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.


Twin Cities teens are having to hit the road to take their driving exams

The state's overcrowded driver testing system has forced some families to travel hundreds of miles and make overnight stays.


Monster docks on Minnesota lakes have DNR concerned

Rather than writing tickets and ordering cabin owners to dismantle docks, DNR agents are asking them to set up their docks differently next year.


Wisconsin claims it has more lakes than Minnesota (It doesn't.)

It depends on what you consider a lake. But the Badger State may be overcounting.


Minnesota resort town remembers its beloved dog, Bruno

Longville moves on without its beloved four-legged ambassador


Dock dispute on Leech Lake pits businessman vs. former reality TV star from Wayzata

– As Minnesota gears up for cabin season, this placid vacation community some 200 miles northwest of the Twin Cities finds itself…


Why won't anyone in Minnesota take the last piece of food?

Who hasn't seen the last doughnut at the office cut in half, then halved again and again, until only a sliver is sitting on the plate? Is it Minnesota Nice at play, basic courtesy or something else?


Minnesota is in a soggy state after a historically wet spring

Summerlike weather finally has arrived, but it will take time for the state to dry out.


North Dakota saloon owners fight order to cover up mural

"They pushed the wrong guy," co-owner of the Lonesome Dove saloon says about his fight with Mandan.


Who's in charge of gravel roads? Lake City landowner asks court to decide

Lake City developer sues county after road maintenance costs hit $100,000.


Authorities investigate pile of dead cattle on western Wisconsin farm

Local authorities and Xcel Energy differ on whether stray voltage was involved in deaths.