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Adam Belz

Minneapolis reporter | City Hall
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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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Mayor Betsy Hodges: Minneapolis is strong but under transformation

Mayor Betsy Hodges: Minneapolis is strong but under transformation

Minneapolis is tackling challenges like growth, gun violence, affordability, mayor said in State of the City address.
"Co-govern"? No-veto promise? Mpls. candidates face all kinds of questions

"Co-govern"? No-veto promise? Mpls. candidates face all kinds of questions

Minneapolis candidates face unusual questions in candidate questionnaires.
City report: Mpls. minimum wage should make no exception for tips

City report: Mpls. minimum wage should make no exception for tips

Mpls. analysis recommends a higher minimum wage with four-year phase-in.
Minneapolis says it won't reimburse police officer Michael Griffin's legal fees

Minneapolis says it won't reimburse police officer Michael Griffin's legal fees

A committee of the Minneapolis City Council denied a request from police officer Michael Griffin that he be reimbursed for $75,000 in legal fees arising…
Warsame wins DFL endorsement in Minneapolis' Sixth Ward

Warsame wins DFL endorsement in Minneapolis' Sixth Ward

The City Council Member heads to November with the local party stamp of approval.
Hodges' State of the City address at mosque won't be official council meeting

Hodges' State of the City address at mosque won't be official council meeting

City officials decided to avoid concerns over holding city proceedings at a place of worship.
Minneapolis honors former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton with bronze bust

Minneapolis honors former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton with bronze bust

The event honoring the first female and first black mayor of the city drew about 300 people.
Mpls. committee approves $50K fine, 3-day suspension for Surdyk's

Mpls. committee approves $50K fine, 3-day suspension for Surdyk's

Under the proposal, Jim Surdyk must pay $50,000 by May 31 and close on three July Sundays.
Mpls. 6th Ward endorsing convention will proceed, despite objections

Mpls. 6th Ward endorsing convention will proceed, despite objections

Endorsing event will be Saturday even as two candidates want it canceled.
Twin Cities face twin debates on police, housing and growth

Twin Cities face twin debates on police, housing and growth

Even with months of campaign left before ballots are cast in November, council races in Minneapolis and St. Paul are already stoked with intensity, and the top issues are similar, divisive and complex.
Former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton to be honored with bronze bust at Minneapolis City Hall

Former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton to be honored with bronze bust at Minneapolis City Hall

Sayles Belton was the city's first woman and first African-American mayor.
Mayor Hodges to give State of the City address at Minneapolis mosque May 23

Mayor Hodges to give State of the City address at Minneapolis mosque May 23

The mayor says she wants to send a signal to Muslims that the city stands with them.
Levy-Pounds blasts 'bickering' between Hodges and Harteau

Levy-Pounds blasts 'bickering' between Hodges and Harteau

The mayoral candidate spoke Thursday at the City Hall rotunda.
Minneapolis settles lawsuit against 'Rehab Addict' star Nicole Curtis

Minneapolis settles lawsuit against 'Rehab Addict' star Nicole Curtis

Nicole Curtis must renovate the disputed North Side house by Oct. 15.
Hodges, Harteau meet to discuss new Fourth Precinct inspector

Hodges, Harteau meet to discuss new Fourth Precinct inspector

Neither the mayor nor the chief offered a timeline for a new appointment.
Minneapolis Sixth Ward DFL convention date and location still unsettled

Minneapolis Sixth Ward DFL convention date and location still unsettled

Original arrangements for the convention fell through, with no backup.
Mpls. mayor: Chief waited deliberately on sharing 4th Precinct pick

Mpls. mayor: Chief waited deliberately on sharing 4th Precinct pick

In the interview, Mayor Betsy Hodges maintains Lt. John Delmonico is not a right fit for the Fourth Precinct.
Mpls. mayor's text to police chief: 'Your call' and 'Love that'

Mpls. mayor's text to police chief: 'Your call' and 'Love that'

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges didn't object to an appointment of a new Fourth Precinct inspector until after the news was announced, Police Chief Janeé Harteau said.
Mpls. mayor had 90 minutes' notice on 4th Precinct pick

Mpls. mayor had 90 minutes' notice on 4th Precinct pick

In the latest sign of the leaders' tense relationship, Hodges is said to have told Harteau to undo the appointment of John Delmonico, or Hodges would undo it herself. Harteau left the task to the mayor.
Minneapolis City Council incumbents brace for tough DFL endorsing conventions

Minneapolis City Council incumbents brace for tough DFL endorsing conventions

Three Minneapolis City Council incumbents expect battles to get seal of approval.
Mpls. DFL scrambles to reschedule Sixth Ward endorsing convention

Mpls. DFL scrambles to reschedule Sixth Ward endorsing convention

St. Mary's has backed out of the Mpls. DFL event.
Mayor Hodges says she was victim of sex abuse as a child

Mayor Hodges says she was victim of sex abuse as a child

In a Facebook post, Minneapolis mayor says attacks started at age 8.
More Minneapolis DFL delegate challenges filed in Ninth Ward

More Minneapolis DFL delegate challenges filed in Ninth Ward

The Minneapolis City Council candidate who accused Council Member Alondra Cano of "Jim Crow tactics" for challenging the credentials of more than 100 delegates elected…
Mpls. City Council incumbents face challenges, defeat at DFL ward conventions

Mpls. City Council incumbents face challenges, defeat at DFL ward conventions

Two conventions with longtime incumbents adjourned without an endorsement.
Cano accused of 'Jim Crow tactics' after challenging Minneapolis caucus results

Cano accused of 'Jim Crow tactics' after challenging Minneapolis caucus results

Minneapolis Council Member Alondra Cano's challenge of Ninth Ward caucus results is an attempt to suppress the votes of East Africans, said her election challenger, Mohamed Farah.
Second-worst mayor in the country? Betsy Hodges fires back

Second-worst mayor in the country? Betsy Hodges fires back

In a statement, the Minneapolis mayor noted the story came out after she gave a speech criticizing President Trump.
Mpls. Council rejects Surdyk's deal, insists on tougher penalty

Mpls. Council rejects Surdyk's deal, insists on tougher penalty

A tentative settlement with the liquor store for a looser punishment was rejected. A new, stiffer penalty will be negotiated over the next month.
Hodges calls Trump 'pernicious,' says cities are first line of defense

Hodges calls Trump 'pernicious,' says cities are first line of defense

"I have said repeatedly that if Donald Trump is coming after our immigrant community, he's going to have to get through me first, through all the rest of Minneapolis first," said Betsy Hodges, who is running for re-election.
Dueling protesters face off in Dinkytown over Minneapolis minimum wage

Dueling protesters face off in Dinkytown over Minneapolis minimum wage

Marchers disagree on whether tipped workers should be covered by any Mpls. law
At 22, Joelle Stangler is already putting her stamp on Minneapolis politics

At 22, Joelle Stangler is already putting her stamp on Minneapolis politics

After helping to run Ilhan Omar's groundbreaking campaign, recent U grad is now organizing Ray Dehn's outsider bid for mayor.
Mpls. council candidates want 6th Ward caucus results tossed

Mpls. council candidates want 6th Ward caucus results tossed

Two Minneapolis City Council candidates have challenged the outcome of last week's DFL caucus in the Sixth Ward, a scene of chaos and confusion from which Council Member Abdi Warsame appears to have emerged victorious.
Two top officials in Mpls. Mayor Betsy Hodges' campaign resign

Two top officials in Mpls. Mayor Betsy Hodges' campaign resign

Campaign manager Jorge Contreras and Kyrstin Schuette, the organizing director, both said they resigned.
More than half of Mpls. council backs $15-an-hour minimum wage

More than half of Mpls. council backs $15-an-hour minimum wage

There is no proposal yet, but a majority of council members say they would support the increase.
3 Minneapolis council members say they back $15 minimum wage

3 Minneapolis council members say they back $15 minimum wage

They join mayor in opposing exemption for tipped workers.
Consultants: Schiff involved in nonprofit's grant problems

Consultants: Schiff involved in nonprofit's grant problems

Gary Schiff says he bears no responsibility for the mishandling of a federal grant by the now-defunct Council on Crime and Justice, but two people who worked on the project say the project's failure is partly the fault of the Minneapolis City Council candidate.
Obituary: Jim Carroll was decorated World War II hero and 'dad of the neighborhood'

Obituary: Jim Carroll was decorated World War II hero and 'dad of the neighborhood'

James Carroll parachuted into a maze of canals and hedgerows 13 miles from the beach at Normandy to cut off German troops on…
Mpls. DFL caucus turnout doubles; little separation in mayor's race

Mpls. DFL caucus turnout doubles; little separation in mayor's race

Caucus results haven't been tallied and will only be partial even once completed. But reports from about 20 DFL insiders across the city point to a three-way endorsement race at the Minneapolis DFL convention on July 8.
Strong turnout for Minneapolis caucuses for mayor, council

Strong turnout for Minneapolis caucuses for mayor, council

It was chaotic in the Sixth Ward, where hundreds crowded into a small gym and later moved outside. About 800 people showed up to caucus at South High School, the site for all caucuses in the Ninth Ward.
Nekima Levy-Pounds says she won't seek DFL endorsement in Minneapolis mayor's race

Nekima Levy-Pounds says she won't seek DFL endorsement in Minneapolis mayor's race

Process favors insiders, mayoral challenger says.

Energized Minneapolis DFLers pin hopes on caucus

Newly energized groups, many of them suspicious of traditional power brokers in the Minneapolis DFL, have produced and organized a raft of videos and caucus 101 sessions at coffeehouses and beer halls.
Downtown safety plan: More cops, outreach on Hennepin

Downtown safety plan: More cops, outreach on Hennepin

The effort will be focused on eliminating the public intoxication and catcalling that businesses in the area say are damaging the downtown Minneapolis experience.
Minneapolis disputes 'Rehab Addict' star's account of building permit cost

Minneapolis disputes 'Rehab Addict' star's account of building permit cost

City says it did not ask her to make a $200K deposit.
Restaurant group: Minneapolis servers make $28.56 per hour

Restaurant group: Minneapolis servers make $28.56 per hour

Any minimum wage hike should target support staff, an industry group says.
Hodges, Harteau say conflict helped bring them closer

Hodges, Harteau say conflict helped bring them closer

Hodges enters her fourth year as mayor amid skepticism that she and the chief have the close-knit relationship needed to adequately police a big city.
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."
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