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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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St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul eyes taxes, cuts to fill 2019 budget gap

Mayor's new budget calls for 11.5% tax levy increase.
Mitra Nelson has won the Ward 4 race for the St. Paul City Council.

Mitra Jalali Nelson wins St. Paul City Council seat

The 32-year-old is expected to take office in September.
With Lime in St. Paul, riders can pick up and drop off the bikes anywhere, with the use of a smartphone app.

Dockless bikes arrive in St. Paul

There will be 800 bikes for pickup and dropoff anywhere.
St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao and his attorney Joe Dixon say that Thao didn’t knowingly break the law when he helped a Hmong woman vote in N

Judge hears pre-trial arguments in Dai Thao voting case

Both sides agree council member helped woman vote, but dispute his intent.
Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar, left, and Rashida Tlaib, a congressional candidate in Detroit.

Former Project Veritas staffer crashes Ilhan Omar campaign event in Minneapolis

A campaign event for state Rep. Ilhan Omar was disrupted Saturday night when Laura Loomer, a conservative media personality with a history of attacking Muslims…
Ed Smith

Ed Smith, would-be loner and World War II veteran, dies at 92

Those who knew him describe a man whose life was colored by tragedy from the beginning, but punctuated until the end by moments of grace.
Candidate David Martinez surrounded himself with notes before a St. Paul Ward 4 debate last month began. Beside him are fellow candidates Shirley Erst

Tumultuous St. Paul City Council race reaches the finish line

Both Shirley Erstad and Mitra Nelson have garnered strong support.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter proposed a $606 million city budget for 2019 and an 11.5 percent property tax levy increase.

St. Paul mayor proposes 2019 budget with more money for housing, parks, police investigations

Melvin Carter's first budget includes an 11.5% property tax levy increase.
David Martinez

St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez arrested over violating protection order

David Martinez, 38, allegedly visited his children's school.
FILE -- A scooter on the sidewalk in downtown San Francisco, April 16, 2018. Doctors and public health workers in San Francisco are preparing to track

A second fleet of electric scooters lands in St. Paul

About a month after Bird arrived without warning, Lime has placed 150 scooters around the city.
Two people walked by as a crew removed ash trees along Juno Avenue last week in St. Paul. “This is really devastating for us,” one resident said.

As emerald ash borer spreads, cities can't plant trees fast enough

St. Paul and Minneapolis have lost tens of thousands of ash trees, and the urban canopy won't be restored for decades.
Candidate David Martinez surrounded himself with notes before the St. Paul Ward 4 debate began Monday. Beside him are fellow candidates Shirley Erstad

St. Paul Fourth Ward forum stays on track after tumultuous few weeks

After a bumpy July and a canceled appearance, the St. Paul candidates tackled issues facing city.
Nelsie Yang, right, and Dan Bostrom

St. Paul City Council campaign begins more than a year before Election Day

The 2019 race for St. Paul City Council got an early start Monday when a community organizer announced her candidacy for the East Side seat held by the council's longest-serving member.
Sean Sherman, the 2018 James Beard award-winning Sioux Chef, showed Tajah Tempest, center, and Saba Andualem how to roll up meatballs at Urban Roots i

From garden to table, Urban Roots teaches teens to grow, cook and love their food

Teen interns in St. Paul learn skills from local chefs that will help them after school – and beyond.
Three Bird scooters at 9th and Hennepin in downtown Minneapolis.

St. Paul orders scooters removed from sidewalks until rules adopted next month

A pilot program starting in August will give scooter vendors temporary licenses to operate in the city.
St. Paul City Council President Amy Brendmoen said all council members see housing as a priority.

St. Paul considers a slew of housing policies — including more fourplexes

City Council to explore viability of multiunit buildings amid single-family homes.
David Martinez

St. Paul City Council candidate Martinez released from jail

Martinez has said he will not drop out of the race for St. Paul's 4th Ward seat.
David Martinez

St. Paul candidate forum canceled after jailed candidate says he'll stay in race

The Wednesday evening forum would have included all three candidates for the Fourth Ward seat.
David Martinez

Candidate's behavior, arrest shake up quiet St. Paul City Council race

He denies posting seminude photo of his wife on his website.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown at Johnson High School after giving his first State of the City address.

St. Paul City Hall grapples with hiring — and keeping — women and people of color

Data reveal persistent challenges in closing race and gender gaps.
Sophie Konewko and Megan Albers took two Bird scooters for a ride through downtown Minneapolis.

St. Paul in standoff with company over electric scooters

Bird Rides Inc. dropped the scooters into the Twin Cities without official permission this week, and Minneapolis and St. Paul scrambled to react. St. Paul wants them gone until they can figure out how to regulate them.
David Martinez

St. Paul City Council candidate banned from Target Field for a year

David Martinez, 38, was detained at the stadium after swearing and lunging at a security guard. Teenage hands holding cigarette outdoor.

St. Paul condos voted to go smoke-free; then smokers got on the board

The aftermath of the scuttled smoking ban has pitted neighbor against neighbor at Gallery Tower.

St. Paul offers $500,000 in loans to businesses in poor neighborhoods

The goal is to create jobs.
Inside the George Latimer Central Library overlooking Rice Park and The Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul City Council candidate banned from libraries for a month after arrest

David Martinez was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct at George Latimer Central Library.

Airbnb launches effort to help St. Paul hosts get licensed

The city and company have teamed to educate hosts about rental regulations.
Rep. John Lesch

Attorney for Rep. John Lesch makes the case for dismissing defamation suit

St. Paul city attorney says legislator attacked her credentials, reputation.
Fallen chunk of concrete forced the closure of the RiverCentre parking ramp.

St. Paul's RiverCentre parking ramp is reopening — slowly

The top level of the downtown St. Paul ramp reopened Thursday.
Protestors for Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption at a Minneapolis McDonald's. A Minneapolis City Council ordinance kicks in this month that p

St. Paul expected to join Minneapolis with $15 minimum wage

City is expected to follow the lead of Minneapolis, others around country.
Fireworks display over downtown St. Paul in 2008, when they were part of the Taste of Minnesota festival.

St. Paul Mayor Carter snuffs out July 4 fireworks

"The fact of the matter is that we just don't have $100,000 to spend blowing up rockets over our city," he said.
In an interview, St. Mayor Melvin Carter said he’s considering the police chief’s request for 50 new officers alongside other city needs as he cra

St. Paul mayor skeptical about hiring 50 new police officers but not ruling it out

In an interview, Melvin Carter said he's considering the request alongside other city needs as he crafts a budget.
Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. announced Monday that it will develop the site of the former Ford assembly plant in St. Paul.

Ryan Cos. to develop massive former Ford site in St. Paul

The Minneapolis-based company announced Monday that it will work with the city of St Paul on a development plan. It's the latest step toward transforming the 122-acre parcel in the Highland Park neighborhood into a high-density urban village.
The March to Protect Children and Families Wednesday made its way down E. 7th Street in St. Paul toward City Hall.

Despite Trump's reversal, Minn. activists say fight over immigration policies isn't over

The battle of over separating immigrant children from their parents may be over but Minnesota activists and others say the bigger fight over proposed immigration reforms and policies is still on.
Mitra Jalali Nelson

In St. Paul City Council race, Mitra Jalali Nelson attracts donors from outside the city

DFL aide to U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison leads fundraising.
St. Paul leaders think the city doesn’t need any more businesses selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.

St. Paul wants a cap on businesses allowed to sell cigarettes

Proposal is part of effort to reduce tobacco sales.
A man parking his car outside of his home.

St. Paul seeks to simplify hodgepodge of parking rules

A proposed ordinance would apply single set of rules wherever residential parking permits are required.

St. Paul City Council approves U visa ordinance to help immigrant crime victims

The law is intended to support immigrants who have been the victims of crimes.
“We don’t want another ghost bike,” said Tom Basgen, one of the St. Paul residents who’s organizing for safer bike lanes on Summit Avenue. Bas

Fight is on for safer biking on Summit Avenue

Riders, neighbors especially want to improve the busy intersection with Snelling.
St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao, left, walked with his attorney Joe Dixon, right, from the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center following his he

Attorney for St. Paul Council Member Dai Thao asks for case to be dismissed

Dai Thao did not knowingly break the law, and the case against him violates federal law, his attorney said.
Shirley Erstad, left, and Mitra Nelson.

St. Paul Fourth Ward City Council race reflects a changing DFL

Shirley Erstad and Mitra Nelson are front-runners for the seat, which is open for the first time in 10 years.
The St. Paul skyline, seen from the downtown airport. St. Paul leaders are asking building owners to cut back energy use this summer.

St. Paul asks building owners to cut energy use this summer

The city is working with building owners to track and reduce energy use.
Traffic was diverted off Highway 13 at Sylvandale Road in Lilydale after a mudslide closed both directions of the highway on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Hwy. 13 in Lilydale reopens after mudslide

A faulty irrigation system on a private property was blamed for the slide.
April 5, 1977 Sister Rosanne Fox --The voice of the inner city comes through loud and clear to Sister Rosanne Fox, pastoral worker for St. Olaf Cathol

Rosanne Fox, sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, dies at 93

The people who came to the church door knew to ask for Sister Rosanne. Over the 34 years she worked at St. Olaf Catholic Church…

Advocates for downtown St. Paul park threaten legal action

The Friends of Pedro Park Expansion say St. Paul went back on a deal.

Public can weigh in on St. Paul minimum wage this summer

With the debate over a citywide minimum wage in St. Paul underway, members of the public will have multiple opportunities to share their thoughts over…
Last year, St. Paul and Minneapolis neighbors examined models of the Riverview Corridor, from downtown St. Paul to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Internatio

St. Paul leaders feel left out of transit expansion

Transit advocates say it's no accident that St. Paul has fallen behind, citing choices made.
Trash haulers wind their way through an alley in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul.

St. Paul man sues city over organized trash collection

The lawsuit says the system's pricing policy violates state law.

St. Paul considers charging fees for changes to historic properties

City might charge up to $500 for major changes such as demolition.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s State of the City address was followed by breakout sessions with community members Saturday.

Mayor Melvin Carter's 'State of Our City' urges St. Paulites to get involved

Flipping the traditional State of the City address, he hears from residents.
Fallen chunk of concrete forced the closure of the RiverCentre parking ramp.

Funding push continues for deteriorating St. Paul parking ramp

Cost is the stopping point on RiverCentre repairs.
Fallen chunk of concrete forced the closure of the RiverCentre parking ramp.

Falling concrete chunk closes RiverCentre parking ramp

The closure comes as city officials are pushing for $58 million in state money to rebuild the ramp.
Rice Park was dedicated as Saint Paul’s first public space when it was given to the city in 1849. Today the park will undergo major renovation. Mayo

Rice Park construction kicks off in downtown St. Paul

St. Paul leaders break ground on $2.42 million downtown makeover project that is expected to have the park closed until October.

St. Paul wants $58 million from state to replace RiverCentre ramp

House did not include the request in bonding bill.
Gloria Velazquez was able to the stay in the United States legally after she received a U visa, for victims of serious crimes who cooperate with polic

St. Paul may speed visa application process for crime victims

Ordinance would speed up entry applications for those in U.S. illegally – if they cooperate with police.
Chris Coleman in St. Paul on December 14, 2017. JERRY HOLT ï

Ex-Mayor Chris Coleman to lead Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

The former St. Paul mayor will replace Susan Haigh as president and CEO starting June 2.
The spot on Wabasha Street that is closed shown days after the landslide.

St. Paul, Ramsey County declare state of emergency after Wabasha Street rock slide

The declaration will allow the release of state disaster funds if needed.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter held 6 -month -old twin sister Zonea Vreeland left and Zaria Vreeland while campaigning with supporters in th

Task force will take on Carter's college savings account pledge

A 30-member panel will flesh out proposal to start fund for St. Paul kids.
St. Paul property owners have to tell the city by June 1 how big a garbage bin they want, and how often they want their trash picked up — otherwise,

St. Paulites need to pick a trash bin before collection program begins

Property owners have until June 1 -- or then the city will decide for them.
The spot on Wabasha Street that is closed due to debris from the landslide.

St. Paul may blast part of Wabasha Street bluff after rock slide

The city hired a consulting firm to do engineering work along the bluff on St. Paul's West Side.
Ronnie Armstrong entertained children outside the Sibley Manor Family Center and food market, one of the only places in the area that neighborhood res

Change on the horizon for St. Paul's long-overlooked Shepard Davern

Sibley Manor residents are hopeful development hits their side of Highland Park.
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.
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