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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.


Washington County drops charges against bookkeepers

New information led to charges being dropped


Ramsey County sheriff's budget feud goes to court

Ramsey County sheriff sued board over budget cuts to his department.


'Thin Blue Line' flag in Bloomington draws complaints from activists

Bloomington will host discussion before raising flag again, mayor says.


Minnesota AG takes over prosecution in police killing of Daunte Wright

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter is scheduled to go to trial in December.


Family of slain prison guard raps state response

Attorney for Joseph Gomm's family says lawsuit could be filed this summer.


Girl shot in head, police attacked in violent Mpls. weekend

At two incidents early Sunday, people threw rocks and other debris at Minneapolis police or sprayed mace as the officers responded to calls over street racing in Uptown and during bar close downtown.


Teenager injured in fall at the abandoned Fruen Mill in Minneapolis

A teenage boy was seriously injured Friday when he fell five stories at the abandoned Fruen Mill in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, according to the…


Minnesota reports 805 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

At least 2.3 million Minnesotans have received full vaccinations.


Police officials to Brooklyn Center mayor: Talk to us

Law enforcement leaders say reform efforts are misguided.


Unarmed traffic stops part of Brooklyn Center mayor's police reform plan

The plan's details and costs would be worked out by a committee of citizens and experts, with a meeting later Saturday afternoon.