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.


From pawn shop mural to schools, Hutchinson cheers 'hometown sweetheart'

As news of Lindsay Whalen's retirement spread through her hometown, many stopped to pay tribute to the local girl who became an international sports star and never forgot her roots in a small Minnesota city.


Filmmaker got 'in the zone' for documentary on robotics team from tiny Minn. town

"Small Town Robot" was inspired by the winning robotics team from tiny Greenbush, Minn.


Environmental groups file appeal over controversial northern Minnesota oil pipeline

Honor the Earth says the environmental assessment process was "arbitrary and capricious."


Andy Shea, a lawyer who helped keep the Twins in Minnesota, dies at 79

Andrew J. Shea may be best remembered as the brilliant attorney who came up with the winning legal strategy that kept Major League Baseball from killing off the Twins.


Paynesville man admits killing grandparents who took him in

Gregory Scheel pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.


Boy's playground death in SW Minn. 'a tragic accident,' police say

The boy was found tangled in a playground swing Wednesday afternoon.


Lake Bemidji drowning victim identified as Cass Lake woman

The victim's body was recovered floating in the lake near the local tourist information office.


Woman's body recovered from Lake Bemidji

The caller reported seeing an object floating in the water near the tourist information center.


Olmsted County officers 'Twist and Shout' their way to big video views

Employees with the sheriff's office jumped into the Lip Sync Challenge by shaking their uniformed booties.


2nd Blue Earth football player pleads guilty in brutal beating of teammate

The victim received a concussion and later moved out of state.