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.


North Loop in the North Woods? The reinvention of Warroad, Minn.

A communitywide effort is aiming to bring a new flavor to this fishing and factory town some 370 miles northwest of the Twin Cities: A destination for entrepreneurs in the knowledge-based economy.


Brainerd school chair questions teaching of evolution

District staff and faculty explained that the theory of evolution has actually gotten stronger with further scientific discovery — for example, the study of DNA.


Family rebuilds wedding barn after devastating tornado in Northfield, Minn.

A new, 5,000-square-foot structure that's heated, air-conditioned and full of custom touches that the Winters' old barn, for all its charm, lacked.


C.J., longtime Star Tribune columnist, retires

Longtime Star Tribune columnist C.J., one of the most well-known media figures in the Twin Cities, has retired after nearly 30 years of writing about…


Farmers' Almanac winter prediction: 'Worst of the worst' for Minnesota

We're in for a "polar coaster," almanac says in its 203rd winter prediction.


John J. Harbinson, former chief of Minnesota Highway Patrol, dies at 93

It was a story John J. Harbinson never tired of telling: how he met his wife in bed. He was a young man in the…


'Weird Al' honored with 'Weird Alley' in Minnesota home of giant twine ball

Biggest Twine Ball town honors "Weird Al" with a new street sign.


A Minnesota man is the world's best plower. His daughter hopes to take the title.

51-year-old Gene Gruber is the only American "plowboy" ever to win the World Ploughing Championship.


UFO or no? Forty years later, a Minnesota town still wonders what sheriff's deputy encountered

Sounding groggy but calm, the Marshall County deputy sheriff radioed in from his patrol car at 2:19 a.m. on a lonely country…


Twin Cities' Art Buddies bring youthful dreams to life in cardboard, cloth and duct tape

The nonprofit mentorship program matches adults from the Twin Cities creative industry with low-income students, serving about 300 children a year in Minneapolis and St. Paul.