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.


Clyde Bellecourt, AIM co-founder and longtime civil rights leader, dies

One of the most important leaders in the history of the American Indian struggle for civil rights, he was 85.


Longtime civil rights activist Mel Reeves dies of complications from COVID

Reeves, 64, was at the forefront of community activism.


Lowell Erdahl, former Lutheran bishop and social justice advocate, dies at 90

He was an outspoken advocate on issues of peace, social justice and inclusion of women and gays in the ministry.


Hennepin County library director may need to live in state under new policy

The library chief can ask for exemption, but new policy says if your staff interacts with the public, you can't live out-of-state.


Wright family, activists cheer Kimberly Potter verdict

A crowd erupted in cheers outside the Hennepin County Courthouse on Thursday as the two guilty verdicts were announced in former police officer Kimberly Potter's manslaughter trial for shooting Daunte Wright.


Some thought Kimberly Potter's emotional testimony was genuine; others say she was acting

Those with a law enforcement background had a different take from community activists on the Potter trial


Albert Lea restaurant owner found guilty of violating state COVID mandate

A jury of three women and three men took only an hour of deliberation to convict Lisa Hanson.


Albert Lea bar owner goes on trial for resisting state COVID mandates

Lisa Hanson, who is representing herself in court, again found herself battling officials in the legal establishment, who found many of her arguments without merit or in violation of law or court procedure.


Would Travis's Law have helped Travis Jordan in 2018? Maybe not, some say

Minneapolis mental health responders will not go into situations where violence is possible until police consider it safe.


Rent escrow requirement prevents tenants from challenging poor living conditions, lawyers say

Landlords benefit from a court directive that is a violation of due process, housing litigators say.