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

A dogged volunteer uncovers the mystery of the bell of St. Peter

It's a story that includes history, tragedy, family lore, town gossip, a thrilling discovery - and a second, enduring mystery.

Grants kick-start energy efficiency projects around Minnesota

A Department of Commerce program to kick-start energy efficiency around the state named 39 projects, from LED lighting in La Crescent to solar panel systems analysis for dairy farmers in west-central Minnesota, in its latest round of grant awards.

Rochester mayoral candidate victim of crude anti-Muslim comment

Threat was left on Regina Mustafa's webpage.

Family calls 8-year-old killed on Chisago Lake a budding outdoorsman and eager helper

Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. died five days after he and his family were hit by a snowmobiler on Chisago Lake.

Rochester restaurant's rooftop dining domes to be taken down

Fans of Rochester igloos are upset, but an official called them hazardous.

Rochester murder case may hinge on the phrase 'duty to retreat'

Rochester man's claim of self-defense in shooting likely to be tested at trial.

Rochester man charged in killing of teen who dared him to shoot

A 25-year-old Rochester man was charged with second-degree murder after a minor fender bender led to a confrontation, which led to a dare and a fatal shot.

Family that fled Iraq is left reeling by teen's shooting death after Rochester crash

The teenager shot to death was part of a tight-knit Iraqi family who fled homeland six years ago for a safer life in the U.S.

Rochester's popular rooftop 'igloo' dining may not survive

Rochester officials say the popular rooftop domes could be hazardous

Smokestacks coming down for new Austin rec center

The recreation center, with an anticipated completion date of fall 2019, will anchor further redevelopment plans.