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

Mining the magic: Cuyuna Range reinvented by influx of silent sports

Thousands of tourists come for award-winning bike trails, trout-stocked lakes, deep waters for scuba diving and quiet bays for paddleboarders and kayakers.

Scenic highway through Jay Cooke reopens five years after flood

Repairs restore washed-out passage through Jay Cooke State Park

New Trump travel ban fuels anxiety in Minnesota

The new order may draw legal challenges, but it's too soon to tell what will eventually happen, said a Somali attorney in Minneapolis.

Obituary: Volunteer chess coach and role model Jack Mangan dies at 67

A fundraiser, elementary school teacher and founder of several Minneapolis chess clubs that continue today, Mangan died Sept. 1, four months after a terminal cancer diagnosis. He was 67.

Hunter rescued after nearly 3 days in forest north of Twin Cities

Robert Kniefel, 61, of Lakeville, built a fire to warm himself and endured heavy rains in the Nemadji Forest.

Missing Minnesota 4-year-old found safe in a field after lengthy search

Authorities believe the girl followed a cat into a cornfield near her home northwest of Kenyon when she disappeared Tuesday night.

Minnesotans living and working in Irma's path face rebuilding task

Minnesotans in Irma's path come to terms with what has been lost and count their blessings.

State Supreme Court ruling reverses disorderly conduct conviction of Little Falls woman

"I feel like justice was finally served," said Robin Hensel, whose removal at a City Council meeting was at the heart of the court's decision.

Minnesotans with homes or businesses in Florida brace for Irma

Anxiety mounts as residents scramble for food, water, gas and other supplies.

Faribault's Johnston Hall once again eyed for demolition

Johnston Hall is all that remains of an 1888 divinity school.