Richard Chin | Star Tribune
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Richard Chin is a feature reporter with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. He has been a longtime Twin Cities-based journalist who has covered crime, courts, transportation, outdoor recreation and human interest stories.

As a feature reporter, Richard Chin has flown on the Goodyear Blimp, driven the Wienermobile, sunk to the bottom of a lake in a one-man submarine, worn a giant urine specimen cup costume as a mascot for a health care company, rode a vintage Puch at the Sturgis of mopeds and was mistakenly arrested by police hunting for a serial killer. He also spent six weeks in Baghdad during the Iraq war and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Too cold to skydive or ski? Take it inside with these 6 Twin Cities thrill factories

Tired of Netflix, board games and books? It's possible to have offbeat, active, midwinter fun without boots and parkas.

John Uldrich, fish finder pioneer (and guy in background of Time cover), dies at 82

Uldrich enjoyed not just the good life, but "a quirky, quixotic, quintessential Minnesotan existence," according to his family.

Twin Cities collectors have serious drive to accumulate Hot Wheels: 'They're pieces of art'

Adult collectors are obsessed with the tiny cars, hoarding them by the hundreds, selling rare ones for thousands.

Minnesota man makes carousel out of enormous floating disk of ice

Extreme ice carousel builders across the world are one-upping each other in a challenge to create the biggest and best.

Don't want to write your own thank you note? Just outsource it

Signed, sealed and delivered: Ghostwriters and robots will write your thank you notes for you.

From quirky to scary, how the rest of the world celebrates New Year's Eve

Sure, we kiss, we drink. But compared with the rest of the world, Americans have downright dull New Year's Eve customs.

These holiday gifts are so good, PR people wrote us poems about them

PR firms were pitching gift ideas. We asked them to do so in verse. Surprisingly, they were not averse.

Savage man's successful ad jingles tout pizza and electric back shavers

He lost a pizza-eating challenge but landed a song in a national ad campaign.

Salvation Army bell ringer finds purpose and joy: 'I have a new Christmas'

One of the Salvation Army's most ardent Twin Cities volunteers finds connection as a bell ringer.

Elizabeth Delmore, Catholic sister and librarian who climbed mountains, dies at 97

Elizabeth Delmore was a Roseau girl who lived and traveled around the world as a Catholic sister, and a librarian who wrote poetry and climbed…