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.


Marine on St. Croix City Council clamps down on the party at the town's only bar

The owners of the Brookside Bar & Grill canceled the live music set for this past weekend after the council put liquor license restrictions in place


Woodbury teen awarded for pulling unconscious child from pool, saving her life

College student Chizim Abagi, 18, was relaxing in his bedroom when his brother barged in, yelling:"Come, they need you!"


Old bike paths east of Mahtomedi and in Stillwater get redo

Two sections of bike trail, one along Hwy. 12 and the other along Hwy. 5, will be repaved as Washington County focuses on the worst-condition trails.


Afton State Park drowning victim identified as Minneapolis dancer and yoga instructor

The river was about 12 feet deep in the area where he had been swimming.


Sailboat was built to travel the world. Instead, it has commanded the St. Croix River since 1951.

The Dar-Ja was built to sail around the world, but the Lown family has kept it local for more than 70 years.


Minneapolis man drowns at Afton State Park Beach

Witnesses saw him swimming 20 to 30 feet from shoreline before he disappeared, authorities said.


Somerset Village Board president charged with sexual assault, battery

Michael Kappers issued a statement disputing the allegations outlined in the charges filed by the St. Croix County District Attorney's Office in Wisconsin.


Rising waters a threat to summer fun in Twin Cities metro

Swollen rivers in the area are likely to crest in the coming days, and rising waters have put the kibosh on some summer recreational opportunities.


Woodbury public safety campus costs rise as city asks voters to approve new sales tax to fund it

A sales tax referendum on ballot for this fall would raise most, but not all, of the needed funds for the expansion.


Design for new St. Croix River bridge at Osceola to be unveiled

The existing bridge, built in 1953, is scheduled for replacement.