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.

Lowry Hill residents pass the hat to pay for extra police patrols

By: - February 1, 2022

An upscale Minneapolis neighborhood, Lowry Hill, will pay the city $210,000 to do additional police patrols, on the heels of one of the most violent years in the city’s history.

Abortion bill similar to Texas ban introduced in Minnesota

By: - February 1, 2022

A bill has been introduced in Minnesota that is similar to one in Texas that bans abortions and allows people to bring civil action against anyone who violates the law, or even intends to do so. 

Member of Minneapolis mayor’s police reform work group quits over transparency concerns

By: - January 31, 2022

A member of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s policing and public safety work group has resigned because the group plans to keep its meetings private. Former mayoral candidate Sheila Nezhad resigned, saying the board isn't being transparent enough.

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Minneapolis mayor disciplined former police chief Medaria Arradondo for using city resources to oppose public safety proposal

By: - January 27, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reprimanded former Police Chief Medaria Arradondo late last month for holding a press conference to oppose a public safety ballot question just days before the November election where the fate of the embattled police department was on the line.

Investigation into ‘Storm the Capitol’ rally was closed within a week

By: - January 27, 2022

Last year, the speaker of the Minnesota House promised a broad investigation into a rally at the Capitol in St. Paul where pro-Trump activists lodged violent rhetoric and alleged widespread voter fraud.  But the investigation called for by House Speaker Melissa Hortman petered out within a week, public documents show.

St. Thomas College Republicans express support for white nationalist

By: - January 7, 2022

The St. Thomas College Republicans tweeted support Thursday for a Holocaust denier and white nationalist after he was kicked off GETTR, former President Donald Trump’s new social media platform.

Police chiefs want prosecutors to report when they decide not to file charges

By: - January 6, 2022

Minnesota police chiefs, saying Minneapolis and St. Paul prosecutors are too soft on crime, want state lawmakers to pass a bill requiring county attorneys to report to the Legislature when they decide not to charge felonies.

More than 500 small Minnesota cities opted not to take federal COVID aid

By: - January 5, 2022

Solway is one of 506 small Minnesota towns and cities that opted not to take a piece of a nearly $20 billion federal stimulus pie set aside for small towns across America.

Search warrant: Sheriff initially denied driving SUV when he crashed

By: - January 4, 2022

A search warrant shows Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson repeatedly denied to a sheriff’s deputy that he was driving his squad car when it crashed Dec. 8 on an interstate near Alexandria, even claiming at one point that a cab driver was behind the wheel when it crashed.

MPD oversight board recommends nixing ‘outdated training’ on excited delirium

By: - December 30, 2021

A Minneapolis police oversight board has recommended the police department replace what the board calls “outdated training” about excited delirium, a controversial medical diagnosis that police say can give people “superhuman” strength. 

Police looked into how journalist got photos of Hennepin County sheriff’s wrecked SUV

By: - December 29, 2021

At the request of Hennepin County officials, a Medina police officer investigated how an independent photojournalist got photos of Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson’s totaled, black Ford Explorer he crashed while driving drunk.