Reporter | Hennepin County

David Chanen is a reporter covering Hennepin County government and Prince's estate dealings. He previously covered crime, courts and spent two sessions at the Legislature.

Chanen has spent his entire career at the Star Tribune A Minneapolis resident, he owns a pug and a rescue dog that looks like a gremlin.


Chad Helton, a pioneering black librarian, will be new head of Hennepin County Library

When Helton takes over the county library in late August, it will be nearly two years since previous director Lois Langer Thompson left.


2 Hennepin County commissioners press Mike Freeman for charges vs. fired officers in George Floyd's death

They described the Minneapolis Police Department as an oppressive system.


Hennepin County Board to require masks for employees and visitors

Two commissioners voted against the measure.


Mpls. Park officials warn of harmful algae in Cedar Lake

Toxic blue-green bloom can sicken humans and animals alike.


Hennepin County Board debates measured rollout of county services

Limited court hearings expected to start again next week at the county's Government Center.


University of Minnesota announces $35 million gift for adolescent brain studies

It comes from the university's largest donor.


St. Paul school board chairwoman critically ill from COVID-19

Marny Xiong, 31, joined the board in 2018 and is a graduate of St. Paul Public Schools.


COVID-19 permanently changing the way Hennepin County does business

The County Board debated the first phase of reopening strategies during a two-hour briefing.


Frederick 'Fritz' Koerner, engineer of a famous war spy plane, dies of COVID-19 complications at 86

Enticed by the U.S. Navy’s recruitment pitch “to see the world,” Frederick “Fritz” Koerner enlisted during the Korean War. He made it as far as…


Minneapolis school board taking final public comments on redistricting plan

The Minneapolis school board will take final public comments starting Tuesday on its controversial redistricting plan. The comments, which can be submitted in writing or…