Matt McKinney | Star Tribune
Reporter | Regional Team

As a roaming reporter for the Star Tribune, my assignments come from all across the region, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to the Bois Forte Band in Tower, from the farm country Amish to up North fishermen. Special areas of interest include but are not limited to business fraud, sand mining, the Mayo Clinic's multi-billion-dollar expansion known as Destination Medical Center, crime, shoreline development and outstate news. Send tips and story ideas to me at

Report says Albert Lea can support hospital, but it would be costly

A newly published consultant's report that says the city of Albert Lea could support a full-service hospital has emboldened citizens there who are fighting a Mayo Clinic decision to reduce services.

Ex-Minn. cafeteria worker says staff told to toss lunches for students unable to pay

Many had the hot entree portion of their meal removed from their tray, the angry former worker said.

Stewartville schools to give hot lunches to all students, paid up or not

However, parents who owe more than $75 may face debt collection.

Judge's ruling on Winona County ban of frac sand mining stirs interest

Efforts to enact similar bans have so far foundered in neighboring counties.

Rochester's bold growth plans threatened by housing crisis

This economically vibrant city already was considered one of the hottest real estate markets in the state before the Mayo Clinic's $5.6 billion expansion took off in earnest last year with multiple construction projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Worthington man files brutality suit over 2016 arrest caught on video

Man's arrest, incident caught on tape last year.

Rochester mayor, council improperly spent taxpayer money on meals, auditor rules

City Council's monthly outing cost taxpayers $10K, auditor finds.

Lanesboro, Minn., learning center acquires prized piece of forest

Nearly a mile of Root River shoreline to be used for wildlife study.

Minn. lawmaker wants to tighten arts grant rules after video game labeled as 'ecoterrorism'

He said winning video game of bird zapping pipelines "has zero benefit."

Eau Claire City Council votes to ban children from dais after breastfeeding debate

Sometimes testy debate centered on woman's right to nurse her child in public.