Richard Chin | Star Tribune
Reporter | Features

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.


Ohio man is searching for his grandfather's Ford Torino in Minnesota

A 50-year-old car somewhere in the state may be this man's connection to his grandfather.


From cyborgs to sex robots, U professor studies how brain science is changing legal system

At the law school, neurolawyer Francis Shen studies the legal implications of emerging brain science.


Mayo Clinic expert on world-record athletes says a sub-2-hour marathon is possible

Michael Joyner has been called "one of the world's most widely cited experts on the limits of human performance."


Minnesota slackliners test balance (and gravity) high above Lake Superior

The motto is "longer and higher" for Minnesotans practicing the gravity-defying sport of slacklining.


New, safer playground going up near site of traumatic Minneapolis crash

Near the site of the crash that shattered a family, a new, safer playground is built in north Minneapolis.


Why are people going uphill at Hyland Hills Ski Area all summer long?

Bloomington's Hyland Hills has become a training destination for Twin Cities adventurers seeking to conquer real mountains.


Hastings artist can create a tiny, soft sculpture to memorialize your dog

Dog lover turned miniature artist makes tiny memorials of deceased pets — and animal actors from "The Walking Dead."


After 60 years, couple renew vows in Robbinsdale dry cleaner parking lot

Children hold surprise renewal of vows for parents — married 60 years — on site where their church once stood.


Some Minneapolis street performers are collecting more than just tips

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District says downtown streets are more vibrant if the city encourages entertainers and pays some of them.


Kristin Wilke Detailleur, veteran Twin Cities stage manager and props designer from St. Paul, dies

Detailleur was a longtime stage manager and prop master for theaters throughout the Twin Cities, a theater veteran who loved working behind the scenes on local productions of shows ranging from "God of Carnage" to "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding."