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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.

Police and firefighter pension fund could be underfunded by a billion dollars as exodus continues

By: - December 6, 2022

As the number of Minnesota law enforcement officers retiring early due to disabilities continues an upward trend this year, the state’s police officers and firefighters may be required to pay more down the road to shore up their state retirement fund. 

Norm Eisen: Trump ‘unbalanced’ by 2020 election, fell off tightrope

By: - November 30, 2022

Norman Eisen, a longtime election lawyer who advised the Obama White House on election law and was 44’s ethics czar, talks about the midterm elections, the red wave that wasn’t, and former President Donald Trump’s legal exposure.

State says Hennepin County attorney must turn over public documents related to Stallings case

By: - November 28, 2022

The Minnesota Data Practices Office recently issued an advisory opinion saying the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office must turn over documents — if it has any — surrounding the Jaleel Stallings’ case that aren’t exempt by attorney-client privilege and don’t reveal an attorney's work product. 

Law enforcement opposes rules banning cops from being involved in extremist groups

By: - November 17, 2022

The law enforcement lobby showed up Tuesday to oppose new rules proposed by the state’s police licensing board‚ including banning law enforcement officers from being involved in hate, extremist or white supremacist groups — because they said the wording is too vague.

Some fear another wave of MPD departures with arrival of reform-minded Moriarty

By: - November 15, 2022

Mary Moriarty’s election as Hennepin County attorney could lead to another wave of Minneapolis police retirements and resignations, some current and former officers say. 

Attorney says Hennepin prosecutors refuse to release public records about Stallings case

By: - November 14, 2022

Jaleel Stallings’ attorney says the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is refusing to turn over public records pertaining to his case.

State senator’s campaign volunteer sentenced for lying to grand jury about delivering ballots

By: - November 7, 2022

Minneapolis DFL Sen. Omar Fateh’s brother-in-law and campaign volunteer was sentenced Monday to six months’ of house arrest and two years of probation for lying to a grand jury during a ballot fraud investigation. Muse Mohamud Mohamed, 30, was convicted by a federal jury in May of two counts of lying to the grand jury when he testified that he was asked to return three absentee ballots for voters during the 2020 primary election. 

Politics and pulpits: Christians and Republicans team up to watch the polls Tuesday

By: - November 7, 2022

Politicking from the pulpit: How right-wing evangelicals are foot soldiers in the battle over the ballot in Minnesota.

Crockett’s husband says ‘we need’ sheriffs, deputies ready to respond to election fraud

By: - November 3, 2022

The husband of Kim Crockett recently called on her supporters to get law enforcement lined up to crack down on fraud on Election Day. Marty Probst, said, “If you've got friends or family or whatever in sheriff's deputies or sheriffs — we need them on Election Day. That's part of the SWAT team to get out when certain places don't follow the rules that they're supposed to.” 

Hennepin County attorney: Police misconduct must be disclosed to defense

By: - November 2, 2022

A week before voters will elect his replacement and after more than two decades in office, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman recently circulated a memo laying out a new policy for turning over so-called Brady material.

Prominent Bloomington woman’s nonprofit claimed to feed 6,400 children per day

By: - October 31, 2022

 The state Department of Human Services awarded Ayan Abukar with an “outstanding refugee” entrepreneurship award last year. Even as the state was lauding her service to the community, Abukar’s nonprofit was claiming to feed 6,400 children per day, multiple times per day, via what federal prosecutors now say was a fraud-riddled federal child nutrition program.

House candidate settles case alleging he swindled Cloquet woman in real estate deal 

By: - October 26, 2022

Cloquet attorney Pete Radosevich, who is running for the state House, recently settled a lawsuit in which he was accused of trying to defraud a woman out of equity in her home.