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.
Online fee for court documents postponed after lawmakers fail to act
By: Deena Winter - August 18, 2022
The Minnesota judicial branch has postponed plans to start charging hefty fees for court documents.
Carver County votes to use more partisan election judges in November election
By: Deena Winter - August 16, 2022
Republicans who believe false claims that the 2020 election was stolen helped persuade Carver County officials to use more partisan poll workers than in the past.
Minnesota cities, counties, sheriffs, police chiefs want to help cops recover from PTSD
By: Deena Winter - August 11, 2022
So many Minnesota police officers have left the profession due to post-traumatic stress disorder that 11 Minnesota organizations started a group to highlight what has become a fiscal and staffing crisis for many communities.
Minnesota primaries are tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know.
By: Michelle Griffith and Deena Winter - August 8, 2022
Minnesotans who haven’t voted in the primary election have a final chance Tuesday, with a number of high-profile races including a DFL primary challenge for U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar from former Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels; a DFL primary challenge for U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum from progressive activist Amane Badhasso; a winnowing of the […]
Minneapolis mayor didn’t know about MPD interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News
By: Deena Winter - August 5, 2022
FOX News right-wing host Laura Ingraham recently aired a segment in Minneapolis where she interviewed police officers and painted a grim picture of the city.
Judge says Scott County attorney suppressed evidence in wrestling coach sex assault case
By: Deena Winter - August 4, 2022
A district judge recently ordered the Scott County Attorney’s Office to “do better” and make “swift and positive change” after finding the office suppressed evidence that was favorable to a former Eden Prairie wrestling coach charged with sexually assaulting a girl on his team.
There’s a new show in Shakopee: Mortensen vs. Loonan
By: Deena Winter - August 1, 2022
Former state Rep. Bob Loonan entertained lawmakers and lobbyists at the close of the 2018 legislative session by standing in the Capitol rotunda and playing the bagpipes. His successor, Rep. Erik Mortensen, doxxed a colleague and was subject of an HR complaint on his first day in office. Mortenson and Loonan may have few policy differences, but the Republican pair couldn’t be more different in style and approach to politics in their primary battle .
GOP activists lobby Carver, Sherburne county officials to do hand counts of paper ballots
By: Deena Winter - July 21, 2022
Right-wing activists are pressuring county officials in Minnesota to change election procedures, switching to paper ballots and hand counted results, which election administrators say would be an unwieldy nightmare. In recent weeks, the GOP activists have lobbied for changes in Carver and Sherburne counties.
State: Prosecutors not handing over key material to defense attorneys
By: Deena Winter - July 20, 2022
A recent state Human Rights Department report said Minneapolis and Hennepin County prosecutors do not turn over negative information about police officers that could be helpful to the defense, despite a constitutional requirement to do so.
Some Minnesota cops say they hide their badges, don’t wear uniforms in stores
By: Deena Winter - July 20, 2022
The president of the largest union representing Minnesota law enforcement stood in front of a roomful of more than 100 cops Tuesday and said she no longer wears her police uniform to the grocery store. St. Cloud Police Lt. Lori Ellering harkened back to Sept. 12, 2001 — the day after the terrorist attacks on […]
Mortensen was the sole vote against light rail audit; he also got donations from its project manager
By: Deena Winter - July 13, 2022
Shakopee Rep. Erik Mortensen was the only state lawmaker to vote against a bill to audit the Southwest Light Rail green line extension, which is four years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. He also received $3,300 in donations from a Prior Lake man (and his wife) who is project manager for the troubled project.
Judge finds probable cause to conclude Shakopee House candidate violated campaign law
By: Deena Winter - July 11, 2022
A judge recently found probable cause to conclude former Republican Rep. Bob Loonan of Shakopee violated state campaign law by claiming he’d been endorsed by the Scott County Republican Party.