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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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Yet another potential heir emerges in Prince estate case

Yet another potential heir emerges in Prince estate case

A New Zealand man is claiming to be the late musician's son.
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.
At the Minnesota Zoo, growing a bison herd little by little

At the Minnesota Zoo, growing a bison herd little by little

After traveling more than 1,000 miles, five frozen bison embryos arrived in Minnesota by airplane last week. Hours after arriving, they were implanted in the Minnesota Zoo's four bison cows. If all goes according to plan, there will be bison calves at the zoo next spring.
Without bonding dollars, Dakota County, others change direction

Without bonding dollars, Dakota County, others change direction

Much-needed fixes to the century-old Byllesby Dam are among the millions of dollars' worth of projects put on hold.

No body cam footage in officer-involved Eagan shooting

Three police officers involved in Sunday’s fatal shooting in Eagan were not wearing body cameras, though footage may have been taken on a dashboard camera…

Fired Lakeville police officer sues city in federal court

The former officer is claiming a violation of First Amendment rights over police media policy.
Dakota County seeks help, not jail, for those with mental illness

Dakota County seeks help, not jail, for those with mental illness

Dakota County has joined a federal initiative to better manage crises.
Family friend charged in death, sex assault of Meeker Co. girl

Family friend charged in death, sex assault of Meeker Co. girl

In Watkins, population 1,000, nearly 1,000 people attended a vigil for Alayna Ert on Tuesday evening.

Inver Grove Heights police chief accused of tipping off theft suspect

Larry Stanger is on leave and may face a city investigation.
Judge rules to unseal Prince's divorce records

Judge rules to unseal Prince's divorce records

Ex-wife Manuela Testolini has 30 days to object to certain documents being made public.
Obituary: Burt Sagawa survived WWII separation to become 3M chemist

Obituary: Burt Sagawa survived WWII separation to become 3M chemist

In childhood photos, Burt Sagawa is the one looking away from the camera. His siblings have their eyes trained straight ahead, but his are somewhere…

Inver Grove Heights police chief won't face criminal charges

After being placed on paid administrative leave this spring amid criminal allegations, the Inver Grove Heights police chief will not face charges.Scott County officials conducted…
New Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board member brings fresh perspective

New Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board member brings fresh perspective

Sachin Isaacs defeated six others in a special election on Tuesday.
Seven Prince properties, including Caribbean villa, can now be sold

Seven Prince properties, including Caribbean villa, can now be sold

A Carver County judge ruled Thursday that the estate's special administrator can begin selling off some of the late musician's property.

Rosemount man will serve 3½ years in fatal crash

He was convicted of two felonies after causing a crash that killed a man in Lakeville.
Who's family? Sibling question at heart of Prince estate case

Who's family? Sibling question at heart of Prince estate case

The issue of whether Prince and Duane Nelson shared a father has become a multimillion-dollar question in the musician's estate case.
The long, toxic history of Burnsville's Freeway Landfill

The long, toxic history of Burnsville's Freeway Landfill

After decades of poisonous relations between the state and the landowner, the federal agency will oversee the cleanup.

Three contenders vie for open seat on Dakota County Board

A state legislator, an accountant and an environmental activist are vying for a spot on the Dakota County Board. But first, Joe Atkins, Greg Buck…

Freeway Landfill in Burnsville will enter Superfund program after all

State and landowner have disagreed on who should clean up closed Burnsville site.
Judge says he might allow cameras in Prince estate proceedings

Judge says he might allow cameras in Prince estate proceedings

A group of media organizations is pushing for increased access to court hearings and documents involving the late megastar's multi-million-dollar estate.

Judge reprimanded for 'accusatory, hostile' conduct in Scott County

Judge Rex Stacey has faced past censure over actions on bench.

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 —…
April 2016: Minnesota Supreme Court hears case at Lakeville North High School

April 2016: 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.
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