John Reinan | Star Tribune
Reporter | Region & State

John Reinan is a news reporter covering Greater Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. For the Star Tribune, he's also covered the western Twin Cities suburbs, as well as marketing, advertising and consumer news. He's been a reporter for more than 20 years and also did a stint at a marketing agency.

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.


How did Jake Patterson's life lead to Jayme Closs?

Alleged violent acts in northwestern Wisconsin leave family, friends with questions.


Chance back-road encounter cracked the Jayme Closs case

Captive for almost three months, the 13-year-old seized an opportunity and walked away. And acting on the information Jayme provided, police found a suspect within five minutes.


Back with family after escaping, Jayme Closs 'is the hero'

Wisconsin authorities said Jayme Closs was abducted by 21-year-old Jake T. Patterson, who is being charged with murder and kidnapping. She was reunited with her family. "It's amazing, the will of that 13-year-old girl to survive and escape," Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.


Historian battles the 'legend' of Minnesota's Northwest Angle

William Lass, who literally wrote the book, says origin is complex.


Jake Patterson: Suspected killer, kidnapper's life remains a mystery

Jake Patterson had no criminal record or social media footprint.


This Minnesotan achieves rare feat in 109-year history of Eagle Scouts

Matt Lindbo 19, a senior at Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls, Minn., pulled off a feat that's rarely been accomplished.


Recession decimated outstate Minnesota retailers, but there are bright spots

Of the state's 47 largest retail centers outside the Twin Cities, all but two saw a loss of retailers from 2009 to 2015.


Give the Northwest Angle to Canada? Residents say 'no thanks'

A petition to the White House suggests giving Minnesota's scenic Northwest Angle to Canada.


Robocall surge in Minnesota in 2018 aided by evolving technology

Federal and state regulators are trying to rein in the deluge of calls, which totaled more than 5.1 billion nationwide this year.


Group that helped save historic Mayo mansion in Rochester is disbanding

Group that helped save magnificent Mayowood is disbanding