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.

Investigation into ‘Storm the Capitol’ rally was closed within a week

By: - January 27, 2022

Last year, the speaker of the Minnesota House promised a broad investigation into a rally at the Capitol in St. Paul where pro-Trump activists lodged violent rhetoric and alleged widespread voter fraud.  But the investigation called for by House Speaker Melissa Hortman petered out within a week, public documents show.

St. Thomas College Republicans express support for white nationalist

By: - January 7, 2022

The St. Thomas College Republicans tweeted support Thursday for a Holocaust denier and white nationalist after he was kicked off GETTR, former President Donald Trump’s new social media platform.

Police chiefs want prosecutors to report when they decide not to file charges

By: - January 6, 2022

Minnesota police chiefs, saying Minneapolis and St. Paul prosecutors are too soft on crime, want state lawmakers to pass a bill requiring county attorneys to report to the Legislature when they decide not to charge felonies.

More than 500 small Minnesota cities opted not to take federal COVID aid

By: - January 5, 2022

Solway is one of 506 small Minnesota towns and cities that opted not to take a piece of a nearly $20 billion federal stimulus pie set aside for small towns across America.

Search warrant: Sheriff initially denied driving SUV when he crashed

By: - January 4, 2022

A search warrant shows Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson repeatedly denied to a sheriff’s deputy that he was driving his squad car when it crashed Dec. 8 on an interstate near Alexandria, even claiming at one point that a cab driver was behind the wheel when it crashed.

MPD oversight board recommends nixing ‘outdated training’ on excited delirium

By: - December 30, 2021

A Minneapolis police oversight board has recommended the police department replace what the board calls “outdated training” about excited delirium, a controversial medical diagnosis that police say can give people “superhuman” strength. 

Police looked into how journalist got photos of Hennepin County sheriff’s wrecked SUV

By: - December 29, 2021

At the request of Hennepin County officials, a Medina police officer investigated how an independent photojournalist got photos of Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson’s totaled, black Ford Explorer he crashed while driving drunk.

Jaleel Stallings, the costs of cops leaving and police alternatives: 2021 in review

By: - December 28, 2021

This year I joined the Reformer full-time, and covered a wide range of stories from the high-profile criminal trials of former police officers Derek Chauvin and Kimberly Potter to COVID in the least-vaccinated county in Minnesota. Much of my attention this year has been focused on the continued fall-out from the police killing of George […]

Jury finds Brooklyn Center Officer Kimberly Potter guilty of manslaughter

By: - December 23, 2021

After nearly two weeks of testimony and about 27 hours of deliberations, a 12-member jury found Kimberly Potter guilty of both first- and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright during an April 11 traffic stop in Brooklyn Center.

Senate DFL investigation finds ‘lack of clarity’ in sexual harassment policy

By: - December 21, 2021

An independent investigation into the Minnesota Senate's handling of a sexual harassment complaint made by a former DFL staffer is now complete, and the findings are prompting the Senate to consider updating its sexual harassment policies. 

Scott Jensen defends appearance with embattled Rep. John Thompson

By: - December 21, 2021

Former state Sen. Scott Jensen is defending his recent joint appearance with embattled Rep. John Thompson.