James Eli Shiffer

Stories in words and pictures since 1967

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Investigative reporting

Secrecy Rules: Restrictions of the public’s right to know. (2017)

Weak rules govern guardians: Project page at the Star Tribune that aggregates my stories, and others, about misconduct by court-appointed guardians and conservators. The reporting helped prompt changes in Minnesota law that tightened oversight of these professionals and reaffirmed the rights of wards of the court.

Investigating a deadly fire: I helped¬†cover the aftermath of a fire in 2010 in Minneapolis killed six people and revealed flaws in the city’s inspection program.

Local history

Living in downtown Minneapolis was once a badge of shame (2016)

The Persian Palms, a long-lost bar in the seedy Gateway District (2016)

The Pioneer Hotel: Welcome to your cage (2016)

Travel writing

Miles of sand in Duluth (2012)

Going where the buffalo roam (2011)

Breaking news

On North Side, a quiet Sunday turns to chaos (2011)


A difficult stroll around Cedar Lake (2008)

Potholes thump the company car (2010)

R.T. Rybak: A decade in office (2012)


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