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Adam Belz

Minneapolis reporter | City Hall
phone: 612-673-4405
Adam covers Minneapolis City Hall for the Star Tribune and maintains a blog called 3D Economics. He wrote for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and The Des Moines Register in Iowa before moving to Minnesota in June 2012.
Recent content from Adam Belz
Minneapolis sues 'Rehab Addict' star Nicole Curtis, wants house back

Minneapolis sues 'Rehab Addict' star Nicole Curtis, wants house back

In a contract dispute, the city wants her to return a house she bought for $2.
Feds: Mpls. response to 4th Precinct protests was 'measured'

Feds: Mpls. response to 4th Precinct protests was 'measured'

Although the federal review found the city's handling of the protests was "peaceful," it also said a breakdown in communication from City Hall on down to cops on the streets hindered the proper response.
Minneapolis Ninth Ward council member draws two well-known challengers

Minneapolis Ninth Ward council member draws two well-known challengers

Incumbent Alondra Cano, is an outspoken progressive with an activist's instincts. Former Council Member Gary Schiff and nonprofit founder Mohamed Farah, are stressing the need for development and public safety.
Minneapolis landlords campaign against proposed Section 8 ordinance

Minneapolis landlords campaign against proposed Section 8 ordinance

They say the proposal for low-income people could 'destabilize the market.'
Surdyk's fined, will lose liquor license for 30 days in July for selling Sunday

Surdyk's fined, will lose liquor license for 30 days in July for selling Sunday

The Minneapolis store will lose its license for a month after defying liquor law.
X Games would stay in Minneapolis another two years, seeking $1M in subsidies

X Games would stay in Minneapolis another two years, seeking $1M in subsidies

ESPN is seeking up to $1 million in annual subsidies to extend its contract to hold the X Games in Minneapolis through 2020. U.S. Bank Stadium…
Bid to oust Minneapolis DFL chair McConnell fails

Bid to oust Minneapolis DFL chair McConnell fails

Censure and apology did not satisfy a contingent of party insiders.
Mpls. considers blocking use of tire rubber on playgrounds, athletic fields

Mpls. considers blocking use of tire rubber on playgrounds, athletic fields

The Park Board has asked the City Council to delay action for 30 days.
Mpls. City Council's Tibet resolution draws ire of Chinese government

Mpls. City Council's Tibet resolution draws ire of Chinese government

A country official said he has 'deep concerns' over resolution.
Candidates lay out their visions in first Minneapolis mayoral forum

Candidates lay out their visions in first Minneapolis mayoral forum

Incumbent Betsy Hodges and five challengers bring variety of views.
Server forum on tips, Minneapolis minimum wage reveals industry confusion

Server forum on tips, Minneapolis minimum wage reveals industry confusion

Event organized by those who support a carveout for tipped workers.
Rusted light pole falls in Minneapolis, hitting car near 50th and France

Rusted light pole falls in Minneapolis, hitting car near 50th and France

No one was injured, but a car got a nasty dent from the pole, installed about 20 years ago.
Role of servers' tips fires up Minneapolis debate over $15-an-hour minimum wage

Role of servers' tips fires up Minneapolis debate over $15-an-hour minimum wage

Minneapolis mayor's stance against tips makes many servers nervous.
Nicollet Mall overhaul is on track underneath the mess

Nicollet Mall overhaul is on track underneath the mess

While drivers and pedestrians have seen barricades and bumps along the mall for months, signs of progress are largely hidden beneath the pavement on the $50 million project.
Minneapolis mayor says repealing ACA would be a 'disaster'

Minneapolis mayor says repealing ACA would be a 'disaster'

Minneapolis mayor says cities would have to bear the costs.
Poll conducted by Minneapolis DFL reveals fault lines on the City Council

Poll conducted by Minneapolis DFL reveals fault lines on the City Council

The Minneapolis DFL explored whether Green Party Council Member Cam Gordon is vulnerable.
Minneapolis DFL expects to move citywide convention to July 8

Minneapolis DFL expects to move citywide convention to July 8

The new date would avoid conflicts with Ramadan and Twin Cities Pride.
Tom Hoch enters race for Minneapolis mayor

Tom Hoch enters race for Minneapolis mayor

In a kickoff at the State Theatre, Hoch said the city's leaders are reactive, "playing small ball" and failing to raise the city's national profile.
Hoch files papers for Minneapolis mayoral campaign

Hoch files papers for Minneapolis mayoral campaign

He hasn't announced a run yet, saying that he's still exploring.
Mayor Hodges apologizes to Frey for bogus job posting

Mayor Hodges apologizes to Frey for bogus job posting

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges took to Facebook on Tuesday to apologize that someone in her campaign created a job posting for a fictitious campaign to draft opponent Jacob Frey for Congress.
Hodges campaign says intern crafted fake Frey for Congress job posting

Hodges campaign says intern crafted fake Frey for Congress job posting

Fake job listing is latest twist in Mpls. mayoral campaign.
Candidates ask Minneapolis DFL to change convention date

Candidates ask Minneapolis DFL to change convention date

The June 24 convention conflicts with Ramadan and the Twin Cities Pride Festival.
Nekima Levy-Pounds: State campaign finance board erred on Jacob Frey's funds for Mpls. mayoral race

Nekima Levy-Pounds: State campaign finance board erred on Jacob Frey's funds for Mpls. mayoral race

State law allows legislators to use their campaign money to run for governor, but the rules are less clear for local elections.
Trump is energizing DFLers at Minneapolis City Hall

Trump is energizing DFLers at Minneapolis City Hall

The new president has set off a competition among local politicians over who can denounce him the loudest.
Onetime allies Warsame, Noor are now rivals in Mpls. council race

Onetime allies Warsame, Noor are now rivals in Mpls. council race

Noor takes on Warsame in Mpls. City Council race.

Hodges will return campaign check from landlord hit by record fine

The landlord who was fined $187,390 for “bad faith litigation conduct” in housing court last week donated to Mayor Betsy Hodges’ campaign, and her…
Transgender candidates for Mpls. City Council seek a voice at the table

Transgender candidates for Mpls. City Council seek a voice at the table

Neither wants to focus their campaigns on the fact that they are transgender, but both are aware of the historical significance of their candidacies.
Trump's order on 'sanctuary jurisdictions' will test county jails

Trump's order on 'sanctuary jurisdictions' will test county jails

Counties could lose federal funding if they don't comply.
Campaign finance board: Frey can spend council campaign money in Minneapolis mayor's race

Campaign finance board: Frey can spend council campaign money in Minneapolis mayor's race

Jacob Frey raised more than $100,000 as a City Council member.
Ex-Council Member Gary Schiff running for Alondra Cano's Ninth Ward seat

Ex-Council Member Gary Schiff running for Alondra Cano's Ninth Ward seat

Mohamed Farah, executive director of the Somali nonprofit Ka Joog, is also running for council in the ward.
About 1,000 people rally at MSP airport over Trump's travel ban

About 1,000 people rally at MSP airport over Trump's travel ban

Earlier, Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar on Sunday morning blasted the presidential order and called it "irresponsible" and "probably unconstitutional."
Minnesota Chamber appeals Minneapolis sick-leave ruling

Minnesota Chamber appeals Minneapolis sick-leave ruling

Minnesota Chamber lobbyists are also fighting local labor ordinances at the Legislature.
Minneapolis kicks off minimum wage 'listening sessions'

Minneapolis kicks off minimum wage 'listening sessions'

The first event at Mercado Central drew about 60 people on both sides of debate.
Minneapolis, St. Paul officials push back against order to end 'sanctuary cities'

Minneapolis, St. Paul officials push back against order to end 'sanctuary cities'

Such an action could have wide-ranging impact in the Twin Cities.
Mpls. blocks building permits at Sabri-owned Village Market mall

Mpls. blocks building permits at Sabri-owned Village Market mall

Village Market owner said work would ease concerns; city said it's already too big.
Campaign finance board: Frey can use money from council campaign in run for mayor

Campaign finance board: Frey can use money from council campaign in run for mayor

Minneapolis council member wants to use leftover cash in run for mayor.
Minneapolis Fed launches institute to tackle racial and economic disparities

Minneapolis Fed launches institute to tackle racial and economic disparities

The new effort aims to understand the economic disparities in the state.
Minneapolis to overhaul SE. 4th Street near TCF Bank Stadium

Minneapolis to overhaul SE. 4th Street near TCF Bank Stadium

The $4 million project is part of an effort to improve areas near light-rail station.

Mpls. gives unions, activists strong voice on workplace advisory board

The group is tasked with advising the city on workplace issues.
Mpls. Council Member Warsame pledges to build new Somali mall

Mpls. Council Member Warsame pledges to build new Somali mall

Warsame says residents need alternatives to two problem-plagued malls owned by the Sabri family.
Minneapolis writes off unpaid bill from Senior Games as bad debt

Minneapolis writes off unpaid bill from Senior Games as bad debt

Minneapolis says it will still try to collect $274,000.
Mpls. landlords say rising property values, taxes behind rent hikes

Mpls. landlords say rising property values, taxes behind rent hikes

Under pressure from activists, Mpls. weighs tools to limit increases.

Minneapolis to settle discrimination lawsuit brought by former fire cadet

A related lawsuit against a doctor is set for trial.
Council Member Jacob Frey announces bid for mayor of Minneapolis

Council Member Jacob Frey announces bid for mayor of Minneapolis

Frey, an attorney who represents parts of downtown and Northeast, presented himself as a candidate in the mold of R.T. Rybak.
In Mpls. Council races, so far there's left, and further left

In Mpls. Council races, so far there's left, and further left

Already an island of blue in the red sea of the Upper Midwest, Minneapolis could double down on that status if riled up progressives prevail.
Nicollet Mall art won't feature poem referencing female genitalia

Nicollet Mall art won't feature poem referencing female genitalia

Junauda Petrus said she wrote the poem in response to President-elect Donald Trump's comments about women.
Shortage of affordable housing forces tough choices on the poor

Shortage of affordable housing forces tough choices on the poor

PART 3: Small towns are good places to raise kids, but more jobs and education opportunities are in the metro area -- where lower-income housing in desirable neighborhoods is hard to find.
Part 2: Children of small-town Midwest climb ladder to prosperity

Part 2: Children of small-town Midwest climb ladder to prosperity

The catch is that many of them found success only by moving out of farm country -- and fewer and fewer kids are growing up there.
Part 1: Poor families' path to American dream leads to suburbs

Part 1: Poor families' path to American dream leads to suburbs

A mother of six escaped the South Side of Chicago, moved to Minneapolis "for my kids" — and landed in Chaska as part of a social experiment.
State Rep. Raymond Dehn to run for mayor of Minneapolis

State Rep. Raymond Dehn to run for mayor of Minneapolis

The DFL legislator says the city "must do better."
Hodges thrusts wage debate into 2017 Mpls. mayor's race

Hodges thrusts wage debate into 2017 Mpls. mayor's race

Critics say Hodges' reversal on minimum wage is all about the 2017 election.
Transgender activist Andrea Jenkins runs for Minneapolis City Council

Transgender activist Andrea Jenkins runs for Minneapolis City Council

The City Hall veteran hopes to fill Elizabeth Glidden's position, joins other candidates of color.
In a shift, Hodges supports minimum wage hike in Minneapolis

In a shift, Hodges supports minimum wage hike in Minneapolis

The mayor wants the increase to include tipped workers.
Minneapolis re-evaluates its ties to Greater MSP

Minneapolis re-evaluates its ties to Greater MSP

Minneapolis pulled most of its next year's funding for the regional economic development group, as council members questioned what benefit the city gets and raised concerns that Greater MSP pits local governments against each other in the race to offer incentives to companies.
Elizabeth Glidden won't seek re-election to Minneapolis City Council

Elizabeth Glidden won't seek re-election to Minneapolis City Council

After almost 12 years, she says it's "time for someone new."
Is the middle class disappearing? Maybe not

Is the middle class disappearing? Maybe not

Income for Americans in the middle rose at a modest but steady rate over the past 40 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And prices for consumer goods have dropped.
Courtroom battle begins over Mpls. sick leave ordinance

Courtroom battle begins over Mpls. sick leave ordinance

A Hennepin County judge did not rule on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's request for an injunction to halt the ordinance but did question the scope of the Minneapolis rules.
$1.3B Mpls. budget for 2017 approved; most to see property tax increase

$1.3B Mpls. budget for 2017 approved; most to see property tax increase

Mayor Betsy Hodges is seeking new spending to hire 15 new police officers.
Mpls. explores ending business with Wells Fargo; bank responds

Mpls. explores ending business with Wells Fargo; bank responds

Some local leaders are concerned about the bank's investments and its recent scandal.
Mpls. business leaders raise safety concerns for downtown

Mpls. business leaders raise safety concerns for downtown

Letter to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says the viability of downtown is at stake.
Mayor's plan to add Minneapolis cops faces community pushback

Mayor's plan to add Minneapolis cops faces community pushback

Neighborhood organizers say it's not the answer; Mpls. council is ready to vote today.
Beyond the metro area, job openings skew sharply to low end of skill, pay levels

Beyond the metro area, job openings skew sharply to low end of skill, pay levels

The tilt is the greatest since before the last recession.
Gentrification accelerates in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Gentrification accelerates in Minneapolis and St. Paul

High apartment rents are outpricing homes and pressuring the poor.
Few affordable pockets remain for low-income renters in Mpls.

Few affordable pockets remain for low-income renters in Mpls.

A long-term drop in crime, combined with a concentration of high-wage jobs and a renewed preference for urban life among highly educated workers, have made the city's core more desirable.
Minnesota shed 12,500 jobs in October, worst monthly loss since 2011

Minnesota shed 12,500 jobs in October, worst monthly loss since 2011

It is another worrying sign for a job market that has been slow-growing for a year and stagnant since July.
Big banks should sharply boost capital to help U.S. economy, Mpls. Fed says

Big banks should sharply boost capital to help U.S. economy, Mpls. Fed says

Proposal by president of Minneapolis Fed would require too-big-to-fail banks to pay a price for risk.

Utility customers targeted for more scams as winter sets in

Sophisticated fraud aimed at energy customers, often small businesses, is a big problem.
Kashkari's challenge this week: Not being ignored

Kashkari's challenge this week: Not being ignored

Minneapolis Fed chief to unveil a plan to reduce the effect of big bank failures just as political axis shifts.
Investors build wood-pellet plant in Arkansas, possible spur for northern Minnesota economy

Investors build wood-pellet plant in Arkansas, possible spur for northern Minnesota economy

International Falls group is spending $230 million on Arkansas plant
Trump may not be perfect, Minnesota supporters say, but he promises something new

Trump may not be perfect, Minnesota supporters say, but he promises something new

The Republican nominee is admired in the state for his plainspoken style, his business success and his pledge to shake things up.
U.S. Bank in feud with assisted living home over loan terms

U.S. Bank in feud with assisted living home over loan terms

Assisted living home says bank unfairly charged $250K for alleged default
SEC releases new, relaxed rules on investment crowdfunding

SEC releases new, relaxed rules on investment crowdfunding

SEC ruling is a step forward for Minnesota's fledgling investment crowdfunding community
Minnesota lands back in top 10 of tech-business rankings

Minnesota lands back in top 10 of tech-business rankings

Minnesota last found itself in the top 10 in 2004. The study has been conducted every two years since 2002.
Obituary: Lawrence Gibson, retired from General Mills, was a lifelong learner, social justice advocate

Obituary: Lawrence Gibson, retired from General Mills, was a lifelong learner, social justice advocate

Lawrence Gibson had much to celebrate when he dropped his car off at the mechanic on Monday afternoon. The 89-year-old was in good health, still…
Minnesota adds 1,900 jobs in September, a slight gain for the job market

Minnesota adds 1,900 jobs in September, a slight gain for the job market

The state is starting to see real wage growth.
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