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.


Man bringing his gun in for service caused Eden Prairie Center lockdown

Police said he was bringing it to a sporting goods store for service.


Here's the poop on Monday's stinky air

Warm weather thawed out farm fields and released the odor of some powerful fertilizer.


Minnesotans thrilled to be part of presidential turkey pardon

The crew that raised him in Douglas County was thrilled to be part of the ceremony.


Northwest Minnesota residents angered by plan to cut back border crossing hours

Two crossing stations on the Minnesota-Canada border in northwestern Minnesota will be closing earlier starting in January, and residents aren’t happy about it. “It’s a…


Minn.-bred turkeys head to D.C. for a Thanksgiving pardon from President Trump

The nation's top turkey state is taking center stage ahead of Thanksgiving with high-profile events.


Face-off in Alexandria over funding for new hockey rinks

Alexandria’s eagerness for a new hockey rink has spawned what some see as uncomfortable competition. The NorthStar Group broke ground last month on a 70,000-square-foot…


The last dance: Storied Withrow Ballroom goes out swingin'

The Minnesota's oldest dance hall is up for sale, and dancers made sure to go out on a high note


Watch your step: Several sinkholes appear around Lake Nokomis

There's a simple reason — too much precipitation in recent years.


Lake country cabin owners shoulder a big share of property tax burden

A growing number say they often don't feel like they have much voice in how that tax money is spent.


Mysterious giant bog inflicts shoreline damage as it cruises Brainerd lake

A large as 5 acres, it has been creeping along the lake since breaking loose from the shoreline on Friday the 13th.