Stephen Montemayor | Star Tribune
Reporter | U.S. District Court and federal agencies

Stephen Montemayor covers politics and government in Minnesota. He previously reported on federal courts and law enforcement for the Star Tribune.

A native of Kansas City, Montemayor lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and enjoys camping, travel and a good beer.


Ellison, Harrington kick off working group on deadly police encounters

Public meetings expected to produce recommendations by next February — in time for the next legislative session.


Minnesota courts hit reset on troubled online access system

Scores of errors set back remote access project.


Minnesota lawmakers, officials hail new wage-theft law as nation's strongest

Gov. Tim Walz signs bill making wage theft a felony in Minnesota.


Attorney General Keith Ellison goes on the road to counter hate

Rural Minnesota is emerging as a key part of state officials' search for solutions to hate and bias-motivated crime.


Norway terror attack survivor: Shooter wasn't a monster, but 'a human being like us'

Bjorn Ihler shares lessons of 2011 extremist violence.


State GOP lawmaker calling for ethics probe of Rep. Ilhan Omar

GOP state Rep. Steve Drazkowski also was behind campaign finance complaints.


Ellison says he'll defend abortion restrictions in state statutes

Some wondered how state attorney general, an abortion-rights advocate, would respond.


New documents revisit questions on Rep. Omar's marriage history

Although she has legally corrected the discrepancy, she has declined to say anything about how or why it happened.


Keith Ellison zeroes in on hate crimes

Law enforcement partnerships are seen as key to deterring acts based on bias.


Justice David Lillehaug to step down next year due to illness

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug, 65, said he had intended to seek re-election in 2020 but is coping with Parkinson's disease.