Rachel Hutton writes features for the Star Tribune. She previously served as the editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine and as City Pages' food critic.
Greg covers Ramsey County and the cities within it. He's a Milwaukee native who joined the Star Tribune in 2018 after reporting on politics, development, city governments and the environment in Rockford, Ill., and Naples, Fla.
Mukhtar M. Ibrahim is a reporter covering Minneapolis city government and local affairs. He's previously worked for Minnesota Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. A Somali native who resettled to Minnesota in 2005, Mukhtar earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in investigative and data journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. To contact him securely through encrypted email, his PGP fingerprint is 97CB 1C1E 7B8C 0FC2 57F5 C740 4765 3B82 0D91 618B.
Chris Hine is the Star Tribune's first analytics and enterprise reporter. He'll stand at the intersection of stats and humans and tell the compelling stories he finds there.
Sarah McLellan covers the Wild and NHL. Before joining the Star Tribune in November 2017, she spent five years covering the Coyotes for The Arizona Republic. Born in Edmonton and raised in Arizona, Sarah is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Chris Hewitt has been writing about arts in the Twin Cities for 26 years. A native of Illinois, he moved to Minnesota for the weather, the theater and the Mary Tyler Moore house.
Alan Palazzolo is the newsroom developer at the Star Tribune assisting in and leading the creation of interactive and visual stories as well as tools for the newsroom. Alan worked in similar positions previously at WNYC and MinnPost and was an inaugural Code for America fellow. He is a long time participant and contributor to open source and the local technology community.
Ben Goessling is in his sixth year covering the Vikings, having joined the Star Tribune in 2017 after four seasons at ESPN and one at the Pioneer Press. He is an Apple Valley High School and University of Minnesota graduate.
Alicia Eler covers visual art in and around the Twin Cities. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Glamour, Guardian, CNN, Hyperallergic, Artforum, Art21 Magazine, and LA Weekly. She is working on her first book, "The Selfie Generation," due out in Fall 2017 through Skyhorse Publishing.
Richard Chin covers features for the Star Tribune and writes for the Star Tribune Magazine. He is a graduate of Stanford University and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford.
As a Star Tribune reporter, Jennifer Brooks covered the Capitol and the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington, and she has traveled across Minnesota writing thoughtful, surprising stories about the people and issues of the state.
It could be worse. It can always be worse. We're not being chased from our homes by a wall of flames. Wildfires are racing across Oklahoma and much of the southern Plains. No severe weather (it's too cool and stable overhead for anything wild anytime soon). And we're not dreading the 7-Day the way residents of Seattle area, where rain is a given, but the last few months have been excessively wet, even by soggy Seattle standards. Skies brighten today before drizzle and light showers return Sunday. The sun makes a cameo appearance next week with a shot at 60F by Tuesday. That would be nice.
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We go from muttering about slush to whining about puddles slowing down our commute. Complaining (out loud) is part of the human condition. Showery rains linger today, although probably no hail like the St. Cloud area saw yesterday. We dry out Saturday and models show 50s next week - a few degrees above average. Hey, you could be in Denver.
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Turned out Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla wasn't agitating as much as he was forecasting.
Lori writes editorials and a weekly column about topics she has covered for more than 40 years, state government and politics. She's also a regular panelist on the Playing Politics podcast. Lori joined the Minneapolis Tribune as a summer replacement reporter in 1975, returned as a reporter in 1976, and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff in 1992. A native of South Dakota, Lori is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a member of that institution's Board of Trustees. She has been the author, ghostwriter or editor of 11 books, including "A Man's Reach: The Autobiography of Elmer L. Andersen," "Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement," and "The Pillsburys of Minnesota." Her latest book is "When Republicans Were Progressive" by Dave Durenberger, to be released in September 2018. She is a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. She is a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. Lori lives in St. Paul with her husband; they have three grown children.
Mara Klecker interned at the Star Tribune in the summer of 2016 before spending about two years as the social services reporter at the Omaha World-Herald. In college, she worked on multimedia reporting projects in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Nepal.
Jessie Van Berkel writes about Minnesota state government and politics. A Minnesota native and University of Minnesota graduate, she returned to her home state after covering local government in Florida for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and public safety at the Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis.
Jim Souhan can be found on Twitter at @Souhanstrib. His podcasts can be heard at MNSPN.com.