Reporter | Minneapolis

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.


Hennepin County Library to increase hours of operation, but workers say there's not enough staff

They say more are workers needed as Hennepin County plans to extend hours of operation.


Minneapolis police to get training to speak up over peers' excessive force

The program, called ABLE, is being used by 180 police departments nationwide. Some say it can change police culture.


Laurie Schmidt, Minnesota Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2020, dies at 57

Thurston Morton recalls the talk he gave to his class on the fundamentals of public speaking at Normandale Community College nearly two years ago. His…


Two top Hennepin officials work in California under COVID-inspired work policy

County officials are defending the policy.


Minnesota judge rejects release for unvaccinated prisoner who cited COVID fear

Judge decries prisoner's vaccination refusal, BMI plan to get out early.


With thousands behind on rent, new state law sets rules for aid

Federal funds could help as many as 50,000 Minnesotans with unpaid rent. Thanks to a new state law, they can't be evicted while their application for rental assistance is pending.


Attorney Linda Gallant, who died at age 75, was committed to social justice

She helped lawyers defend American Indian leaders on trial for their role in the occupation of Wounded Knee, S.D., in 1973. She represented demonstrators, arrested for sit-ins outside the Honeywell Corp.


Misdemeanor laws unfairly target people of color, a new documentary argues

The film, shown Wednesday in the Twin Cities, says people of color are often unjustly targeted.


Face mask mandate to come off in Minnesota state courts next week

Chief Justice Gildea said that remote hearings were popular during the pandemic and that they will be studied for the future.


Civil rights icons inspire young Minnesota activists

James Meredith and Terrence Roberts urged young activists to carry on the fight for justice.