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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.


Minnesota preppers ready 'for far more than what is coming down the pike right now'

They've been stockpiling and planning for disaster for years. Now they're prepared to cope without fully stocked grocery stores, tap water and electricity.


Enter the heroes: Ordinary Minnesotans do extraordinary things

The COVID-19 crisis has many Minnesotans rushing to help friends, neighbors and strangers.


Stressed out by coronavirus? Here are 7 simple things you can do right now to relax

From gum to gratitude, here are some novel ideas of how to improve your mood despite the COVID-19 outbreak.


A Minnesotan drives a rocket sled across a frozen lake. What could go wrong?

An Orono business owner's quest: to become the fastest man on ice.


There's a reason why you're so freaked out by the coronavirus

As the number of cases and the number of places being infected by the novel coronavirus grows, everyone from Wall Street to the man on the street seems rattled.


Minnesotans may have never won it all in pro football, but they have in pro foosball

At the height of table soccer's popularity, a couple of teenagers from the Iron Range were the reigning champs.


Barbara Naughton, WWII refugee who became dementia care nurse, dies at 74

Barbara Naughton was born into a world ripped apart by war, a conflict that had already taken the life of her father and all of…


Sleep cages and ice baths: The extreme lifestyle of local biohackers

Can you engineer a better human? These folks are trying to find out by experimenting on themselves.


Meet the people who think soaking in a frozen Minneapolis lake is the secret to good health

The popular "biohack" cold-water immersion is gaining ground with Twin Cities residents and some scientists.


Can you make a living as a ventriloquist? This St. Paul man can speak to that

Decades after a St. Paul man started making dummies talk, ventriloquism is cool again.