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.


Hennepin County pilots new program for young adults on probation

Special unit uses team approach, support to keep risk-taking behavior of 18- to 21-year-olds in check.


Threats by white supremacists in state continue to be serious, officials say

Supremacist groups are more likely to operate covertly, FBI agent says.


Hennepin County launches initiative to eliminate disparities in juvenile system

A coalition of stakeholders established first ever Youth Justice Council.


Oscar Backlund, stage and movie actor, dies at 94

He played character roles in more than 100 theater productions and had small parts in the movies "Grumpy Old Men," "Grumpier Old Men" and "D3: The Mighty Ducks."


Hennepin County ushers in unique opportunity with three new commissioners

They join 2 other recently elected women of color for young, diverse board.


Hennepin County libraries end overdue book fees

The intent it to make libraries more accessible to low-income patrons.


As cold sets in, St. Paul, Mpls. dismantle more homeless camps

St. Paul leaders said Tuesday they will dismantle eight homeless encampments and relocate residents to shelters starting next week, citing the risk of fires and…


Why does Minneapolis keep planting trees under power lines?

After a few years, the trees are pruned into "ridiculous V shapes" to keep them from hitting power lines, a Curious Minnesota reader points out.


Arsonist sentenced to six years for fire, damage at Dakota County government building

A Savage man was sentenced to more than six years Wednesday for throwing Molotov cocktails into a Dakota County government building in May, causing more…


Small plane crash-lands on I-35W south of I-694, hitting vehicle

All lanes on a north metro freeway are back open Thursday morning after a  small plane made an emergency landing Wednesday night, striking at least…