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.

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 […]

Unbeknownst to Trump during his lengthy speech in Bemidji, history pivots

By: - September 19, 2020

BEMIDJI — During President Trump’s rambling two hour speech in an airport hangar here in which he praised confederate general Robert E. Lee, bemoaned his own fate of having to make speeches in places like Bemidji, Minn., and played the usual favorites (“Lock her up!”), he also got around to the Supreme Court “The next […]

Don’t listen to a certain president of the United States — voting twice carries consequences

By: - September 18, 2020

Since President Trump has been out telling supporters to vote by mail and then go to the polls on Election Day and try to vote again, we wondered what would happen if somebody actually tried to do that. “That piece of advice is just immensely damaging,” said Risikat Adesaogun, press secretary for the secretary of […]

Walz on this moment: ‘I don’t think you get another chance at it’

By: and - September 18, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz campaigned on the theme of “One Minnesota,” but the state he governs lately feels at times like it’s coming apart. The COVID-19 pandemic deepened partisan and geographic divisions, as maskless marchers earlier this year demanded he end restrictions on bars, retail and other businesses even as the virus continued to spread.  The […]

City Council to Police Chief Arradondo: Do something about the gun violence

By: - September 15, 2020

Minneapolis City Council members pressed the police chief Tuesday about what the department is doing about rising gunfire, homicides and even downtown drag racing. As the city approaches 400 people wounded by gunfire and 60 homicides this year, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo tried to mollify the council during a “study session” Tuesday. In June, […]

Data: A slower, less proactive Minneapolis Police Department since George Floyd killing

By: - September 15, 2020

The Minneapolis Police Department has been slower to respond to calls this summer than last summer, according to data obtained through a Reformer public records request.    MPD’s strategic analysis group compared response times of high-priority calls in 2019 and 2020 during three time periods: one before the police killing of George Floyd, and two after. […]

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What happens if my candidate dies? 

By: - September 14, 2020

Minnesotans will be among the first in the nation to start casting ballots for president, starting Friday. Minnesota is tied with South Dakota for the longest absentee voting period. Sounds great and all, but what happens if one of the candidates dies before the election — or after, for that matter? It’s a reasonable question, […]

City in negotiations to pay local constable force to provide security at George Floyd Square

By: - September 10, 2020

The city of Minneapolis is in negotiations to pay the volunteer security guards who have been patrolling the area now known as George Floyd Square at Chicago Avenue and 38th Street. The area has been blocked off with barricades and become a makeshift memorial to George Floyd after he died on the street at the […]

Anti-police-brutality activist/House candidate’s son arrested on gun charge

By: - September 10, 2020

The candidate for the Minnesota House who made inflammatory, profane remarks during a protest outside the home of a police union leader in Hugo is facing more controversy following the recent arrest of his son on a gun charge. John Thompson will likely become a state lawmaker after winning a DFL primary in a heavily […]

U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, R-2nd District, and President Donald Trump

Cure cancer while achieving financial success! Jason Lewis used radio show to sell nutritional supplements via a multilevel marketing company.

By: - September 10, 2020

Back when he still had a radio show, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis sold Youngevity nutritional supplements that the multi-level marketing company claims fight conditions such as cancer, autism and diabetes.   Lewis’s supplement sales career is drawing new scrutiny as he enters the homestretch in his race for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Tina […]


Mom and Dad thought the coronavirus was overblown. And then they got it.

By: - September 8, 2020

Mom was in CVS when I texted her Sunday, letting her know I was headed to North Dakota. She and Dad had been diagnosed with COVID-19 nearly two weeks prior. They’re both 79 years old, and their texts seemed to indicate they were weathering it pretty well.  But on Sunday, she was in CVS looking […]

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Minnesota applies for weekly $300 boost in federal unemployment

By: - August 28, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday that Minnesota has applied for President Donald Trump’s federal boost in unemployment benefits that could temporarily raise weekly payments by $300 per week for at least five weeks. To be eligible, people must be getting at least $100 per week in unemployment benefits, and must be unemployed due to the […]