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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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