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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.

Republican lawmakers blame Minneapolis leaders for scathing MPD report

By: - May 18, 2022

Two state House committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss a recent state report that found the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of discriminating against people based on their race. Republicans laid blame at the feet of Minneapolis city officials — virtually all Democrats — while Democrats said it’s time to hold police accountable for misconduct.  

Minneapolis to pay Jaleel Stallings $1.5 million

By: - May 17, 2022

Jaleel Stallings, an Army veteran who was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense after he was charged with shooting at Minneapolis police, has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit against the city for $1.5 million plus costs and attorneys’ fees. 

Chaska doctor, COVID-19 skeptic wins GOP endorsement in governor’s race

By: - May 14, 2022

Chaska family doctor Scott Jensen, who rose to prominence by questioning the scientific community’s consensus about the danger of COVID-19 and the safety of vaccines, won the Republican Party endorsement for governor Saturday in Rochester.

After a slow start, Republicans begin making endorsements

By: - May 14, 2022

After a shaky start — long lines that led to a delayed start followed by a battle over whether to use paper ballots rather than an electronic voting system — Minnesota Republicans got down to business Friday and began their state convention. Videos of riots and burning buildings in the Twin Cities, Democratic Rep. John […]

Leave your flamethrower at home if you’re heading to the state GOP convention

By: - May 13, 2022

Minnesota Republicans may be confident going into the November election, but party officials are apparently expecting the worst at their state party convention this weekend in Rochester. 

Fateh volunteer convicted of lying to grand jury about his handling of absentee ballots

By: - May 10, 2022

A campaign volunteer for state Sen. Omar Fateh of Minneapolis was convicted by a jury Tuesday of lying to a grand jury when he said he returned three absentee ballots for voters, upon their request, during the 2020 primary election. Muse Mohamud Mohamed, 30, was charged in connection with a wider federal investigation into misuse of the absentee ballot “agent delivery” process, which is when voters with health problems or disabilities can have someone deliver their ballot to an election office. 

Court of Appeals denies Freeman’s push to remove judge from all felony cases

By: - May 10, 2022

The Hennepin County attorney was again blocked from trying to remove a judge from all felony cases. The Minnesota Court of Appeals denied the request of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who asked the court to overrule the district judge.

Man accused of lying to grand jury about absentee ballots was volunteer for Sen. Fateh

By: - May 9, 2022

A trial began Monday in which federal prosecutors are seeking to show that a Minneapolis man named Muse Mohamud Mohamed lied to a grand jury about whether three voters asked him to return absentee ballots for them in the August 2020 primary election.  Mohamed, 30, is charged with two counts of lying to a federal grand jury in October 2020 about how he handled absentee ballots during the 2020 primary.

MN GOP will use electronic voting system at state convention despite candidate concerns

By: - May 9, 2022

The chairman of the state Republican Party says despite “concerns and  suggestions,” the party will use an electronic voting system rather than paper ballots at its state convention. More than 2,220 delegates will gather this weekend in Rochester to endorse candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. Some candidates and activists […]

Minneapolis man on trial for lying to grand jury has connections to senator, candidate

By: - May 6, 2022

A Minneapolis man goes on trial Monday, accused of lying to a federal grand jury about how he handled absentee ballots during the August 2020 primary election. A curious and thus far unreported detail about the man, who’s name is Muse Mohamed Mohamed: He has shared an address with members of a newly prominent political family, including the wife of a state senator and another DFL-endorsed state Senate candidate who is likely to win her election this fall. 

The Hennepin County attorney isn’t giving up on striking a judge from all its felony cases

By: - May 4, 2022

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is again trying to get a judge removed from its felony cases, appealing a ruling by the chief judge, who ruled the effort was improper.  Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s office said in a filing that they tried to handle the situation “delicately,” but are now again pushing to remove Hennepin County District Judge William Koch from felony cases due to “troubling demeanor and behaviors.”

A senator was promoted by a nonprofit, then proposed $500,000 in state funding for it

By: - May 2, 2022

Four months after a nonprofit called Somali TV Minnesota — a YouTube channel with 170,000 subscribers — endorsed his campaign, Sen. Omar Fateh introduced a bill that would give the nonprofit a half million dollars in state funding to provide arts and cultural programming.