Christopher Ingraham

Christopher Ingraham

Christopher Ingraham covers greater Minnesota and reports on data-driven stories across the state. He's the author of the book "If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now," about his family's journey from the Baltimore suburbs to rural northwest Minnesota. He was previously a data reporter for the Washington Post.

Minnesota cops didn’t take as much cash from people in 2022

By: - September 28, 2023

Minnesota cops took less cash and property from people in 2022 than they did the year prior, according to the latest asset forfeiture report from State Auditor Julie Blaha. “Asset forfeitures are down in Minnesota,” Blaha said at a press conference Thursday morning.  Under state and federal law, police are allowed to seize cash, jewelry, […]

Office of Cannabis Management stumbles out of the gate

By: - September 25, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz’ pick to lead the new Office of Cannabis Management resigned abruptly last week, the day after her nomination was announced, an embarrassing setback for the fledgling agency tasked with overseeing a brand new industry in the state. Late Friday, the Star-Tribune reported that cannabis entrepreneur Erin DuPree had been selling edible products […]

Marijuana entrepreneur named Minnesota pot czar

By: - September 21, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz has named Erin DuPree, a cannabis industry consultant who until recently ran an edible dispensary in Apple Valley, as the first leader of the state agency tasked with regulating the nascent marijuana industry. “With direct experience in Minnesota’s hemp and cannabis industry and over 20 years of success in launching, managing, and […]

Wayzata white supremacists draw attention to hate in Minnesota

By: - September 21, 2023

There are few things more pathetic than a Wayzata white supremacist. But last weekend several such people — hiding behind masks —gathered on a pedestrian bridge over Highway 12. They unfurled banners with slogans like “end white genocide,” “white unity is strength” and “diversity means anti-white.” Wayzata is in Hennepin County, which has a longstanding […]

Telework is here to stay in Minnesota, latest Census data show

By: - September 19, 2023

The share of Minnesotans working from home during the pandemic skyrocketed, from 6.4% in 2019 to 20.9% by 2021. There was some hope — particularly among CEOs, managerial types and commercial landlords — that this was just a one-time disruption that could be reversed via a delicate dance of cajoling, amenity-dangling and threats. Many of […]

Judge dismisses remaining Line 3 charges against Indigenous activists, citing longstanding government mistreatment

By: - September 15, 2023

A Minnesota judge has dismissed misdemeanor criminal charges against Anishinaabeg activist Winona LaDuke and two others accused of disrupting construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project in 2021 while offering a powerful indictment of the prosecution. The decision was accompanied by an impassioned memo from Judge Leslie Metzen citing longstanding concerns over government mistreatment […]

How safe are Minnesota schools? Here’s what the data show

By: - September 14, 2023

Minnesota Republicans continue to criticize Gov. Tim Walz and his allies for refusing to change new legislative language governing how adults are allowed to use force in schools. The new language prohibits school employees — including police known as school resource officers — from using prone restraints on students, or placing them in a face-down position. […]

MN Supreme Court: Weed odor alone doesn’t justify a vehicle search

By: - September 13, 2023

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the odor of marijuana, on its own, does not establish probable cause for police officers to search a car. The ruling came in the case of a 2021 traffic stop in Meeker County where Adam Torgerson was pulled over by Litchfield police for having too many auxiliary lights […]

Violent crime falls, but remains elevated over pre-pandemic levels

By: - September 11, 2023

Violent crime fell sharply in Minnesota last year, with the Twin Cities as well as Greater Minnesota posting fewer homicides and other major offenses, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In the seven-county Twin Cities region, robberies decreased by 18%, homicide by 11%, and rape and aggravated assault were both […]

This labor market just won’t quit: 5 charts on Minnesota’s labor economy

By: and - September 11, 2023

Minnesotans work at higher rates than the nation as a whole. They also are more likely to be in a union and earn more money. “It’s good to live in Minnesota,” said Aaron Sojourner, a labor economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Now is especially a good time, as a labor shortage […]

Do cops actually make schools safer?

By: - September 7, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz is weighing whether to call a special session to address law enforcement concerns over a recently passed ban on putting students in chokeholds and other extreme forms of physical restraint.  Republican lawmakers are urging Walz to act, claiming that the provision effectively outlaws all forms of physical force by police officers in […]

Going to the bathroom at a highway rest stop does not make you a drug trafficker, appeals court rules

By: - September 5, 2023

Have you ever driven a borrowed vehicle? Taken a road trip out of the Twin Cities? Gone to the bathroom at a highway rest stop? Then you may be a drug trafficker, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. That’s how a State Patrol officer justified a drug-sniffing dog search of a car driven by Jeron […]