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.


Community meal eases isolation for East African elders in rural Minnesota

Food is the first course in health education program in St. Peter.


Cold front had Kansas City residents sniffing Minnesota stench

Minnesota pig farms and fields recently treated with manure blamed for the unappealing odor.


Arnold Bockstruck, St. Paul jeweler who shone brightest in the community, dies at 91

The third-generation business owner was a tireless promoter of his hometown and held several leadership roles in community organizations.


In Detroit Lakes, one-year hiatus for We Fest is 'a tug at the heartstrings'

New owner could make Detroit Lakes country music event "king of the mountain again."


Edina school vandalized with swastika

A suspect was apprehended, but police said there was no arrest.


St. Paul police identify men slain in back-to-back weekend shootings

The victims of back-to-back fatal shootings in St. Paul this weekend have been identified.St. Paul police said Anthony Martin, 25, of St. Paul was shot…


Rapid growth in Worthington schools exposes friction

A bitter fight over school funding has become a flash point in a larger debate about immigration and its impact on this southwestern Minnesota prairie town.


Two shot near Loons playoff game; Carter says 'This has to stop right now'

"This has to stop right now," mayor says of the rash of gun violence.


Owatonna may offer naming rights to businesses that help fund new high school

Owatonna companies pledged nearly $25M for a new high school.


Review: 'One Day,' by Gene Weingarten

NONFICTION: A storyteller digs into a random 24 hours in America.