Reporter | Regional Team

Matt McKinney is a reporter on the Star Tribune's state team. In 15 years at the Star Tribune, he has covered business, agriculture and crime. 

McKinney graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville and spent the ensuing years chasing stories through Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and Cambodia. A Minnesota childhood taught McKinney to love winter, skiing, the first warm day of spring, good books and time spent outdoors. He benefited from great teachers at Stillwater High School, and again in Collegeville and at the University of Minnesota. He's a fan of several local breweries, Prince, Jessie Diggins, the Loons, and newspaper reporters near and far who taught him the craft. McKinney bikes to work year-round from his home in the Twin Cities, which he shares with his wife and two sons.


Judge allows Minneapolis residents' lawsuit alleging inadequate police staffing to proceed

"Minneapolis 8" say the city's safety is at stake.


Grey Cloud Island residents dig in against expansion of gravel mine

Plans took many residents of the riverside area of Washington County by surprise.


Two new shelters opened for homeless in St. Paul

The temporary shelters will be open until Dec. 31, when Bethesda Hospital site becomes available.


Ramsey County sheriff criticized for high-speed chase he streamed on Facebook

In a statement Friday, Fletcher defended himelf and said that car thieves are emboldened because they think police won't chase them.


Minneapolis police investigating suspicious death

Minneapolis police are investigating the death of a woman who was found unconscious on Tuesday morning. The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was…


Coin flips decides an election tie in Washington County

Toss was used to break tie in Grey Cloud Island Township. Heads won.


Those we've lost: Donovan John Fisher, owner of Don's Bakery in Elk River

Don Fisher spent most of his life going to work just as everyone else was going to bed.The longtime owner of Don's Bakery in Elk…


Rain, sleet and snow pelt Twin Cities after balmy reprieve

Rude wintry intrusion follows balmy week, but a slight warm-up is expected by weekend.


Stillwater school board hoping to move beyond contentious year with five new members

A union-backed slate of five candidates who swept the Stillwater school board race on Election Day will see a smooth transition in January with the…


Historic cemetery in Rosemount running out of time to find a caretaker

The oldest Pine Bend Cemetery Association volunteer is 88. The others aren't much younger.