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.


Firefighters contain intense blaze at Becker recycling plant

City now its turns attention to air and water quality concerns.


Becker schools to close today as pile of cars still burns at recycling plant

Firefighting crews were trying to separate a portion of the burning stack of vehicles in hopes that the blaze would eventually die out.


Beloved Minnesota school bus driver gets his wish: a school bus casket

Glen Davis, who drove a school bus for 55 years, will be buried this week in a special yellow coffin.


Iconic smiley water tower faces uncertain future in Freeport, Minn.

How much is a smile worth? The city of Freeport, Minn., is a­bout to find out.For half a cen­tu­ry now, travelers on busy In­ter­state 94…


From prison to playwright: Mpls. woman is 'a voice for those who don't have one'

Deneal Trueblood, a 48-year-old senior at Metropolitan State University is directing and starring in "Secrets," a play she wrote abut her life-changing experience.


Former Toro CEO gives Humane Society $3 million, largest gift ever

The Animal Humane Society (AHS) has landed a $3 million gift, the largest donation in the 142-year history of the Golden Valley-based organization. The society…


Small-town Minnesota radio station bets its future on live and local

KBEK in Braham, Minn., is "doing what everyone else quit doing."


Freeborn County pay dispute raises question: How much is a rural sheriff worth?

Dispute over pay in rural Freeborn County heads to state Court of Appeals.


The State of Hockey honors a young player who died in farm accident

Hockey sticks are being placed outside homes across the state in honor of 9-year-old Marshall "Turbo" Bader.


Kathleen Grogan Bush, star of the fashion runway, dies at 88

Juggling modeling and motherhood, Bush often brought her children to photo shoots, where they sometimes wound up appearing with her in ads.