Reporter | Features

Richard Chin is a feature reporter with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. He has been a longtime Twin Cities-based journalist who has covered crime, courts, transportation, outdoor recreation and human interest stories.

As a feature reporter, Richard Chin has flown on the Goodyear Blimp, driven the Wienermobile, sunk to the bottom of a lake in a one-man submarine, worn a giant urine specimen cup costume as a mascot for a health care company, rode a vintage Puch at the Sturgis of mopeds and was mistakenly arrested by police hunting for a serial killer. He also spent six weeks in Baghdad during the Iraq war and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.


Dayton mayor pleads guilty to mishandling of festival funds

Tim McNeil was charged with felony theft by swindle, but he says he forgot to file paperwork.


5 more die of virus in state; hospitalizations decline

Sunday's numbers showed 519 new cases in Minnesota. Residents of long-term care and assisted-living facilities accounted for all of the newly announced deaths.


Watch: Minnesota squirrels turn a squirrel-repelling bird feeder into an amusement ride

A Mahtomedi resident thought he had a way to keep squirrels from raiding his feeders, but the crafty rodents are just taking him for a ride.


Meet the Baron of Bubble, the maker of car-sized floating art

Larry Ripp is one entertainer whose act is literally good, clean fun.


How to protect against COVID-19 when someone gets too close

Humming a tune may help you deal with close encounters of the COVID kind.


Bored with running, biking or hiking? Try some of these outdoor activities

Not all outdoor pursuits involve getting on a crowded path. Here are suggestions for things to do in the parks, in the woods and on the water.


Roseville is hoping to lure visitors with 658-pound roses

St. Paul had Snoopy statues. Buffalo has its bison. Roseville is going for roses.


How about this as a gift? A singing telegram from a Broadway star

Thanks to the pandemic, now you can book a star from Broadway or opera to sing just for you.


An 8-year-old St. Paul girl is taking her neighborhood on a space walk

She put up laminated signs to demonstrate the relative distance between the sun and the planets.


Mushrooms that smell like Fruity Pebbles and other forest finds by a St. Paul forager

Forager Tim Clemens knows how to live off the land, and he can teach others how, too.