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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.
Recent content from Emma Nelson
Mpls. bars landlords from refusing tenants with government rent subsidies

Mpls. bars landlords from refusing tenants with government rent subsidies

The ordinance will go into effect in 2018.
Proposed Mpls. ordinance would allow wine, beer at the Commons park near U.S. Bank Stadium

Proposed Mpls. ordinance would allow wine, beer at the Commons park near U.S. Bank Stadium

A City Council proposal would allow parkgoers to bring drinks to the park on certain days.
Obituary: Dr. Gregory Gepner brought humor, kindness to his work

Obituary: Dr. Gregory Gepner brought humor, kindness to his work

Rebecca Gepner remembers not paying much attention to the handsome boy in her German class. She’d just had her heart broken, and had decided to…
Federal government asks Minneapolis Park Board to repay $5.3 million

Federal government asks Minneapolis Park Board to repay $5.3 million

The federal government says the agency didn't follow standards for disaster aid.
Mpls. landlords, renters offer emotional testimony on Section 8 ordinance

Mpls. landlords, renters offer emotional testimony on Section 8 ordinance

Two City Council committees approved the measure after hours of emotional testimony.
Aging Glendale Townhomes public housing to get weatherization upgrades

Aging Glendale Townhomes public housing to get weatherization upgrades

It's still unclear how future renovations at the complex will unfold.
Minneapolis housing authority works to streamline Section 8 voucher process

Minneapolis housing authority works to streamline Section 8 voucher process

A public hearing on a proposed ordinance prohibiting discrimination against voucher holders is Wednesday.
Ellison says Trump's proposed budget cuts are 'deadly serious'

Ellison says Trump's proposed budget cuts are 'deadly serious'

Trump's reduced funding would have a big impact on Minnesotans, he says.

Minnesota Supreme Court upholds Minneapolis decision on police insurance ballot measure

The Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision dismissing the petition.
Nearly a year after Prince's death, heirs are still grappling with his estate

Nearly a year after Prince's death, heirs are still grappling with his estate

The six disagree over payment of attorneys' fees and bank's role in distributing assets.
Minneapolis considers updating rules for adult entertainment venues

Minneapolis considers updating rules for adult entertainment venues

Report on adult venues draws attention to city's dated enforcement options.
Minneapolis adult entertainment venues face health department scrutiny

Minneapolis adult entertainment venues face health department scrutiny

Health inspections find "bodily fluids" at 11 sites.
Minneapolis rental property owners raise concerns about anti-discrimination ordinance

Minneapolis rental property owners raise concerns about anti-discrimination ordinance

A proposed Minneapolis ordinance prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders would overburden landlords and cause rents to rise, members of the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association…
Minneapolis may allow for more fraternities, sororities near U

Minneapolis may allow for more fraternities, sororities near U

Updates to the zoning code would allow new houses and expansions of old ones.
N. Mpls. metal shredder moving to Becker, paying $2.5M in deal

N. Mpls. metal shredder moving to Becker, paying $2.5M in deal

The metal recycling facility has long been a source of north Minneapolis residents' air quality concerns.
Historic designation effort draws a line through close-knit Homewood neighborhood

Historic designation effort draws a line through close-knit Homewood neighborhood

Minneapolis' Historic Preservation Commission approved the historic designation Tuesday. The City Council will have final approval.
From windows to additions, Minneapolis outlines measures to preserve historic Lee house

From windows to additions, Minneapolis outlines measures to preserve historic Lee house

The house was a flash point for Minneapolis race relations in the 1930s.

Low-income housing developers scramble for financing amid uncertainty about tax reform

Investors are pulling back from tax credits that help finance developments.
Downtown Minneapolis' Skyway Senior Center may close at the end of March

Downtown Minneapolis' Skyway Senior Center may close at the end of March

Site expected to close at end of March after effort to hand over operations to Ecumen fails.
Minneapolis explores financial incentives for landlords who rent to Section 8 tenants

Minneapolis explores financial incentives for landlords who rent to Section 8 tenants

A city fund would help pay damage claims in units rented by voucher holders.
Parking garage swap would make way for new Mpls. offices

Parking garage swap would make way for new Mpls. offices

Minneapolis may sell the Government Center Ramp in exchange for $6.5 million and the ramp next door.
North Minneapolis City Council hopefuls talk minimum wage, housing, police

North Minneapolis City Council hopefuls talk minimum wage, housing, police

Nonprofit Neighborhoods Organizing for Change hosted the candidates' forum.
31 couples say 'I do' on Valentine's Day at Government Center

31 couples say 'I do' on Valentine's Day at Government Center

For one hour on Valentine's Day, Hennepin County offers free weddings.
Negotiations to move Northern Metal from Minneapolis taking longer than expected

Negotiations to move Northern Metal from Minneapolis taking longer than expected

Becker official says his city has site well-suited for recycling facility.
Oldest neighborhood in Mpls. looks to rebrand just like North Loop did

Oldest neighborhood in Mpls. looks to rebrand just like North Loop did

People passing through Marcy-Homes — or renting an apartment or opening a business — often think they're somewhere else.
Want to build a new house on the North Side? Minneapolis can help with that

Want to build a new house on the North Side? Minneapolis can help with that

Incentives help residents buy, build on infill lots.

Mpls. to reallocate more than $9M in frozen funds to neighborhood groups

Panel approves reallocating Neighborhood Revitalization grant money to associations.
4-year-old Somali refugee reunited with family in Minnesota

4-year-old Somali refugee reunited with family in Minnesota

Mushkaad Abdi arrived after the reunion with her mother and sisters was threatened by President Trump's order on immigration and travel.
After historic Women's March, what comes next for supporters?

After historic Women's March, what comes next for supporters?

Thousands of Minnesota women are throwing themselves into the political process, some for the first time, as they seek to sustain the wave of energy generated by the Women's March the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Mpls. moves forward with 29th Av. closure near Midtown Greenway

Mpls. moves forward with 29th Av. closure near Midtown Greenway

Only bicycles and emergency vehicles would be allowed to cross the greenway intersection.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars pour into Minneapolis, St. Paul mayoral races

Hundreds of thousands of dollars pour into Minneapolis, St. Paul mayoral races

Jacob Frey in Minneapolis and Melvin Carter III in St. Paul outpaced other candidates' fundraising.
Renters become owners through Mpls. housing program

Renters become owners through Mpls. housing program

10 percent of the rent is held in escrow to help with the down payment.
As redevelopment comes to Northeast's Lowry Av., people prepare for change

As redevelopment comes to Northeast's Lowry Av., people prepare for change

Housing will replace abandoned buildings.
MPCA and Northern Metal could reach settlement by the end of January

MPCA and Northern Metal could reach settlement by the end of January

The plant would leave the metro, pay settlement to Hawthorne community.
Minneapolis City Council president appointed to Public Employees Retirement Association board

Minneapolis City Council president appointed to Public Employees Retirement Association board

Barb Johnson will help oversee the state's pension fund until 2021.

Minneapolis backs $6M loan for nonprofit North Side grocery

The Minneapolis CDA is issuing tax revenue bonds for the North Market project.
Tilsenbilt Homes, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to be recognized as historic Minneapolis sites

Tilsenbilt Homes, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to be recognized as historic Minneapolis sites

A City Council committee unanimously passed resolutions last week approving historic designations for the landmarks in the black community.
Prince's estate shows he hoarded cash, had $25M in property

Prince's estate shows he hoarded cash, had $25M in property

A dozen properties, cash and 67 gold bars among items listed in inventory.
Macy's closure raises questions about Minneapolis skyways

Macy's closure raises questions about Minneapolis skyways

Macy's is one of downtown's biggest skyway hubs, providing a crossing over Nicollet Mall and many high-profile connections, especially the IDS Center.
Downtown East Commons park in Minneapolis is still short on funds

Downtown East Commons park in Minneapolis is still short on funds

Initial park plans are being re-evaluated as a result.
Two grocery stores are coming to north Minneapolis in 2017

Two grocery stores are coming to north Minneapolis in 2017

The North Market and clinic will be built in an underserved area.
Elections turned into an anti-incumbent rout in Twin Cities

Elections turned into an anti-incumbent rout in Twin Cities

Spillover from presidential election hit local ballots, leading to many going-away celebrations in December for local government officials.
New Minneapolis housing director brings expertise amid uncertainty

New Minneapolis housing director brings expertise amid uncertainty

Greg Russ faces financial challenges and skeptics among tenant advocates.
200 rally in support of woman at heart of U football case, other survivors

200 rally in support of woman at heart of U football case, other survivors

The 'We Stand with Survivors Rally' comes after accusations against 10 U football players.
Hodges announces re-election bid as mayor of Minneapolis

Hodges announces re-election bid as mayor of Minneapolis

Hodges defended her record and leadership style in an announcement Thursday evening.
After a rough start, revamped Holidazzle is finding its way

After a rough start, revamped Holidazzle is finding its way

This year's event at Loring Park has a bigger footprint and twice the number of vendors.
Fight over U's plans for grain elevators in Prospect Park ramps up

Fight over U's plans for grain elevators in Prospect Park ramps up

Neighbors are seeking an injunction to stop demolition. A hearing is set for Thursday.
No-no-no! Mpls. snow emergency ending with busy day at impound lot

No-no-no! Mpls. snow emergency ending with busy day at impound lot

Thousands of cars were ticketed or towed after the season's first big snow.
More soil, groundwater pollution in Mpls. suspected

More soil, groundwater pollution in Mpls. suspected

Commercial properties in Como neighborhood, where chemicals were dumped until 1962, will be tested for toxic vapors.

Change allows 'intentional communities' in Minneapolis

Minneapolis zoning changes let unrelated adults live together.
Bremer Trust on way out as administrator of Prince's estate

Bremer Trust on way out as administrator of Prince's estate

The late musician's siblings, his presumptive heirs, have narrowed the list of possible substitutes to two firms.
Burnsville photographer wins national recognition for fox photo

Burnsville photographer wins national recognition for fox photo

Benjamin Olson's photo of a sleepy young fox received the wildlife award this year from Nature's Best Photography.
For county governments, work is often invisible

For county governments, work is often invisible

Agencies aren't often on constituents' radar, even though their work affects many aspects of daily life.
Irving Fang, U journalism professor, was mentor to aspiring reporters

Irving Fang, U journalism professor, was mentor to aspiring reporters

Irving Fang wasn't going to be a journalist.In high school, he wrote an essay about wanting to become a civil engineer, and took it as…

Missing St. Peter girl found clinging to tree near creek

Mya Arriage went missing early Friday, and was found Saturday afternoon.
New look in the works for downtown Lakeville

New look in the works for downtown Lakeville

The Holyoke Avenue Streetscape Project aims to draw in more businesses.

Technology delayed election results in Scott, Dakota counties

Early voting and new technology were cited as contributing factors.
PureChoice founder Bryan Reichel found guilty of fraud

PureChoice founder Bryan Reichel found guilty of fraud

A jury in St. Paul found Reichel guilty on 11 counts of fraud, but not guilty of bankruptcy fraud.
Jury to decide if Bryan Reichel self-dealing fraud or bankrupt entrepreneur

Jury to decide if Bryan Reichel self-dealing fraud or bankrupt entrepreneur

Jurors must decide whether to convict the founder of PureChoice on multiple fraud charges.
Failing septic systems set off alarms in Randolph, Minn.

Failing septic systems set off alarms in Randolph, Minn.

The small Dakota County town confronts threats to its tap water as well as the Cannon River.
Judge trims two from Prince's estate claims

Judge trims two from Prince's estate claims

Judge finds that treating someone like a relative isn't enough for them to inherit an estate when no will was left.

Dakota County aims to make its highways accessible for people with disabilities

Public input will be taken at November open houses.

Citing 'mission creep' at Met Council, critics will seek overhaul bill in 2017

Group says reform is needed for too-big agency.
Lawyers argue over who are Prince's rightful heirs

Lawyers argue over who are Prince's rightful heirs

District Judge Kevin Eide said he would make a decision soon about heirship claims.
After skating by, Eagan to finally upgrade its parks

After skating by, Eagan to finally upgrade its parks

The large suburb's 55 sites are starting to show their age.
Dakota County seeks state grant for rural broadband

Dakota County seeks state grant for rural broadband

Roughly 8,000 residents in the region are without, with one man paying $1,000 per month.

Attorneys argue that blood ties not needed for claim on Prince's estate

It appears that the late Duane Nelson was not Prince's biological brother after all. But attorneys for Duane's progeny are arguing that under Minnesota law,…
PureChoice founder goes to trial in St. Paul on federal fraud charges

PureChoice founder goes to trial in St. Paul on federal fraud charges

Bryan Reichel's attorneys said he was duped by shark investors who ousted him from the company he started.

Twin Cities group creates $25M fund to preserve affordable housing

After years of watching the Twin Cities' affordable housing market grow increasingly tight, a group of affordable housing advocates, nonprofits and private companies has decided…
Funding for Orange Line still in flux

Funding for Orange Line still in flux

The bus rapid transit line took another hit as Dakota County objected to the regional board's plans.
After spending on parks, Dakota County eager to get more visitors

After spending on parks, Dakota County eager to get more visitors

It has spent $140 million on park system over the past decade, but is now working to boost visits.
Dakota County's divorce from transit board is getting messy

Dakota County's divorce from transit board is getting messy

Dakota County officials are exploring whether they can stop contributing money to the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB), an unprecedented move that could jeopardize regional…
Judge rules against 'blanket' media access to Prince estate case

Judge rules against 'blanket' media access to Prince estate case

Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide will decide whether hearings can be recorded on a case-by-case basis.
Mixed Blood Theatre files $350K claim on Prince's estate

Mixed Blood Theatre files $350K claim on Prince's estate

The theater is trying to recoup expenses related to its 40th anniversary gala, which had been planned for May 14 at Paisley Park.

Lebanon Hills pipeline gets go-ahead to cut through wetlands

The south metro project will supply Black Dog Power Plant.
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