John Reinan | Star Tribune
Reporter | Region & State

Reinan has reported for seven newspapers from Alaska to Florida and points in between. A graduate of Fergus Falls High School and St. Olaf College, he usually can get within two degrees of connection to just about anyone in Minnesota. In his free time, he reads a lot of history, drives the historic Lake Harriet trolley in Minneapolis and plays the stand-up bass.


Children fight back when abusive father steals their mother's gravestone

– As Sandra Albrecht turned 50, she moved out of town and dropped out of sight. Twenty-five years later, she died. During…


Manager still missing as losses near $5 million at Ashby, Minn., grain elevator

The co-op closed its doors Sept. 10, just as harvest season was getting underway.


Living on an IV bag, Minneapolis runner won't let Crohn's disease slow her down

Sonya Goins has been training for months to run the Medtronic TC 10 Mile race Sunday. And for nearly all that time, she's been living only on the fluids that dripped into her veins through an IV port.


Birds are flying under the influence on the Iron Range

The town of Gilbert, Minn., was buzzing about erratic avian behavior. Turns out, the birds have been getting tipsy on fermented berries.


Cross-country ski World Cup event coming to Twin Cities

Ski champ Jessie Diggins of Afton will perform before a home-state crowd at the first event held on U.S. snow in nearly 20 years.


Fond du Lac Indians are creating their own broadband provider

Chippewa band creates broadband firm to serve its reservation.


Millions allegedly stolen from Minn. grain elevator, spent on hunting safaris and taxidermy

General manager Jerry Hennessey disappeared two weeks ago just as authorities began looking into a major problem with the elevator's books.


Storm that hit southern Minn. spun off as many as 6 tornadoes

Floodwaters, strong winds and tornadoes left a trail of damage.


Faribault celebrates the virtuous life with community effort to bring out its best

A group of residents felt that now was the time to encourage people to bring out the best in themselves. Thus was born Faribault's Virtues Project.


Trial in brutal Savanna Greywind murder set to begin this week in Fargo

– The grass has yet to grow thick and green on Savanna Greywind’s grave. Her headstone, tucked in a quiet corner of…