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.

30 homeless women evacuated from encampment to hotels

By: - November 4, 2021

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center was awarded a $400,000 contract to house 30 homeless, single, Native women who were moved out of two encampments near Cedar and Franklin avenues in early October.

Minneapolis breaks turnout record for off-year city election

By: - November 3, 2021

Minneapolis voters posted a record turnout for an off-year municipal election on Tuesday, with 54% of registered voters casting their vote in the historic election that will reshape the city’s governmental structure.

Minneapolis public safety question fails in defeat for progressives

By: - November 2, 2021

In the first city election after the police murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis voters soundly rejected a sweeping plan to dismantle the police department and replace it with a department of public safety.

Minneapolis voters turn out in record numbers for historic election

By: and - November 2, 2021

The first city election since the police murder of George Floyd drew Minneapolis residents to the polls in droves, with a historic number of early voters casting ballots for a municipal election. 

Minnesota goes to the polls

By: - November 1, 2021

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday in one of the most intense off-year elections in recent memory. Even as Minneapolis voters determine the future of the city’s police department, dozens of smaller cities are home to school board and other elections animated by the nationwide debate over the teaching of America’s racial history. 

St. Paul man sues MPD after being acquitted of attempting to murder SWAT team

By: - November 1, 2021

A St. Paul man who was acquitted of attempted murder and assault after shooting at a Minneapolis SWAT team — after it fired rubber bullets at him without warning from an unmarked van — has sued the city of Minneapolis and multiple police officers from sergeants to a commander.

Seven Minneapolis mayoral candidates would consider giving parkland back to Indigenous people

By: - November 1, 2021

Seven candidates for Minneapolis mayor said they’d consider giving land back to Indigenous people, including Mayor Jacob Frey.

Medaria Arradondo

While some city workers are warned against politics, police chief steps to the podium

By: - October 28, 2021

City employees have been warned, chastised and the subject of ethics complaints for expressing political opinions. Minneapolis City Council members have been warned by the ethics officer, about publicly promoting or laying the groundwork for a new public safety department, meanwhile, members of the Charter Commission have been outspoken about their positions on the charter amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. And now, the council president has filed an ethics complaint against the police chief.

Mayor, chief quietly codified change to discipline policy in police manual

By: - October 28, 2021

The Minneapolis Police Department police and procedure manual was quietly updated on New Year's Eve to remove a requirement that cops be disciplined for misconduct.

St. Paul police chief Axtell to step down in June

By: - October 27, 2021

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell announced Wednesday he will step down in June after 32 years with the department and 5.5 years as chief, rather than seek a second six-year appointment. 

Sen. Mark Koran

While praising accused Jan. 6 rioters, Koran blasts acquitted man

By: - October 26, 2021

State Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch, recently drew criticism for urging people to donate to a legal defense fund for accused Jan. 6 rioters, calling the Westburys of Lindstrom “a good family.”  Koran was less generous in a recent appraisal of Jaleel Stallings, a St. Paul man who was recently acquitted of eight charges in connection with his shooting at a Minneapolis SWAT team.

If you shoot someone, you’ll probably get away with it

By: and - October 25, 2021

Leah McGinley stood by the stage at Phelps Park in south Minneapolis, nearing the end of a five-hour event called “Drew’s Day” in memory of her brother, Andrew “Drew” McGinley. He was gunned down June 30 in the parking lot of the Elks Lodge in north Minneapolis. She’d organized the anti-violence community event on his […]