Reporter | Regional Team

Matt McKinney is a reporter on the Star Tribune's state team. In 15 years at the Star Tribune, he has covered business, agriculture and crime. 

McKinney graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville and spent the ensuing years chasing stories through Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and Cambodia. A Minnesota childhood taught McKinney to love winter, skiing, the first warm day of spring, good books and time spent outdoors. He benefited from great teachers at Stillwater High School, and again in Collegeville and at the University of Minnesota. He's a fan of several local breweries, Prince, Jessie Diggins, the Loons, and newspaper reporters near and far who taught him the craft. McKinney bikes to work year-round from his home in the Twin Cities, which he shares with his wife and two sons.


Some Ramsey County sheriff's workers get pension plus salary

The County Board chairman said it was "baffling" that several high-ranking Sheriff's Office members were collecting pensions while working. Bob Fletcher defended it, citing "a lifetime of contributions."


Minn. DNR: 'Virtually no scenario' for shipping water to Southwest

The response came amid widespread shock and concern over the water shipment plan proposed by Empire Building Investments Inc., the real estate arm of Lakeville-based Progressive Rail.


Two homicides in St. Paul bring city's total to 26 for year

The two homicides continued a violent streak in St. Paul. Nine people were killed in the city in September and 2019 is the deadliest in the past decade.


Public budget hearings scheduled for Minneapolis City Hall

Three meetings scheduled for Minneapolis residents.


Pioneering schoolteacher Beverly Jonnes dies at 87

Beverly Jonnes, a pioneering elementary school teacher who relied on listening and empathy to lead students and who later authored voluminous poetry about her life…


Minnesota honors Walter Mondale by naming 5 St. Croix river spots for him

The memorials recognize the former vice president's early role in efforts to protect the St. Croix and other vulnerable rivers.


After sudden closing, fate of 900-acre site still a mystery

The private foundation that owns the Warner Nature Center's land near Marine on St. Croix said last month it was severing its relationship with the Science Museum of Minnesota, which staffs the center and runs programming.


Bloomington mosque leaders unnerved by photographers

Strangers bearing still and video cameras have come and lingered in the parking lot or walked around the building, officials say.


Former Ramsey County sheriff disputes accusations of overspending

Serier disputes Ramsey Sheriff Fletcher's accusation of over-hiring.


Ramsey County imposes financial restrictions on Sheriff Bob Fletcher's office

Fletcher said he inherited the cost overruns; county will monitor spending.