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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.

Man accused of lying to grand jury about absentee ballots was volunteer for Sen. Fateh

By: - May 9, 2022

A trial began Monday in which federal prosecutors are seeking to show that a Minneapolis man named Muse Mohamud Mohamed lied to a grand jury about whether three voters asked him to return absentee ballots for them in the August 2020 primary election.  Mohamed, 30, is charged with two counts of lying to a federal grand jury in October 2020 about how he handled absentee ballots during the 2020 primary.

MN GOP will use electronic voting system at state convention despite candidate concerns

By: - May 9, 2022

The chairman of the state Republican Party says despite “concerns and  suggestions,” the party will use an electronic voting system rather than paper ballots at its state convention. More than 2,220 delegates will gather this weekend in Rochester to endorse candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. Some candidates and activists […]

Minneapolis man on trial for lying to grand jury has connections to senator, candidate

By: - May 6, 2022

A Minneapolis man goes on trial Monday, accused of lying to a federal grand jury about how he handled absentee ballots during the August 2020 primary election. A curious and thus far unreported detail about the man, who’s name is Muse Mohamed Mohamed: He has shared an address with members of a newly prominent political family, including the wife of a state senator and another DFL-endorsed state Senate candidate who is likely to win her election this fall. 

The Hennepin County attorney isn’t giving up on striking a judge from all its felony cases

By: - May 4, 2022

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is again trying to get a judge removed from its felony cases, appealing a ruling by the chief judge, who ruled the effort was improper.  Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s office said in a filing that they tried to handle the situation “delicately,” but are now again pushing to remove Hennepin County District Judge William Koch from felony cases due to “troubling demeanor and behaviors.”

A senator was promoted by a nonprofit, then proposed $500,000 in state funding for it

By: - May 2, 2022

Four months after a nonprofit called Somali TV Minnesota — a YouTube channel with 170,000 subscribers — endorsed his campaign, Sen. Omar Fateh introduced a bill that would give the nonprofit a half million dollars in state funding to provide arts and cultural programming.

Some of the most jaw-dropping statements in the state Human Rights report on MPD

By: - April 27, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found there is probable cause that the city of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department “engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act,” according to a report released Wednesday. The Department of Human Rights relied on hundreds of interviews, a review of 700 hours of body worn camera footage and nearly 480,000 pages of city and MPD documents to come to that conclusion.  Tucked inside the 72-page report are some astonishing findings, statements and anecdotes.

State: Probable cause that Minneapolis police engage in race discrimination

By: - April 27, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found there is probable cause that the city of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department “engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act,” according to a report released Wednesday. The Department of Human Rights announced it would work with the city […]

Republican Party to charge new fees, vet volunteers, ban critics from state convention

By: - April 26, 2022

The Minnesota Republican Party plans to vet volunteers, charge campaigns for volunteers and bar people “publicly attacking” the party or its endorsed candidates from attending its state convention next month in Rochester. The requirements would seem to anticipate a chaotic scene, as the ongoing struggle between mainstream and more radical factions of the party continues. 

POST Board OKs rule changes that would give it more power to deal with police misconduct

By: - April 22, 2022

The state’s police licensing board approved rules Thursday that — if approved by an administrative law judge — would give the board the power to take problem cops off the streets even if they’re not convicted of a crime or disciplined by their bosses. The rule change would allow the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, or POST Board, to take disciplinary action for a broader range of misconduct.

One in 10 Minneapolis police officers were disciplined in 2020 and 2021

By: - April 21, 2022

About 10% of the Minneapolis police force was disciplined in 2020 and 2021. In 2020 and 2021 78 officers were disciplined, according to data released by the city. That’s more than in the previous five years combined.

Shakopee lawmaker says Delta banned him for refusing to wear mask

By: - April 20, 2022

State Rep. Erik Mortensen, R-Shakopee, says he’s been banned for life from Delta Air Lines for refusing to wear a mask on a flight from Colorado to Minnesota Monday. Hours after a federal judge in Florida struck down the two-year-old national mask mandate for airplane passengers, Mortensen said he argued with flight attendants who asked […]

House GOP pushes Dems to get tougher on crime

By: - April 19, 2022

Two Republican House leaders say the Democratic-controlled House has done little more than pay lip service to addressing crime and a police shortage.