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.


U.S. magistrate judge recommends rejection of suit by Waseca women inmates over handling of COVID-19

U.S. Magistrate also said the court lacked the authority to release a large number of inmates as sought by the ACLU.


Citing threats, Minnesota closes federal court facilities through next week

Even judiciary staff will be barred from entering Minnesota's federal buildings.


Minnesota will continue suspension of criminal jury trials but offer more exceptions

Courts will offer a few more exceptions to allow jury criminal trials and will allow for remotely


Study: 'Less lethal' weapons used by police during George Floyd protests 'not appropriate,' caused significant injuries

Study deplores use of less-than-lethal weapons used against protesters during the George Floyd demonstrations in Minneapolis last year.


How are courts in Minnesota coping with the pandemic?

There were only five state jury trials in December, with COVID-19 protocols in place, but plenty of court hearings are happening, mostly remotely.


ACLU accuses Bureau of Prisons of 'deliberate indifference' for outbreak among Waseca inmates

The ACLU asked a court to release inmates at prison hard hit by pandemic but a lawyer for prison said court lacked jurisdiction.


ACLU sues Waseca prison, claiming COVID spread like 'wildfire'

An inmate said it was a COVID "zombieland" inside the federal women's prison in Waseca


Minnesota farm leader Anne Kanten dies

Anne Kanten fought bank foreclosures, organized tractorcades to Washington, D.C., and mobilized support for state and federal policy reforms to protect small farmers both in…


Judge rips Minnesota Corrections Department for failing to stem the surge in COVID-19 cases

Nearly half of the state inmates have contracted COVID-19 and a Ramsey District Judge says state prison officials have failed.


Former judge seeks historic designation for fire station that opened with all-Black crew

Until recently, hardly anyone knew that an aging building on Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis was once a fire station that housed an all-Black fire…