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.


Bitter fight between Moorhead GOP factions lands in court

The state GOP is suing what it calls a rogue party official.


Greg 'the Wedge' Benson, master car builder and racer, dies at 78


Mora family's gravel road saga could affect 55,000 miles of township lanes

Hillman Township has appealed the decision forcing it to maintain access to the Crisman home.


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

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


East Gull Lake is abuzz over proposal to allow helicopter pads

Community abuzz over request to allow private helicopter pads


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.


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

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


Widow claims lawyer funneled husband's $5M estate to East Grand Forks church

A new will signed in the final weeks of Randy Driscoll's life gave his family farm to the local Catholic church.