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 waiting for answers from feds on unemployment boost

By: - August 19, 2020

Minnesota officials are preparing to apply for federal assistance to help jobless people get a bump in unemployment. After talks broke down between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, President Trump signed orders earlier this month aiming to extend the federal unemployment boost that ended with July. His order calls for an extra $300 in weekly […]

DFL calls sleazy on Yeezy bid for POTUS

By: - August 18, 2020

Just minutes before the deadline, signatures were submitted Tuesday to get rapper Kanye West’s name on the Minnesota presidential ballot this November. The required 2,000 signatures and a slate of electors were turned in about 20 minutes before the 5 o’clock deadline, according to Risikat Adesaogun, spokeswoman  for Secretary of State Steve Simon. They must […]

Signature gatherers hustling to get Kanye on the ballot in Minnesota

By: - August 18, 2020

On the road to President Donald Trump’s rally at the Mankato airport Monday, two young men were gathering signatures to get rapper and Kim Kardashian husband Kanye West on the presidential ballot in Minnesota.  When informed they were speaking to the Reformer, they scurried away, saying they didn’t want their photo taken.  Republican operatives have […]

Whew! Fact-checking President Trump’s Mankato speech

By: - August 18, 2020

MANKATO — President Donald Trump took his stump speech to Minnesota Monday and tried to steal some of the spotlight from the Democratic National Convention, turning to his favorite technique: The belittling zinger.  He went after his tried and true favorite targets: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and, of course, “Sleepy Joe” Biden, […]


6 questions for former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

By: - August 18, 2020

We talked to Chris Coleman, president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and former St. Paul mayor, about the housing landscape and what Habitat has been up to. His answers were edited for space and clarity. Q: What’s the housing situation look like right now? Chris Coleman: The housing shortage is dramatic in the […]

Al Giraud-Issaacson resigns his seat on the Minneapolis Charter Commission

By: - August 17, 2020

Al Giraud-Issaacson has resigned his seat on the Minneapolis Charter Commission, which in recent weeks has become the source of controversy over whether the City Council could go through with a plan to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Giraud-Issaacson announced his resignation on Twitter, saying, “In my letter to the Chief Judge of Hennepin County, […]

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon

Secretary of State Steve Simon says no worries yet on mail ballots, thanks to court ruling

By: - August 14, 2020

Minnesota is one of 46 states the U.S. Postal Service has warned may not be able to get all its mailed votes counted in time for the November election, but state election officials aren’t worried, thanks to a recent court ruling giving them an extra week to count votes. A judge recently ruled the state […]

Minneapolis pauses reopening of 38th and Chicago

By: - August 14, 2020

The city of Minneapolis has paused its plans for a phased reopening of 38th Street at Chicago Avenue — where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis Police officer in May — citing concerns from a neighborhood group. Last week, city employees told a handful of community leaders and business owners the city would reopen […]

Voices of the 5th Congressional District on primary day

By: and - August 12, 2020

At most polling places, the scene Tuesday was marked by a quiet determination to get in and get out in the least time possible. But at the Coyle Community Center across the street from Cedar-Riverside apartments, it was like an Election Day celebration. Groups of people were singing, chanting, smiling and laughing while holding campaign […]

Abolishing the police won’t get rid of the police union, under court ruling

By: - August 11, 2020

Even if the Minneapolis City Council succeeds in getting voters to allow it to replace the Police Department in 2021, it may wind up with the same cops represented by the same police union, or risk breaking state law. In 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Brainerd engaged in unfair labor practices when it abolished […]

Minneapolis will remove barricades at Floyd memorial in August, neighbors say

By: - August 7, 2020

The city of Minneapolis intends to remove barricades around the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — the site of George Floyd’s death — the week of Aug. 17, a group of neighbors said. City employees told a handful of community leaders and business owners about the plans Thursday, the residents said. But the residents are […]

Abolish the Minneapolis Charter Commission? That’s harder than the Police Department

By: - August 6, 2020

Many Minneapolis residents are talking about recalling members of the previously low-profile Minneapolis Charter Commission or abolishing the body altogether after it blocked a police reform amendment from reaching the ballot this November. But getting rid of them wouldn’t be easy. It’d require unprecedented action from the Hennepin County District Court chief judge or an […]