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.


Minnesota courts will resume in-person criminal trials March 15

After a four-month hiatus caused by the pandemic, in-person criminal jury trials will resume in state district courts on March 15, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief…


What does it take to become a police officer in Minnesota?

In light of recent issues with police officer conduct, one reader wanted to know what kind of training law enforcement officers get in the state.


Former Mpls. cop accused of drug theft is ordered freed pending trial

An attorney for fired cop Ty Jindra persuades U.S. judge magistrate that he was not threatening a potential witness.


Prosecutor says Pine County sheriff's deputy was justified in a shooting death on Interstate 35

Pine County attorney says deputy's use of deadly force warranted after chase.


3 dead in 'hellish' St. Paul shootings, including teen and child

A search was underway late Saturday for a suspect or suspects.


Minneapolis settles first suit stemming from Floyd protests

The lawsuit is one of several legal actions alleging police misconduct during the Floyd protest, including an incident captured by a New York-based photojournalist.


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.