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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.

Bernie Sanders’ Iowa political director went on to work for Feeding Our Future

By: - October 6, 2022

A former key aide to Bernie Sanders’ Iowa presidential campaign went on to work as a consultant for Feeding our Future, a nonprofit that federal prosecutors say was at the center of the nation’s biggest pandemic relief program fraud. Abshir Omar was also deputy director of a nonprofit that ran six food distribution sites — sponsored by Feeding Our Future — serving 4,000 kids per day.

Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner has repeatedly suggested he saw combat, but he didn’t

By: - October 5, 2022

During his first bid for Congress in 2020, Republican candidate Tyler Kistner repeatedly suggested he saw combat while in the U.S. Marine Corps, despite military records that say otherwise.

Two former Minneapolis officials charged in child nutrition scandal

By: - September 21, 2022

A former senior policy aide to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and former chair of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority — appointed by Frey — were among the 47 people charged Tuesday in connection with what feds say was a scheme to defraud the government — and needy children — of 125 million meals.

Feds charge 48 in $250 million Feeding Our Future fraud

By: - September 20, 2022

The Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges Tuesday against 48 people who allegedly participated in a $250 million scheme to exploit the Federal Child Nutrition Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minneapolis residents question why MPD guards work sites for Michels Corp.

By: - September 20, 2022

Some Minneapolis residents aren’t happy that off-duty Minneapolis police officers are guarding construction sites for a company owned by Tim Michels, a Trump-style Republican who’s running for governor of Wisconsin.

Republican secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett can’t seem to get her facts straight

By: - September 15, 2022

Kim Crockett, the Republican candidate for Minnesota secretary of state, has made a litany of erroneous statements about election administration during her campaign to be the state’s top election official.

Mike Lindell says the FBI seized his cell phone at a Mankato Hardee’s

By: - September 13, 2022

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said the FBI surrounded him and took his cell phone Tuesday while he was in a Mankato Hardee’s drive-through. Lindell said he and a friend were on their way home from duck hunting in Iowa and stopped at the fast-food restaurant when three cars with four FBI agents surrounded his vehicle. […]

Scratch that: Jensen no longer speaking at all-star, anti-vaxxers ‘health freedom summit’

By: - September 13, 2022

About a week after the Reformer reported that GOP gubernatorial nominee Scott Jensen was scheduled to speak at an Alexandria event alongside some of the world’s most prominent anti-vaccine activists, he is no longer listed on the lineup.

Jensen to appear with all-star lineup of anti-vaxxers at Alexandria event

By: - September 1, 2022

Scott Jensen, a Chaska doctor who is the Republican nominee for governor, is scheduled to speak at a “global health freedom summit” in Alexandria on Oct. 1, joined by some of the most prominent anti-vaccine activists in the world. Although Jensen has denied being anti-vaccine, as of earlier this year he wasn’t vaccinated and he […]

Crow Wing County officials approve some of activists’ demands for election changes

By: - September 1, 2022

Crow Wing County officials recently gave a group of persistent election deniers some of what they wanted. The county board voted Aug. 23 to hand-count November election results in twice as many precincts as state law requires in a post-election review — four instead of two.  The board also voted to produce “cast vote records” — which show how election software reads cast ballots — of the 2020 election and August primary,

What happens when federal relief funding for Minneapolis and other cities runs out?

By: - August 29, 2022

The city of Minneapolis will use $81 million in federal pandemic relief to balance its budget over the next two years, and hopes revenue stabilizes to avoid a fiscal cliff when the federal money ends in 2025.

Policing Minneapolis amid a staffing shortage

By: - August 25, 2022

Minneapolis Police officers struggle to cover downtown amid a staffing shortage since George Floyd's police killing two years ago.