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Deena Winter is a freelance journalist who has covered state and local government in four states over the past three decades.

Activists say “paramilitary” mall security in Uptown is violating their rights

By: - July 28, 2021

The Seven Points mall in Uptown hired private security contractors to clear out protesters’ memorial garden near a parking ramp where federal agents killed Winston Smith last month, citing increased violence, frequently barricaded streets and literal dumpster fires.  Activists say the private security guards are more like a “paramilitary security force” that they say has […]

Thompson says he won’t resign as Trump supporter wreaks havoc at presser

By: - July 26, 2021

Rep. John Thompson won't resign as Trump supporter disrupts press conference.

Winona LaDuke released from jail after three days amid Enbridge Line 3 protests

By: - July 22, 2021

Ojibwe activist and former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke was released from jail Thursday after her arrest Monday while protesting construction of an oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. She and six other women were sitting together praying on an easement and protesting construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline near Park Rapids […]

Quietly, gradually, George Floyd Square is open to traffic for the first time since his murder

By: - July 22, 2021

On the morning of June 3, there were about as many journalists in George Floyd Square as city workers who were trying to reopen the four-block area to traffic, over the objections of some protesters and residents. The neighborhood had evolved into an “autonomous zone,” an expansive memorial and no-go zone for police after Floyd […]

Thompson says he won’t resign

By: - July 18, 2021

Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, is not going to resign, despite calls from numerous Democratic leaders, including Gov. Tim Walz, following news of domestic violence in his past.

Where do they live? Rep. John Thompson case shows how easy it is for lawmakers to keep address private

By: - July 16, 2021

The controversy swirling around Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, over his July Fourth traffic stop has helped expose a loophole in state law that could allow candidates to evade notice if they don’t live in the district in which they’re running.

Welcome to Todd County, where just 34% of people are vaccinated

By: - July 14, 2021

TODD COUNTY — Behind the deli counter of the Mennonite-run Cherry Grove Market near Browerville, Arla Martin, a 23-year-old Mennonite, wore a long blue, plaid dress, and no mask, even though she hasn’t gotten the vaccine but has had COVID-19. She’s among the 60% of eligible Todd County residents (12 and up) who haven’t gotten […]

St. Paul police release body cam of Rep. John Thompson’s traffic stop

By: - July 13, 2021

The St. Paul Police Department released the body camera footage of Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, during an early morning traffic stop on July Fourth, which shows him accusing the police officer of racially profiling him and informing the officer that he’s a state lawmaker. During the stop, Thompson presented a Wisconsin driver’s license, first […]

Public safety alternatives are untested, viewed skeptically by anti-police activists

By: - July 12, 2021

When Minneapolis public works employees arrived at George Floyd Square on June 3 accompanied by some 30 Black men from the Agape Movement — as Minneapolis police in riot gear waited in the wings blocks away — the scene hinted at the city’s fraught early going experiment with alternative public safety models.  Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and […]

St. Paul police chief says lawmaker owes his officer an apology for alleging racial profiling

By: - July 9, 2021

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell in a social media post on Friday said he is “dismayed and disappointed” by a state lawmaker’s response to being pulled over by an officer on Sunday, saying the traffic stop was justified and not racial profiling. Axtell said his sergeant had every right to pull over state Rep. […]

Homicides in Minneapolis dipped last month, first decline this year

By: and - July 9, 2021

The number of homicides in Minneapolis last month dipped slightly below last June, marking the first time homicides have declined below last year’s monthly numbers. In June 2020  the city recorded 11 homicides. Last month, there were eight, according to the Minneapolis Police Department crime statistics dashboard. Homicides are still up overall this year from […]

Restaurant workers speak: Some are done; others want industry changes

By: and - July 9, 2021

Sophia Bishop, 20, left the food service industry a few weeks ago to work in health care. After doing some restaurant work in college, she was at a Burnsville restaurant for about a year and a half. “For me, basically it was complete chaos,” she said. Mother’s Day 2020 was a disaster, she said, when […]