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.

Med students protest, call for student’s expulsion after Floyd mural defacing

By: - August 27, 2020

Minneapolis Police are not expected to pursue charges against the man who recently defaced the George Floyd mural, a spokesman said. The police were not called about the vandalism, and a Minneapolis Police Department spokesman has said as far as he knows, no charges will be filed in the case. John Elder said Friday, “last […]

Judge grants temporary restraining order to ex-wife of Minnesota GOP communications director

By: - August 26, 2020

Just two weeks before Minnesota Republicans hired Jack Tomczak to be the party’s communications director, a Hennepin County judge granted a temporary restraining order against him, ruling “there are reasonable grounds to believe” he engaged in harassment of his ex-wife.   Careen Holly Martin, 41, Tomczak’s ex-wife, filed a petition for a temporary harassment restraining order […]

Kanye who? West makes the Minnesota ballot, but at least two electors unaware

By: - August 25, 2020

Kanye West, the hip-hop star and fashion mogul whose wife has said that he is struggling with bipolar disorder, has cleared a major hurdle to getting on the November ballot for president in Minnesota. The required 2,000 signatures and a slate of 20 electors were submitted to the secretary of state’s office last week, and […]

20 mail sorting machines being taken out of service in Minnesota

By: - August 25, 2020

This story has been updated. Seven mail sorting machines are being decommissioned in Minneapolis along with 13 more across the state, according to a new lawsuit filed in Washington. Ten machines can each process up to 500,00 pieces of mail a day, according to Reuters.* While standing outside a post office in Golden Valley, U.S. […]

Nonprofit groups tell Congress to get back to work

By: - August 24, 2020

A group of Minnesota nonprofits called on federal elected officials Monday to “get back to work” and pass another coronavirus relief package. More than 150 nonprofit groups sent a letter to Minnesota’s congressional delegation Aug. 20 saying the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was vital, but insufficient as the “the situation is worsening.” […]

George Floyd mural vandal no longer a U med student

By: - August 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota Medical School dean released a statement saying the Rochester med student who admitted to defacing the George Floyd mural last week was not enrolled as of Thursday. “We are aware of a media report discussing the involvement of a medical student in this act,” Dean Jakub Tolar said in statement released […]

Cup Foods has a past, but does it have a future?

By: - August 21, 2020

Days after reopening Cup Foods on Aug. 3, co-owner Mahmoud Abumayyaleh was back behind the store counter, talking to customers and his employees while outside, people milled about the makeshift memorial to George Floyd. If you went into the store for a pack of cigarettes, a sandwich or cell phone minutes, you may have noticed […]

George Floyd mural defaced; suspect apprehended by volunteer security

By: - August 19, 2020

The now famous mural of George Floyd on the side of Cup Foods in south Minneapolis was defaced with spray paint Tuesday night and is now covered by a tarp. Floyd was killed at the hands of Minneapolis police outside the store at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue after an employee called 911 to report […]

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, […]