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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.


One dead, one injured in early morning Shepard Road crash

Truck traveling at high speed abruptly went off road, police say


Metro briefs: Students send blankets to Ukraine

Any day now, Ania Nolan hopes to hear good news from Ukraine. The Hudson, Wis., resident sent three boxes of blankets to the war-torn country…


Lake Elmo fire chief accused of running driver off the road

February passing maneuver left other driver in northern Minnesota ditch


Unopposed races dominate state's sheriff, county attorney contests

The majority of counties have only one candidate running for top law enforcement jobs.


East metro mayor blocks construction detour, sets off road fight

Tiny Birchwood Village is alarmed by the sudden arrival of semis, commuters.


Metro briefs: 3 more contaminated home wells found in Andover

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) found three more homes with private wells in the city's Red Oaks neighborhood contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical.The agency…


Opposition prompts developer to drop St. Croix housing plan

A plan to build 12 houses on undeveloped riverfront land in St. Croix Falls collapsed on Wednesday when the developer pulled out of the project, citing strong local opposition.


Kevin Magnuson appointed as Washington County Attorney

He will serve remainder of term filled by Pete Orput, who died April 3.


Metro briefs: Critical fracture closes historic Stillwater courthouse

Washington County officials temporarily closed the county's Historic Courthouse this week after the discovery of a fractured truss, one of four that support the 152-year-old…


Surging Lake Elmo is state's fastest-growing city

Farm fields are plowed under for houses as the surge of new arrivals pushed the city's population up 13.6 percent from July 2020 to July 2021, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates.