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.


Violent crime declined in Mpls. last year, but rates still well above norm

Analysts say it's too early to say why it fell, though some credit a return to normalcy in the Twin Cities and around the nation.


Internet speed disparities in Minneapolis depend on address

Formerly redlined neighborhoods have the lowest percentages of broadband internet.


Map: How Minnesota voted for governor, precinct by precinct

DFL Gov. Tim Walz won re-election in part by winning strong support in areas of the Twin Cities and its suburbs — further cementing Minnesota's urban-rural political divide.


As Twin Cities opioid overdoses surge, officials lean into drug prevention, education

Minneapolis calls the surge a public health and safety concern, and St. Paul is grappling with a sevenfold increase in fentanyl overdoses.


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.