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

Sheriff: Teen admits setting fire to 120-year-old church in Melrose

Parishioners now must ask why as they debate whether to rebuild or restore.

Winona magazine Big River focuses on all things Mississippi

Big River's staff cranks out six issues a year for 5,000 subscribers

Superior, Wis., residents unsettled a month after refinery explosion, fire

A month after the explosion in Superior, people aren't sure how safe their soil and air are.

Volunteers to discuss future of Sherburne County camp

Arsonist set fire to the camp's main building, causing $200,000 in damage to the historic White Building that was kitchen, dorm and meeting space.

Winona County ban on frac sand mining challenged at Court of Appeals

Attorneys on both sides were rigorously questioned by a three-judge panel.

Minnesota congresswoman calls on refinery to stop using highly toxic chemical

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum said the use of hydrogen fluoride in a major population center is "unacceptable."

Minnesota state parks targeted for better accessibility for the disabled

It's time to make at least one or two state parks accessible for the disabled, commissioner says.

Legislators push to end refinery's use of toxic chemical

Public needs to know evacuation plans for St. Paul Park refinery, and first responders should do drills, two Minneapolis legislators said.

Superior refinery fire is reminder of toxic leak risk in Twin Cities

Major accidents involving hydrogen fluoride are rare. But the explosion and fire at the oil refinery in Superior, Wis., was a reminder of the potential danger at another refinery in St. Paul Park.

Twin Ports mayors want Superior refinery to stop using highly toxic chemical

Superior, Duluth leaders ask Husky Energy to stop using hydrogen fluoride.