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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.
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Julia Wang, owner of Orchid Massage and Spa, testified in August at a City Council hearing on whether to renew her business license.

Appeals Court affirms shutdown of Minneapolis massage business accused of prostitution

Mpls. City Council revoked license of Orchid Massage Spa for suspect activities.
The Minneapolis skyline, including: IDS Center, Foshay Tower, Capella Tower, Ameriprise Financial Center, Campbell Mithun Tower, AT&T Tower, 33 South

As Mpls. touts density, push back comes from its residents

Economists agree that cities can stabilize the cost of housing by loosening zoning to allow more construction in more places. But the city's argument for affordability has been rebuffed by many homeowners.
Construction has begun at Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis.

Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis closes for a year-long, $10M 'facelift'

Work began Monday on a $10 million renovation of Peavey Plaza, the sunken park next to Orchestra Hall and across the street from Brit's Pub on Nicollet Mall.
Lorenzo Ariza is the owner of Salsa a la Salsa, a restaurant that will be displaced by a new apartment building on Nicollet Avenue, in the background.

Out with the old on Nicollet Av. as apartment building booms

The project is another sign of a changing Minneapolis, with small businesses swept away around Loring Park.

Minneapolis urges residents to help protect bees

Effort is aimed at ending the use of pesticides that poison bees, butterflies.
The Minneapolis City skyline including City Hall seen from U.S. District Court.

Court: Mpls. cannot enforce sick leave rules for employers based outside city

The ordinance "casts its net too far," said Judge Mel Dickstein.
Alix Kendall

Minneapolis to pay $193K to settle TV anchor's snooping case

TV anchor Alix Kendall's information was looked up in the driver's license database more than 3,800 times across the state.
Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Goodman, shown in 2014.

Mpls. council member appeals home valuation, wins $40,000 reduction

The move to tax court is to avoid a potential conflict.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender, shown in January, praised the tax "to fight back against displacement of renters that we’ve been see

Tax break will increase number of affordable housing units in Minneapolis

Landlords and others cheer the move approved by the Minneapolis City Council.
Artist Mary Giles

Mary Giles, fiber artist who transformed basketry, dies at 73

Over the past four decades, Giles helped move the boundaries of basket weaving and earned international recognition for her art.
Louis Hunter, left, at a rally for Hunter, Philando Castile’s cousin, in support of charges against him being dropped, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, outs

Man charged in Castile protests looking to start vegan restaurant in Minneapolis

His legal battle, during which he lost his home and his livelihood, is over, and Louis Hunter is raising money for a vegan eatery in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey toured the Public Works Department’s Traffic and Parking facility on April 10.

Jury still out on Frey as he completes first 100 days in office

Will Mpls. Mayor Jacob Frey's words turn into actions?
In February, officers failed to activate their cameras nearly half the time, but that figure is now less than 20 percent.

Minneapolis police body cameras rolling after rules tightened

Department says compliance is over 80 percent.
A Minneapolis City Council committee voted Monday to give civil rights director Velma Korbel two more years on the job. She's seen above in 2012.

Controversial Minneapolis civil rights director closer to reappointment

Velma Korbel called "right person" to continue work on police accountability.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Scuffle, harsh words upend Mpls. forum on public safety

Just like an earlier forum, frustration over police treatment of black residents boiled over.
Voters cast their ballots at a voting center in Minneapolis Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Friday kicked off the state's early voting period, making Minnesot

Commission weighs even-year elections for Minneapolis mayor, council

Commission says change may not have any effect.
Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis police Lt. John Delmonico

Judge dismisses officer's defamation lawsuit against Hodges

Ex-mayor's texts are spared from claims because she was doing her job, ruling says.
Downtown Minneapolis Post Office at 100 S. 1st St.

'Something spectacular' in store for downtown Mpls. Post Office site

Postal Service has no plans to move out of landmark, but designs are drawn.
Maleta "Queen" Kimmons stood near a boarded-up property and a vacant lot on the 900 block of Oliver Ave. N. on Friday, March 30, in her neighborhood i

Growth plan for Minneapolis gets skeptical reaction on North Side

They say home­­ownership key to North Side stability.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey chatted with Timothy J. Korsmoe, left, at the beginning of a community meeting about public safety on Wednesday.

March 29: Mayor Frey grilled about adding to police force at tense forum

The mayor faced tough questions from citizens demanding police reform.
Minneapolis City Council's newest president Lisa Bender was congratulated by Mayor Jacob Frey before the first City Council meeting of the year, Monda

Minneapolis mayor, council to hold public safety forums

The two gatherings will be interactive sessions away from City Hall.
Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal, shown in 2016.

Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal wins reappointment

Though some groups opposed Susan Segal, her supporters spoke up at two public hearings.
Minneapolis leaders on Thursday released a 20-year blueprint for how the city should grow, envisioning a more densely populated city.

Draft plan, including fourplex proposal, lays out path for Mpls. growth

The 20-year plan envisions more people and taller buildings for Minneapolis.

Minneapolis gives preliminary OK to $108M in bonding for new office building

Two older buildings will be replaced; official said project won't affect taxes.
The Seasons Rotunda of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Minneapolis Convention Center set for $2.7 million bathroom remodel

"Competitive overhaul" seeks to redo outdated restrooms.
FILE - In this July 1, 2014, file photo, fans cheer for the United States against Belgium during a Brazil 2014 World Cup viewing party at Soldier Fiel

Minneapolis pulls out of running as host city for 2026 World Cup

The bid committee said it couldn't get assurances on liability from FIFA, or clear enough estimates of the costs.
One of many pro-density posters created by Neighbors for More Neighbors. This one is from March 2017.

Minneapolis housing-density backers come together ready for action

Neighbors for More Neighbors is pushing for greater housing density in the city.

Work begins on new apartment buildings in Prospect Park

Affordable housing a key to 243-unit development.
Mpls. Mayor Jacob Frey

Jobs center helps East African residents of Minneapolis find employment

The center surpassed its goal for job placements.

Fourplex proposal in Minneapolis will face resistance, spark debate

In a cityscape dominated by single-family homes, a proposal to allow four-unit residential buildings virtually everywhere in Minneapolis is stirring strong and conflicting feelings among neighborhood leaders.
Increasing residential density to accommodate a growing population and drive down the cost of housing in Minneapolis was a campaign priority for Mayor

Minneapolis leaders consider allowing fourplexes citywide to relieve housing shortage

The plan could transform vast swaths of the city now limited to single-family homes.
About 100 students packed the Minneapolis City Council chambers earlier this week to support safer schools in the wake of the Florida shooting.

Minneapolis City Council approves resolution pledging to reduce gun violence

The council argued that support for Second Amendment rights shouldn't supersede the need to keep guns away from dangerous people.
The city of Minneapolis has mailed 731 warning letters to residents who list their homes as short-term rentals on sites such as Airbnb.

Minneapolis mails 731 warning letters to Airbnb scofflaws

The city is giving homeowners six weeks to comply with its ordinance.
In a letter dated Feb. 15, the city of Minneapolis said that if a property listed for short-term is not either registered with the city or removed fro

Minneapolis threatens $500 fines to unlicensed Airbnbs

Minneapolis will start enforcing new rules for short-term rentals.
The Minneapolis Police Department’s struggle to get officers to use the cameras came under intense scrutiny after an officer shot and killed Justine

Mpls. police say they can't track all officers' use of body cameras

The department is not tracking whether all officers are routinely activating body cameras and has not fully staffed the office tasked with reviewing footage.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in the City Council Chambers last month.

Minneapolis Mayor Frey hires new chief of staff

Gia Vitali worked with Jacob Frey on state's same-sex marriage campaign.
Minneapolis City Council's newest president Lisa Bender was congratulated by Mayor Jacob Frey before the first City Council meeting of the year, Monda

Streetcar plan moves forward, though mayor signals caution

Jacob Frey cites "numerous hurdles" in paying for the Minneapolis project.
Barb Johnson was Minneapolis City Council president and played a key role in the pay raised passed in the final days she was in office.

Minneapolis City Council kept plan for pay hikes quiet for months

Mayor Jacob Frey signed off on the $10,000 pay raises for the mayor and council members 10 days before the vote.
Kate Knuth

Mpls. chief resilience officer steps down after 7 months

She had not delivered any work product before she resigned. The mayor's office hopes to fill the grant-funded position by the end of March.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey gave his inaugural address during the inauguration ceremony in the City Hall rotunda, Monday, January 8, 2018 in Minneapo

Minneapolis mayor joins opposition to citizenship question in U.S. Census

A question about citizenship was last included in the census in 1950.
Rendering of the project planned for the old Sons of Norway lot.

Uptown project is city's latest flashpoint in density debate

The plan for two buildings with 319 apartments and 23,000 square feet of commercial space along W. Lake Street is being vigorously opposed by neighbors.
The city of Minneapolis is preparing to hire a point person on immigration and refugee affairs to counteract President Donald Trump’s immigration po

Minneapolis to hire immigration staffer amid federal crackdown

The new position will lead efforts to create a municipal ID and help immigrants gain citizenship.
Police watched as pedestrians crossed 6th Street South at Nicollet while a humvee blocked off traffic Saturday.

Post-Super Bowl, can we drive downtown?

City officials suggest patience while workers bring downtown Mpls. back to normal in the coming days.
Minneapolis City Council Member Phillipe Cunningham envisioned an opportunity at the Upper Harbor Terminal.

Minneapolis dreams for riverfront tract tempered with concern

The city, Park Board and a group of developers want to rebuild the 48-acre tract into housing, offices, stores, restaurants, an amphitheater, parks and trails.
Minneapolis is spending $20 million per year over the next 20 years on street maintenance, resurfacing, concrete rehabilitation and reconstruction, th

Minneapolis neighborhoods will see roadwork, and lots of it, this summer

The city will spend $8.4 million resurfacing local streets.

Last holdout in Minneapolis using toxic dry cleaning chemicals goes green

Funds helped last holdout eliminate a toxic solvent, becoming first major U.S. city to turn that industry green.
Minneapolis City Council members took the oath of office on Jan. 8. Last month, the previous council passed a $10,000 raise for themselves and the may

2 Minneapolis City Council members: Don't let us raise our own pay without more scrutiny

Two Minneapolis council members inviting debate.
Annie Young was first elected to the Minneapolis Park Board in 1989.

Annie Young, longtime Minneapolis Park Board member and a blunt advocate for conservation, dies

Young, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died Monday. She was 75.
Guests watch a performance by Biz Markie at the NFL Media Super Bowl party at Chapman & Kirby, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Low unemployment in Mpls. leaves Super Bowl parties looking for help

Super Bowl's event organizers face fierce competition for staffing.
Then-Mayor Betsy Hodges spoke in December 2017 before introducing Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis to announce the first of multiple music acts

Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to spend a semester at Harvard

She will lead a study group on racial equity, policing and local governance.
The Minneapolis City Council’s newest president, Lisa Bender, cheered new members at the first meeting Jan. 8.

Minneapolis Council President Lisa Bender ushers in younger, more expansive vision of city government

First-time president willing to wield power at City Hall to advance social change.
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights has reached a settlement for $11,000 in lost wages for an employee who reported a violation of the city’s

Minneapolis sick leave violation results in first settlement for $11,000

The paid sick-leave ordinance, which became law in July, requires that employers with six or more employees award them one hour of leave for every 30 hours on the job.
In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, left, catches a 2-yard touchdown pass over New Orleans Saints corner

Politicians place wagers on Vikings vs. Saints: king cake or wild rice and purple ice cream

As the Vikings face the Saints on Sunday, local leaders are making bets.
Minneapolis City Council members took the Oath of Office as they celebrated their inauguration with a public swearing-in ceremony in the City Hall rot

Minneapolis swears in its new leaders: 'Time for talk is over'

With bunting and a massive American flag hung from the balconies and observers looking on from five levels around the echoing rotunda, Mayor Jacob Frey and the 13 members of the new City Council were sworn in and presented to the public.
Mayor Jacob Frey, left, toured Thor Construction’s new headquarters and retail complex in north Minneapolis on Friday before a panel discussion.

Mayor Frey promises to act on economic inequality on North Side

So far, there are few details. The new Minneapolis mayor said his office is "generating input."
Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk is leaving in February to be city manager in Austin, Texas.

Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk takes city manager job in Austin, Texas

Cronk's last day will be Feb. 11, just after the Super Bowl.
Melvin Carter is congratulated after being sworn in Tuesday as St. Paul's new mayor.

Melvin Carter is sworn in as St. Paul's first new mayor in 12 years

Previously a City Council member representing St. Paul's First Ward, Melvin Carter, 38, becomes the first person of color to hold the job.
Shortly after being sworn-in Tuesday as the mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey held his first news conference outside City Council Chambers. ELIZABETH F

New Mpls. Mayor Frey says he has 'hit the ground running very hard'

One of his first moves was to give all City Council members key card access to the mayor's suite of offices.
“I feel like I’ve established a reputation as something of a problem-solver, and I want to use that,” said Barb Johnson, on her plans after leav

As Barb Johnson leaves, old-style Minneapolis city government goes with her

Johnson says she will miss helping her constituents solve their problems.
Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey at one of his many public events. He takes office next week and is getting ready to make adjustments.

Weight of mayor's office soon to fall on Jacob Frey's shoulders

The council member is learning to submit to his gatekeepers, those who run his schedule and control who he talks to, when and for how long.
Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey supports raises, regrets process

Mayor-elect concedes that there should have been public discussion.
Construction is expected to start in summer 2018 on a new city office building that will replace a parking garage, pictured at right, near Minneapolis

Minneapolis City Council awards contracts for new city office building

The building will replace part of the parking ramp across the street from Government Plaza.
Open water produced by steam from Xcel's Black Dog Generating Plant in Burnsville keeps the water unfrozen chilly days. Minneapolis will assess higher

Minneapolis is using electric bills to fight climate change

Minneapolis hikes franchise fee to raise $2M for climate and energy programs.
Mayor-elect Jacob Frey and Mayor Betsy Hodges were together last month during the dedication ceremony to mark the opening of the newly renovated Nicol

Mayor-elect Frey urges supporters to attend fundraiser for departing Hodges

The outgoing mayor is raising money to pay down campaign debt and got help from an election opponent.
Minneapolis new minimum wage ordinance, which will eventually raise the citywide minimum to $15 per hour, goes into effect Jan. 1.(Leila Navidi/Star T

Judge denies request to block Mpls. $15 minimum wage from starting Jan. 1

Minneapolis can enforce new rules, despite lawsuit.

Minneapolis to establish Division of Race and Equity at City Hall

Goal is to eliminate inequalities in city government.
Reps. Karen Clark, left, and Susan Allen, right, got a round of applause from friends, relatives and supporters after announcing their retirement Frid

Minneapolis DFL state Reps. Clark and Allen will not seek re-election

Their districts cover parts of south Minneapolis.
Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com - July 23, 2017, Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis City Counci

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Warsame's Mpls. council win

Legality of ballots cannot be challenged after an election, judge ruled.
The Minneapolis City Council voted 13-0 Wednesday to adopt the 2018 budget.

Minneapolis City Council adopts $1.4 billion budget on 13-0 vote

Last-minute changes add funds for after-school programs, three new firefighters.
Steve Kaplan, of Minneapolis, shoveled snow outside his home at 31st Street and Bryant Avenue S. in February 2016.

Shovel your sidewalk or Minneapolis will send someone to do it for $150

The city issued its annual reminder that clearing sidewalks of snow is the law.
The four-story complex at 38th Street will include 53 units and new customers for nearby businesses.

Density spreads outside downtown Minneapolis into neighborhoods

Multiunit construction trend facing pushback in places.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

Minneapolis City Council reworks public safety priorities

The council strikes downtown traffic enforcement, community liaisons in favor of other public safety priorities.
Minneapolis City Hall

Pay scales rise for top Minneapolis officials

State grants waivers exempting positions from pay caps tied to governor's salary.
Workers from DG Welding and Versacon began reinforcing the support system that holds up the fifteen bells inside the tower at Minneapolis City Hall. T

Minneapolis City Hall tower bells to go silent during repair work

The work will last three weeks.
Attorneys for Noor, Matt Streff and for Warsame, Brian Rice looked over recount results from precincts 2,3 and 7 which remained mostly unchanged. Noor

Recount ends, Mpls. Council Member Abdi Warsame's victory stands

Mohamud Noor, citing 'irregularities' in data, said he hasn't given up.
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