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.

House GOP unveils slate of public safety bills

By: - March 1, 2022

House Republicans unveiled proposals Tuesday that would toughen criminal penalties, provide money to recruit peace officers and place more power with the Legislature to oversee prison sentences. 

Minneapolis offers $2.4 million settlement with protester whose eye was shot out by MPD

By: - February 28, 2022

The city of Minneapolis has offered $2.4 million to settle a civil lawsuit with a man who lost his left eye after being hit with a rubber bullet during a protest six days after George Floyd was killed by police. Soren Stevenson, 27, accepted the offer, according to federal court filings.

Action 4 Liberty candidates challenging Republicans across the state

By: - February 25, 2022

Action 4 Liberty, a perennial libertarianish group on the fringes of the GOP, is trying to inject its pugilist brand of politics into next year’s Legislature. They’re seizing a moment when the Republican grassroots is furious, convinced that Gov. Tim Walz is a wannabe tyrant and — despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary — that the 2020 election was stolen. But their first target: Fellow Republicans. 

Republican party officials to take over review of Morrison County caucus

By: - February 22, 2022

Minnesota Republican party officials will review the election of delegates during Morrison County’s Feb. 1 precinct caucus after questions were raised about delegates added and subtracted. 

Winkler proposes expedited police training program for people with ‘strong moral character’

By: - February 21, 2022

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler and several Democratic colleagues announced legislation Monday that would create an expedited police training program for people with “strong moral character” to address a statewide shortage of cops.

State and feds investigating MPD beating of Jaleel Stallings

By: - February 18, 2022

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and and the FBI are investigating an incident involving a Minneapolis Police Department SWAT team, during which they fired marking rounds at civilians for being out after curfew and then beat two men. 

State GOP acknowledges errors in precinct data as more candidates call for ‘pause’

By: - February 16, 2022

The state Republican Party said it is working through errors in data released to statewide candidates following the Feb. 1 precinct caucuses, delaying campaigns even as they prep for local conventions set to begin this weekend.

Minnesota GOP grapples with caucus night turnout discrepancies

By: - February 15, 2022

The Minnesota Republican Party is confronting discrepancies in key data about its recent precinct caucuses, creating chaos even as local conventions are supposed to begin Friday. 

Minneapolis council OKs $105,000 settlement with Somali-American firefighter cadet

By: - February 15, 2022

The Minneapolis City Council approved a $105,000 settlement with a former Somali-American firefighter cadet who said he encountered a hostile work environment that culminated in his unlawful termination. 

Some Minneapolis council members question surge of payouts to cops claiming PTSD

By: - February 11, 2022

Two new Minneapolis City Council members voted against spending more than $2 million to settle 11 workers’ compensation claims with city employees, almost all of them police employees. 

No charges filed after lawmaker was yanked out of Action 4 Liberty meeting

By: - February 11, 2022

No criminal charges will be filed in a case where a Republican state lawmaker was thrown out of a political event in Blaine last month.  State Rep. Nolan West, R-Blaine, was booted from a caucus training event hosted by Action 4 Liberty.

Minneapolis police sought no-knock search warrant to ‘protect the public’

By: - February 10, 2022

In seeking permission for a no-knock warrant for the raid that resulted in the fatal shooting of Amir Locke, police argued that the more surreptitious entry would be less risky for both police officers and the public, including other apartment residents.