Reporter | Region & State

John Reinan is a news reporter covering Greater Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. For the Star Tribune, he's also covered the western Twin Cities suburbs, as well as marketing, advertising and consumer news. He's been a reporter for more than 20 years and also did a stint at a marketing agency.

Reinan has reported for seven newspapers from Alaska to Florida and points in between. A graduate of Fergus Falls High School and St. Olaf College, he usually can get within two degrees of connection to just about anyone in Minnesota. In his free time, he reads a lot of history, drives the historic Lake Harriet trolley in Minneapolis and plays the stand-up bass.


Majestic southern Minnesota courthouse is getting a 'once-in-a-lifetime' renovation

Ornate dome and tower clocks are being restored on Fairmont landmark.


Minn. businesses say more COVID stimulus desperately needed

Small-business owners in Minnesota say federal stimulus programs kept them alive. But with money from the programs spent and COVID-19 raging stronger than ever, more federal help is needed, they say.


Enlightened Equipment of Winona is a heavyweight player in lightweight outdoor gear

Outdoor enthusiasts praise Enlightened Equipment of Winona


Minnesotans react to Biden win with protest and celebration

Minnesotans on both sides of the political divide held out hope that President-elect Joe Biden can help America come together again.


Review: 'Fossil Men,' by Kermit Pattison

NONFICTION: In this brilliant book of reportage by a St. Paul writer, the discovery of a 4 million-year-old skeleton threatens to upend the world of science.


Willmar celebrates five-year effort to build healthy community

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN invested $2 million in the project


Perham's problem: Too many jobs, not enough workers

Thriving Perham, Minn., is building amenities to attract more workers.


After dodging worst of COVID, rural Minn. 'lit up with cases'

Case counts are surging in rural communities like never before. Since the beginning of October, the 10 Minnesota counties with the fastest case growth are all in rural parts of the state.


Former Chisago County sheriff pleads guilty, claims 'hero syndrome' in bizarre stalking case

Rick Duncan says job trauma and stress were factors in "Control Freak" incidents.


Waseca officer shot in the head gets hero's welcome home

The 33-year-old officer waved from a squad car to hundreds cheering and clapping as he returned for the first time since he was shot in the head last winter as he responded to a call about a prowler.