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.


Leonard Peltier seeks parole in 1975 murder of two FBI agents

Leonard Peltier is serving a pair of life sentences for the murder of two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


Minneapolis Park Board will close some roads to block vehicle cruising during July 4 events

The parkways will remain open for pedestrians and bike traffic.


Accused of misconduct, attorney Michael Padden argues to Supreme Court that he's been 'railroaded'

The state's lawyers responsibility board has recommended his disbarment. He called the claims "outrageous."


Activists demand Minneapolis police contract negotiations be open to the public

They criticized city officials for agreeing to closed-door mediation to resolve long-expired police union contract.


Lou Kilzer, one-time investigative reporter and Pulitzer winner for the Star Tribune, dies

Kilzer worked at the Star Tribune from 1987 to 1994, and with colleague Chris Ison won the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for a 1989 series that exposed corruption in the St. Paul Fire Department.


Opioid epidemic hits hardest among Minnesotans of color

In response to the disparities, which are particularly stark for American Indian and Black Minnesotans, officials are investing millions of dollars from the opioid settlement in culturally specific treatment programs.


Two members of Minneapolis civilian oversight commission abruptly resign

The departures are the latest fallout after recent terminations, resignations.


Professor will visit St. Paul to discuss history of white supremacy in U.S. textbooks

Donald Yacovone is the author of a book about how white supremacy was infused in American public education for centuries.


Decades of turmoil mark legacy of civilian police oversight in Minneapolis

City operations director commits to making oversight work after the termination of one official and the departure of another.


Civilian police oversight: 3 decades of controversy

Through resistance and several iterations, it continues to face challenges.