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Deena Winter


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"Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Religion Unplugged
Amid George Floyd Protests, Looting and Covid-19, A Minnesota Black Church Reopens

A church in the historically black neighborhood of St. Paul reopened this weekend after loosened covid-19 rules and days of violent protests nearby after the death of George Floyd. Pastor Dwight Buckner remembers the riots in the sixties and conjures Martin Luther King Jr.'s calming words, while a 2

DFM Workers
Alden/MNG is quietly buying a small Minnesota newspaper chain

By Deena Winter MNG Enterprises is buying a family-owned Minnesota newspaper company called Big Fish Works that owns 11 Minnesota newspapers, most of them weeklies, including eight in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. MNG (formerly known as Digital First Media) is controlled by New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which owns about 60 daily newspapers, including the St.

Mesabi Academy

A four-part series with exclusive data analysis about a northern Minnesota juvenile corrections facility published and broadcast throughout May 2016. The owners closed the operation two months after the first story.
Muslim, Somali women file discrimination complaint against Amazon

Three Somali Muslim women have filed a federal discrimination complaint against Amazon, claiming the company discriminated and retaliated against them for taking part in a Dec. 14 protest of working conditions at Amazon's Shakopee fulfillment center. Muslim Advocates, a national civil rights and legal advocacy organization, wrote a May 7 letter to the U.S.
Shakopee trainer at center of debate over traces of meth in racehorses

Growing up in Lima, Peru, Luis Canchari lived on a farm and grew up riding his friend's horse, until one day, his friend said he was so tiny, "You should be a jockey." And so he did. He went to jockey school at age 15, then moved to America in 1985 at age 18.

Great Plains Examiner
Dead cats in freezers in the middle of an oil boom

"I have gone from living in an agricultural community to living in an industrial area." -Jacki Schilke Telling personal storiesThe oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in many locations across North America, and there...
Shakopee schools budget crunch has been building for years

The Shakopee School District's budget crunch may have recently caught residents by surprise, but the district has been hemorrhaging money for several years. The extent of the problem burst into public view during a heated school board meeting last week, when Shakopee residents angrily demanded to know why the school district had a $4.5 million "budgeting error."
Superintendent sentenced to two years

Our investigation into Superintendent Rod Thompson began in March 2017. This special report compiles all of our coverage over two years into one site.

Give me shelter: Josue and other border kids go to court

OMAHA, Neb. - In an office building near Omaha's airport, stern-faced, gray-haired Immigration Judge Jack Anderson presides over removal hearings Tuesday in a courtroom filled with juveniles, most of them from Central America, all of them hoping to be allowed to stay in the United States. Josue, 13

Twin Cities
Bloomington could soon see Mall of America tax windfall

Next year, the city of Bloomington will finally start seeing some payoff on a gamble it made in the late 1980s. The city soon will get property tax revenue from the Mall of America for the first time since the megamall opened in 1992, potentially leading to lower homeowner property tax rates in the suburb.

Lincoln Journal Star
Dollars for developers: The great blight bluff

When Verizon was choosing from hundreds of cities for its new call center, Lincoln pulled out one of the few tools in its economic development chest, offering $2 million in incentives. And when Perot Systems wanted to consolidate its seven Lincoln offices and add employees, Lincoln turned to the tool again, offering $3 million in public assistance. Verizon came; Perot stayed. The tool doesn’t have a sexy name. It’s called tax increment financing, or TIF. But what is it, and why does the city...

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