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.


Range war on the prairie: Rural Minnesota residents fight gun range

Neighbors say the shooting range is a hazard; Meeker County calls that "bunk."


N.D. first responder gets call to her own home where young son is badly burned

The 2-year-old boy was airlifted to the Twin Cities for medical care.


Review: 'Three Ordinary Girls,' by Tim Brady

NONFICTION: The true story of three Dutch teenagers who boldly fought the Nazis through subversion and violence.


Cabin vs. development battle heats up in Wis. lake country

Burnett County, long a favorite vacation spot of Twin Cities residents, has become a focal point in a push by developers to build large campgrounds that critics say will damage the natural resources that are the area's main attraction.


Buffalo residents grapple with bitter truth: It can happen here

The day after a mass shooting left one dead and four wounded at an Allina Health clinic, people were trying to make sense of the senseless.


Shutdown of biomass plant left small business in the lurch

After Xcel was able to buy its way out of the contract in 2017, small businesses that served the Benson, Minn., plant are facing losses they say are in the tens of millions.


One of Minnesota's oldest bridges will get new life in Mankato recreation area

Span dating from 1873 will link two of Mankato's largest parks.


Minnesota town is flummoxed by resident who claims he's above law

Despite dozens of police visits and citations, Elbow Lake man says city ordinances don't apply to him.


Judge rejects plea to return horses to Sleepy Eye trainer

He ruled against the trainer accused of mistreatment.


Battles over seizures of Minnesota horses being fought over social media

Investigators say those involved must keep quiet, while those accused of mistreatment tout their innocence.