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Emma Nelson

Reporter | Minneapolis
phone: 612-673-4509
Emma Nelson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. During her senior year, she worked as managing editor at the Minnesota Daily, the U's award-winning student newspaper. As a student reporter at the Star Tribune, she previously covered Minneapolis.
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Macalester College student Emma Wise pointed out birds for Sai Chang, 16, left, and Marquise Tatum, 15, during an Urban Roots program on April 10. The

St. Paul's underfunded after-school programs raise equity questions

St. Paul wants to fight racial, income disparities in youth programs by making them affordable.
Crews working with Sm+RT Homes moved two modular houses from tractor trailer trucks and set them on foundations with a huge crane in East St. Paul. ]

St. Paul leaders want more housing built - now

The city's new Fair Housing Work Group is delving into the housing shortage, but City Council members say they're ready to act now.
A Scheffer Recreation Center renovation is among the projects on the St. Paul parks plan to make its facilities comply with the 1990 American with Dis

St. Paul parks to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act, 26 years after deadline

The plan identifies 33 projects that will cost more than $150,000, plus staff time, to be completed between 2018 and 2025.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter shook hands with Pauline Johnson, of Roseville, during the Winter Carnival’s King Boreas Grand Day Parade.

St. Paul mayor postpones State of Our City Summit due to inclement weather

The event was scheduled for Saturday morning and has not been rescheduled.
A former teacher, Mitra Jalali Nelson is currently the policy and outreach aide for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

Carter endorses Mitra Jalali Nelson for St. Paul City Council

Mitra Jalali Nelson is one of three who are seeking to replace Russ Stark in a special election.
The new habitat for Sparky the sea lion and other sea lions and seals will include two year-round pools, among other features.

Sparky needs a new home and the Como Zoo is going to provide it, with $15M in help from Minn.

Sparky the sea lion is getting new digs at St. Paul's Como Zoo, thanks to a $15 million bonding appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature.
Airbnb’s Ben Breit spoke to a gathering at Flat Earth Brewery in St. Paul before the Super Bowl. He said Wednesday that he supports the city’s pro

After threat of suit, new rules coming for short-term rental platforms in St. Paul

Airbnb lauds proposal; City Council will vote April 11.
St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao

Voting case against St. Paul's Thao will go to trial

St. Paul's Thao faces three misdemeanor charges over helping a woman vote.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter wants some people with “no allegiance to the way things have always happened in the city.”

Mayor Carter's diverse staff hits the ground running in St. Paul

Many of mayor's hires are new to city government.
The planning started in 2015 under then-St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, but new Mayor Melvin Carter's goals of equity, resilience and innovation were in

St. Paul's long-term plan calls for more density

Less racial disparity and safer environment are envisioned.
A University of Minnesota design team shared renderings of possible "land bridges" over Interstate 94 in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul. This rend

Support builds for bridge over I-94 in St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood

"Time has come," panel says, to build a 5-block land bridge over I-94.
Driver Mourssalou Boukari made a recycling pickup in St. Paul in January 2017.

Despite headaches, recycling up in St. Paul under new program

Some City Council members voiced frustration with Eureka Recycling.
Melvin Carter and his wife, Sakeena, Carter were joined on stage by their family as Justice Tanya Bransford with the Fourth Judicial District administ

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's inauguration week cost $205,000

Donations are still being sought to cover remaining expenses of $36,000.
With a downtown shelter set to close in two weeks, more homeless may end up under blankets on sidewalks.

St. Paul City Council sets out to tackle homelessness

With an emergency shelter set to close, the City Council is working with Ramsey County and other partners on longer-term solutions.

Air quality at St. Paul industrial site needs work, study finds

Study finds elevated levels of dust, lead and arsenic around St. Paul's Southport Industrial District.
Minnesota writer Cheri Register, who told stories with far-reaching resonance, dies at 72

Minnesota writer Cheri Register, who told stories with far-reaching resonance, dies at 72

The two-time Minnesota Book Award winner created a body of writing that resonated widely while maintaining a deep connection to family and place.
Rep. John Lesch

Rep. Lesch seeks dismissal of St. Paul city attorney's defamation lawsuit

An attorney for Rep. John Lesch said he was acting in his capacity as a legislator when he questioned Lyndsey Olson's hiring.
St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao, right, headed toward the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday.

St. Paul council member pleads not guilty in voting case

Dai Thao's attorney, Joe Dixon, said there was no interpreter available at the polling place on the day Thao took the woman to vote. "We contend that his conduct was lawful," Dixon said.
St. Paul Council Member Dai Thao is accused of trying to manipulate a voter.

Thao still faces charges of attempting to manipulate voters

Allegation came during Dai Thao's mayoral bid; hearing is on Tuesday.
The downtown St. Paul skyline, seen from Cathedral of St. Paul.

New organization aims to boost downtown St. Paul

Downtown Alliance to highlight vitality of city, neighborhoods, region.
Gary Unger, a lifelong East Side resident who lives near the Hillcrest Golf Club site, wants development at Hillcrest but also is sad about what would

Development of shuttered golf course could transform St. Paul neighborhood

Plan for closed golf course includes housing, restaurants, trails and community center.
St. Paul City Council Members Samantha Henningson and Rebecca Noecker and Council President Amy Brendmoen spoke before a meeting on the citywide minim

St. Paul City Council hears first report on minimum wage hike

The nonpartisan Citizens League presented the summary of hundreds of comments on the proposed citywide minimum wage increase.
Rendition of the planned new soccer-specific stadium to be built in St. Paul for Minnesota United.

Some neighbors of St. Paul soccer stadium brace for noise

St. Paul City Council set to vote Wednesday on exempting United games, other events from noise limitations.
Rendition of the planned new soccer-specific stadium to be built in St. Paul for Minnesota United.

St. Paul City Council votes to exempt soccer stadium from noise limits

The vote was unanimous, but public opinion was not.
A driver emptied recycling bins last winter in St. Paul. Eureka says the city should consider plowing its own alleys, where on-time collection has bee

Icy reception: New system hasn't cured St. Paul's recycling headache

A year after the city started a new recycling program with nonprofit Eureka Recycling, Eureka and the city's public works department have a new system for picking up recycling in icy alleys. It means that some alleys can go uncollected for up to three weeks.
Chia Yang exercised at the Hmong Elders Center. The center received nearly $100,000 to paint and repair rotting walls, one recent investment on the No

Little by little, change is coming to St. Paul's North End

A year into city effort to attract investment, projects worth $4 million are planned or finished.

Russ Stark's legislative aide to replace him on St. Paul City Council

The City Council is expected to appoint Samantha Henningson on Feb. 14.
Dai Thao, shown during the St. Paul mayoral campaign last year.

Dai Thao supporters remain loyal despite criminal charges

The St. Paul City Council member said "my heart is in the right place."
Former St. Paul City Council Member Russ Stark

Six vie for interim role on St. Paul City Council

A temporary replacement will be named Feb. 14, as Mitra Jalali Nelson announces her candidacy.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao spoke to volunteers before the start of the Payne Arcade Harvest Festival and Parade. ] Shari L. Gross ï

St. Paul's Thao charged with illegally marking elderly voter's ballot

Lawyer for council member said his actions to help voter were "perfectly legal."
Former St. Paul City Council Member Russ Stark

St. Paul attorney is first to enter Fourth Ward council race

Amy Ireland is the first to jump in after Russ Stark joined mayor's office.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter shook hands with Pauline Johnson, of Roseville, during the Winter Carnival's King Boreas Grand Day Parade Saturday.

St. Paul Mayor Carter walks into $15 minimum wage battle

St. Paul leaders, businesses say minimum wage battle won't be a repeat of Minneapolis.
Jane Prince, center, shown in 2016, represents part of St. Paul's East Side and said her hope is the Hoodstarter campaign will draw developers’ atte

Cities turn to collective wisdom to fill vacant spots

A vacant pawnshop. A closed restaurant. A shuttered brewery.St. Paul's East Side is littered with empty spaces, from the former Strip Club Meat and Fish…
“It’s actually been remarkable, the drop-off in calls and e-mails,” Council Member Rebecca Noecker of the new skyway rules.

New rules on St. Paul skyways show results

"It's actually been remarkable, the drop-off in calls and e-mails we've been receiving," Council Member Rebecca Noecker said.
Council Member Russ Stark gave a victory speech at the DFL election party at Urban Growler in 2015.

Russ Stark leaving St. Paul City Council to work for Mayor Carter

As chief resilience officer, Stark will head up the city's response to a changing climate.
Residents gathered on January 22 around fire Station No. 7 on St. Paul’s East Side. The station could lose its fire engine as the St. Paul Fire Depa

East Siders fight to keep one of St. Paul's busiest fire engines

St. Paul's plan to transfer area's only firetruck draws pushback, claims of bias.
The new slide at CHS Field.

With icy attractions and extra bar hours, St. Paul to share in Super Bowl

Though the big game is in Minneapolis, capital city hopes crowds cross river.
A University of Minnesota design team shared renderings of possible “land bridges” over Interstate 94 in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul. This

St. Paul's Rondo community gets a glimpse of I-94 land bridge designs

Land bridge would reunite the community split 50 years ago, creating space for housing, businesses and parkland.
The Boy Scouts’ new Northern Star Leadership Center will add to its existing Base Camp at Fort Snelling.

Apartment building could replace Boy Scout offices in St. Paul

The Northern Star Council is moving its offices to Fort Snelling.
Rice Park, pictured in December 2014, is undergoing renovation, starting with the removal of some trees.

Rice Park is shedding trees as part of $2.42 million overhaul

Some are diseased or infested, others are not a part of the new design.
Goats were released at St. Paul’s Indian Mounds Regional Park last spring in an effort to tackle invasive species, such as buckthorn. They’ll retu

St. Paul to tackle invasive species, plant 2,800 trees in regional parks

Crosby Farm, Cherokee and Pig's Eye regional parks are slated for work in 2018.
Melvin Carter said he would seek a college savings account for “every child born in St. Paul.”

Melvin Carter proposes $50 college savings account for St. Paul kids

Following model of other cities, St. Paul would seek $50 for all kids for college.
Melvin Carter is congratulated after being sworn in Tuesday as St. Paul's new mayor.

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.
Prior to winning election as St. Paul mayor, Melvin Carter, his wife Sakeena, and their children, from left, Maylena, 11, Naomi, 9, and Myles, 10, too

New St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter leans on community for transition

Carter will become the city's first new mayor in 12 years at a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday at Central High School, his alma mater and a site that highlights his community connections.
Supporters of the $15 minimum wage increase celebrated after it was passed by the Minneapolis City Council at City Hall on June 30.

Larger employers in Mpls. must pay $10 an hour to workers starting Jan. 1

The climb toward a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis begins Jan. 1, when workers at the city’s largest employers will start earning no less than…
Incoming Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Minneapolis City Council approves $10,000 raise for new mayor, council

It came in a last-minute resolution that passed without discussion at the final council meeting of the year.
Minneapolis city coordinator Spencer Cronk, pictured at Minneapolis City Hall in 2014. DAVID JOLES

Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk tapped for job in Texas

Spencer Cronk is the finalist for the city manager role there.
Brandi Campbell, a longtime strip club worker has filed complaints and won concessions on labor practices in the industry.

2017: Dancer's suit may spur new labor rules for Minneapolis strip clubs

Brandi Campbell started working in strip clubs as a college student. Nine years later, she started filing lawsuits claiming she’d been cheated out of tips,…
Metro Transit driver Deb Sievers heads along her route Friday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Minneapolis. Workers overwhelmingly approved a new contract with the

Metro Transit workers approve contract, avoid Super Bowl strike

A transit strike would have created a major disruption for the thousands of people expected to crowd into downtown Minneapolis in late January and early February for Super Bowl LII.
Jan Hoppe

Janice Hoppe, who brought experience in education to work in foster care, dies at 74

Jan Hoppe never did just one thing. She was a kindergarten teacher and an airplane pilot, a musician and a writer. She raised a son…

Chamber of Commerce asks judge to block $15 minimum wage in Mpls.

The $15 an hour minimum wage will start being phased in on Jan. 1, with large employers required to start paying employees $10 an hour.
Minneapolis City Hall.

Minneapolis seeks to streamline visa process for undocumented victims of crime

Ordinance would ease path for crime victims who cooperate with police.
Workers install new signage at Lake Calhoun.

Hennepin County Board panel advances lake name change from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

Before it's official, the full County Board must vote — and then it must get approval from state and federal agencies.
In 2016, Minneapolis health inspector Mai P. Yang checked the temperature inside of the walk-in cooler at the Sassy Spoon.

Short-staffed Mpls. Health Department juggles growing inspection caseload

As restaurants boom and regulations grow, Health Department struggles to keep up.
A man stopped to admire the statue of Mary Tyler Moore following a dedication ceremony to mark the opening of the newly renovated Nicollet Mall Thursd

Two-plus years in the making: Nicollet Mall back in business

Nicollet Mall reopened at noon Thursday, marking the end of a construction headache that's cost millions of dollars and closed the downtown Minneapolis corridor for more than two years.
Supporters of the $15 minimum wage ordinance celebrated after it was passed by the Minneapolis City Council in June.

Minnesota Chamber sues Mpls. over $15 minimum wage

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is taking the city of Minneapolis to court over the $15 minimum wage, saying the ordinance conflicts with state law.
Minneapolis City Council Members-elect Jeremiah Ellison and Phillipe Cunningham, right, both talked about how while door knocking, they appealed to vo

Minneapolis candidates applaud positive campaigns, high voter turnout

Candidates said ranked-choice voting encouraged voter participation.
Phillipe Cunningham reacted to the Ward 4 City Council election results coming in at Corner Coffee on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Cunningham was declared t

Mpls. City Council turnover: Barb Johnson, Quincy, Yang unseated

On the North Side, Phillipe Cunningham unseated Council President Barb Johnson.
Andrea Jenkins wins the Minneapolis Ward 8: Council Member race on November 7, 2017. Jenkins is the first openly transgender woman of color elected to

Night of change for Mpls. City Council as first transgender candidate wins

Andrea Jenkins' victory was a national first for a transgender woman of color.
Votes have been cast early across the Twin Cities, but the candidates for mayor in both Minneapolis and St. Paul are gearing up for the final push ahe

Last push in Mpls. and St. Paul mayoral races

Minneapolis and St. Paul mayoral hopefuls scramble for votes ahead of Tuesday's election.
A Minneapolis City Council candidates has sued the city over operations of Downtown East Commons park.

Suit: Park near Vikings stadium operated illegally by city to benefit team

First Ward candidate John Hayden alleges Minneapolis is violating the city charter by operating the Commons.
Mayoral candidates from left, Tom Hoch, Betsy Hodges, Nekima Levy-Pounds, and Aswar Rahman at a Sept. 29 forum on homelessness.

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.
Early voting in downtown Minneapolis. LEILA NAVIDI ï

With Election Day approaching, Minneapolis and St. Paul prepare for voters

Early balloting already started as cities choose mayors, other leaders
A worker walked along the newly opened St. Anthony Parkway Bridge while doing some landscaping on Friday.

New St. Anthony Parkway Bridge opens in Minneapolis

The $31.6 million project replaced an original bridge built in 1925.
Candidates Erica Mauter and Jeremy Schroeder are challenging Council Member John Quincy to represent the 11th Ward at Minneapolis City Hall.

Two candidates challenge Council Member John Quincy in Minneapolis' 11th Ward race

Erica Mauter and Jeremy Schroeder are running against Council Member John Quincy.
Jason Gehrke, of Albrecht Signs, installed new signs at 8th and Nicollet along the Nicollet Mall on Oct. 13.

Nicollet Mall reopening celebration set for Nov. 15

The downtown thoroughfare has been closed since 2015.
Minneapolis leaders are exploring ways to replace the city’s gas-powered vehicles with electric ones as they work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Minneapolis considers move toward electric vehicles for city fleet

The transition would cost millions but could save on fuel and maintenance.
Bike riders navigated rush-hour traffic, construction and the Marshall Avenue hill in St. Paul. City leaders in St. Paul and Minneapolis are building

Spread of Twin Cities bike lanes excites as well as angers many

Growing network in Minneapolis and St. Paul frustrates critics; supporters say cars can't always be king.
Tess Galati poses outside her home in St. Paul on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Galati rents out parts of her home on Airbnb, one of the short-term ren

Minneapolis City Council approves new rules for Airbnb rentals

The city will begin accepting license applications Dec. 1.
A preliminary rendering of the West Broadway Public Market in north Minneapolis.

North Mpls. residents envision year-round market, gathering space

The West Broadway Public Market would include gathering space, shops and a restaurant.
“We play small ball all the time. And that’s not a substitute for moving us ahead.” Tom Hoch

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Tom Hoch urges city to step into the spotlight

Hoch's platform is built on love for his hometown and the issues that keep it ticking.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are considering regulations for Airbnb hosts and other short-term rentals. Douglas Beasley, a fine-art photographer and photo

Minneapolis leaders give preliminary OK to Airbnb, short-term rental regulations

Mpls. City Council committee approves regulations for Airbnb and other hosts.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn, center, spoke to possible voters as he walked the Powderhorn Park neighborhood while promoting his campaig

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn focuses on racial equity, criminal justice

Dehn's focus on racial equity, criminal justice is fueled by his own experiences.
Youthlink Director Heather Huseby said nine homeless young people’s lives had been saved by police in the last week as she spoke in support of polic

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

Some who answered "yes" on survey cite confusion.

Tensions surface at mayoral forum on affordable housing

Mayoral hopefuls disagree on how to fix shortage.
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