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.


Burnsville drunken driving arrest ends with vintage Ferrari on the auction block

It's one of thousands of cars seized every year from drunken drivers statewide.


Twin Cities libraries to consolidate digital offerings in a single app

Patrons in seven counties can share content like e-books and eMagazines.


After cuts, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher asks for beefy budget increase

Civil unrest request nearly three times a previous ask.


Midwestern mink farms navigate COVID fears

Animal vaccine possible after outbreaks kill 5,500 on Wisconsin fur farms.


Two men dead in apparent murder-suicide at Mahtomedi FedEx facility

Gun found at FedEx location where men were apparently shot.


Ramsey County Sheriff Fletcher elbowed in face during 'Live' broadcast

Ramsey County's Bob Fletcher was livestreaming nearby; incident not filmed.


Get lost in winter: Stillwater opens an ice maze

The parking-lot sized maze filled with ice sculptures and an ice slide was opening to the public Friday evening.


St. Croix County Republican website with 'war' message goes down

County party chairman initially defiant; unclear who ordered site taken down.


Hudson, Wis., Republican Party homepage: 'Prepare for war'

State Republican officials' request to remove message ignored


U.S. Supreme Court rejects suit over Winona County frac sand ban

Mining company first filed suit in 2017