Dan Browning | Star Tribune
Reporter | General assignment

Dan Browning has worked as a reporter and editor since 1982. He joined the Star Tribune in 1998 and now covers greater Minnesota. His expertise includes investigative reporting, public records, data analysis and legal affairs.

Browning has a master's degree in International Journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on Latin American studies, a master's in Journalism from the University of Oregon with an emphasis on legal affairs, and a bachelor's in Religious Studies from California State University-Chico, with an emphasis on Buddhism. His outside interests include jujutsu and Aikido, ballroom dancing and photography.

Defendant in mosque bombing challenges hate-crime law

A federal magistrate judge managing the prosecution of a man suspected of firebombing a Bloomington mosque in 2017 is weighing a constitutional challenge to the laws under which the suspect was charged.

Former Minnesota coin dealer signs plea agreement in federal fraud case

Jamie Lee Smith had run two companies in Minnesota.

Children's Theatre settles six sexual abuse lawsuits

Nine other cases remain unresolved against the theater. Another pending lawsuit names former CTC teacher Jason McLean but not the theater.

Sheriff: Wis. man who killed 4 may have sought to imitate Closs kidnapping

A motive for the shootings at two Chippewa Falls area residences remains unclear, but investigators believe Ritchie German Jr., may have been trying to kidnap a woman at one house.

Ex-Tower mayor, city clerk charged with criminal misconduct over feud with newspaper owner

The charges stem from an effort to remove a muckraking journalist from a public commission.

Whitewater State Park celebrates its 100th year

Commemorative programs highlight the "Paradise of Minnesota."

Spike in rent slams low-income residents in Fairmont, Minn.

Cost to double for many renters, who are mostly poor, disabled or elderly tenants.

Pilot dies after small aircraft crashes in northwestern Minnesota

The pilot of an ultralight aircraft was killed Thursday afternoon when it crashed at the airport in Hawley, Minn. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting said…

Former Illinois attorney sentenced to five years in prison for porn troll scheme

John Steele ran a fraud and money laundering scheme with Minneapolis lawyer Paul Hansmeier.

Burnsville coin dealer gets prison time for sale of bogus coins

According to plea documents, Skog stole more than $57,000 from his customers and had planned to sell 275 more counterfeit coins for $235,000.