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.

Minnesota averages 30 deaths per year during law enforcement encounters

By: - January 3, 2023

A new Minnesota Department of Health report found 177 fatalities occurred during law enforcement service calls and encounters from 2016 to 2021 — an average of 30 deaths per year.

Election deniers and skeptics are still skeptical, even after many worked the polls  

By: - January 3, 2023

Minnesota Republicans recruited thousands of volunteers to work the polls during the November election, with the hope that having more eyes would help them win the prize. But many remain skeptical.

Former Minneapolis police officer charged with assaulting Jaleel Stallings

By: - December 28, 2022

The attorney general filed an assault charge Wednesday against one of the Minneapolis police officers involved in beating Jaleel Stallings after the St. Paul man fired at a SWAT team that was driving around firing 40mm marking rounds — or rubber bullets — at curfew violators in the days after George Floyd’s police murder. Justin Stetson, 34, was charged with third-degree assault.

2022: Right-wing fights, election deniers, Brady violations, police PTSD, 3M chemicals

By: - December 26, 2022

What I love about journalism is that every day is different, and this year was no exception. This year I spent time with cops, chemists and pillow mogul Mike Lindell, among many, many others.  I had three main areas of focus: The election deniers and other far-right insurgents who are trying to wrest control of […]

Retiring Hennepin County attorney says Minneapolis police lied about Jaleel Stallings case

By: - December 22, 2022

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says he erred in prosecuting Jaleel Stallings, a St. Paul man who fired back after a Minneapolis SWAT in an unmarked van hit him with a plastic bullet in the days after George Floyd’s police murder. 

3M to stop making ‘forever chemicals’

By: - December 20, 2022

3M announced Tuesday that it will stop manufacturing a group of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) and work to stop using the chemicals in its products by the end of 2025. 

Minneapolis Councilman Jamal Osman apologizes for anti-gay, antisemitic posts

By: - December 20, 2022

Minneapolis City Council Member Jamal Osman has apologized for making antisemitic and anti-gay comments on Facebook from 2011 to 2013, calling Israelis “dogs” and speaking approvingly of Hitler.   The Reformer reviewed the posts before they were deleted in October.  Osman, who was elected in the 6th Ward in a special election in 2020 and is […]

Toxic: 3M knew its chemicals were harmful decades ago, but didn’t tell the public, government

By: - December 15, 2022

3M knew its chemicals were toxic decades ago, but didn’t tell the public or government, internal documents show.

There must be something in the water

By: - December 14, 2022

People who grew up in the communities where 3M dumped chemical waste for decades wonder why so many of them got cancer as kids, and why justice is elusive.

State suspends license of adult day care that was home to a senator’s campaign 

By: - December 13, 2022

Minnesota regulators on Friday suspended the license of a Minneapolis company that provides adult day care services — and gave state Sen. Omar Fateh free office space during his 2020 campaign. Open Arms has had a history of license violations.

Faith, elected leaders urge POST Board to adopt rules banning police from being in hate groups

By: - December 8, 2022

The once-obscure state board that licenses police officers has become ground zero in an effort to rid Minnesota police departments of white supremacy, while raising concerns among police backers that the new rules will stifle First Amendment rights. 

The Minneapolis police officer who maced protesters and bystanders is unmasked by court documents

By: - December 7, 2022

The identity of a Minneapolis police officer who sprayed a huge blast of mace at protesters and bystanders during George Floyd protests in downtown Minneapolis has now been revealed in court documents.