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.


Citing crime, Juut leaves Uptown as social justice battles rage

Late Sunday, Minneapolis police said someone drove a vehicle into a group of protesters at Lake Street and Girard Avenue S. and was taken into custody.


Minnesota pilot is first to return to Air Force flight duty after losing colon

Air Force Reserve said surgery would ground him for life, but Josh Nelson never gave up.


St. Cloud law firm targeted pro-Trump employees for firing, suit says

After the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the lawsuit alleges, the law firm's president sought to fire employees he believed had made pro-Trump posts on social media.


Mankato has major issue with potential 'micropolitan' downgrade

East Grand Forks also could lose its 'metropolitan' designation


'Perfect storm': Minn. pallet makers hit by supply shortages as demand takes off

Sawmills aren't staffed. Truckers are on the sidelines. Korean nail factories are running months behind in filling orders. Bottom line: a new pallet that sold a year ago for $12 to $14 now costs $25 to $28.


Northfield's historic Archer House River Inn declared a total loss

The beloved landmark was heavily damaged in a November fire.


Mpls. community leaders vow to 'take back the block' from guns and gangs

It comes after 3 people died in overnight bloodshed, including a St. Thomas senior and another person in a downtown Minneapolis shooting. An arrest has been made.


Arrest made in downtown Mpls. shooting that left 2 dead, 8 injured

Minneapolis reeled anew at another outbreak of carnage Saturday after three people were killed in overnight shootings, two of them at a downtown nightclub where eight others were also wounded.


Mayo's new research lab promises 'medicine of the future'

Amid pandemic, medical center says the bigger new lab is, the better.


Minnesota judge to decide when cursing at police goes too far

Nisswa mayor angrily confronted officers and was arrested for disorderly conduct