Deena Winter is a freelance journalist who has covered state and local government in four states over the past three decades.
Minneapolis residents question why MPD guards work sites for Michels Corp.
By: Deena Winter - September 20, 2022
Some Minneapolis residents aren’t happy that off-duty Minneapolis police officers are guarding construction sites for a company owned by Tim Michels, a Trump-style Republican who’s running for governor of Wisconsin. Michels co-owns Michels Corporation, a family-owned energy and infrastructure contractor based in Brownsville, Wisconsin. He has spent over $12 million on his campaign and won […]
Chauvin verdict: Guilty on 3 charges in George Floyd’s death
By: Deena Winter - April 20, 2021
The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd, who was handcuffed and face down on the pavement, for more than 9 minutes at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May. Chauvin was taken into custody and will be sentenced in […]
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo condemns former officer’s behavior: ‘Not part of our ethics or values’
By: Deena Winter - April 6, 2021
Testimony continued Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. Police chief says Chauvin violated multiple policies The city’s top cop testified Monday that Chauvin putting his knee on Floyd’s neck wasn’t allowed […]
Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd; Chauvin body cam footage played in third day of trial
By: Deena Winter - April 1, 2021
During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis. They heard from the 19-year-old clerk who sold Floyd cigarettes, and an elderly Black man who pleaded with Floyd while he was pinned […]
George Floyd’s family, attorneys call for justice before opening statements in Chauvin trial
By: Deena Winter - March 29, 2021
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump stood outside the Hennepin County courthouse along with Rev. Al Sharpton and George Floyd’s relatives to demand justice in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The news conference was scheduled minutes before opening statements in the trial of Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder […]