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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.

Chauvin attorney seeks delay, prospective juror dismissed after city settles with Floyd family

By: and - March 15, 2021

The defense lawyer for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin made a flurry of motions Monday morning in response to an unprecedented $27 million settlement agreement announced Friday with the family of George Floyd, who died under Chauvin’s knee last May.  Defense Attorney Eric Nelson said he was “gravely concerned” about the news, questioning the […]

Nearly half the jury in the Chauvin trial is seated: Here’s who they are

By: - March 12, 2021

By day’s end Thursday, nearly half the jury that will decide the fate of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had been seated.  They will render a verdict on Chauvin, who faces charges of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Jury selection is moving at a much faster pace than expected. Up to three […]

As the Chauvin trial begins, policing in Minneapolis remains largely unchanged

By: - March 9, 2021

As the historic trial of Derek Chauvin begins nearly a year after George Floyd died under Chauvin’s knee, Minneapolis has made some incremental steps to reform its police department and shift money away from traditional law enforcement to prevention.  But aside from those relatively minor changes, the city’s public safety agenda is mired in bitter […]

Bipartisan effort would end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid tickets

By: and - March 2, 2021

On a recent Friday night, Lamont Fondern Jr. was driving to Walmart in Bloomington when he noticed a cop car behind him. He got nervous. The cop’s lights flashed as Fondern took an exit. He turned on Facebook Live. As a Black man getting pulled over, he said,“I needed someone to watch.” The officer told […]

City backs away from using social media influencers to spread ‘city-generated messages’ during Chauvin trial

By: - March 1, 2021

Minneapolis officials have scrapped a plan to use social media influencers to share information during the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin

Amid massive security presence, Minneapolis is turning to grassroots to keep the peace

By: - February 26, 2021

The area around the downtown Minneapolis courthouse where Derek Chauvin will soon go on trial for the murder of George Floyd is gradually taking on the look of military occupation. Concrete barriers, boarded-up windows and barbed wire clad the buildings. A security force of 2,000 National Guard troops and 1,100 outstate police officers will soon […]

That time Mike Lindell declared a ‘fake bankruptcy’ to avoid a lawsuit

By: - February 23, 2021

The $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by the voting machine company Dominion against Minnesota pillow mogul Mike Lindell Monday is not the first time he’s faced a potentially ruinous lawsuit.  By late 2003, after more than a decade owning his beloved Victoria bar called Schmitty’s Tavern, Lindell had $147,000 in debts, according to court records, and […]

Derek Chauvin’s trial will hinge on autopsy of George Floyd

By: - February 22, 2021

This story has been updated. Minnesota is bracing itself for the March trial of Derek Chauvin, when 12 jurors will decide whether the former Minneapolis police officer committed second-degree murder when he pressed his knee into the neck of George Floyd, handcuffed and face down on Chicago Avenue, on Memorial Day last year. The story […]

Police groups less than eager to help Minneapolis after ‘demonization’ of cops

By: - February 12, 2021

A coalition of Minnesota police organizations representing more than 10,000 officers has warned state lawmakers that if Minneapolis needs help during the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin next month, other agencies may not be willing to step up.

Citizen petition drive to remove MPD from charter kicks off Saturday

By: - February 11, 2021

A citizen petition drive to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department kicks off Saturday, with the goal of gathering enough signatures to let voters decide the fate of the embattled department when voters go to the polls in November.

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Alibi Drinkery co-owner back in jail; bail revoked

By: - February 9, 2021

The co-owner of a Lakeville bar notorious for defying the governor’s pandemic shutdown orders is back in jail after being charged with smacking a Jimmy John’s manager in the face for telling his companion to wear a mask.

Endless helicopter noise over Minneapolis has residents on edge

By: - February 9, 2021

Rachel Weeks and her husband live about a 10-minute walk from the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct police station that burned last summer during riots after George Floyd’s death, so they were familiar with the sound of helicopters whirring over their south Minneapolis home. It would start in the late morning or some days early […]