Interactive Data Journalist | Metro

A Minneapolis native, Hargarten graduated in 2014 from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a professional journalism degree. As a student reporter at the Star Tribune, he previously covered public health. His past experience includes work for MinnPost, Pioneer Press, News21 and Minnesota Daily.


Embattled north Mpls. corner long been epicenter for violence

A half-mile radius surrounding a North Side intersection, home to the embattled Merwin Liquors and a Winner Gas station known as the "murder station," is where nearly one out of every 10 killings citywide has taken place since 2010, according to a Star Tribune analysis.


Kia, Hyundai face lawsuits amid surge in Twin Cities auto thefts

Some residents have responded with a class-action lawsuit, joining more than a dozen similar lawsuits against Kia and Hyundai.


These 50 animals and plants have disappeared from Minnesota

Scientists know the actual number of extirpated species is much larger, but we don't have a full picture of what species have lived here.


In Minneapolis, downtown is back. So is the violent crime

Still below 2019 levels, violent offenses are creeping up in the city's downtown west neighborhood as business and night life returns to a semblance of normalcy.


After July 4th shooting, Minneapolis braces for more gun violence

Police say low staffing levels hinder their response to calls.


Racial covenants found embedded in Ramsey County deeds

The research is far from complete, but the Mapping Prejudice group plans to launch a dialogue about the consequences of racial covenants in Ramsey County as it has in Hennepin County.


Suburbs' increase in violent crime is mostly in a few metro cities

A Star Tribune analysis of data from 50 Twin Cities suburbs shows violent and property crimes jumped notably in some communities last year. But most metro-area suburbs saw little or no increase.


How popular is your first name (or any other) in Minnesota?

Track the popularity of any first name in Minnesota over the past century.


Catalytic converter thefts soaring in Twin Cities suburbs

The Twin Cities metro area is the riskiest place in the country for such thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.


Six takeaways from Minnesota's new redistricting maps

Last week's release of new congressional and legislative maps has shifted Minnesota's electoral landscape.