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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.

Powderhorn Park residents win reprieve from eviction, for now

By: - July 2, 2020

Hundreds of people living in Minneapolis parks can stay there for now, as the Park Board ditched a plan that would have limited the number of tents per park to 10. But it’s not clear what happens now — a bevy of government agencies and elected officials agree the parks are not a viable solution […]

Walz blasts big pharma for suing state, says they’re as bad as big tobacco

By: - July 1, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz, legislators and activists on Wednesday heralded the start of a new insulin affordability law while blasting a last-minute legal challenge by pharmaceutical companies to permanently block the law.  The Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act was named for the 26-year-old Minnesota man who died three years ago after rationing his insulin, like many […]

Parks commissioner: There needs to be a plan before displacing homeless at Powderhorn

By: - July 1, 2020

A Minneapolis park board commissioner said today he’ll vote against a measure that would evict most of the estimated 600 people living in tents at Powderhorn Park. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will consider eliminating all but 10 tents per city park, so most of the estimated 400 tents pitched in two separate Powderhorn […]

Senate committee to consider hiring legal counsel in lawsuit targeting ‘outdated’ abortion laws

By: - July 1, 2020

The Senate Rules Committee will convene Thursday to retain legal counsel to participate in a lawsuit in which the state is being sued by reproductive health care advocates challenging several Minnesota abortion laws. The Committee on Rules and Administration will meet remotely at 7 p.m. Thursday to consider hiring the law firm of Saul Ewing […]

Park Board readies new eviction order in Powderhorn Park; some residents say they aren’t leaving

By: - July 1, 2020

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is considering a resolution Wednesday that would shut down the two tent cities that have arisen in Powderhorn Park in recent weeks.   But David “Rico” Santana, who lives in the encampment on the east side of the park, warned authorities to think long and hard about it. If the […]

Walz considering calling lawmakers back to consider police reforms

By: - June 30, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz is considering calling another special legislative session on July 10. Walz said he has been talking with lawmakers about a potential special session to focus on potential police reforms and other unfinished work. “All of us understand Minnesota is still the focal point of the need to have trust in our police […]

Walz considering a statewide mask mandate

By: - June 29, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz said today he’s considering a statewide mandate that people wear masks in public to combat COVID-19.  He said Republican governors are also exploring the idea. “All these things are difficult decisions to make,” he said. “The best thing we can do is keep social distance, wear the mask, and if you’re sick, […]

Due to legislative gridlock, more than $1 billion in construction projects left on the table

By: - June 29, 2020

Lawmakers left St. Paul with some big-ticket items still in limbo, including a big public works bill that has become an even-year tradition of the Capitol.  Known around the Capitol as a “bonding bill,” it allows the Legislature to borrow more than $1 billion for construction and maintenance projects around the state, spending borrowed money […]

City Council moves charter amendment to eliminate current Police Department; voters could act on it in November

By: - June 26, 2020

The Minneapolis City Council began the process Friday of allowing voters to scrap the city’s police department and create a new public safety agency. The move comes after a month of protests following the police killing of George Floyd. The council’s vote on an amendment to the city charter is the first step to getting […]

Walz administration to distribute $853 million in COVID aid to counties, cities, townships, food shelves

By: - June 25, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz announced a plan Thursday to dole out $853 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to communities after the money was held up for weeks in stalled negotiations with the Legislature.  The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES, funding became a political football during the regular session as lawmakers […]

Senate Republicans tangle with People of Color Indigenous Caucus over crime, police reform

By: - June 25, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka called for hearings on the riots, looting and arsons that broke out after the police killing of George Floyd, but not the killing itself. He drew criticism from the Legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous Caucus — known as POCI — whose members said his priorities are off. Gazelka questioned […]

Mining agency relents, gives grant to Fond du Lac for clean water

By: - June 25, 2020

A state mining board commissioner today approved a $250,000 grant to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to provide clean drinking water, after the mining board tabled the grant, citing the band’s opposition to copper-nickel mining in sensitive watersheds. The Reformer reported Wednesday on the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board’s June 10 discussion […]