John Reinan | Star Tribune
Reporter | Region & State

John Reinan hails from Fergus Falls and has been a reporter at seven newspapers, from Alaska to Florida and points in between. He covers news in Greater Minnesota. He's also been a Star Tribune business reporter and metro reporter.


Monster bog of Brainerd refuses to budge

In the ongoing struggle of man vs. nature, nature won by a knockout as a daylong effort to pull a floating mat of muck off shore failed.


Landowner's feud with DNR blocks lake access for fishing opener

There was one lake where they didn't catch anything, Jolly Ann Lake in Otter Tail County.


At age 95, heroic WWII pilot takes to the Minnesota sky in restored B-25 bomber

Seven decades after the Wisconsin farm boy's last combat mission, Ernest "Hod" Hutson says, "I feel like a kid again."


Review: 'Our Towns,' by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

NONFICTION: Writers James and Deborah Fallows crisscrossed the U.S., visiting small towns — and what they found gave them hope for America.


Sacred Dakota peace pipe sells for $40,000 — and buyer gives it back to Minnesota tribe

An anonymous donor returned the sacred pipe, carved by a chief who was hanged after U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.


Kid-powered transport grows as more than 150,000 Minnesota students get bike safety lessons

The statewide program is encouraging communities to make themselves more welcoming to bikers and walkers.


Superior refinery fire raged near chemical tanks with deadly risk

If a tank of hydrogen fluoride had been compromised, a "killing cloud" could have endangered 180,000 people.


Superior, Wis., evacuation order lifted at 6 a.m., mayor says

The evacuation order, which followed a fire at an oil refinery, was lifted as of 6 a.m., the mayor said in a Facebook post.


Paynesville grandson charged with first-degree murder in killing of grandparents

Gregory A. Scheel had a long criminal history before being charged with murder.


Lois Riess' arrest in Texas eases the what-ifs, but not the whys

Lois Riess, 56, was in a Texas jail Friday, accused of killing her husband in late March and then heading to Florida, where she is charged in the death of a 59-year-old woman in Fort Myers Beach and stealing her identity.