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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.

Trump endorses Crockett for secretary of state

By: - October 25, 2022

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Republican secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett on Tuesday, calling her a “strong and wonderful woman” who can help “fix” election fraud, which he falsely claimed is rampant in Minnesota.

Right-wingers continue quest to change Minnesota elections; progressives form group to protect them

By: - October 25, 2022

A last-minute lawsuit filed by a Republican attorney has roiled a southeastern Minnesota county and prompted Secretary of State Steve Simon to intervene, warning that if the lawsuit is successful, it could upend elections across the state.

Minnesota House candidate encourages people to fly Confederate flag, calls Islam a Satanic plague

By: - October 21, 2022

A Republican candidate in a newly drawn House district encouraged people to fly the Confederate flag, questioned President Obama’s birthplace as recently as 2019 and called Islam “a plaque.”  Stephen Doerr is running against Rep. Gene Pelowski, DLF-Winona, in House District 26A, which is now in the Winona area after redistricting. Pelowski was first elected in 1986 and has often sailed to reelection, but the newly drawn district is solidly purple. 

The first GOP attorney general in 50 years could transform the office, help corporate sector

By: - October 20, 2022

Jim Schultz has the Republicans' best shot at winning statewide office in November. Here are some key ways the first Minnesota Republican attorney general in more than half a century could change the course of the North Star State

County attorney candidate says she inadvertently filed for office with expired law license card

By: - October 14, 2022

For days, Hennepin County attorney candidate Martha Holton Dimick has been hounded on social media about whether she had an active law license, which is required to run for county attorney. Her adversaries had good reason: She submitted an expired license when she filed for the office, even though state law requires that she submit an active one with her paperwork.

Minneapolis City Council member’s wife’s nonprofit reported feeding 2,500 children per day 

By: - October 11, 2022

The wife of Minneapolis City Council Member Jamal Osman incorporated a nonprofit that reported feeding 2,500 children per day under a federal program that’s been rocked by alleged fraud in Minnesota. Ilo Amba incorporated a nonprofit called Urban Advantage Services in November 2020, registering its office at the south Minneapolis home she shares with Osman.

Bernie Sanders’ Iowa political director went on to work for Feeding Our Future

By: - October 6, 2022

A former key aide to Bernie Sanders’ Iowa presidential campaign went on to work as a consultant for Feeding our Future, a nonprofit that federal prosecutors say was at the center of the nation’s biggest pandemic relief program fraud. Abshir Omar was also deputy director of a nonprofit that ran six food distribution sites — sponsored by Feeding Our Future — serving 4,000 kids per day.

Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner has repeatedly suggested he saw combat, but he didn’t

By: - October 5, 2022

During his first bid for Congress in 2020, Republican candidate Tyler Kistner repeatedly suggested he saw combat while in the U.S. Marine Corps, despite military records that say otherwise.

Two former Minneapolis officials charged in child nutrition scandal

By: - September 21, 2022

A former senior policy aide to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and former chair of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority — appointed by Frey — were among the 47 people charged Tuesday in connection with what feds say was a scheme to defraud the government — and needy children — of 125 million meals.

Feds charge 48 in $250 million Feeding Our Future fraud

By: - September 20, 2022

The Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges Tuesday against 48 people who allegedly participated in a $250 million scheme to exploit the Federal Child Nutrition Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minneapolis residents question why MPD guards work sites for Michels Corp.

By: - September 20, 2022

Some Minneapolis residents aren’t happy that off-duty Minneapolis police officers are guarding construction sites for a company owned by Tim Michels, a Trump-style Republican who’s running for governor of Wisconsin.

Republican secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett can’t seem to get her facts straight

By: - September 15, 2022

Kim Crockett, the Republican candidate for Minnesota secretary of state, has made a litany of erroneous statements about election administration during her campaign to be the state’s top election official.