Matt Furber

Freelance Writer


Matt Furber

Writing and editing in the West, Midwest and beyond.



Hailey's Quiet Conductors

Making toast is pretty easy. Getting 700 watts to the toaster from a coal plant, a nuclear reactor, a distant wind farm or the photovoltaic array on the roof—that’s trickier. The task requires a wide variety of engineering talent and sometimes even bat biologists and archeologists who take into account environmental and cultural impacts of building infrastructure.
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Minnesota Knife Attacker Had Only Infrequent, Minor Brushes With Police

Nearly eight years before Dahir Adan was shot dead by an off-duty police officer and accused of stabbing 10 people at a mall, the police stormed into his family’s apartment here to break up a fight between two of his brothers. “We could hear a lot of screaming and yelling and all in a Somali language,” a St.
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After Philando Castile’s Killing, Obama Calls Police Shootings ‘an American Issue’

President Obama, reacting with the same horror as many Americans to a grisly video of a bloody, dying man in Minnesota who was shot by the police, begged the nation to confront the racial disparities in law enforcement while acknowledging the dangers that officers face. “When incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our citizenry that feels as if, because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same, and that hurts, and that should trouble all of us,” Mr.
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Justice or ‘Conspiracy’? Terrorism Trial Divides Somalis in Minneapolis

The day after his oldest son was convicted of conspiring to join and kill for the Islamic State in Syria, Abdihamid Yusuf just wanted to go home and rest. But bills were stacking up, so on Saturday morning he and his wife visited the jail and then reopened Hooyo’s Kitchen, the small Somali restaurant where they serve plates of chicken, rice and bananas.
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3 Somali-Americans Found Guilty of Trying to Join Islamic State

Three Somali-American friends were found guilty on Friday of federal charges that they tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, a plan that prosecutors said unfolded through propaganda videos and social media exchanges, and while they played basketball and paintball. On Friday, the three defendants — who had all pleaded not guilty — sat impassively in dark suits as a court clerk began to read a litany of “guilty” verdicts, the most serious being conspiracy to commit murder overseas.
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No Federal Charges for Minneapolis Officers in Fatal Shooting

Most crucially, the evidence suggested that Jamar Clark, 24, “was not, in fact, handcuffed when he was shot,” despite claims by eyewitnesses that he had been, Andrew M. Luger, the United States attorney for Minnesota, said at a news conference. And he pointed to evidence that could support the officers’ claim that Mr.
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Minneapolis Officers in Jamar Clark Shooting Will Not Face Charges

For more than 30 minutes on Wednesday, the prosecutor described in exacting detail the fatal shooting in November of an unarmed black man by the police and his reasons for not charging the two officers involved. The prosecutor, Mike Freeman, said the unarmed man, Jamar Clark, 24, had assaulted his girlfriend, interfered with paramedics and resisted when the officers tried to arrest him.
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The Long Path to Wilderness

How Congressman Mike Simpson forged unanimous consent for House Bill 1138, to designate as wilderness 275,665 acres in that part of Idaho known as the Boulder-White Clouds, is the stuff of a compelling Netflix “House of Cards” episode. A Republican with plenty of anti-wilderness colleagues, Simpson’s achievement harkens to the 1960s, younger years he spent on horseback in the Sawtooth and Teton Mountains when wilderness policy was in its infancy.
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Fat Bikes Shift into High Gear

Ketchum firefighter Tory Canfield had to chuckle when she stepped off the plane at Logan International Airport in Boston for the Head of the Charles Regatta this fall. The first billboard she saw showed people fat biking on a beach in New England. “It’s not just a winter sport,” said Canfield, who was headed to join her crew to compete in the Women’s Alumni Eights.
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Four Charged in Shooting of Minneapolis Protesters

A white man accused of shooting five Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis apparently had racist views and identified with the antigovernment “sovereign citizen” movement, according to criminal complaints filed Monday charging him in the shooting. Three others were charged with related crimes.

4 Arrested in Shooting at Black Lives Matter Protest Are Identified

The police on Wednesday released the names of four men arrested in connection with a shooting during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station that injured five protesters. The shooting erupted on Monday, during the ninth day of protests demanding action against two white Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, an unarmed black man, on Nov. 15.
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Many Sharp Turns in Bergdahl’s Path to Army

KETCHUM, Idaho — In 2003, the year he turned 17, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his mark on the wet cement floor of the Strega Tea Bar Gallery and Cafe, a swirling design signed with a florid “B.”. The drawing is a lasting statement that this liberal-tinctured ski resort town, where he took ballet and fencing lessons, met artists and debated philosophy, had become his second home.
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Matt Furber

Matt Furber is a freelance journalist based in Minnesota.