Maya Rao

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4210
Maya Rao covers Minneapolis for the Star Tribune. She wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.

Recent content from Maya Rao

Minneapolis candidates race to raise money to pay down debt

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges and other candidates tried to pull in year-end contributions before tighter limits arrive in 2014.

Updated: January 01, 2014, - 08:15 AM

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s last act: West Bank walkway

Mayor says stretch of 5th Street linking the East African area to downtown Minneapolis will be named after Hussein Samatar.

Updated: December 30, 2013, - 10:14 PM

Fans invade Metrodome of eve of final game

Vikings die-hards, 6,000 strong, streamed into the Metrodome on Saturday evening to snap pictures on the field, toss footballs around...

Updated: December 29, 2013, - 08:24 AM

Charge: Suspects in Mark Andrew beating had cased MOA Starbucks

Three teens had been casing Mall of America Starbucks, police say.

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 10:54 PM

R.T. Rybak makes most of his final days as mayor

He’s dialing developers for the $400 million Downtown East project, arranging meetings and farewells, and negotiating with his wife about which oversized mayoral mementos piled up in his third-floor office she can indulge in their south Minneapolis home.

Updated: December 22, 2013, - 10:37 AM

Warsame to bring rising Somali clout to Minneapolis City Hall

Somali-American Abdi Warsame used both strategy and hard work to record a “first” on the Minneapolis City Council.

Updated: November 17, 2013, - 05:37 AM

Fractious issues await a new Minneapolis City Council

Along with seven newcomers, City Council will confront fractious issues in 2014.

Updated: November 10, 2013, - 08:24 AM

Andrew: Hodges peaked at right time

Minneapolis mayoral victor Betsy Hodges’ main rival said that she deserved credit for her tenacity and that she won “fair and square.”

Updated: November 08, 2013, - 11:18 PM

Hodges wins mayor's race, but slow count brings backlash

At 10:14 p.m. Thursday — more than 50 hours after the polls closed — officials finally confirmed that Betsy Hodges had been elected the next mayor of Minneapolis.

Updated: November 08, 2013, - 03:23 PM

Long day of counting keeps 4 Minneapolis races on hold

Vote counters slogged away until almost midnight Wednesday with no final results for the Minneapolis mayoral or City Council races in sight.

Updated: November 07, 2013, - 06:57 AM

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