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

First public dollars go to Rochester's Destination Medical Center project

The money will go to Rochester for infrastructure work related to the project.

Residents fight for old Rochester

Preservationists fear Mayo Clinic development could erase city's history.

Minn. arts group faces upheaval after sex harassment allegations against ex-director

Gregory Stavrou, accused of sexual harassment, had resigned in April after arts group called for his firing.

Failure to turn on body cameras flouted policy

The officer who shot and killed 40-year-old Justine Damond late Saturday apparently violated his department’s rules on the use of body cameras when he…

Chance of reopening Fort Ridgely golf course 'not promising,' supporter says

A surprise 'No' vote from the Fairfax City Council left the Friends of Fort Ridgely without a government entity and fiscal agent to pursue their plan.

Somali-American family from Eagan sues feds after being detained at border

The family was released after authorities determined that the father, who was on a watch list, wasn't a threat.

WWI patriotism, repression swept Goodhue County

Author documents Goodhue County's passions and prejudice.

Was Mankato boom a mine blast or an earthquake?

Mining firm blames earth­quake after quarry blast.

North Shore's Lutsen Resort goes up for sale

The listing includes 50 acres and some Lake Superior shoreline, but does not include the popular ski hill of the same name.

Virginia, Minn., launches plans to refurbish historic fountain

The Olcott Park Fountain needs $900,000 in repairs for the structure, built in 1937.