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.


Minn. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Edward Cleary to retire in 2020

Edward Cleary, second longest-serving chief judge, announced decision on Tuesday.


Tina Smith starts U.S. Senate race with cash lead over Jason Lewis

The Republican Lewis fends off questions about contributions from operatives accused of seeking to influence U.S.-Ukraine relations.


Trump rally jumpstarts GOP push for Minnesota

GOP plans to spend up to $30 million in bid to win first Minn. presidential race since19'72.


Trump backers rally at City Hall against Mayor Jacob Frey

Supporters of President Donald Trump protested Wednesday outside the City Hall office of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been in a public spat with the Trump campaign over the $530,000 security bill for Thursday's Target Center rally.


Amy Klobuchar pushes FEC for details on Trump's Ukraine call

Minnesota senator wants details on legal terms used to decline criminal probe.


Walz names Minneapolis city attorney, Ramsey County judge to state Court of Appeals

Susan Segal and Jeffrey Bryan become the Walz administration's first appellate court picks.


Fight over St. Cloud couple's right to not film same-sex weddings goes to federal court

Christian couple's bid to exclude gays returns to its starting point.


Curtis Shanklin picked for Minnesota Corrections Department deputy job

Shanklin replaces Sarah Walker, who left in July under a cloud.


Gov. Tim Walz calls election meddling 'a real threat'

Election officials eye new defenses against cyberattacks using a National Guard team.


Guard's coders, hackers may help shore up election defenses

State election officials have warned that more foreign sources are likely to try to penetrate states' election systems than in 2016, adding that there are already signs of widespread online disinformation campaigns underway.