Reporter | Minneapolis

Randy Furst is a Star Tribune general assignment reporter covering a range of issues, including tenants rights, minority rights, American Indian rights and police accountability. 

Furst has spent most of his 45-year career at The Minneapolis Star and later at the combined Star Tribune as a general assignment reporter. He has been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize (a series on the condition of migrant workers; questions regarding the innocence of two black men convicted of rape; the arrest of three Northwest Airline pilots for drinking and flying; and the exposure of a rogue Metro Gang Strike Force, which was forced to disband) and was a finalist twice.


3 Nigerians indicted for stealing personal information from Minn. company, then filing fake tax returns

Three Nigerian nationals stole W-2 and other personal information from Bloomington firm as part of a tax fraud scheme.


Lois Riess pleads guilty to murder and is sentenced to life without parole

Already convicted of a Florida murder, she pleaded guilty to killing her husband in Blooming Prairie.


Minneapolis man gets 33 years for sex trafficking

Man operated a sauna in northeast Minneapolis and trafficked in young women and girls, prosecutors said.


Man sues Minneapolis police officer for allegedly shoving him to the ground near Floyd memorial

The officer was initially not identified in the suit but was named in an amended complaint.


Man charged with committing four armed robberies in Twin Cities last Friday

Derrick Lee Spillman is accused of robbing two Holiday gas stations, a Speedway and a Subway over a 9-hour period.


Fired Mpls. officer Tou Thao seeks dismissal of charges in Floyd's killing

His lawyers argue that county prosecutors have failed to show Thao knew that Derek Chauvin and the other officers were going to commit a crime.


Floyd family seeks 'financially prohibitive' precedent in suit vs. Minneapolis, officers

The lawsuit contends that the officers used deadly force in non-deadly circumstances and that a lack of proper training and departmental culture led to George Floyd's death.


Long fight over NFL team's name hits home in Minnesota

American Indian leaders and longtime allies hailed a victory many felt was long overdue after more than 30 years of protests over the nicknames of sports teams that have been condemned as racist.


Family of Somali-American man sues over his shooting death by police in Eagan in 2019

Dakota County attorney concluded the shooting of Isak Aden was justified.


Arson charges dropped against woman arrested in burning of St. Paul store after George Floyd's killing

The 19-year-old's attorney says video showed that she was not involved in the arson at St. Paul health supplement store.