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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.

Bodycam video: MPD beat Jaleel Stallings after he fired on officers in self defense

By: - September 2, 2021

Contains graphic video. The Reformer has obtained four body camera videos from an incident at 14th Avenue and Lake Street in which a St. Paul man shot at a Minneapolis SWAT team after they fired “less lethal” rubber bullets at him from an unmarked van while he stood in a parking lot. The incident, which […]

Jaleel Stallings shot at the MPD; a jury acquitted him of wrongdoing

By: - September 1, 2021

Before the white, unmarked cargo van of the Minneapolis Police Department drove down Lake Street, an officer gave Sgt. Andrew Bittell his orders: “Drive down Lake Street. You see a group, call it out. OK great! F*** ’em up, gas ’em, f*** ’em up.” Bittell turned to his SWAT unit in the van and said, […]

MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan remains defiant amid calls to resign

By: - August 17, 2021

Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan took to the airwaves Tuesday to address the whirlwind since her friend and major Republican donor was charged with sex trafficking last week. She remained defiant, even as a growing number of GOP officials and candidates have called on her to resign in the wake of Anton Lazzaro’s arrest. […]

Cities say police PTSD disability claims are fiscally unsustainable

By: - August 17, 2021

The wave of Minnesota police officers leaving the profession in the wake of George Floyd’s murder combined with a new state law making it easier to get state disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder is creating what the League of Minnesota Cities calls an unsustainable fiscal situation. But law enforcement advocates say the League, which […]

Documents show city strategized for months on George Floyd Square reopening

By: - August 11, 2021

Mayor Jacob Frey said in June that the reopening of George Floyd Square was community-led, in coordination with a nonprofit group called Agape Movement. But documents obtained by the Reformer through a public records request show the effort was tightly choreographed by city officials over several months.   On June 3, the day of the first […]

Police and fire state disability claims tripled after George Floyd murder

By: - August 6, 2021

The number of police officers and firefighters applying for disability benefits from the state retirement fund tripled in the past fiscal year, with 79% claiming they can’t do their jobs due to post-traumatic stress disorder. The number of claims has exploded since George Floyd was murdered by then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020, […]

Fed bank president defiant in face of criticism of his lobbying on state education

By: - August 5, 2021

The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, has put the full weight of the institution behind an initiative to enshrine quality public education as a fundamental right in the Minnesota constitution. The effort has included phone calls to lobby Minnesota lawmakers, a special website dedicated to pushing the proposal and frequent […]

Activists say “paramilitary” mall security in Uptown is violating their rights

By: - July 28, 2021

The Seven Points mall in Uptown hired private security contractors to clear out protesters’ memorial garden near a parking ramp where federal agents killed Winston Smith last month, citing increased violence, frequently barricaded streets and literal dumpster fires.  Activists say the private security guards are more like a “paramilitary security force” that they say has […]

Thompson says he won’t resign as Trump supporter wreaks havoc at presser

By: - July 26, 2021

Rep. John Thompson won't resign as Trump supporter disrupts press conference.

Winona LaDuke released from jail after three days amid Enbridge Line 3 protests

By: - July 22, 2021

Ojibwe activist and former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke was released from jail Thursday after her arrest Monday while protesting construction of an oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. She and six other women were sitting together praying on an easement and protesting construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline near Park Rapids […]

Quietly, gradually, George Floyd Square is open to traffic for the first time since his murder

By: - July 22, 2021

On the morning of June 3, there were about as many journalists in George Floyd Square as city workers who were trying to reopen the four-block area to traffic, over the objections of some protesters and residents. The neighborhood had evolved into an “autonomous zone,” an expansive memorial and no-go zone for police after Floyd […]

Thompson says he won’t resign

By: - July 18, 2021

Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, is not going to resign, despite calls from numerous Democratic leaders, including Gov. Tim Walz, following news of domestic violence in his past.