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.


Mary S. White, longtime Minnesota peace activist, dies at 87

In the fall of 1981, 10 women gathered at Loretta's Tea Room in south Minneapolis to discuss the formation of a new antiwar organization, Women…


Citing COVID concerns, Minnesota courts suspend trials and in-person hearings for two months

Pause starts Nov. 30, also makes hearings remote.


Public Defender asks Hennepin County chief judge to halt out-of-custody hearings until pandemic eases

Risks for out-of-custody cases in Hennepin County are too great, she said.


Is it legal to panhandle in the median of Minneapolis city streets?

The legality of panhandling on a median is a bit complicated. "Whether it's legal or not depends on how you conduct yourself," says Timothy Richards of the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office.


Minnesota voter site experiencing outages just days before election

The absentee ballot tracker is back up, but an ongoing outage involving the voter registration system could lead to longer lines at early voting sites. Another short outage was planned just after 3 p.m. Saturday to work on the problems.


Red flags before 2-year-old foster child's death, her family's lawsuit says

Tot's grandparents say social worker, system and staff knew of troubles.


Federal judge in Minneapolis sentences Iranian businessman for violating U.S. sanctions

The operator of a financial services firm was sentenced to time served for violating U.S. sanctions on his country.


Unarmed Moose Lake man who was shot by deputy and paralyzed wins $6.2 million settlement

Carlton County payment may be the largest such settlement outside metro.


After a 6-month hiatus due to COVID, federal jury trials resume in Minnesota

A federal court judge suggests the new jury box in Minneapolis looks a lot like a penalty box at a hockey game.


Dean Rebuffoni, longtime environmental journalist, dies at 77

A love for the outdoors led to a career covering the major battles and controversies over Minnesota's environmental issues.