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.
After months operating in the dark, campaign groups hustle to register after Reformer inquiries
By: Deena Winter - October 7, 2021
Campaign groups advocating for and against Minneapolis ballot questions hustled to get registered after the Reformer began asking why they were raising and spending campaign money without registering with Hennepin County Elections, which effectively allowed some of them to campaign without any financial transparency for months. Operation Safety Now and Minneapolis Together have been actively […]
Bodycam shows Minneapolis officers ‘hunting’ civilians during Floyd protests
By: Deena Winter - October 5, 2021
Another batch of body camera videos released Tuesday show how Minneapolis police officers became increasingly militaristic in their attempt to clamp down on protesters five days after George Floyd was killed.
Group evaluating MPD protest response are mostly law enforcement veterans
By: Deena Winter - October 5, 2021
Minneapolis hired the firm of Hilliard Heintze to evaluate the city’s response to the protests and civil unrest following the police murder of George Floyd. Seven of the eight members of the team doing the work are law enforcement veterans, and the eighth is a firefighter.
Minneapolis residents sustained twice as many gunshot wounds as in the four years before the pandemic hit
By: Deena Winter - October 4, 2021
So far this year, Minneapolis has recorded more than 500 gunshot wounds — roughly double the four-year average prior to 2020.
City to clear encampment near busy intersection next week
By: Deena Winter - September 30, 2021
After months of government inaction and neighborhood frustration, a sprawling homeless encampment on a traffic median near Cedar and Franklin avenues will be cleared on Tuesday.
Wave of workers’ comp claims, settlements worsen Minneapolis budget outlook
By: Deena Winter - September 24, 2021
The wave of Minneapolis cops filing workers’ compensation claims and police brutality lawsuits are contributing to the city’s grim 2022 budget outlook, prompting the mayor to shift millions of dollars to shore up the city’s self-insurance fund.
Brooklyn Center reforms stall amid budget concerns
By: Deena Winter - September 22, 2021
Brooklyn Center hasn't made much headway in police reform since the mayor unveiled an ambitious plan in May.
State Rep. Cedrick Frazier won’t run for Hennepin county attorney
By: Deena Winter - September 21, 2021
New Hope Rep. Cedrick Frazier has decided not to run for Hennepin County attorney.
County attorney’s office now says it doesn’t object to bodycam release
By: Deena Winter - September 16, 2021
Emails show that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office objected to the release of police body-worn camera footage shown at the July trial of a St. Paul man who was acquitted of eight charges after he shot at a Minneapolis SWAT team after they struck him in the chest with a rubber bullet.