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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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Minneapolis City Council approves resolution pledging to reduce gun violence

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.
Minneapolis mails 731 warning letters to Airbnb scofflaws

Minneapolis mails 731 warning letters to Airbnb scofflaws

The city is giving homeowners six weeks to comply with its ordinance.
Minneapolis threatens $500 fines to unlicensed Airbnbs

Minneapolis threatens $500 fines to unlicensed Airbnbs

Minneapolis will start enforcing new rules for short-term rentals.
Mpls. police say they can't track all officers' use of body cameras

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 Frey hires new chief of staff

Minneapolis Mayor Frey hires new chief of staff

Gia Vitali worked with Jacob Frey on state's same-sex marriage campaign.
Streetcar plan moves forward, though mayor signals caution

Streetcar plan moves forward, though mayor signals caution

Jacob Frey cites "numerous hurdles" in paying for the Minneapolis project.
Minneapolis City Council kept plan for pay hikes quiet for months

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.
Mpls. chief resilience officer steps down after 7 months

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 joins opposition to citizenship question in U.S. Census

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

A question about citizenship was last included in the census in 1950.
Uptown project is city's latest flashpoint in density debate

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.
Minneapolis to hire immigration staffer amid federal crackdown

Minneapolis to hire immigration staffer amid federal crackdown

The new position will lead efforts to create a municipal ID and help immigrants gain citizenship.
Post-Super Bowl, can we drive downtown?

Post-Super Bowl, can we drive downtown?

City officials suggest patience while workers bring downtown Mpls. back to normal in the coming days.
Minneapolis dreams for riverfront tract tempered with concern

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

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

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

Two Minneapolis council members inviting debate.
Annie Young, longtime Minneapolis Park Board member and a blunt advocate for conservation, dies

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

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

Super Bowl's event organizers face fierce competition for staffing.
Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to spend a semester at Harvard

Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to spend a semester at Harvard

She will lead a study group on racial equity, policing and local governance.
Minneapolis Council President Lisa Bender ushers in younger, more expansive vision of city government

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

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

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

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 Frey promises to act on economic inequality on North Side

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 takes city manager job 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 sworn in as St. Paul's first new mayor in 12 years

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

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

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

Johnson says she will miss helping her constituents solve their problems.
Weight of mayor's office soon to fall on Jacob Frey's shoulders

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 supports raises, regrets process

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey supports raises, regrets process

Mayor-elect concedes that there should have been public discussion.
Minneapolis City Council awards contracts for new city office building

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.
Minneapolis is using electric bills to fight climate change

Minneapolis is using electric bills to fight climate change

Minneapolis hikes franchise fee to raise $2M for climate and energy programs.
Mayor-elect Frey urges supporters to attend fundraiser for departing Hodges

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

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

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

Their districts cover parts of south Minneapolis.
Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Warsame's Mpls. council win

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Warsame's Mpls. council win

Legality of ballots cannot be challenged after an election, judge ruled.
Minneapolis City Council adopts $1.4 billion budget on 13-0 vote

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

Last-minute changes add funds for after-school programs, three new firefighters.
Shovel your sidewalk or Minneapolis will send someone to do it for $150

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.
Density spreads outside downtown Minneapolis into neighborhoods

Density spreads outside downtown Minneapolis into neighborhoods

Multiunit construction trend facing pushback in places.
Minneapolis City Council reworks public safety priorities

Minneapolis City Council reworks public safety priorities

The council strikes downtown traffic enforcement, community liaisons in favor of other public safety priorities.
Pay scales rise for top Minneapolis officials

Pay scales rise for top Minneapolis officials

State grants waivers exempting positions from pay caps tied to governor's salary.
Minneapolis City Hall tower bells to go silent during repair work

Minneapolis City Hall tower bells to go silent during repair work

The work will last three weeks.
Recount ends, Mpls. Council Member Abdi Warsame's victory stands

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

Mohamud Noor, citing 'irregularities' in data, said he hasn't given up.
Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame's home broken into

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame's home broken into

The intruder looked through Warsame's mail, took nothing of value.

Minneapolis residents have 2 more chances to weigh in on city budget

The city will hold public hearings Nov. 29 and Dec. 6.
Recount set for Tuesday in Minneapolis City Council race between Warsame, Noor

Recount set for Tuesday in Minneapolis City Council race between Warsame, Noor

DFL-endorsed incumbent Abdi Warsame is upset legislators broke ranks to back rival.
Church behind West Bank's landmark Jesus mural seeks new home

Church behind West Bank's landmark Jesus mural seeks new home

Pastor of church that painted the mural says their lease is up, looking for new location.
Proposed Mpls. budget includes little money to enforce new labor rules

Proposed Mpls. budget includes little money to enforce new labor rules

Paid sick leave went into force in the summer and a municipal minimum wage will start to take effect in January, but the city of…
Minneapolis City Council members turn attention to picking their new president

Minneapolis City Council members turn attention to picking their new president

Three candidates for council president have emerged; members will vote in January.
R.T. Rybak to help lead Jacob Frey's transition to Minneapolis mayor's office

R.T. Rybak to help lead Jacob Frey's transition to Minneapolis mayor's office

Joe Radinovich to be new mayor's chief of staff.
New Minneapolis leaders pledge work on affordable housing, public safety and police reform

New Minneapolis leaders pledge work on affordable housing, public safety and police reform

But first, Mayor-elect Jacob Frey said he must repair fractured relationships and build trust with the left side of the Minneapolis DFL that fought his election.
Minneapolis Mayor-elect Frey: We're going to get to work

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Frey: We're going to get to work

The 36-year-old City Council member defeated incumbent Mayor Betsy Hodges and 14 other candidates in Tuesday's election. He will take office in January.
After first count, Jacob Frey leads Minneapolis mayor's race

After first count, Jacob Frey leads Minneapolis mayor's race

Mayor Betsy Hodges, who has never lost an election, ranked third in the tally of first-choice votes.
Last push in Mpls. and St. Paul mayoral races

Last push in Mpls. and St. Paul mayoral races

Minneapolis and St. Paul mayoral hopefuls scramble for votes ahead of Tuesday's election.
Minneapolis mayoral hopefuls offer closing arguments at forum

Minneapolis mayoral hopefuls offer closing arguments at forum

The 33rd mayoral forum was long on proposals and ideas but short on details.
Police, housing, parks, jobs at forefront of Twin Cities mayor races

Police, housing, parks, jobs at forefront of Twin Cities mayor races

Both cities are facing property tax increases, but candidates in both mayoral races have spent more time discussing other issues.

Minneapolis to gather public feedback on franchise fee increase

The fee hike would cost the average homeowner an extra $7 per year.
Long-shot Mpls. mayoral candidate suspends campaign, endorses Frey

Long-shot Mpls. mayoral candidate suspends campaign, endorses Frey

He blasted the 'hypocrisy and fluff' of the campaign.
Donations to Minneapolis Works political committee reveals battle within DFL

Donations to Minneapolis Works political committee reveals battle within DFL

PAC's so-called "right-wing money" largely came from DFLers.
More than $1.8 million pours into Minneapolis mayoral race

More than $1.8 million pours into Minneapolis mayoral race

There is no clear frontrunner in the hotly contested race, which has been unpredictable because of ranked-choice voting and little polling.
Jacquelyn Sullivan, who inspired students and nurtured those around her, dies

Jacquelyn Sullivan, who inspired students and nurtured those around her, dies

About three years ago, Jacquelyn Sullivan found out she was going to die, and she decided to keep on teaching. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in…
Somali mall a flashpoint in Minneapolis' Sixth Ward City Council race

Somali mall a flashpoint in Minneapolis' Sixth Ward City Council race

Mall landlord Basim Sabr adds fuel with visible support for Mohamud Noor in challenge of incumbent Abdi Warsame.
Racial equity is dominant theme in Minneapolis mayoral race

Racial equity is dominant theme in Minneapolis mayoral race

The problem of racial inequity permeates discussions of everything from affordable housing and education to public works and the police department.

Ten affordable housing projects to get loans from Minneapolis

Some council members said $8.9M in funding doesn't go far enough.
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.
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