can solve

A Twin Cities athlete uses his feet and a GPS watch to draw a giant maze in Minneapolis.
A before shot of a collection of a St. Paul bonsai tree hobbyist.

Bonsai tree owners across the Twin Cities are battling tree thieves

The theft of these miniature trees — which can be worth thousands of dollars — is no petty crime.
Gwen Nell Westerman is Minnesota’s new poet laureate.

Mankato English professor named Minnesota's first Native poet laureate

Gwen Nell Westerman has written about Dakota history and language and has won two Minnesota Book Awards.
Curtis Wilson ended up in 11th place out of 25 finalists in the USA Mullet Championships.

Minnesota man comes up short in national mullet competition

An Austin man came in 11th in the USA Mullet Championship. But he'll be back.
Nick Diesslin discovered his talent for tossing pizza dough at a young age.  “I think everyone has a thing in their life,” he said. “This is my

Minnesotan's path to national television: A talent for tossing pizza dough

Nick Diesslin had an unlikely explanation ready when TSA workers asked him why he was trying to get on a plane to Los Angeles with a cooler full of frozen pizza dough.
Curtis Wilson started to grow a mullet about three years ago as a tribute to a great aunt who died of cancer.

You can help crown Minnesota man's mullet the best in the U.S.

Curtis Wilson of Austin is a finalist in the USA Mullet Championships.
John Greene, a University of Minnesota Duluth math professor, went on his lunchtime training walk on Monday, August 16, 2021. Greene is the first pers

How the Twin Cities became the place to go if you're crazy enough to want to walk 100 miles in a day

Ultradistance athletes come here to attempt a rare feat: walking 100 miles in 24 hours.
The Turing Tumble is a mechanical toy that teaches how computers work.

What are the hot new toys for kids? Here are our 4 favorites

From chess boards to fancy putties, the pandemic has put its mark on gifts for kids.
Jean “Jeano” Ticarro

Jean 'Jeano' Ticarro, who escaped Vietnam to become a Twin Cities chef, dies at 74

He headed up kitchens in local hotels, country clubs and at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, where he once moonlighted in an acting role in a musical.
Dr. Michael Joyner in the courtyard of Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus in Rochester.

What a Mayo Clinic doctor sees when he watches the Olympics

A Mayo doctor and human performance expert extracts universal lessons from observing the world's top athletes.
Vaccinated and ready for romance? We offer a lighthearted guide

Vaccinated and ready for romance? We offer a lighthearted guide

If you're nervous about dating again, here are some essential tips.
Paul O’Connor drove a vintage rail car down the North Shore Scenic Railroad from Two Harbors to Duluth. The homely utility vehicles are among the co

Ever want to drive a railroad locomotive? This is the next best thing

Odd-looking utility vehicles allow railroad fans to engineer the ride of their dreams.
Got a scary amount of toilet paper on hand?

Got surplus TP? Maybe you need to make a toilet paper cannon

Here's how to give new uses to the pandemic products you stockpiled. A toilet paper cannon, anyone?
Toilet paper sales are no longer on a roll.

Need masks or sanitizer? No, we don't, either

Masks, hand sanitizer and toilet paper were hot commodities in 2020. Now we have more than we likely need.
Janice, left, and Janet Robidoux trimmed flowers and pulled weeds from their garden.

'Goal-oriented' 86-year-old Minnesota twin sisters have mastered everything from computers to canoeing

If living a full, long life means having a variety of interests and being actively engaged in the world, the Robidouxes are good role models.
Part gesture of respect, part germ spreader, the handshake took a hit during COVID. Will it come back? Should it?Star Tribune illustration / istock

The handshake went on hiatus during the pandemic. Some doctors hope it's gone for good

Part gesture of respect, part germ spreader, the handshake took a hit during COVID. Will it come back? Should it?
St. Paul’s Lake Como was a spring meeting place for the Twin Cities Race Walkers, including Erich Russell, Caitlin Anderson and Karen Swisher

4 walking and hiking clubs in Minnesota to boost your mind and body

Put a little pep in your step by joining a walking group.
Kiddie pools aren’t just for kids.

How Minnesotans can beat the heat in practical and kooky ways

It's hot, and it looks like it's going to stay that way. You can hide out in your basement or get creatively cool.
Robert Brown

Robert Brown, an influential canoe designer from Apple Valley, dies at age 85

Robert "Mississippi Bob" Brown liked boats.He paddled them, sailed them, rowed them and raced them. He built small boats for himself and others by the…
Detail of the Cyclone tribute bike.

Two Twin Cities makers are creating cool engine- and pedal-powered two-wheelers

E-bikes get a cafe-racer motorcycle look when crafted by two Twin Cities builders.
Clifford Jacobson gave a thumbs up before rolling his ball down the court in the Northeast Bocce League play at Beltrami Park. ]  Jerry Holt •Jerry.

Summer in Minnesota means lawn games: Get ready with our slightly sassy guide

For everything from croquet to Wiffle ball, we get you ready to play, look the part and knock back just the right beverage.
Illustration by Brock Kaplan  Star Tribune

Forgotten how to get dressed up during the pandemic? Our guide to the basics

Vaccination rates are going up, mask mandates are slipping away, and our lives are gradually returning to normal. That means we may be returning to the office. Or even going on dates.
Want to stand out in your next Zoom meeting? Try a ruff collar.

Fashion after herd immunity, or what to wear to the post-pandemic party

We'll want to be fancy and comfortable at the same time.
Phillip Marbut Jr. worked one of his favorite spots for magnet fishing at Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park, Minn.

Minnesota's magnet fishers seek sunken treasure, be it antique tools or guns

More Minnesotans are getting hooked on metal fishing, reeling in everything from bottle caps to bicycles.
J.T. Williams taught his daughter Clara,then 4 and dressed as Batgirl for a super hero-themed skating party, how to stay balanced on her new skates at

Roller Garden, St. Louis Park's grand old roller rink, will transform into a gym

The Roller Garden has hosted tennis and polo matches, rock concerts and, soon, gymnasts.
Many readers took pen in hand to craft a limerick.

Need a smile? Read the winners of the Star Tribune Limerick Contest

They're poets and these COVID-themed verses for the Star Tribune Limerick Contest show it.
After 52 years, the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park will close its doors May 8.

After 52 years, St. Louis Park's longtime Roller Garden skating rink will close in May

After more than 5 decades of wheel fun, the Roller Garden will give way to a gym.
The Nordly’s satire can seem plausible. Some people may have believed the headline about a fictitious city plan to build luxury condos on George Flo

Online publication the Nordly makes fun of Minnesota because, well, someone has to

Get your homegrown parody at this Minnesota-based satire news site.
This undated photo released by Christie’s on Thursday, March 11, 2021 shows a digital collage titled “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days,” by an ar

What the heck are non-fungible tokens and why should you care?

Could NFTs be the collecting wave of the future?
ChloeAlexa Landry

ChloeAlexa Landry, movie projectionist and transgender advocate, dies at 80

ChloeAlexa Lawrencia Landry led a richly varied life that ranged from operating movie projectors at the Walker Art Center to making pizzas in Bogota, Colombia.A…
For serious bird watchers, the Sax-Zim Bog in rural St. Louis County is a unique boreal habitat in the U.S. that attracts serious birdwatchers from ar

For American birders seeking rare owls, Minnesota in winter is a hot destination

Birders from around the country flock to Minnesota in winter. Local guides help them spot elusive owls and other rarities.
Need to call someone to unstick a giant ship? Maybe not this guy.

Which superhero should we call if the Suez Canal gets plugged again?

If only we could have unplugged the Suez Canal just by calling a superhero. But which one?
Dan Schmit, Wise Acre executive chef, prepares a Scottish Highland beef burger in a reusable stainless steel container.

Minneapolis restaurants offer takeout food without a side of guilt for using wasteful containers

To-go meals often result in a pile of empty containers. A Minneapolis trio hopes to trim the trash.
Sprout pencils, which contain a seed capsule, can be planted after use. The winning poet will recieve Sprout pencils along with a scarf from the Limer

Get your rhymes ready: it's time to enter the Star Tribune's limerick contest

We're looking for something humorous or amusing that comments on our hoped-for emergence from the pandemic and a return to normalcy.
Seal of approval: The next Sparky, with zookeeper Allison Jungheim, was known as Subee.

Sparky speaks: A Q&A with Minnesota's most famous sea lion

An iconic Minnesota performer will soon be on the stage again.