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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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Early voting draws thousands in Minneapolis city election

Early voting draws thousands in Minneapolis city election

Highly competitive races are driving people to the polls, a city official said.
Clarence Purfeerst, quotable longtime state senator, dies at 89

Clarence Purfeerst, quotable longtime state senator, dies at 89

His most enduring legacy was his knack for the mangled axiom, which came to be known as "Purfer-isms."
Downtown Mpls. businesses make push to swing Council races

Downtown Mpls. businesses make push to swing Council races

Fundraising e-mail says, "Don't be filled with regret on November 8."
Minneapolis to spend more on PR for Nicollet Mall project

Minneapolis to spend more on PR for Nicollet Mall project

The city plans to spend a total of $95,000 on an outside communications consultant for the project, which should be "substantially complete" next month but has frayed nerves and hurt small businesses downtown.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Hoch takes criticism for donations to Sheriff Stanek

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Hoch takes criticism for donations to Sheriff Stanek

Hodges called Hoch a "serial investor in Republican values."
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jacob Frey aims to 'regain our citywide swagger'

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jacob Frey aims to 'regain our citywide swagger'

Frey says the path of ideological purity isn't the way to get things done for the city.
Downtown Mpls. groups criticize candidates over envisioning a city without police

Downtown Mpls. groups criticize candidates over envisioning a city without police

Some who answered "yes" on survey cite confusion.
Some Minneapolis candidates say they can envision a city without police

Some Minneapolis candidates say they can envision a city without police

The candidates said that is an ideal future, but not realistic right now.
Hodges says she lost faith in Harteau months before Damond shooting

Hodges says she lost faith in Harteau months before Damond shooting

The mayor and former chief recently agreed to interviews revealing new details about how their working relationship deteriorated and ended.
Clout of Somali-American voters increases in Minneapolis elections

Clout of Somali-American voters increases in Minneapolis elections

As community turns out in record numbers for Mpls. races, candidates come knocking.
Minneapolis mayoral hopefuls weigh in on city's K-12 education system

Minneapolis mayoral hopefuls weigh in on city's K-12 education system

Exodus of black families and other challenges are addressed at North High forum.
Minneapolis City Council delays decision on historic protection for Homewood

Minneapolis City Council delays decision on historic protection for Homewood

The contentious issue is headed back to city staff.
Mpls. council member 'sorry' after handing chewed gum to opponent

Mpls. council member 'sorry' after handing chewed gum to opponent

Incumbent Lisa Goodman apologizes to challenger Teqen Zéa-Aida after handing her already chewed gum over at a candidate forum.
Several staffers resign from Mayor Hodges' re-election campaign

Several staffers resign from Mayor Hodges' re-election campaign

The shake-up is the second one for Hodges, after her campaign manager left in April.
Downtown Minneapolis safety looms over mayoral race

Downtown Minneapolis safety looms over mayoral race

Solving the problem of downtown shootings and a general sense of eroded public safety along Hennepin and 1st avenues will fall to the person elected in November as mayor.
Janeé Harteau separation agreement with city of Minneapolis passes first hurdle

Janeé Harteau separation agreement with city of Minneapolis passes first hurdle

The agreement, which no longer has no-criticism clause, is scheduled to go before the full council on Sept. 20.
Hodges proposes raising Mpls. levy by 5.5 percent in budget

Hodges proposes raising Mpls. levy by 5.5 percent in budget

Combating climate change, significant new spending on affordable housing and public safety and voter outreach are the key priorities in Mayor Betsy Hodges' 2018 budget, the details of which she revealed Tuesday in a speech at City Hall.
Board wants to 'give the public more time' to look over Minneapolis budget

Board wants to 'give the public more time' to look over Minneapolis budget

Mpls. Board of Estimate will extend hearing after delayed city budget rollout.
Hodges: 'Happy to remove' clause from Harteau agreement

Hodges: 'Happy to remove' clause from Harteau agreement

The mayor acknowledged that the nondisparagement clause had been her idea. The City Council still must take up the agreement.
Nondisparagement clause in Harteau severance plan draws council scrutiny

Nondisparagement clause in Harteau severance plan draws council scrutiny

All 13 council members said they were not privy to negotiations.
Voter turnout on rise in Minneapolis city elections, but still needs work

Voter turnout on rise in Minneapolis city elections, but still needs work

Though some eligible voters seem indifferent, election insiders expect mayoral, council races to boost interest.
Mpls. offers $183K plus year's benefits to former Police Chief Harteau

Mpls. offers $183K plus year's benefits to former Police Chief Harteau

Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau would receive $182,876 in separation pay plus 12 months of health benefits under a severance deal with the city released Friday.
Judge quashes bid to force Mpls. mayor to publish budget details

Judge quashes bid to force Mpls. mayor to publish budget details

Betsy Hodges will release her detailed plan and make a speech on Sept. 12, as planned.
City to study incentives for cops to live in Minneapolis

City to study incentives for cops to live in Minneapolis

A recent Star Tribune analysis showed that only about 8 percent of Minneapolis police officers live within the city. Some residents and community organizers argue cops would be better able to serve the city if they lived in it.
Minneapolis asks judge to quash writ demanding Hodges' budget

Minneapolis asks judge to quash writ demanding Hodges' budget

Judge says decision 'as soon as I can,' as city lawyers argue that Hodges fulfilled City Charter requirement with budget summary.
Jacob Frey losing shine as the business hopeful for Mpls. mayor

Jacob Frey losing shine as the business hopeful for Mpls. mayor

Critics say his moves on the Minneapolis City Council belie his initial support.
Hodges defends L.A. trip soon after Damond fatal shooting

Hodges defends L.A. trip soon after Damond fatal shooting

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges flew to Los Angeles four days after Justine Ruszczyk Damond's shooting death for a campaign fundraiser, a trip her opponents pounced on Wednesday.
Mpls. Mayor Hodges must produce budget or explain, judge says

Mpls. Mayor Hodges must produce budget or explain, judge says

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges must either produce a full 2018 budget by Friday or go to court to explain why the document isn't ready, a Hennepin County judge has said.

Council panel votes to shut down massage business in south Minneapolis

Owner denies allowing sex acts and promises to appeal city's decision.
Judge is asked to force Hodges to submit Mpls. budget 'immediately'

Judge is asked to force Hodges to submit Mpls. budget 'immediately'

Judge asked to force mayor to file 2018 budget "immediately" for the public's benefit.
St. Paul mayor proposes 24 percent property tax hike, says it's a cost shift

St. Paul mayor proposes 24 percent property tax hike, says it's a cost shift

In his last budget address, held at St. Paul College, Chris Coleman says the increase primarily is a cost shift.
23 candidates file to run for mayor in Minneapolis, St. Paul

23 candidates file to run for mayor in Minneapolis, St. Paul

12 meet the filing deadline in Minneapolis; 11 will run in St. Paul.
Search of Justine Damond's Minneapolis home draws scrutiny

Search of Justine Damond's Minneapolis home draws scrutiny

Investigators say they were seeking clues for a more complete picture of what happened the night she was fatally shot by a police officer.
After $15 wage, Mpls. activists, officials take on affordable housing

After $15 wage, Mpls. activists, officials take on affordable housing

Proposals range from tweaking regulations and encouraging developers to build more units to deeply contentious ideas like giving tenants the right to buy a building before a landlord can sell to someone else.
Interested in being Minneapolis mayor? Candidates must file by Tuesday

Interested in being Minneapolis mayor? Candidates must file by Tuesday

Many candidates have already been campaigning for months.
Palmisano's call for police reform sharpened by Damond's death

Palmisano's call for police reform sharpened by Damond's death

Minneapolis City Council Member Linea Palmisano, not known for being fiery, has been a vocal critic in the push for police reform in wake of Justine Damond being shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer.
More than $1.3 million pours into Minneapolis mayoral race

More than $1.3 million pours into Minneapolis mayoral race

Three Minneapolis candidates have raised $200,000 or more in 2017, but deep coffers were not the deciding factor in the last mayoral election.
Details of former Minneapolis Chief Harteau's severance not final yet

Details of former Minneapolis Chief Harteau's severance not final yet

An agreement, once it's drawn up, must go through committee and win City Council approval.
In Minneapolis mayor's race, Dehn campaign behind on fundraising

In Minneapolis mayor's race, Dehn campaign behind on fundraising

The north Minneapolis candidate has raised a fraction of the money three of his competitors have raised.
Mayor, acting chief promise to rebuild trust in Minneapolis Police

Mayor, acting chief promise to rebuild trust in Minneapolis Police

A City Council committee will consider Hodges' nomination of Arradondo as chief on Tuesday.
New Mpls. body camera policy isn't clear on consequences

New Mpls. body camera policy isn't clear on consequences

The policy lays out punishments ranging from a letter of reprimand to termination.
Chief: Minneapolis police will have to turn on body cameras for all calls

Chief: Minneapolis police will have to turn on body cameras for all calls

The policy change, announced by the mayor and acting police chief, comes in the wake of Justine Damond's shooting death. The officers involved did not turn on their body cameras.
Police reform debate surges to forefront in Mpls. mayor race

Police reform debate surges to forefront in Mpls. mayor race

Candidates have raised concerns over body cameras, training and police culture in the wake of Justine Damond's shooting death.
Minneapolis menthol tobacco sales restriction vote delayed until Aug. 2

Minneapolis menthol tobacco sales restriction vote delayed until Aug. 2

The committee could not vote on the issue because too many members were absent.
Minneapolis City Council members to be briefed on police body camera audit

Minneapolis City Council members to be briefed on police body camera audit

Council briefing comes after Damond shooting not caught on camera.
Minneapolis proposal to restrict menthol tobacco sales sparks debate

Minneapolis proposal to restrict menthol tobacco sales sparks debate

Businesses balk at lost revenue; advocates cite health benefits.
No kidding: Minneapolis City Council candidates queried about goats

No kidding: Minneapolis City Council candidates queried about goats

Activists have thrust the new issue into the heated election campaign.

Court hears appeals from Chamber of Commerce, city of Minneapolis on sick leave

Chamber of Commerce says ordinance in Mpls. oversteps its boundaries.
After DFL convention boost, Ray Dehn seeks wider appeal in Mpls. race

After DFL convention boost, Ray Dehn seeks wider appeal in Mpls. race

Ray Dehn has emerged as the favored mayoral candidate of Minneapolis DFL insiders. Now the challenge will be to translate his appeal to the broader…
Minneapolis DFLers fail to endorse mayoral candidate

Minneapolis DFLers fail to endorse mayoral candidate

DFL delegates fail to endorse a candidate in Minneapolis race.
Minneapolis DFL to sort out mayoral candidates Saturday

Minneapolis DFL to sort out mayoral candidates Saturday

Eight mayoral candidates are vying for the DFL endorsement.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Tom Hoch calls for better funding for public housing

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Tom Hoch calls for better funding for public housing

Hoch and residents spoke Friday in north Minneapolis.
In bid for re-election, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges stands by 'tough decisions'

In bid for re-election, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges stands by 'tough decisions'

Mayor Hodges faces multiple challengers but is sticking to her plan.
Minneapolis releases details of $15 minimum wage ordinance

Minneapolis releases details of $15 minimum wage ordinance

City Council members released details of plans to raise the minimum wage for all.
Minneapolis City Council asks staff to draft $15 minimum wage ordinance

Minneapolis City Council asks staff to draft $15 minimum wage ordinance

Public hearing and City Council vote are set for June; some details still being worked out.
$15 minimum wage on track for Minneapolis? What you should know

$15 minimum wage on track for Minneapolis? What you should know

Commonly asked questions — and answers — on the minimum wage debate at City Hall.
Minneapolis City Council set to craft ordinance to raise minimum wage

Minneapolis City Council set to craft ordinance to raise minimum wage

A majority of City Council members have said they would support raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Mpls. restaurant owners push for 'tip credit' amid minimum wage debate

Mpls. restaurant owners push for 'tip credit' amid minimum wage debate

Restaurant owners say many servers exceed $15 an hour.
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.
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