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.
Some MPD officers leave with a trail of lawsuits, complaints while pocketing six-figure settlements
By: Deena Winter - June 8, 2022
Since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police two years ago, 144 cops have received six-figure workers’ compensation settlements from the city, and all but five of them have misconduct complaints in their files. Since Floyd's police killing, Minneapolis has paid more than $22.2 million in workers’ comp settlements to police officers, and the state is paying more than $875,000 per month in disability pensions to 169 former Minneapolis police officers who’ve retired since Floyd’s murder.
Sources: Sen. Omar Fateh misled DFL colleagues about federal perjury case
By: Deena Winter - June 3, 2022
State Sen. Omar Fateh of Minneapolis misled Senate Democratic leaders about his relationship with a man recently convicted of perjury, according to two DFL sources with knowledge of the conversations. Fateh’s brother-in-law and 2020 campaign volunteer Muse Mohamud Mohamed was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury last month, in a case stemming from a federal investigation into ballot fraud during the DFL 2020 primary.
MPD cops raking in big time overtime could also pump up their pensions
By: Deena Winter - June 1, 2022
Minneapolis cops who are raking in big time overtime bucks could also plump up their pensions if they’re close to retiring.
Minneapolis council approves $645k settlement to man who was beaten, tased
By: Deena Winter - May 27, 2022
The city of Minneapolis will pay $645,000 to a man who was beaten and Tased for two minutes as he and his friend Jaleel Stallings tried to surrender to police.
Thanks to overtime, nearly three-fourths of Minneapolis cops made six-figure incomes last year
By: Deena Winter - May 26, 2022
The Minneapolis Police Department has been hemorrhaging employees — about 300 officers since George Floyd’s police killing two years ago — resulting in exploding overtime. Interim Police Chief Amelia Huffman issued a new MPD policy on May 10 limiting overtime for the rest of 2022.
Minnesota GOP endorses election denier to oversee elections
By: Deena Winter - May 25, 2022
Voting rights advocates are alarmed by Minnesota Republicans’ endorsed candidate for secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett, who has called the 2020 election “rigged.” She played a video at the state Republican convention with the theme “Sending out an SOS” that portrayed the election system in crisis and controlled by a Jewish puppet master, George Soros, with the caption, “Let’s wreck elections forever and ever.”
Was Mort really banned from Delta? Only he and Delta know, and neither is saying
By: Deena Winter - May 24, 2022
A Shakopee lawmaker who said he was banned for life from Delta Air Lines for refusing to wear a mask on a flight — hours after a Florida judge struck down the mask mandate — is refusing to provide proof he was banned. State Rep. Erik Mortensen says he was banned after an April 18 flight from Colorado to Minneapolis.
Republican lawmakers blame Minneapolis leaders for scathing MPD report
By: Deena Winter - May 18, 2022
Two state House committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss a recent state report that found the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of discriminating against people based on their race. Republicans laid blame at the feet of Minneapolis city officials — virtually all Democrats — while Democrats said it’s time to hold police accountable for misconduct.
Minneapolis to pay Jaleel Stallings $1.5 million
By: Deena Winter - May 17, 2022
Jaleel Stallings, an Army veteran who was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense after he was charged with shooting at Minneapolis police, has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit against the city for $1.5 million plus costs and attorneys’ fees.
Chaska doctor, COVID-19 skeptic wins GOP endorsement in governor’s race
By: Deena Winter - May 14, 2022
Chaska family doctor Scott Jensen, who rose to prominence by questioning the scientific community’s consensus about the danger of COVID-19 and the safety of vaccines, won the Republican Party endorsement for governor Saturday in Rochester.
After a slow start, Republicans begin making endorsements
By: Deena Winter - May 14, 2022
After a shaky start — long lines that led to a delayed start followed by a battle over whether to use paper ballots rather than an electronic voting system — Minnesota Republicans got down to business Friday and began their state convention. Videos of riots and burning buildings in the Twin Cities, Democratic Rep. John […]