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.


East Gull Lake is abuzz over proposal to allow helicopter pads

Community abuzz over request to allow private helicopter pads


Minnesota seeks to punish rodeo organizers who bucked governor's safety order

North Star Stampede in Effie was warned to limit spectators but didn't comply, complaint says. Also one spectator tested positive for COVID-19.


Brooten, Minn., divided and devastated after alleged pulltab swindle

A business leader has been charged with stealing gaming proceeds, leaving a trail of debt and broken trust.


Fans threatening to buck virus rules at Minnesota's largest outdoor rodeo

The plans come after the Minnesota Department of Health and the state attorney general, citing COVID-19 concerns, imposed a spectator limit.


Pro-white religious group takes root in small Minnesota town

For $45,000, the Asatru Folk Assembly bought an abandoned Lutheran church in Murdock and is creating its third "Hof," or gathering hall to serve believers throughout the Midwest. Religious scholars have identified the Nordic heritage group as a white supremacist organization.


Review: 'The King of Confidence,' by Miles Harvey

NONFICTION: The fascinating story of a 19th-century cult leader — part pirate, part politician, 100% con man.


Man shot at Powderhorn Park encampment in Minneapolis

Injuries are not life-threatening in the latest incident in the tent community that has sprung up in Minnesota's largest city.


Authorities identify man killed by deputies as he held woman hostage on Mendota Bridge

Arlan Kaleb Schultz, 31, of Richfield died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.


New policy: Minneapolis police must report efforts to de-escalate

Police also must report whenever they draw a gun.


Review: 'A Most Beautiful Thing,' by Arshay Cooper

NONFICTION: An inspiring underdog tale set in a world that few readers have seen.