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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.


The anonymous Minnesota street artist who invented a better mouse door

An untrained street artist installs his tiny sculptures around town — and the world — to communicate and celebrate whimsy.


Fighting with lightsabers: Minnesotans do battle in growing 'nerd sport'

Minnesota "Star Wars" fans have created a sport inspired by a sci-fi movie prop.


Eagan minister is Minnesota's Luke Skywalker

Jimmy Sourile is the Saber Legion’s Luke Skywalker, an ordinary guy who goes on a hero’s journey and discovers he has the hidden skills to…


Oakdale man makes plastic sabers look and sound like the real 'Star Wars' thing

Shameem Moshrefzadeh is the arms dealer for the nerd warrior. “I build lightsabers to pay the bills,” he said. The 31-year-old Oakdale resident turned his…


St. Paul couple find a new home for their giant medieval catapult

Dan Wenkel and Beth Robelia weren't using their home-built trebuchet much anymore. So they went on the neighborhood networking site Nextdoor and offered it for free.


From the atomic bomb to internment camps, stories of the last Minnesota veterans of World War II

Minnesota World War II veterans' experiences are told in a new play performed by a multigenerational cast.


Robert Fusaro, who opened first karate school in Minnesota, dies at 85

To thousands of his students, he was known as the "sensei's sensei," the teacher of teachers.


Space dust from metro rooftops is star of new exhibit at Bell Museum

Micrometeorites discovered by a local resident are part of an exhibit.


Two nursing students' lives are linked by controversial death 30 years ago in Edina

The two students discovered that their families are connected through an alleged "mercy killing" from decades ago.


Why so many Twin Cities clergy members bicycle religiously

For a growing number of Twin Cities clergy members, biking is part of the ministry.