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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.

Survey says most neighbors want 38th and Chicago to reopen

By: - October 21, 2020

The city of Minneapolis conducted an unscientific online survey of people living near 38th Street and Chicago Avenue and found 65% of the 929 respondents support reopening the intersection “in some way.” About four blocks around the intersection where police killed George Floyd have been blocked off since late May, when the city put up […]

State Sen. Justin Eichorn tries to hold off Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht, with control of Senate at stake

By: - October 20, 2020

Justin Eichorn helped flip the Minnesota Senate when he beat then-Sen. Tom Saxhaug by fewer than 600 votes in northeastern Minnesota’s District 5 as part of a red wave in 2016, when Donald Trump was at the top of the ticket. This year, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party hopes to win the seat back with Rita Albrecht. […]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Minnesota, tries to motivate progressives who may be lukewarm on Biden

By: - October 18, 2020

BROOKLYN PARK – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was in Minnesota Sunday to close the sale with progressive voters who might be wavering about Joe Biden, a 77-year-old white man who was the establishment Democrats’ choice during the lengthy primary season that saw candidate Warren rise and fall. “Sixteen more days!” Warren hollered when she arrived […]

What is that crass billboard about Gov. Tim Walz? And what does “rocks and cows” mean?

By: - October 12, 2020

Twin Cities residents are going north in droves since the pandemic hit, with the latest wave traveling on I-35 to see the foliage.  Amid the brilliant oranges and reds of the region’s deciduous trees, however, a billboard provides an unpleasant shock.  The image: A man in an anatomically impossible position such that his head is […]

Republicans hope ground game, unfettered by virus, can deliver historic Trump victory

By: - October 9, 2020

This story has been updated.  WILLMAR — It’s 9 o’clock on a crisp fall morning here in western Minnesota, and about 30 people have gathered at the Kandiyohi County Republican Party headquarters, which is smothered in candidate campaign signs and flags. Right next door is Jerry’s Flooring, with a sign in the window that says […]

‘MyPillow guy’ Mike Lindell to announce decision on running for governor after election

By: - October 6, 2020

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said he will announce whether he’s running for governor of Minnesota after the Nov. 3 election. Lindell has publicly flirted with the idea for months — and gotten a push from President Donald Trump to jump in — and certainly sounds like a guy who’s ready to take the plunge. Depending […]

Iconic George Floyd mural at Cup Foods vandalized again, called ‘Satan’s mural’

By: - October 5, 2020

The iconic George Floyd mural on the side of Cup Foods in south Minneapolis has again been vandalized, this time with a vulgar and far more damaging defacement.  This marks the second time the mural has been vandalized since its creation after Floyd died outside the store at the hands of police. Floyd died outside […]

Owner of burned out beauty salon got to meet Pence and Ivanka Trump, but she’s coy about her vote

By: - October 1, 2020

Flora Westbrooks knew she was going to be on a policing panel with Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump last week, but she had no idea she was going to get personal time with them and visit her burned-out husk of a building in north Minneapolis. Westbrooks, who owns a beauty salon on Broadway […]

Early Voting signs on a building in downtown Minnesota

Right-wing group alleges Minneapolis primary tainted by illegal voting scheme

By: - September 28, 2020

A Project Veritas video circulating online purports to show voting irregularities during the Minnesota DFL primary, particularly in Minneapolis. The brother of newly elected Minneapolis City Council Member Jamal Osman posted videos to his SnapChat showing himself holding dozens of election envelopes. “Just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman . . . I have […]

Pence to cops in Minneapolis: “We’re with you”

By: and - September 24, 2020

The vice president and President Donald Trump’s daughter came to Minneapolis Thursday with a clear message: They’re with the cops. Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump met with “Cops for Trump” at the Minneapolis airport’s Intercontinental Hotel, filling a ballroom with law enforcement officers and their supporters, many of them in red shirts declaring […]

No justice, no streets: Among the powerful women who are managing George Floyd Square

By: - September 22, 2020

At 8:15 a.m. at George Floyd Square, 16 people — mostly women — are perched on chairs, benches and couches in between the idled pumps at the Speedway, which is covered in graffiti and serves as a gathering space now. They have met twice a day, every day, since Floyd died on the street under […]

Line of people waiting to vote

Some states won’t start counting votes until election night, including Minnesota

By: - September 21, 2020

The country is ready for this presidential election to be over, but when it’s over it may not actually be over.  We’re used to getting results and learning the winner on Election Day, which this year is Nov. 3. But with so many people voting by mail this year due to the pandemic, counting the […]