David Chanen | Star Tribune
Reporter | Courts and criminal justice

David Chanen covers Hennepin County and appellate courts, and legal and criminal justice issues.


The state officially changes Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

The name change, approved by the DNR today, now has to be approved by the federal government. The department's decision follows resolutions passed by the Hennepin County Board and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.


Orono mayor and council warned after trimming of tree limbs on Big Island

Watershed officials said the city didn't follow a Big Island preservation plan.


Twin Cities' unlikely experience with landslides gets attention in Washington

Emergency management director spoke to lawmakers about the area's response after several incidents in recent years.


Hennepin County plans for extra detox services during Super Bowl week

The issue came up as the County Board was briefed on events and security.


Mpls. residents file legal action to keep Lake Calhoun's name

The lake's name is already in the process of changing to Bde Maka Ska.


Hennepin County commissioner rang up a $55,000 bill for her office's remodeling

Former Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel said she inherited an office that needed costly repairs.


Memo on sexual harassment sent to corrections employees after fired Stillwater warden reinstated

His uncertain job status stemmed from sex harassment, which was focus of message.


Ramsey and Hennepin county coffers continue to fill with property tax prepayers

Saturday hours added; prepay benefits unclear.


Homeowners line up to prepay their 2018 property taxes

The newly passed tax law gives homeowners an incentive to prepay 2018 property taxes so they can deduct them under more favorable rules on their 2017 tax forms.


Bankruptcy judge rejects plans for Twin Cities Archdiocese settlement with clergy abuse victims

Judge orders all parties in clergy abuse case back to mediation.