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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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Minneapolis leaders negotiate timing of $15 minimum wage amid national debate over impact

Minneapolis leaders negotiate timing of $15 minimum wage amid national debate over impact

The Minneapolis City Council will vote this week on a $15 minimum wage.
Minneapolis keeps business with Wells Fargo, also looks to contract with smaller banks

Minneapolis keeps business with Wells Fargo, also looks to contract with smaller banks

City Council members had asked for alternatives to big banks.
$15 minimum wage plan draws crowd to Minneapolis City Hall

$15 minimum wage plan draws crowd to Minneapolis City Hall

The wage increase could pass by the end of June.
Teacher Sara Sexton, who died at age 79, taught her Minneapolis students to cherish learning

Teacher Sara Sexton, who died at age 79, taught her Minneapolis students to cherish learning

The beloved teacher spent her four-decade career in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Minneapolis to buy site of Kmart at Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street

Minneapolis to buy site of Kmart at Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street

The city and Kmart's parent company haven't reached an agreement to move the store.
Former legislator Kate Knuth hired as Minneapolis' chief resilience officer

Former legislator Kate Knuth hired as Minneapolis' chief resilience officer

A former Minnesota legislator has been hired as Minneapolis' chief resilience officer, a new position that coordinates the city's work on urban challenges from housing…
What's the effect of a $15 minimum wage? No one knows just yet

What's the effect of a $15 minimum wage? No one knows just yet

Without a clear model, businesses trying cuts, higher prices in test cities.
New trees are (almost) the final touch on Nicollet Mall

New trees are (almost) the final touch on Nicollet Mall

Nicollet Mall closed to vehicles in July 2015. The many months of construction have drawn complaints from business owners and pedestrians, in part because much of the early work was underground and progress was invisible. Most of the work will be completed by November, but some detail and landscaping work will continue into 2018.

Additional bike lanes in Mpls. could clip rights of disabled

Many popular commercial corridors will eventually cede part of the roadway to designated lanes for bicycles. The shift is already fanning the debate about safety, traffic congestion and lost parking in front of shops and homes. But there's another concern: How can people with disabilities navigate these new streets safely?
New law blocks Mpls. ban on plastic bags a day before it was to start

New law blocks Mpls. ban on plastic bags a day before it was to start

The ordinance banning plastic bags was supposed to go into effect June 1.
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority takes stock of its 6,000 units

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority takes stock of its 6,000 units

The agency is preparing for 10 years of capital improvements.
Minneapolis' plastic bag ban starts June 1, unless the state says no

Minneapolis' plastic bag ban starts June 1, unless the state says no

For now, shoppers and businesses are preparing for the change.

State budget deal could end measure that would block local workplace rules

Republicans are expected to send the preemption measure to Gov. Mark Dayton as an individual bill, and Dayton would veto it.
Mpls. officials, developers work to fill hundreds of vacant lots

Mpls. officials, developers work to fill hundreds of vacant lots

As many as 500 properties are seen as opportunity to some.
Luxury developments signal change in Minneapolis' Whittier neighborhood

Luxury developments signal change in Minneapolis' Whittier neighborhood

High-end student housing is cropping up in the traditionally affordable neighborhood.
In hopes of reopening Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis may spend $7 million on Kmart site

In hopes of reopening Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis may spend $7 million on Kmart site

The city has not yet reached a deal to reopen the Nicollet corridor.
Minneapolis restaurant workers demonstrate in favor of tip credit

Minneapolis restaurant workers demonstrate in favor of tip credit

About 50 people demonstrated downtown Tuesday.
Downtown East Commons launches summer attractions

Downtown East Commons launches summer attractions

Movie nights, hip-hop dance and outdoor concerts are among the park's summer slate of activities.
'Substantially complete' by Nov.? What those Nicollet Mall ads mean

'Substantially complete' by Nov.? What those Nicollet Mall ads mean

The downtown corridor is expected to reopen by the end of November, with a few finishing touches to come the following spring.
Mpls. neighborhood at odds over bike lanes coming to E. 38th St.

Mpls. neighborhood at odds over bike lanes coming to E. 38th St.

Some like the idea of bike lanes along E. 38th Street, but others are worried about losing parking.
Minneapolis City Council candidates Steve Fletcher, Andrew Johnson win DFL endorsement

Minneapolis City Council candidates Steve Fletcher, Andrew Johnson win DFL endorsement

In the Third Ward, Fletcher won after another candidate withdrew her bid.
In fast-growing Uptown, Suburban World Theatre gets ready for next chapter

In fast-growing Uptown, Suburban World Theatre gets ready for next chapter

The long-empty theater may reopen as a retail space.
How Minnesota reacted to ruling on sanctuary cities

How Minnesota reacted to ruling on sanctuary cities

St. Paul City Attorney Sammy Clark summed up the city's response in an one-word email Tuesday: "Hooray!"
Historic Minneapolis City Hall clocks light up again

Historic Minneapolis City Hall clocks light up again

Several months and $2 million returned the landmark, which had unexpected damage, to its original condition.
Mayor Hodges says she was victim of sex abuse as a child

Mayor Hodges says she was victim of sex abuse as a child

In a Facebook post, Minneapolis mayor says attacks started at age 8.
Mpls. City Council incumbents face challenges, defeat at DFL ward conventions

Mpls. City Council incumbents face challenges, defeat at DFL ward conventions

Two conventions with longtime incumbents adjourned without an endorsement.
In Minneapolis' Fifth Ward, council candidates vie for chance to represent the North Side

In Minneapolis' Fifth Ward, council candidates vie for chance to represent the North Side

Dissatisfaction among voters in north Minneapolis ward spurs challengers.
BYOB at Downtown East Commons? Expect it at events this summer

BYOB at Downtown East Commons? Expect it at events this summer

City Council is working on new regulations for the downtown park.
Minneapolis City Council takes steps to regulate strip clubs

Minneapolis City Council takes steps to regulate strip clubs

The move comes after two recent investigations revealed health and safety risks at several venues.

Minneapolis seeks comment on sick leave ordinance enforcement

The ordinance is scheduled to take effect July 1.
Last tenants are forced out at Park Laurel in Minneapolis

Last tenants are forced out at Park Laurel in Minneapolis

With the building's sale, options are dwindling for city's low-income renters
Diversity hiring for public projects falls short of goals

Diversity hiring for public projects falls short of goals

Women, minorities still lacking in construction and trade jobs, despite rules.
Minneapolis explores city loans for nonprofits to preserve affordable housing

Minneapolis explores city loans for nonprofits to preserve affordable housing

The fund would help nonprofit groups buy buildings that come up for sale.
Mpls. strip club dancers cite workplace dangers, especially in VIP rooms

Mpls. strip club dancers cite workplace dangers, especially in VIP rooms

Minneapolis city officials are exploring tougher regulations for strip clubs after two recent investigations revealed health hazards and sometimes dangerous conditions for entertainers. The most…
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.
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