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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.

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…

Are you ready to rock? Just don't forget your earplugs

More rock and classical fans (and musicians) are protecting their ears from loud performances.

Meet the new dinosaur bone hunter at the Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum's new paleontologist really digs crocodiles and "Jurassic Park."

Our Halloween Pet Costume Contest got hundreds of entries: Here are the best

From witches to wizards, our contest elicited some scary, wacky and creative outfits for four-legged fur kids.

A Twin Cities expert's terrifying take on trends in Halloween props

Psychos, aliens and zombies: A ghoulish expert's take on what's hot and what's not in Halloween props.

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."