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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.


Rival small-town Minnesota publishers battle over the revived Chatfield News

One owner closed it; another brought it back to life. But did she have the right?


Residents of Minnesota town band together to save iconic water tower

Saved from demolition, the smiley-faced tower along Interstate 94 is being refurbished.


Minnesota Navy veteran could lose his home in dispute over a flagpole

A homeowners association has foreclosed on the St. Michael home and scheduled a sheriff's sale for it.


Trump Shops pop up in rural Minnesota, owned by Florida entrepreneur

Owned by an entrepreneur, they're not part of the president's campaign.


Iconic Minnesota gift shop Treasure City is for sale: 'We have stuff you won't find in most stores'

After nearly 50 years of selling items you can't find anywhere else, the owner is ready to retire.


Iowa still cleaning up a week later from terrifying derecho

Rare "inland hurricane" caused $4 billion in damage in eastern Iowa


Minnesota sports fan becomes pals with player he idolized 70 years ago

What fan hasn't dreamed of being buddies with one of his or her idols? For one Minnesota fan, that dream has come true. But it took a long, long time.


With only $400 in the bank, new owner brings a small-town Minnesota newspaper back from the dead

When the 164-year-old Chatfield paper closed, one loyal employee brought it back to life.


In rural western Minnesota, divided they stand each week

It's a microcosm of what's happening in America, with both sides passionately proclaiming their views and neither side appearing to make much headway in convincing the other.


Minn. horse breeder fears she's being pushed out because of age

After allegations of mistreatment, the Humane Society questioned whether the 75-year-old rancher should have such a large herd. The investigator "kept telling me I was old," Ann Bowman said. "Over and over and over."