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

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

The big game is in Minneapolis, but St. Paul officials hope crowds cross the river.
Apartment building could replace Boy Scout offices in St. Paul

Apartment building could replace Boy Scout offices in St. Paul

The Northern Star Council is moving its offices to Fort Snelling.
Rice Park is shedding trees as part of $2.42 million overhaul

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

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 proposes $50 college savings account for St. Paul kids

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 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 St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter leans on community for transition

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

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

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 tapped for job in Texas

Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk tapped for job in Texas

Spencer Cronk is the finalist for the city manager role there.
Dancer's suit may spur new labor rules for Minneapolis strip clubs

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 workers approve contract, avoid Super Bowl strike

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

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 seeks to streamline visa process for undocumented victims of crime

Minneapolis seeks to streamline visa process for undocumented victims of crime

Ordinance would ease path for crime victims who cooperate with police.
Hennepin County Board panel advances lake name change from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

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.
Short-staffed Mpls. Health Department juggles growing inspection caseload

Short-staffed Mpls. Health Department juggles growing inspection caseload

As restaurants boom and regulations grow, Health Department struggles to keep up.
Two-plus years in the making: Nicollet Mall back in business

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.
Minnesota Chamber sues Mpls. over $15 minimum wage

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 candidates applaud positive campaigns, high voter turnout

Minneapolis candidates applaud positive campaigns, high voter turnout

Candidates said ranked-choice voting encouraged voter participation.
Mpls. City Council turnover: Barb Johnson, Quincy, Yang unseated

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

On the North Side, Phillipe Cunningham unseated Council President Barb Johnson.
Night of change for Mpls. City Council as first transgender candidate wins

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

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

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

Early balloting already started as cities choose mayors, other leaders
New St. Anthony Parkway Bridge opens in Minneapolis

New St. Anthony Parkway Bridge opens in Minneapolis

The $31.6 million project replaced an original bridge built in 1925.
Two candidates challenge Council Member John Quincy in Minneapolis' 11th Ward race

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

Erica Mauter and Jeremy Schroeder are running against Council Member John Quincy.
Nicollet Mall reopening celebration set for Nov. 15

Nicollet Mall reopening celebration set for Nov. 15

The downtown thoroughfare has been closed since 2015.
Minneapolis considers move toward electric vehicles for city fleet

Minneapolis considers move toward electric vehicles for city fleet

The transition would cost millions but could save on fuel and maintenance.
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.
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