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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 overdose deaths up sharply last year, driven by fentanyl

By: - October 3, 2022

Minnesota drug overdose deaths hit a record high in 2021, according to provisional data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sharp uptick in fatal overdoses mirrors a pandemic-era trend also seen in other so-called deaths of despair, like suicide and alcoholism. Nearly 1,500 Minnesotans lost their lives to drugs last year, […]

Interest rate hikes send new home payments sharply upward

By: - September 27, 2022

Soaring interest rates, driven by the Federal Reserve’s efforts to tamp down inflation, are sending costs skyrocketing for new homebuyers in the Twin Cities region. With a 20% down payment, the typical home purchase in the area now comes with a nearly $2,000 monthly price tag, almost doubling since 2021 — and that’s before you […]

Minnesota used to be a pioneer on ballot access, but new data suggests that’s no longer the case

By: - September 23, 2022

Minnesota is a high-turnout state, with 80% of the eligible population going to the polls in 2020 – the highest rate in the nation. Traditionally, that’s been explained in part by the relative ease of voting here.  New data comparing states on barriers to ballot access, however, paints a somewhat different picture: After factoring in […]

Minnesotans are drinking themselves to death at an unprecedented rate

By: - September 22, 2022

More than 1,100 Minnesotans died due to excessive drinking in 2021, according to data recently released by the CDC. The number is a record high for the state, representing a doubling of the mortality rate since 2014 and a continuation of a pandemic-era spike in alcohol deaths.  Last year more Minnesotans died of alcohol-induced causes […]

Minnesota gun deaths hit 20-year high

By: - September 19, 2022

The number of Minnesotans dying from gunfire in 2021 rose to the highest level in over 20 years, according to preliminary mortality data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 570 gun deaths in Minnesota last year include 164 homicides, 393 suicides, and 13 additional deaths that were either accidental or of […]

Control of Minnesota Legislature is a toss-up, data show

By: - September 14, 2022

Minnesota Republicans had hoped the usual midterm advantage for the party not in the White House — as well as elevated inflation and violent crime — would translate into majorities in the state House and Senate in November.  Redistricting following the decennial census, however, has given Democrats hope they can hold the House and maybe […]

Minnesota House Republican’s name appears on Oath Keepers membership roster

By: - September 8, 2022

The names of 514 Minnesotans appear in a leaked membership roster of the Oath Keepers, a violent extremist group thought to play a key role in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new report released by the Anti-Defamation League. Among those names: Six law enforcement officers, three members of the […]

Minnesota’s Black marijuana users far more likely to face arrest than white ones

By: - September 7, 2022

Black Minnesotans are nearly five times as likely to be arrested on marijuana charges as white ones, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It’s a disparity that has persisted for years, despite data showing that Black and white residents use cannabis at similar rates. The recent statewide legalization of certain […]

Biden plan could zero out student debt for at least one third of Minnesota borrowers

By: - August 25, 2022

The Biden administration’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 of an individual’s federal student loan debt could completely eliminate the balances of 30 to 50% of Minnesota borrowers, according to federal data. Figures from the Department of Education show that about 781,000 Minnesotans have student loan balances with the federal government. About 228,000 have balances […]

Minnesota law enforcement seized $11 million in assets in 2021

By: - August 19, 2022

In 2021, Minnesota law enforcement agencies took nearly $11 million in cash, vehicles and other property from people who, in many cases, were never convicted or even charged with a crime. That figure comes from the latest annual report on asset forfeiture from the office of the state auditor. Forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies to […]

Twin Cities residents far more likely to die of air pollution than homicide, study finds

By: - August 17, 2022

Air pollution from car exhaust, wildfires and other sources kills over 300 Minneapolis and St. Paul residents annually, according to new estimates from a leading team of air quality researchers. That number has risen in recent years as air quality has slightly deteriorated in the upper Midwest.  The figure is almost certainly an underestimate of […]

New maps trace the geography of crime in Minnesota

By: - August 16, 2022

Republican media figures and political candidates have often attempted to paint the Twin Cities as a hotbed of crime and lawlessness in the wake of the George Floyd protests of 2020. But new data released last week by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension show rising crime is not merely an urban phenomenon. It finds […]