Deena Winter

Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs. Before joining the staff of the Reformer in 2021 she was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She and her husband have a daughter, son, and very grand child. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog, garden and attempt to check out all the best restaurants in the metro area.

House panel considers 3 bills that would strictly regulate ‘forever chemicals’

By: - January 31, 2023

A House panel took up three bills Tuesday that would more strictly regulate a group of chemicals that have been made by Maplewood-based 3M since the 1950s. 

Right to Life targets lawmakers — literally — with gonzo journalist tactics

By: - January 27, 2023

A Minnesota anti-abortion group posted a video of pro-abortion rights lawmakers with a bullseye on the screen — as if putting them in a rifle’s crosshairs — before confronting them at the state Capitol.

Lawmakers announce bills that would crack down on ‘forever chemicals’ made by 3M

By: - January 24, 2023

Minnesota lawmakers announce legislation that would crack down on chemicals made by 3M that have contaminated drinking water for thousands of Minnesotans.

Police licensing board gets green light on new rules for law enforcement

By: - January 24, 2023

The chief administrative law judge has approved groundbreaking new rules governing police licensure and conduct proposed by a Minnesota licensing board.  The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST Board, is on its way to being able to take cops off the street for misconduct even if they haven’t been convicted of a crime or disciplined by their police department. 

Governor proposes $300 million for public safety, $1.5 billion for housing 

By: - January 23, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz said Monday that his budget proposal will include over $300 million that would go to cities and counties for public safety.

Lawmakers rush to introduce bills cracking down on 3M chemicals so cancer victim can testify

By: - January 23, 2023

Minnesota lawmakers plan to introduce several bills cracking down on certain chemicals, rushing to hold hearings so that a young Woodbury woman who is dying of cancer can testify. Maplewood-based 3M has made PFAS chemicals since the 1950s, but failed for decades to report to regulators and scientists that they could be toxic to humans, animals and the environment. 

Minnesota was part of quiet $32 million nationwide campaign to push back on election deniers

By: - January 18, 2023

The right-wing Trumpists who said the 2020 election was rigged and sought to take control of election administration across the country — including here in Minnesota — received unending attention before the midterms.  They were shadowed, however, by a Democratic-affiliated opposition coalition — backed by secret donors — who were working quietly to counteract the election deniers. 

The election changed the politics of crime; criminal justice reformers back on the rise

By: - January 9, 2023

The November election scrambled the politics of crime in Minnesota. Republican campaigns were hyper-focused on the issue, which followed years of rising violent crime and frequent — and at times sensationalist — media coverage. Democrats ran the table in November anyway.    A legislative session that many expected to focus on tougher criminal penalties and lots of […]

Minneapolis voting rights attorney lays out DFL plan for election reform

By: - January 5, 2023

Rep. Emma Greenman says the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will try to pass legislation to strengthen voting rights, shine a light on dark money saturating elections and protect election workers who have been under increasing scrutiny amid often baseless election fraud suspicions.

Minnesota averages 30 deaths per year during law enforcement encounters

By: - January 3, 2023

A new Minnesota Department of Health report found 177 fatalities occurred during law enforcement service calls and encounters from 2016 to 2021 — an average of 30 deaths per year.

Election deniers and skeptics are still skeptical, even after many worked the polls  

By: - January 3, 2023

Minnesota Republicans recruited thousands of volunteers to work the polls during the November election, with the hope that having more eyes would help them win the prize. But many remain skeptical.

Former Minneapolis police officer charged with assaulting Jaleel Stallings

By: - December 28, 2022

The attorney general filed an assault charge Wednesday against one of the Minneapolis police officers involved in beating Jaleel Stallings after the St. Paul man fired at a SWAT team that was driving around firing 40mm marking rounds — or rubber bullets — at curfew violators in the days after George Floyd’s police murder. Justin Stetson, 34, was charged with third-degree assault.