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.


Minnesota's 'Music Man' created a high school championship where the bands are front and center

An Apple Valley booster helped introduce Broadway-style theatrics and create a competition where high school band geeks are the stars.


John J. "Dex" Dexter, longtime St. Paul Curling Club manager, dies at 73

This is the time of year when John “Dex” Dexter would be laboring to make the perfect sheet of ice. For nearly 40 years, Dexter…


Edina cat-lovers built their indoor cats a 'catio' so they can enjoy the outdoors

Outdoor enclosures that keep cats safe but offer a little wind in their whiskers are sprouting up in the Twin Cities.


Remember player pianos? Meet the millennial keeping them alive in Minnesota

A young Minnesotan is trying to save a rare instrument that once was in every living room.


St. Paul woman offers fresh bouquets from Little Free Florist stand

St. Paul community organizer and gardening educator has given away 200 bouquets.


As fourth St. Paul retailer closes, some ask: Where will we shop?

Back-to-back closings of two discount stores in St. Paul months after Sears shut its doors are taking a big bite out of the city's retail offerings.


St. Paul photographer uses 1800s technology to create stunning portraits

Tintypes, which had their heyday during the Civil War, are being resurrected by young photographers looking to create lasting images.


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…