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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.

Charter Commission recommends rejecting Minneapolis City Council police plan. What now?

By: - November 12, 2020

While Minneapolis residents were turning out in droves and then riveted by election results last week, the city’s unelected Charter Commission voted 14-0 Wednesday to reject a City Council proposal to radically overhaul the Police Department and send the plan to voters for approval.  But that doesn’t mean the council’s idea is dead because the […]

Gov. Walz announces new COVID-19 restrictions as surge strains hospitals

By: and - November 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday announced tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings as Minnesota continues what could be its bleakest month of the pandemic so far. Starting Friday night, bars and restaurants will have to end in-person service from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and can have no more than 150 people in […]

Gov. Tim Walz to announce tighter COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants and gatherings

By: - November 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz will try to clamp down on coronavirus by announcing tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants, weddings, funerals and private gatherings Tuesday. Beginning Friday, bars and restaurants will have to end wait service at 10 p.m. and limit seating, and weddings will be capped at 50 people beginning Nov. 27 and 25 people beginning […]

From hero to pariah: A cop reflects on policing in the age of George Floyd

By: - November 10, 2020

When the 35W bridge collapsed in 2007, Anna Hedberg was 24 years old and six days into her job as a Minneapolis Police officer. She rushed to the scene with her training officer, and climbed under rail cars to get to people in their cars. “Seems like a lifetime ago,” she said of that day. […]

MyPillow guy delays decision on governor’s race

By: - November 4, 2020

Mike Lindell — better known as “the MyPillow guy” for his commercials and infomercials selling pillows — said he’d make an announcement the day after the election on whether he’ll run for Minnesota governor in 2022. It’s the day after the election, but the MyPillow CEO still isn’t sure. He said he’s waiting for the […]

Stanford study tracks Trump rally COVID-19 cases, including in Bemidji

By: - November 2, 2020

A new Stanford University study estimates the Trump campaign rallies — including a September rally in Bemidji — held through mid-September have caused more than 30,000 people to get infected with COVID-19, and more than 700 deaths. The fatalities were not necessarily among rally goers.  The researchers focused on 18 rallies, including the Sept. 18 rally in […]

Grumpy old men: The presidential race comes to Minnesota on the final weekend

By: and - October 30, 2020

ROCHESTER AND FALCON HEIGHTS — On the final weekend of what has seemed like the longest campaign in American history, the two men hoping to be president were relatively brief and a bit ornery during dueling stops in Minnesota Friday.  President Donald Trump’s Rochester airport rally was unlike his previous stops in Minnesota.  Instead of […]

Blizzard of money sweeping into Minnesota legislative races

By: - October 27, 2020

Final campaign finance reports before Tuesday’s election show several million-dollar legislative races underway, with wealthy Minnesotans, business groups, labor unions, and out-of-state political and single issue groups footing the bills. And when the legislative session begins Jan. 5, Minnesotans should have no illusions: These interest groups and wealthy individuals will almost certainly enjoy greater access […]

Official sounding Center for Voter Information clogging mailboxes

By: - October 27, 2020

Some Minnesota voters have become very familiar with mailings from the Center for Voter Information, which show up in mailboxes every couple of days or so, even if they’ve already voted. Among the mailings are “report cards” on how often people have voted, with the somewhat ominous warning: “We will be reviewing these records after […]

All-star lineup urges Minnesotans to keep voting streak alive

By: - October 27, 2020

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office dropped an advertising campaign urging Minnesotans to continue their streak of being No.1 in voter turnout but vote from home, with a little help from a few famous Minnesota faces. Actor Josh Hartnett, retired Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer, former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber and musician Charlie Parr are […]

Last minute electioneering: A box of food and a letter from the president

By: - October 23, 2020

A man who says he lives in north Minneapolis claimed his whole neighborhood received a free box of food from the federal government, complete with a letter from President Donald Trump. In late September, the federal government began mandating the letters be included in boxes of surplus food given out to help people through the […]

Suburban swing district in south metro could determine House majority

By: - October 22, 2020

In 2018, then-Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville, was a well-known realtor who had served two terms in the House majority and had her name on some high-profile legislation.  But suburban District 56B had become disgusted with President Donald Trump. “I didn’t see it coming until two weeks before the election and then it was like, ‘We […]