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Emma Nelson

Reporter | South Metro
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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Inver Grove Heights makes plans to reduce railroad noise

The city may implement "quiet zones" at up to seven railroad crossings as it redevelops areas.
Charge dropped against Washburn teacher who nearly lost job after arrest

Charge dropped against Washburn teacher who nearly lost job after arrest

Crystal Spring was arrested May 19 after witnessing someone else's arrest.

Future of Burnsville sober house unclear after fight with city

A residential treatment center in Burnsville has won approval to house two more clients than the city allows, but it now faces restrictions that had…
Twin Cities suburbs opt to go their own way on tiny 'drop homes'

Twin Cities suburbs opt to go their own way on tiny 'drop homes'

Facing a new state requirement to allow tiny trailers on residential lots, many cities are saying no.

Eagan's July 4 Funfest is on its last legs

50th year may be the last for the suburb's popular July 4th event.
Pastor envisions youth shelter in old West St. Paul bank building

Pastor envisions youth shelter in old West St. Paul bank building

He looks to turn vacant West St. Paul building into youth homeless shelter.

Dakota County to pay $4M for conservation easement in Inver Grove Heights

Deal means the Grannis family property will be preserved indefinitely.

Prince estate hearing will be public, judge rules

Reporters will be allowed to cover the hearing, but no audio or visual recording or sketch artists will be allowed.
As Dakota County changes transit funding picture, Orange Line BRT could be in jeopardy

As Dakota County changes transit funding picture, Orange Line BRT could be in jeopardy

Dakota County objected that it was paying too much into the regional body, which funds transit projects including light-rail and bus rapid transit, and wasn't getting enough back.

Dakota County takes steps to leave regional transit board

Dakota County commissioners say they're putting in more than they're getting back.
Apple Valley, a city built on gravel pits, is filling up its last one

Apple Valley, a city built on gravel pits, is filling up its last one

It’s the beginning of the end of an era. As long as Apple Valley has existed — and even before, when it was tiny Lebanon…

Judge upholds fine for Little Oscar's child labor law violations

The half-century-old institution on Hwy. 52 in Hampton, is facing a $3,500 fine for having 14- and 15-year-olds work more than state laws allow.
Judge rules in favor of Bremer Trust in Prince estate dispute

Judge rules in favor of Bremer Trust in Prince estate dispute

The special administrator will be allowed to hire entertainment industry experts to help maximize the value of Prince's estate.

134-acre Inver Grove Heights property likely to be protected from development

In the works for years, the tract in Inver Grove Heights would be protected as a nature preserve.

Dakota County rolls out campground recycling in three parks

Dakota County parks officials are trying to get more people to recycle, whether they’re hiking for an afternoon, renting a park facility for an evening…

Rent hikes may displace tenants at Burnsville complex

Renovations at 339-unit complex are forcing renters to either move out or pay more.
Prince mementos left by fans at Paisley Park are being taken off fence

Prince mementos left by fans at Paisley Park are being taken off fence

Bremer Trust, which is handling Prince's estate, will be responsible for preserving the paintings, photographs, signs and other tributes collected.
Facing questions, confidants of Prince staying loyal to boss

Facing questions, confidants of Prince staying loyal to boss

The latest — and last — members of Prince's ever-evolving, elusive inner circle face a firestorm of questions about his apparent illnesses and sudden demise.
Dakota County settles with fired Community Development Agency director

Dakota County settles with fired Community Development Agency director

Mark Ulfers will receive a $115,000 settlement.
Special administrator for Prince's estate confirmed

Special administrator for Prince's estate confirmed

With the approval of most of Prince's siblings, a Carver County judge Monday confirmed the appointment of Bremer Trust, National Association as special administrator to manage the late musician's assets.

Judge orders Bremer Trust to handle Prince's estate

The order followed an informal hearing via conference call.
With homelessness on the rise, Dakota County searches for solutions

With homelessness on the rise, Dakota County searches for solutions

Needs are rising despite a dip in statewide figures.
Thousands of fans flock downtown to First Avenue to honor Prince

Thousands of fans flock downtown to First Avenue to honor Prince

Entertained by some of the local music scene's biggest names. the crowd sang and danced at downtown party Thursday night.
Fans leave flowers, touch Prince's star on First Avenue's wall

Fans leave flowers, touch Prince's star on First Avenue's wall

Officials shared memories of the music legend.

Burnsville City Council votes no on day care, weeks after Islamic community center

The decision came two weeks after zoning changes for an Islamic community center were denied.

Dakota County weighs nature preserve in Inver Grove Heights

The first time Phil Jenni saw the land, it was just a satellite image on a computer screen. Still, he could see the potential —…
Minnesota Supreme Court hears case at Lakeville North High School

Minnesota Supreme Court hears case at Lakeville North High School

Justices hear live arguments as Lakeville North students listen and learn.
Madina Community Center will likely have to vacate Burnsville space

Madina Community Center will likely have to vacate Burnsville space

Panel rejects a zoning change that would have allowed Madina Community Center continue operating.
Lakeville man who killed his sex attacker in '83, fled is acquitted 33 years later

Lakeville man who killed his sex attacker in '83, fled is acquitted 33 years later

Lakeville man contended he acted in self-defense against sexual assault.
Eagan man's gift to Lakeville church may be six-figure windfall

Eagan man's gift to Lakeville church may be six-figure windfall

Dennis Erickson's collection of 30,000 model cars, the product of a six-decade habit, covered nearly every surface in his home.

Farmington council member fined for using squad-type lights

Most of the charges were dropped against Jason Bartholomay in plea bargain.
Dakota County anticipates $1 billion in transportation needs by 2030

Dakota County anticipates $1 billion in transportation needs by 2030

Amid burgeoning population growth, officials appeal for help.
Dakota County OKs pipeline plans through Lebanon Hills

Dakota County OKs pipeline plans through Lebanon Hills

County Board committee approves plan to construct a second natural gas pipeline through regional park.
Eagan police clamp down on credit card thefts at the pump

Eagan police clamp down on credit card thefts at the pump

SkimStop program checks gas pumps for tampering.

Adult novelty store sues Burnsville over sexually explicit DVD sales

The store is arguing that an ordinance limiting any sales of sexually explicit DVDs is unconstitutional.
Plans for two Burnsville Orange Line stations ease concerns

Plans for two Burnsville Orange Line stations ease concerns

One will provide walking-distance access to the Heart of the City in the downtown area.
Historic Eagan town hall renovations nearly complete after arson fire

Historic Eagan town hall renovations nearly complete after arson fire

  At the intersection of Pilot Knob and Wescott roads in Eagan, the city’s old town hall shines bright white in the winter sun. Cedar…
Suburbs brace for wave of older adults who want to age in their homes

Suburbs brace for wave of older adults who want to age in their homes

Baby boomers want to age in their own homes, but most suburbs weren't built with older adults in mind.
Suburban leaders seek local control over seats on Met Council

Suburban leaders seek local control over seats on Met Council

Officials from four suburban counties want to change how the regional planning agency is run.
South metro residents seek to reroute planned pipeline away from park

South metro residents seek to reroute planned pipeline away from park

Locals are worried a gas line through Lebanon Hills will disrupt the natural space.

Dakota Co. judge rules against efforts to block Islamic cemetery

Castle Rock Township must issue a permit after its denial was deemed "arbitrary."
State to clean up Burnsville landfill that had been headed for Superfund program

State to clean up Burnsville landfill that had been headed for Superfund program

Municipalities, businesses are spared the expense of the $65 million cleanup.
Burnsville's Ames Center is still losing money but stays within budget

Burnsville's Ames Center is still losing money but stays within budget

Attendance is up at the performing arts center, which relies on city money and donations.

Lakeville fire under investigation after construction worker's death

Construction manager died of his injuries.

Lakeville fire and possible explosion hospitalize construction worker

Crews responded to a possible explosion and fire in Lakeville Thursday morning.
After 7 years, Lakeville residents fight rail storage in backyards

After 7 years, Lakeville residents fight rail storage in backyards

With less demand for trains, rail yards fill up and companies turn to unused stretches of track for long-term storage, raising aesthetic, environmental and other concerns.
Dakota County leaders divided on plans to revamp history museum

Dakota County leaders divided on plans to revamp history museum

Officials disagree on whether to renovate the Dakota County history museum or start from scratch.

Dakota County libraries add streaming video service

  As days get colder and binge-watching season hits full swing, Dakota County residents can stream movies and TV shows for free with nothing more…
Dakota County manager announces retirement after more than 20 years

Dakota County manager announces retirement after more than 20 years

Brandt Richardson has been the county's top executive since 1992.
Minnesota park system bucks the trend, still growing in 125th year

Minnesota park system bucks the trend, still growing in 125th year

Visits were up 20 percent overall last year, while across the nation, fewer people are enjoying the great outdoors.
Dakota County replaces fired Community Development Agency director

Dakota County replaces fired Community Development Agency director

Public sector consultant Tony Schertler will start the job on Jan. 11.
For local governments, mild winter means big savings

For local governments, mild winter means big savings

With a winter like the one we're having, local governments are piling it up — extra cash, that is.

Higher fees, more to do at Scott County parks

Visitors to Scott County parks and trails next year can expect to pay a bit more if they want to walk their dog, ride their…

Prior Lake City Council approves 6.5 percent tax levy increase

City Council's vote was put off last week after questions from council members and residents.
Prior Lake Council fights Shakopee tribe's land plans

Prior Lake Council fights Shakopee tribe's land plans

Putting land into trust would take the parcels off city's tax rolls.

More local government workers aren't sticking around

Local governments face retiring baby boomers and ever-moving millennials.
As counties tighten their belts, local historical societies hold their breath

As counties tighten their belts, local historical societies hold their breath

To avoid major cuts, they're trying to reduce their reliance on money from county budgets.
U athletics probe details serious violations of spending rules

U athletics probe details serious violations of spending rules

Payments for booze, parties and hair stylists were among improper receipts found, but investigators say there is little evidence of sexual harassment at the U's athletics department during Norwood Teague's tenure.

Metro counties, cities hold off on hiring even as tax bases recover

When residents walked into Burnsville’s community development office, a receptionist used to be waiting to help with questions about permits or licenses. That was before…
Obituary: Frank Kenney, a former priest, worked for social justice

Obituary: Frank Kenney, a former priest, worked for social justice

In 1968, three young priests were assigned to St. Stephen's Catholic Church in south Minneapolis. The pastor there had retired, the Second Vatican Council had…

Shakopee Mobile Meals to end food delivery service Dec. 31

It's not clear who will be able to serve the program's clients, mostly the elderly.
In southwest metro, growth means more congestion along Minnesota River

In southwest metro, growth means more congestion along Minnesota River

The new County Road 101 bridge should loosen one bottleneck — for a while.
Scott, Carver counties celebrate opening of new County Road 101 bridge

Scott, Carver counties celebrate opening of new County Road 101 bridge

The new bridge between Shakopee and Chanhassen sits higher above Minnesota River flooding.
U to release results of athletic department investigations

U to release results of athletic department investigations

The reports include a review into sexual harassment in the athletics department and an internal financial audit under former athletic director Norwood Teague.

Farmington City Council member charged with impersonating an officer

Jason Bartholomay has been charged with one count of impersonating an officer and three counts of prohibited use of colored and flashing lights on his vehicle.
Shakopee ponders future as young mayor prepares to leave office

Shakopee ponders future as young mayor prepares to leave office

Brad Tabke, 36, brought changes that at times divided the blue-collar city, and after a recent election, his legacy is unclear.

Incumbent, two write-ins win spots on Belle Plaine school board

Diane Skelley and Terry Kahle win 50% of vote.

Shakopee voters return former mayor from 2002-03

Bill Mars made Shakopee history Tuesday night, becoming the first mayor to be elected to two nonconsecutive terms.Mars, who served as mayor from 2002 to…
Maintenance costs rise, homeowners ask cities to take over private streets

Maintenance costs rise, homeowners ask cities to take over private streets

When Misba Rehman and his family moved to Rosemount, they knew their brand-new house came with a neighborhood full of quiet, winding streets. They didn’t…

Stearns County man sentenced to 5 years in murder-for-hire plot

Robert James Schueller was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

October 2015: U of M's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter suspended until 2017

Letter cites ongoing hazing and 'alcohol-related' misconduct, including giving liquor to minors.

Shakopee offers rent assistance to lure holiday pop-up shops

  Shakopee is offering up more than 5,000 square feet of downtown retail space for new shops during the holiday season. Tenants will get Mondays…

Campus sexual assault policies, at U and elsewhere, draw scrutiny

Title IX requires schools to investigate, but some say process is deeply flawed.
Moorhead man sails from Minnesota to Alabama in 60 days

Moorhead man sails from Minnesota to Alabama in 60 days

Bert Chamberlain made it from St. Paul to the Gulf of Mexico (with a few detours along the way).
Canterbury Park scales back big plans for 'gateway to Shakopee'

Canterbury Park scales back big plans for 'gateway to Shakopee'

An envisioned full-service neighborhood with housing, offices, a grocery store and a movie theater has given way to apartments and a business park.
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