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.

Minneapolis voters will not decide future of police department in November

By: - August 5, 2020

In a stunning blow to the Minneapolis City Council and residents who want to dismantle the Police Department, the Minneapolis Charter Commission voted 10-5 Wednesday to take another 90 days to review the council’s proposed charter amendment, effectively preventing it from going on the ballot this November. The Minneapolis City Council had proposed letting voters […]

Minneapolis Charter Commission scuttles plan that would have allowed city to reduce Police Department

By: - July 29, 2020

The Minneapolis Charter Commission considered, and then scuttled, a plan Wednesday that would have erased minimum police staffing requirements specified in the charter, which is like the city’s constitution.  The commission mulled the change as a response to the City Council, which has its own plan to dismantle the Police Department and create a public […]

Charter Commission skeptical of proposal to strip Minneapolis Police Department from city charter

By: - July 27, 2020

Of the 15 members of the Minneapolis Charter Commission — which will ultimately decide whether residents will get to vote on a measure to dismantle the Police Department — nine of them are publicly cool to the idea. The Minneapolis City Council wants the Charter Commission to let voters delete the Police Department from the city charter, […]


Congress: Extend unemployment benefits, or you might lose your job

By: - July 23, 2020

I’m unemployed. I’ve been a journalist for three decades now, starting in the summer of 1989, when I did a summer internship at the Bismarck Tribune. How could I have known when I left a full-time job last year — after my spiraling-out-of-control arthritis rendered me scarcely able to walk some days — that I […]

Minneapolis City Council and Charter Commission spar over future of Police Department

By: - July 22, 2020

Minneapolis seems headed for a showdown between the City Council and an unelected group of nearly all white people appointed by a judge called the Charter Commission. If the commission were to stall long enough, it could stop the council from going to the voters this November with a measure to dismantle the Police Department […]

Minneapolis residents tell Charter Commission to get out of the way as they seek to dismantle Police Department

By: - July 16, 2020

More than 200 people signed up to talk to the Minneapolis Charter Commission Wednesday, and nearly all of them supported a proposal that would allow residents to vote on dismantling the Police Department and putting something else in its place.  Jason Chavez told the commission the Police Department has proven violence is a first resort, […]

Area around George Floyd memorial is a no-go zone for cops, residents say

By: and - July 14, 2020

On the evening of June 25, Michael Grunke was watching TV in his apartment on the 3600 block of Columbus Avenue — about a block and a half away from the George Floyd memorial — when he heard a series of loud bangs and glass shattering.  He called 911. While he waited for police, he […]

Legislature sorta kinda back to work; lawmakers still hoping for police reform, infrastructure bill

By: - July 13, 2020

This story and headline has been corrected to reflect that lawmakers will be meeting, though spending much of the week in recess.  Another special legislative session convened Monday, but won’t last long as party leaders plan to spend much of the week in recess while trying to reach deals on police reforms and a major […]

Here’s all 13,718 Minnesota businesses that got PPP loans

By: and - July 10, 2020

More than 13,000 Minnesota employers received at least $150,000 in loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to data released this week — including a handful of firms owned by state legislators. Four state legislators have ownership stake in companies that received PPP loans, while another nine work for organizations that received loans, a Reformer […]

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 […]