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Emma Nelson

Reporter | South Metro
phone: 952-746-3287
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 police in 4-hour standoff with suicidal man in Payne-Phalen neighborhood

The standoff started around 2:30 p.m. Friday, forcing neighbors to evacuate.
University of Minnesota to roll out revised 'affirmative consent' policy

University of Minnesota to roll out revised 'affirmative consent' policy

Student leaders pushed for the policy to be in place by the time freshmen arrive.

Shakopee mayor, council sign off on pay increase

The council also approved a longer mayoral term and a switch to even-year elections.
Search firm disputes U criticism of Teague vetting

Search firm disputes U criticism of Teague vetting

It disputes Kaler's contention that the search process was incomplete.
Waseca teen will be tried as an adult in alleged plot to bomb school

Waseca teen will be tried as an adult in alleged plot to bomb school

John LaDue will be immediately moved from a juvenile facility to Waseca County Jail.
Prior Lake OKs 5-year project list with tentative $110M total

Prior Lake OKs 5-year project list with tentative $110M total

The Capital Improvement Program and Street Reconstruction Plan will play into the 2016 tax levy.
Obituary: Bob Anderson, founder of Midwest raptor project

Obituary: Bob Anderson, founder of Midwest raptor project

Bob Anderson gave up everything to chase a dream and a bird that had entranced him since childhood. After years of working at Minnesota-based 3M,…
Impaired waters don't dampen excitement for new restaurant on Prior Lake

Impaired waters don't dampen excitement for new restaurant on Prior Lake

Algae doesn’t deter people who swim and boat on Upper Prior Lake.

Mayoral races take shape in Shakopee, Savage

  Brad Tabke had decided, with his wife, to seek only two terms as ­Shakopee mayor. But as the clock started to run out, he…

Shakopee Sand mine closes temporarily after demand for silica sand drops

Shakopee Sand, which produces frac sand for the oil and gas industries, has been idled until further notice.
New suburban development worries farmers on metro fringe

New suburban development worries farmers on metro fringe

The growth is nowhere near that of the early 2000s, but the agricultural landscape continues to change in Scott County and across the metro.

Contractor to take over dial-a-ride service in Scott and Carver counties

Midwest Paratransit Services Inc. will provide the rider service in Scott and Carver counties starting Oct. 1.
Obituary: Allison Boisvert, social justice activist

Obituary: Allison Boisvert, social justice activist

When Allison Boisvert started a job leading social justice programming at a Catholic church in Eden Prairie, she took up a new practice: leading church…
New movie theater, dining options headed to Shakopee

New movie theater, dining options headed to Shakopee

A 10-screen movie complex is among a slate of new developments in Shakopee.

Farmington axes outdated laws

Farmington’s City Council targeted laws that hadn’t been enforced for years.

Shakopee residents won't get a community center referendum

The City Council voted to move the $27.4 million project forward without a referendum.
Moorhead man to captain 15-foot sailboat down Mississippi

Moorhead man to captain 15-foot sailboat down Mississippi

Solo trip will take Moorhead man down the Mississippi.
New Shakopee administrator brings leadership experience, plans for future

New Shakopee administrator brings leadership experience, plans for future

Bill Reynolds started the top city job in June.
Obituary: Humble beginning shaped interior designer Ann Birt's deep sense of style

Obituary: Humble beginning shaped interior designer Ann Birt's deep sense of style

Ann Carlson Birt could transform any room. She’d walk in, take a look and then start moving things around — a chair here, a plant…

Solar energy facility to be built at Shakopee water treatment plant

The complex would provide energy directly to the Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Man sues city of Bloomington over Black Lives Matter records

Minneapolis man's lawsuit alleges Bloomington is withholding public data.
Ty Hoffman charged in August robbery of a TCF Bank

Ty Hoffman charged in August robbery of a TCF Bank

A man who spent a month on the run last summer after killing his ex-boyfriend and business partner has been charged with armed bank robbery.…
After years of downsizing, big houses make a comeback

After years of downsizing, big houses make a comeback

For the first time, the average size of a new single-family home built in the United States topped 2,600 square feet in 2014. About a third of the houses built last year were larger than 3,000 square feet.

Scott County downsizes fraud investigation program

Scott County will investigate social services fraud in three counties instead of five.

In Scott County, more jobs adds to demand for affordable housing

Developments progress, but cities are not sure they are enough.
Shakopee's Amazon deal hinged on 'secrecy'

Shakopee's Amazon deal hinged on 'secrecy'

In Shakopee, the code name for Amazon was...

Prior Lake holds off on urban chicken-keeping

City Council said it wants to hear from residents before considering a change.

Two charged in north Minneapolis carjacking

One adult and a juvenile were charged Friday after an armed carjacking early Thursday in north Minneapolis that led police to open fire on one suspect.
Plans for trail near Savage Fen inch forward

Plans for trail near Savage Fen inch forward

Plans for a trail beside a Savage wetland have been slowed by rules the city didn’t know it had to follow.
Mixed Blood Theatre launches $2.4 million gifts campaign

Mixed Blood Theatre launches $2.4 million gifts campaign

The Minneapolis theater launched a $2.4 million expansion campaign.
Amazon won't pursue $1.2M in tax incentives in Shakopee

Amazon won't pursue $1.2M in tax incentives in Shakopee

Amazon has decided to forgo $1.2 million in tax incentives in Shakopee so that money can be funneled instead toward higher-than-expected costs for road improvements near its proposed distribution center.

Scott County Board approves transportation sales tax

The board voted 4-1 in favor of the half-cent levy for transportation projects.
Shakopee considers tax incentives to lure Amazon distribution center

Shakopee considers tax incentives to lure Amazon distribution center

City Council will consider a nine-year, estimated $6.4 million tax increment financing package for Amazon on Tuesday.

Three people killed in Minnesota crashes within 24 hours

Three people died in three separate traffic incidents across the state in less than a 24-hour period, authorities said. The string of fatal collisions began…
Without Stemmer Ridge Rd. project agreement, Prior Lake leaders left in limbo

Without Stemmer Ridge Rd. project agreement, Prior Lake leaders left in limbo

The city now has to find a way to fund a utilities and roadway project while maintaining tribal relations.
For inmates in Shakopee, a healing process through journaling

For inmates in Shakopee, a healing process through journaling

Gabriel Ross has been teaching “Soul Journal” classes at the Shakopee prison, which houses about 650 female prisoners, for about four years. Through the classes, the women explore their pasts and contemplate their futures, distilling it all down to books of words and images.
Argenta Trail realignment fight ends in Inver Grove Heights residents' favor

Argenta Trail realignment fight ends in Inver Grove Heights residents' favor

The Dakota County Board and Inver Grove Heights City Council have signed off on a resident design.

Scott County sales tax vote delayed amid resident confusion

The County Board has decided to slow down and spend time educating the public about the tax.

St. Olaf's baseball initiation ritual 'ingrained in the culture'

Baseball hazing incident stirs response by Northfield campus.

Driver charged in crash that killed 3 Carleton College students

William Sparks, 21, was charged with one count of careless driving and could face up to 90 days in prison.

Fond du Lac Band won't net, spear walleye on Vermilion

The Fond du Lac had been set to take more than a ton of walleye.

Richfield American Legion bookkeeper stole nearly $200K by overpaying herself

Bloomington woman used the money for personal expenses.
As SmartLink layoffs loom, Scott County transit future remains unclear

As SmartLink layoffs loom, Scott County transit future remains unclear

Poised for cuts, county and union leaders are trying to ensure a soft landing for drivers and passengers.
Canterbury Park plans massive development in Shakopee

Canterbury Park plans massive development in Shakopee

The racing entity owns land along Hwy. 169 that could become a mixed-use development.
Obituary: Charles Woehrle was a world War II POW

Obituary: Charles Woehrle was a world War II POW

The prisoners, newly freed, weren’t supposed to wander. They’d spent months in a prison camp in Bavaria, liberated at last by Gen. George Patton. One…

As baby boomers retire, Scott County prepares for 'brain drain'

A quarter of the county government workforce is at retirement age, and employees are working ahead for a future without key leaders.

St. Olaf cancels baseball season after hazing investigation

The Northfield college suspended the rest of the season after policy violated.
Kelm-Helgen's stadium role duplicates Mondale's, critics say

Kelm-Helgen's stadium role duplicates Mondale's, critics say

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chair called the criticism “a big distraction.” The criticism was a rare instance of the board’s members arguing among themselves over the role they play with the stadium.

Inver Grove Heights Council favors resident's roadway design

The City Council voted in support of an Argenta Trail realignment that will take out one house.
A look at the self-sustaining city that is the Shakopee Mdewakanton reservation

A look at the self-sustaining city that is the Shakopee Mdewakanton reservation

Heading south on Prior Lake’s Canterbury Road, there’s a moment when the words “Mystic Lake” suddenly appear in red neon lights. By 10 a.m., the…
Shakopee Mdewakanton to tackle Indian health disparities

Shakopee Mdewakanton to tackle Indian health disparities

Shakopee tribe is partnering with the U and nonprofits to try to reduce health disparities.

Scott County Board weighs transportation sales tax

The levy would be used to fund a set of transportation projects.
Crystal police keep up search for missing 10-year-old boy

Crystal police keep up search for missing 10-year-old boy

Authorities on Friday said they believe a missing 10-year-old boy from Crystal may be with someone he knows and that the case is likely not…

Funding emerges for Hastings artists' lofts

The Dakota County Community Development Agency has offered up multiple funding sources.
Contractor accused of forgery in Scott County blames criminal past

Contractor accused of forgery in Scott County blames criminal past

Gerard Roy, charged with forgery, admits that he fabricated bonds. “Due to my criminal record, I can’t get performance and payment bonds,” he said. “So I created my own.”
Renaissance Festival considers move in 2017

Renaissance Festival considers move in 2017

Renaissance Festival will likely relocate within the south metro.
Renaissance Festival considers 2017 move

Renaissance Festival considers 2017 move

Renaissance Festival will likely relocate within the south metro.

Prior Lake restaurant proposal stirs community

Prior Lake residents who live close by are worried about the new establishment’s parking agreement with the city.

Shakopee's Rahr Corporation aims for $68 million expansion

The company is asking the city and state for funding assistance, and could leave without it.
Walter Mondale hospitalized at Mayo Clinic with the flu

Walter Mondale hospitalized at Mayo Clinic with the flu

The former vice president is at the Mayo Clinic.

Prior Lake man charged in bond fraud scheme

Gerard Leonard Roy of RSI Associates Inc. faces multiple counts of forging documents.

City of Hastings checks if it was victim of document forgery scheme, halts riverfront project

The city has stopped work on a construction project after discovering that it may have received fake bonds.
Planned Parenthood director Thomas Webber bravely led through turbulent times

Planned Parenthood director Thomas Webber bravely led through turbulent times

One day in 1989, a man called Thomas Webber’s St. Paul office and asked to talk. He was a reporter for a Catholic newspaper, he…

SmartLink Transit poised for layoffs

Scott County will seek outside contractors to provide transit service for lower cost.
Inver Grove Heights delays Argenta Trail realignment decision

Inver Grove Heights delays Argenta Trail realignment decision

Inver Grove Heights residents packed a recent City Council meeting to protest the road realignment project.

In Scott County, a struggle to meet mental health needs

The county spends little overall on human services, but that can mean missing prevention.
Researchers wary as change comes to UMore Park site

Researchers wary as change comes to UMore Park site

Although a new vision for UMore makes room for research, the university is still planning its eventual exit to make way for mining and development. For the researchers working there, a move means potentially losing years of work. For the U, it could put millions of dollars in research grants in limbo.
Excelsior family agonizes over daughter's death in Arizona

Excelsior family agonizes over daughter's death in Arizona

The woman was a graduate of Minnetonka High School.
Obituary: U scholar Barbara Knudson worked for global change

Obituary: U scholar Barbara Knudson worked for global change

Barbara Knudson rarely sat still. When she wasn’t teaching, she was offering up her home as a place for young people to find a meal…
Shakopee aims to gain 'bicycle friendly' label

Shakopee aims to gain 'bicycle friendly' label

The city is applying for that status and moving to add infrastructure.
Argenta Trail realignment threatens Inver Grove Heights neighborhood

Argenta Trail realignment threatens Inver Grove Heights neighborhood

Argenta Trail expansion plans would require the removal of one or more houses.

U changes course on future of UMore Park

A task force recommended focusing on research at the site and letting the market dictate development.
Obituary: Norm Oakvik, athlete who nurtured Twin Cities skiers

Obituary: Norm Oakvik, athlete who nurtured Twin Cities skiers

For a long time, Norm Oakvik’s house was the only place in the Twin Cities to buy cross-country skis. It was years before the birth…

After residents' outcry, Prior Lake reconsiders boat slip rule

The City Council is reconsidering an ordinance governing the number of boat slips on quiet Spring Lake.
Dial-a-ride demand outstrips capacity in Scott, Carver counties

Dial-a-ride demand outstrips capacity in Scott, Carver counties

With resources unable to keep up, the ride service in Scott and Carver counties has had to deny passengers.
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