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

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.
Minneapolis City Council approves new rules for Airbnb rentals

Minneapolis City Council approves new rules for Airbnb rentals

The city will begin accepting license applications Dec. 1.
North Mpls. residents envision year-round market, gathering space

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

The West Broadway Public Market would include gathering space, shops and a restaurant.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Tom Hoch urges city to step into the spotlight

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

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 focuses on racial equity, criminal justice

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.
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.

Tensions surface at mayoral forum on affordable housing

Mayoral hopefuls disagree on how to fix shortage.
Council Member Jacob Frey proposes boosting police presence in downtown Minneapolis

Council Member Jacob Frey proposes boosting police presence in downtown Minneapolis

Frey released the plan to curb downtown crime as part of his mayoral platform.

Minneapolis landlord ordered to pay $24,000 to tenants

Lance Redfield ordered to provide rent abatement, make repairs to property.
Obama campus sex assault guidance scrapped under Trump

Obama campus sex assault guidance scrapped under Trump

The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints.
Early voting in city elections begins Friday in Minneapolis

Early voting in city elections begins Friday in Minneapolis

Voters can vote in person or cast absentee ballots before Election Day on Nov. 7.
Mpls. council to stop using nondisparagement clauses in separation agreements

Mpls. council to stop using nondisparagement clauses in separation agreements

The council also approved the separation agreement with former police Chief Janeé Harteau.
Protesters disrupt Mpls. City Council meeting, demand immigrant rights

Protesters disrupt Mpls. City Council meeting, demand immigrant rights

The group wants the council to adopt policies protecting immigrant residents.
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith endorses Betsy Hodges for Minneapolis mayor

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith endorses Betsy Hodges for Minneapolis mayor

Hodges has also won support from SEIU, OutFront Minnesota and WomenWinning.
Minneapolis' citywide sick-leave ordinance upheld by court

Minneapolis' citywide sick-leave ordinance upheld by court

The ordinance, which took effect July 1, requires employers to allow employees working in Minneapolis to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours a year.
Minneapolis DFL Party chairman resigns, treasurer gets ousted

Minneapolis DFL Party chairman resigns, treasurer gets ousted

Chairman Dan McConnell's resignation stemmed from a March effort to remove him. Treasurer Tim Bonham faced a complaint.
Minneapolis mayoral candidates talk downtown safety, affordable housing, minimum wage

Minneapolis mayoral candidates talk downtown safety, affordable housing, minimum wage

The Minneapolis business community hosted the debate.
Residents get a say in Mpls. pollution deal

Residents get a say in Mpls. pollution deal

Settlement includes $600,000 for asthma, lead programs.
North Minneapolis' first co-op grocery opens its doors

North Minneapolis' first co-op grocery opens its doors

Wirth Cooperative Grocery, a decade in the works, is open for business.
Appeals court reaffirms that 5 claiming to be Prince heirs are not

Appeals court reaffirms that 5 claiming to be Prince heirs are not

Ruling reaffirms the list of six people who are eligible to inherit the $100 million to $300 million fortune.
It's not your imagination — parking is disappearing in Minneapolis

It's not your imagination — parking is disappearing in Minneapolis

As as city reduces spots to encourage biking and transit, the cost is going up.
400 U students in limbo after new apartment complex delayed

400 U students in limbo after new apartment complex delayed

Remaining Prime Place tenants now told units won't be ready for school.
Activist candidates shake up Minneapolis City Council races

Activist candidates shake up Minneapolis City Council races

The traditional path to Minneapolis City Hall starts at the neighborhood level, with a stint lobbying the powerful about potholes and controversy close to home…
Minneapolis taps local architecture firm for new city office building

Minneapolis taps local architecture firm for new city office building

Minneapolis City Council will vote next week on a $6.2 million contract.
Minneapolis leaders eye vacant parcel for new Somali mall

Minneapolis leaders eye vacant parcel for new Somali mall

The industrial site at 26th Street and Minnehaha Avenue has sat empty for years.
Nicollet Mall costs rise $2.1M, but project is still under budget

Nicollet Mall costs rise $2.1M, but project is still under budget

City leaders have approved nearly $4.7 million in extra expenses during the past year, as designs changed, bigger trees were brought in and workers put in longer hours.
Minneapolis City Council backs off plastic bag fee

Minneapolis City Council backs off plastic bag fee

In Minneapolis, plastic bags are still free — for now. On Friday, the City Council delayed voting on an ordinance that would attach a 5-cent fee to bags that retailers provide.
Minneapolis City Council to vote today on bag fee

Minneapolis City Council to vote today on bag fee

Paper or plastic? It won't matter. Both will cost 5 cents per bag if the measure passes.
Dozens hold vigil in Minneapolis for Charlottesville victims

Dozens hold vigil in Minneapolis for Charlottesville victims

The crowd came together in a show of unity after a day of violence in Charlottesville, Va.
For St. Louis Park police, tense moments after call involving toy guns

For St. Louis Park police, tense moments after call involving toy guns

The department is urging parents not to let their children play with toy guns in public.
Minneapolis gives preliminary approval to fee for plastic, paper bags

Minneapolis gives preliminary approval to fee for plastic, paper bags

Revised ordinance applies to plastic and paper bags and would take effect by October 2018.

U students find out weeks ahead of school that new apartments aren't ready

Students were to move in to Prime Place apartments in September but now can't until end of December.
North Minneapolis residents want to drive change on W. Broadway

North Minneapolis residents want to drive change on W. Broadway

North Minneapolis street has struggled to attract businesses for years.
Minneapolis City Council approves menthol tobacco restriction

Minneapolis City Council approves menthol tobacco restriction

The vote was the culmination of a community-led effort to reduce access to menthol tobacco.
Thomas Dooley, 91, built a life around antiwar activism

Thomas Dooley, 91, built a life around antiwar activism

Thomas Dooley knew exactly what he believed — and the people around him knew it, too.

Minneapolis leaders look to tackle affordable housing 'crisis'

City Council members called for work to eliminate racial, socioeconomic disparities.
Minneapolis menthol tobacco sales limits approved in committee

Minneapolis menthol tobacco sales limits approved in committee

After committee approval, the full council is poised to OK the restrictions.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Tom Hoch reports more than $220,000 in 2017 fundraising

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Tom Hoch reports more than $220,000 in 2017 fundraising

Mayoral candidate is first to turn in list of donors.
State gives Minneapolis nearly $3 million to clean up, develop polluted sites

State gives Minneapolis nearly $3 million to clean up, develop polluted sites

State money will supplement Met Council grants for remediation.
Lobbyists descend on Minneapolis to fight menthol restriction

Lobbyists descend on Minneapolis to fight menthol restriction

Tobacco companies and retailers are pushing back against Minneapolis leaders' move to restrict the sales of menthol cigarettes in the city.
Mayor Hodges: Minneapolis police body camera policy must change

Mayor Hodges: Minneapolis police body camera policy must change

In an interview, the mayor said the fatal shooting of Justine Damond should not have happened — and that the lack of body camera footage is unacceptable.
Minneapolis City Council candidate charged with drunken driving

Minneapolis City Council candidate charged with drunken driving

Tiffini Flynn Forslund faces misdemeanor charges.
Mpls. City Council members urge JPMorgan Chase to cut Trump ties

Mpls. City Council members urge JPMorgan Chase to cut Trump ties

The three council members also want the corporation to divest from private prisons and immigration detention centers.
Texts show argument between Hodges, Harteau over Delmonico appt.

Texts show argument between Hodges, Harteau over Delmonico appt.

The mayor and police chief disagreed over whether Delmonico should lead the Fourth Precinct.
Park Board OKs up to $8 million for Commons park near stadium

Park Board OKs up to $8 million for Commons park near stadium

Money would complete parts of Downtown East Commons park near U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minneapolis public housing tenants rally against renovation plans

Minneapolis public housing tenants rally against renovation plans

The housing authority says the group's concerns are unfounded.
Early plans for Peavey Plaza show water features, gathering space

Early plans for Peavey Plaza show water features, gathering space

The downtown Minneapolis plaza is expected to be renovated by May 2019.
Minneapolis leaders look to restrict menthol cigarette sales

Minneapolis leaders look to restrict menthol cigarette sales

The city already limits the sale of other flavored tobacco products.
Minneapolis vote for $15 minimum wage called 'victory for workers'

Minneapolis vote for $15 minimum wage called 'victory for workers'

The move, years in the making and not fully phased in until 2024, will affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city.
Minneapolis leaders prepare for final vote on $15 minimum wage

Minneapolis leaders prepare for final vote on $15 minimum wage

The City Council is expected to approve the minimum wage ordinance on Friday.
Minneapolis City Council gives tentative approval to $15 minimum wage

Minneapolis City Council gives tentative approval to $15 minimum wage

Council vote expected Friday; small-business phase-in to last until 2024.
Minneapolis leaders negotiate timing of $15 minimum wage amid national debate over impact

Minneapolis leaders negotiate timing of $15 minimum wage amid national debate over impact

The Minneapolis City Council will vote this week on a $15 minimum wage.
Minneapolis keeps business with Wells Fargo, also looks to contract with smaller banks

Minneapolis keeps business with Wells Fargo, also looks to contract with smaller banks

City Council members had asked for alternatives to big banks.
$15 minimum wage plan draws crowd to Minneapolis City Hall

$15 minimum wage plan draws crowd to Minneapolis City Hall

The wage increase could pass by the end of June.
Teacher Sara Sexton, who died at age 79, taught her Minneapolis students to cherish learning

Teacher Sara Sexton, who died at age 79, taught her Minneapolis students to cherish learning

The beloved teacher spent her four-decade career in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Minneapolis to buy site of Kmart at Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street

Minneapolis to buy site of Kmart at Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street

The city and Kmart's parent company haven't reached an agreement to move the store.
Former legislator Kate Knuth hired as Minneapolis' chief resilience officer

Former legislator Kate Knuth hired as Minneapolis' chief resilience officer

A former Minnesota legislator has been hired as Minneapolis' chief resilience officer, a new position that coordinates the city's work on urban challenges from housing…
What's the effect of a $15 minimum wage? No one knows just yet

What's the effect of a $15 minimum wage? No one knows just yet

Without a clear model, businesses trying cuts, higher prices in test cities.
New trees are (almost) the final touch on Nicollet Mall

New trees are (almost) the final touch on Nicollet Mall

Nicollet Mall closed to vehicles in July 2015. The many months of construction have drawn complaints from business owners and pedestrians, in part because much of the early work was underground and progress was invisible. Most of the work will be completed by November, but some detail and landscaping work will continue into 2018.

Additional bike lanes in Mpls. could clip rights of disabled

Many popular commercial corridors will eventually cede part of the roadway to designated lanes for bicycles. The shift is already fanning the debate about safety, traffic congestion and lost parking in front of shops and homes. But there's another concern: How can people with disabilities navigate these new streets safely?
New law blocks Mpls. ban on plastic bags a day before it was to start

New law blocks Mpls. ban on plastic bags a day before it was to start

The ordinance banning plastic bags was supposed to go into effect June 1.
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority takes stock of its 6,000 units

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority takes stock of its 6,000 units

The agency is preparing for 10 years of capital improvements.
Minneapolis' plastic bag ban starts June 1, unless the state says no

Minneapolis' plastic bag ban starts June 1, unless the state says no

For now, shoppers and businesses are preparing for the change.

State budget deal could end measure that would block local workplace rules

Republicans are expected to send the preemption measure to Gov. Mark Dayton as an individual bill, and Dayton would veto it.
Mpls. officials, developers work to fill hundreds of vacant lots

Mpls. officials, developers work to fill hundreds of vacant lots

As many as 500 properties are seen as opportunity to some.
Luxury developments signal change in Minneapolis' Whittier neighborhood

Luxury developments signal change in Minneapolis' Whittier neighborhood

High-end student housing is cropping up in the traditionally affordable neighborhood.
In hopes of reopening Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis may spend $7 million on Kmart site

In hopes of reopening Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis may spend $7 million on Kmart site

The city has not yet reached a deal to reopen the Nicollet corridor.
Minneapolis restaurant workers demonstrate in favor of tip credit

Minneapolis restaurant workers demonstrate in favor of tip credit

About 50 people demonstrated downtown Tuesday.
Downtown East Commons launches summer attractions

Downtown East Commons launches summer attractions

Movie nights, hip-hop dance and outdoor concerts are among the park's summer slate of activities.
'Substantially complete' by Nov.? What those Nicollet Mall ads mean

'Substantially complete' by Nov.? What those Nicollet Mall ads mean

The downtown corridor is expected to reopen by the end of November, with a few finishing touches to come the following spring.
Mpls. neighborhood at odds over bike lanes coming to E. 38th St.

Mpls. neighborhood at odds over bike lanes coming to E. 38th St.

Some like the idea of bike lanes along E. 38th Street, but others are worried about losing parking.
Minneapolis City Council candidates Steve Fletcher, Andrew Johnson win DFL endorsement

Minneapolis City Council candidates Steve Fletcher, Andrew Johnson win DFL endorsement

In the Third Ward, Fletcher won after another candidate withdrew her bid.
In fast-growing Uptown, Suburban World Theatre gets ready for next chapter

In fast-growing Uptown, Suburban World Theatre gets ready for next chapter

The long-empty theater may reopen as a retail space.
How Minnesota reacted to ruling on sanctuary cities

How Minnesota reacted to ruling on sanctuary cities

St. Paul City Attorney Sammy Clark summed up the city's response in an one-word email Tuesday: "Hooray!"
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