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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.


Edina native buys abandoned Albert Lea house to turn into housing for veterans

Housing advocate Kevin Chapman is rebuilding lives "one man at a time."


Polly Mann, co-founder of WAMM and leader in Minnesota's antiwar movement, dies at 103

Explaining her mission, she said, 'I have to speak out.'


Controversial small-town Minnesota mayor gets probation on federal fraud charge

Jim Rothers resigned as Kerkhoven mayor during an investigation into his construction company.


41 Minnesota cities are switched from urban to rural classification

U.S. Census Bureau changed classifications that had been in place since 1910: For more than a century, the bureau had classified areas as urban if they had a population of 2,500 or more. But that holdover from the horse-and-buggy era no longer made sense in the digital age.


Minnesota workers brave cold, blizzard conditions

From mail carriers to liquor store clerks, Friday was just another day on the job.


Orono gave 'sweetheart' land deals to city officials, ex-mayors charge

Current city leaders say the transactions were needed to correct inaccurate, century-old property maps.


Rural Minnesotans head back to taverns as municipal liquor sales set a record

Profits more than doubled at muni-owned bars, largely in rural Minnesota.


Minnesota organization opposed to abortion sues Bemidji man over $842K donation

He says Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life took advantage of his ailing father before his father's death.


Deep staff cuts leave St. Cloud Times a 'ghost paper'

Serving a region of 200,000 residents, the paper now has a news staff of two.


Minnesota briefs: Luverne museum now has more nutcrackers than city has residents

Plus: Duluth direct flights to Florida paused in January; USDA looking to give out digital access grants; Bemidji moves to limit teardowns.