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Emma Nelson

Editor | St. Paul
Phone: 612-673-4509

Emma Nelson is a reporter and editor at the Star Tribune.


Emma Nelson has been a Star Tribune journalist for the past decade, with coverage ranging from politics to women's reproductive health to the economy. As an editor she has led teams of local government reporters, including a group that covered the aftermath of Daunte Wright's killing by a Brooklyn Center police officer. Nelson has won Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One awards for investigative and breaking news reporting, and was part of a team that won the organization's 2022 Story of the Year award for coverage of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Recent content from Emma Nelson
Image of envelopes stuffed with cash.

In the age of digital dollars, there's value to cashing in

"Cash stuffing," or using cash-filled envelopes as a budgeting tool, is having a social media-fueled resurgence as a way to save money for people accustomed to swiping credit cards.
A flooded corn field near Wells, Minn., on June 22. Heavy rains and flooding this spring and summer could worsen agricultural losses.

Agriculture losses hit Minnesota's GDP

Growth and consumer spending slowed nationwide in the first quarter and dropped throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota.
A group of Kim’s employees walks along West 31st Street to deliver a petition to unionize May 28 in Minneapolis.

Workers at Ann Kim's Uptown Minneapolis restaurant vote to unionize

The Korean-American restaurant is the first of Chef Ann Kim's restaurants to unionize after 65% of workers voted in favor. Kim also owns Young Joni, Hello Pizza and Pizzeria Lola.
Kim’s bartender and server Kaylee Murphy, left, knocks on the door to the restaurant while delivering a petition to unionize with fellow employees o

Ann Kim steps up opposition to union at Uptown restaurant

The James Beard Award-winning chef has said she does not believe her workers at Korean-American restaurant Kim's in Minneapolis need to unionize.
Rosedale Chevrolet salesman David Troy helped Van and Sue Gooch look over a Chevy Bolt electric vehicle. Van Gooch is a retired University of Minnesot

As dealerships grapple with cyberattack, one Minnesotan travels 700 miles to buy a car

The attack on software provider CDK Global is affecting dealerships across North America.
Interviews at multiple tables were conducted interview at the Minnesota State Job Fair on Tuesday.

Minnesota lost 8,600 jobs in May, but labor market remains tight

The state gained nearly 35,000 jobs year-over-year.
CEO Dave Larson on Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union's take your child to work day.

From hybrid work to 4-day weeks, employers focus on flexibility

The pandemic allowed companies to test drive programs and policies that give workers greater leeway.
Restaurant review: Colita, the exciting new-ish bar/restaurant by chef Daniel del Prado and bartender Marco Zappia.

Workers at Daniel del Prado's Colita, Café Cerés seek to unionize

It's the latest in a wave of labor organizing among workers at well-known Minneapolis restaurants and entertainment venues.
Isaiah Thompson assessed damage on this Jeep Cherokee Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 St. Paul, Minn. Though inflation is cooling, service prices — including

Inflation is easing. Why is car insurance still so expensive?

After plummeting in 2020, the average cost of full car insurance has reached about $157 a month in Minnesota.
Gen Zers: Tell us how you're feeling about the economy

Gen Zers: Tell us how you're feeling about the economy

Employees walk out of Kim’s after delivering a petition to unionize May 28 in Minneapolis.

Chef Ann Kim 'wholeheartedly believes' her Uptown workers don't need to unionize

After filing a petition, employees at Korean American restaurant Kim's will vote June 27 on whether to move forward as a union. The Uptown Minneapolis restaurant would be the first of Ann Kim's to unionize.
Wayzata Wuollet Bakery location at 795 Lake St E, is closed and has a no trespassing sign on the door, seen here on Tuesday.

Evictions and an alleged bounced check: New Wuollet owner in financial straits

Eric Shogren started buying up neighborhood bakeries in his native Twin Cities in 2016, pledging to preserve their family-owned feel while also attracting the next generation of treat-seekers. But money and quality woes have plagued his businesses.
A group of Kim’s employees walks along W. 31st Street to deliver a petition to unionize Tuesday in Minneapolis. About 60 restaurant workers at Kim's

Workers at chef Ann Kim's Uptown restaurant seek to unionize

Kim's, specializing in Korean American cuisine, would be the first of the James Beard award-winning chef's eateries to unionize. Kim also owns Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza.
President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Neel Kashkari was photographed at the Federal Reserve Bank on Friday, December 22, 2017. ] Shari

Interest rates could stay high 'indefinitely,' says Minneapolis Fed president Kashkari

Speaking at a forum Tuesday, Neel Kashkari reinforced that rate cuts this year seem unlikely despite predictions for them at the end of 2023.
Steve Dockendorf of Prior Lake spent $300 on six Timberwolves shirts at theTimberwolves team store inside Target Center Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Mi

Wolves' playoff run brings welcome — and free — economic boost for downtown

Unlike the Super Bowl and Final Four of recent years, the tourism bump required no upfront investment from the city having to bid and prepare for a big sporting event.
Robb Lutz, of St. Paul, a member of the Minnesota National Guard, talked with Jenny Nielsen, talent acquisition specialist for ATK Sporting Group, dur

Minnesota continues to add jobs as labor market shows signs of loosening

But the state still has two jobs for every job seeker.
Ellen Ewald, who worked at the Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis, successfully sued for pay discrimination. Though Ewald won, she lost career opportu

The gender wage gap continues to plague Minnesota, U.S.

The gender pay gap exists at all income levels, but it widens as women earn more. Race exacerbates the disparity.
Washington, D.C., and North Dakota have the highest rates of income stagnation in the country. Minnesota takes third place, tied with Maryland and Mas

Minnesotans among least likely to climb income ladder in U.S.

New data shows income stagnation is widespread in America, and Minnesotans are among those least likely to move out of their current bracket. Those who start at the bottom tend to stay at the bottom, and those who start at the top tend to stay at the top.
Ellie, 7, eats dinner with her mother, Meta Getman, at their home in Eden Prairie. Getman, a fertility coach, gave birth to Ellie and her twin, Addie,

IVF made motherhood possible for these Minnesotans. They want to protect that for others.

After Alabama Supreme Court ruling, patients and providers worry new restrictions could emerge.
Windell Garmondeh, employee at Aurora, talked with Gerry Gilbert, a resident at Aurora on France senior living on Wednesday in Edina.

What a Trump immigration crackdown would mean for Minnesota's economy

The state's labor shortage is among the country's more severe, with just 51 workers for every 100 open jobs.
Craig Cohen, developer of Keg & Case Market, inside the market in 2018. He filed for bankruptcy Friday, claiming $11.6 million in liabilities.

Developer of St. Paul's Keg & Case food hall declares bankruptcy

Craig Cohen listed the W. 7th neighborhood project when filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with more than $11 million in liabilities.
Arctic Cat line workers assemble Arctic Cat XF 8-00 snowmobiles at Arctic Cat's muanufacturing facility Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Thief River Falls,

Minnesota added thousands of jobs in March but worker shortage still an issue

The aging population is causing pressure on the job market, though wages on the upswing.
Playschool Child Care teacher Emily Lawson, center, plays with toddlers and preschoolers in her care Tuesday, April 4, 2023 in Maplewood, Minn. AARON

Minnesota child care providers struggle to fill more than 700 open positions

Difficulty finding qualified employees means fewer children served, including more than 2,000 unavailable child care slots statewide, a new survey showed.
Realtor Kent Sandness, left, and his clients Joey and Kenzie Mandelko look at a kitchen during an open house Wednesday, April 10, 2024 in Minneapolis,

Inflation stays stubborn: What the latest numbers mean for you

Prices have been persistent, and that means interest rates will probably stay high, too.
Junko Kumamoto, right, and her husband, Hiroshi, wait for customers during the start of the lunch rush at JK's Table, a Japanese restaurant they own t

A Japanese cafe tucked into an Edina office park survived a decade on work crowds, then word-of-mouth

Like JK's Table, go-to breakfast, lunch and happy hour spots around the metro that made it through the pandemic have had to evolve in the work-from-home era.
Women pay more for everyday items they need, from period products to razors and shampoos.

Women's salaries are lower than men's, but the pink tax costs them more. Here's how to push back.

Women pay thousands of dollars more than men each year for necessary items.
Sommer McInerney dropped off her 3-year-old son at the St. Catherine University Early Childhood Center in St. Paul on Monday. News of the  child-care

Closures show uphill battle for Minnesota's employer-sponsored child-care centers

Though there's demand for workplace child-care centers, they face the same budget woes gutting the larger child-care economy.
The median woman working full time in Minnesota earns about 80 cents for every dollar a median man makes, and some earn far less.

Tell us: How has the gender wage gap impacted you?

The median woman working full time in Minnesota earns about 80 cents for every dollar a median man makes, and some earn far less.
In South St. Paul, Abigail Turner waited for a fresh insulin pump to begin administering the drug. Turner is juggling a variety of debts, but medical

Minnesotans are again living with debt after COVID pause

The state had nearly $63,000 in debt per capita at the end of 2023.
Holly Johnson makes and sells Taylor Swift-themed Chiefs sweatshirts and T-shirts in her home ahead of the Super Bowl on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 in Shako

Minnesota Taylor Swift fans geared up, tuned in for Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl

Months into her relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce, the pop star has had an unprecedented effect on the NFL.
Teacher and co-founder Grace Larson helped children transition to outdoor time at Little Garden Montessori in Roseville on Monday.

Slower wage growth might be good for the economy, but not everyone is celebrating

Workers and advocates say there's a disconnect between policy and reality.
FILE - Taylor Swift wears a Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce jacket as she arrives before an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the

From the Eras Tour to the NFL, Taylor Swift will be key to teaching students economics

The superstar's relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has already changed consumer behavior.
Through his real estate development company Madison Equities, Jim Crockarell grew his portfolio to include at least 32 buildings in St. Paul.

Jim Crockarell, downtown St. Paul's most prolific property owner, dies at 79

A complicated figure at times embroiled in conflicts with the city, labor unions and more, Crockarell — through his real estate development company Madison Equities — owned some of the most recognizable facades in the state capital's skyline.
TikTok creator Josh Liljenquist passed out egg rolls while being filmed for TikTok by Esrom Negash, right, outside Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul on J

Minnesota TikToker films as he gives food to homeless people, and his 5M followers eat it up

Josh Liljenquist has built a following with videos of himself feeding unhoused people, but the more people watch, the more complicated it becomes.

Remote options brought moms back to work. Return-to-office could push them out again.

As companies call employees back to the office, many women will likely leave jobs, presenting long-term consequences for workers, employers and the economy.
Tom Lais will be at home Wednesday evening. He's concerned about how long he'll be able to stay in his house, due to rising property taxes and homeown

Minnesotans take big hits on non-negotiable bills like electricity, insurance

While commodities inflation has declined, services inflation has remained stubborn.
The average wedding guest spends $611 per wedding they attend, according to a 2023 Bankrate survey.

From borrowed attire to skipping showers: How to save money as a guest during wedding season

The average guest spends more than $600 for each wedding they attend.
Apprentice carpenter Breanna Dornsbach, second from right, who works for Knutson Construction, laughs while getting some good nature teasing from co-w

Minnesota's economy picked up speed in third quarter

The state still trails overall growth in the U.S.
Construction of the Southwest light rail tunnel in the Kenilworth Corridor in 2020.

Minnesota job growth outpaces U.S.

The state added 9,500 jobs between October and November, the fifth consecutive month of growth. But employers are still struggling with a worker shortage.
The Federal Reserve, which Chair Jerome Powell leads, seems likely to have reached the end of its rate-hiking cycle.

Are we out of the woods yet? What to expect from the U.S. economy in 2024

The Federal Reserve is projecting interest rate cuts next year as inflation continues to decline.
U.S. Bank’ s flag outside U.S. Bank Plaza Building in downtown Minneapolis.

U.S. Bank to pay $36M for blocking access to unemployment benefits during COVID

The Minneapolis-based bank froze tens of thousands of accounts as a fraud-prevention measure.

Are you a woman affected by return-to-office policies? Share your story.

If you are a woman who's working, has stopped working or is thinking about leaving the workforce because of return-to-office policies, we want to hear from you.
A plan to build a mega-size solar project by Xcel’s coal plants in Becker is being panned by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Attorney Gener

Minnesota's economy is still growing, but lags U.S. as a whole

The state's real gross domestic product, or the total value of goods and services, rose 0.7% in the second quarter compared to 2.1% nationwide.

Tell us about the rising costs that you can't trim from your budget

While some parts of a household budget are trimmable, others — like utilities and health and car insurance — are not. And those prices keep going up. Share your experience to help inform an upcoming story.
Amelia Earhart in 1928.

Did Amelia Earhart play basketball at St. Paul Central High School?

The groundbreaking pilot lived in Minnesota as a teenager.
Aron Pilhofer has held news leadership roles at the Guardian, the New York Times and the Center for Public Integrity before coming to the Star Tribune

Star Tribune hires chief product officer with New York Times, the Guardian experience

Aron Pilhofer also co-founded news-related startups DocumentCloud.org, Hacks & Hackers and Tiny News Collective.
President Joe Biden talked with guests after giving a speech at Dutch Creek Farms in Northfield, Minn., on Nov. 1.

Politics colors our perception of the economy, a lightning-rod topic in the 2024 election

Americans view the economy differently based on political beliefs, and as the presidential election approaches, the Republican and Democratic parties are ramping up their messaging.
File view of crowds at Keg and Case Market in St. Paul.

St. Paul's Keg & Case food hall defaults on loans, is repossessed

St. Paul's Keg and Case Market is in foreclosure, five years after the ambitious W. 7th Street food hall opened its doors.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hosted a hiring event just weeks before the pandemic shut down the economy in 2020.

More than 3 million Minnesotans worked in October, the highest total ever recorded

Minnesota has continued to outpace national job growth.
Stephanie Ness, left, and Chris Iles are joining the Star Tribune’s business operations.

Star Tribune announces new chief financial officer, adds vice president of brand

Stephanie Ness will serve as CFO; Chris Iles as vice president of brand and communications.
Andrew Lynaugh prepped repaired panels of this Honda HRV for painting, he has been with LaTuff for 5 years Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 St. Paul, Minn. Thou

U.S. inflation is cooling faster than expected, a sign interest rate hikes might be done

The consumer price index rose 3.2% year-over-year in October, down from 3.7% in September.
Gov. Tim Walz announced the Minnesota Expanding Opportunity Fund on Tuesday.

Minnesota unveils $10 million low-interest loan program for small businesses

The Minnesota Expanding Opportunity Fund will provide loans to nonprofits, which then will lend the money to small businesses.
Monica Birrenkott, in Shakopee on Tuesday with her son Logan, 4, is one of several entrepreneurs who got the courage to think of starting a business d

Fed interest rate hikes tame inflation but hit small, often diverse, business owners hardest

Women and people of color, who drove pandemic-era business growth, are especially vulnerable to rising costs.
First Avenue in Minneapolis, pictured March 23, 2020.

First Avenue says it will recognize employee union

Workers informed management Thursday of their intent to unionize.
Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Fed's Kashkari says that 'it's too soon to call' whether interest rates will rise again

The Federal Open Market Committee kept interest rates steady this week.
First Avenue in Minneapolis, pictured March 23, 2020.

First Avenue's 200 hospitality workers move to unionize

Employees at the company's seven Twin Cities venues cited low pay, inconsistent training and short-notice scheduling as top concerns.
Rosa Larson from Delta Dental shakes hands with Pae Say, a job seeker, during the third annual Veterans & Community Job Fair on Wednesday, September 2

Minnesota added 8,000 jobs in September, another surge in an already tight labor market

The state has added nearly 50,000 jobs in the past year.
Retired school teacher Alan Briesemeister shopped for groceries at Coborn’s in Delano. “I don’t like it obviously but I understand it,” Briese

Twin Cities inflation is still lower than U.S.: Here are 5 things to know

Prices rose 2.2% in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region over the past year as of September, compared to 3.7% nationally.
Lucillia Newton, human resources specialist with International Paper, sat at an information table in the lobby of Ramsey County Library in Roseville o

The U.S. labor market is still growing. What does that mean for Minnesota workers?

Unemployment is low and new jobs are plentiful, but there are signs of a coming slowdown.
Amirah Menawa speaks with Danette Scorza, a talent acquisition manager from Opportunity Partners, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 during the Government & Nonpro

Strong job growth in U.S. will likely extend to Minnesota

Employers added 336,000 jobs in September, smashing economists' predictions.
Belinda Wilson shops at The Yarnery in St. Paul on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. Elizabeth Flores • liz.flores@startribune.com

Minnesotans are still spending, but the post-pandemic boom is slowing

Nationwide, necessities like housing, utilities and health care drove consumer spending in 2022.
Cecilia Almazan plays with the kids as she picks up her son Marco, 4, left, from daycare at Listos Preschool and Childcare in Rochester.

'Struggling' Minnesota child care centers brace for the end of federal aid

After two years and $24 billion, the Child Care Stabilization Grant program is coming to an end, and that has many providers concerned.
Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Fed's Kashkari: Inflation target in sight, but one more rate hike still likely

The Minneapolis Fed president said in an essay Tuesday the odds are in favor of an economic "soft landing."

Former Minnesota Gov. Al Quie dies at age 99

The lifelong Republican, who represented southern Minnesota in Congress for 20 years, was known for working across the aisle.

Former Minnesota Gov. Al Quie dies at age 99

Around 25 people attend a rally outside the Minnesota State Capitol hosted by Students For Life of America to celebrate the Supreme Court overturning

Minn. abortion battle turns to November and the ballot box

Groups on both sides of the issue have been preparing to take their case to Minnesota voters. Abortion could now be a defining theme of the 2022 campaign.
Current and former Minnesotans remember life before Roe v. Wade.

Current and former Minnesotans remember life before Roe v. Wade

Less than 50 years ago, abortion was illegal in most states. Some Minnesotans remember it well.
Minnesota becomes island for legal abortion access in Upper Midwest

Minnesota becomes island for legal abortion access in Upper Midwest

Minnesota is flanked by states that immediately outlawed abortion when the Dobbs ruling came down, either through so-called "trigger bans" or by reverting to legislation pre-dating Roe.
With Roe overturned, Minnesota abortion opponents win a long-fought battle

With Roe overturned, Minnesota abortion opponents win a long-fought battle

Activism over decades elevated the issue to a fundamental tenet of the Republican Party.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland arrived for a news conference with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on May 6 at Midway Peace Park in

Park and recreation projects in Minnesota cities get federal boost

Sites in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester will split $8.7 million in grants.
The White House announced Thursday that it will send clinical personnel to Minnesota to staff existing state-run testing locations, transforming them

More COVID-19 'test-to-treat' sites coming to Minnesota

The White House will send clinical personnel to Minnesota to staff existing state-run testing locations, transforming them into "test-to-treat" sites where eligible patients can get a prescription for the antiviral drug Paxlovid.
Diego Esquivel and Linda Klaasson comforted each other Wednesday as they honored the victims killed in Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School

Minnesota leaders' response to Texas school shooting shows political divide over guns

It's unlikely that grief will translate into policy changes.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington, visited the American Swedish Institute to highlight Minnesota’s ties to Sweden and Finl

Klobuchar highlights Minnesota ties to Finland, Sweden as they seek to join NATO

The two countries are seeking to join NATO in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison ran towards the stage after being endorsed during the DFL state convention.

Attorney General Keith Ellison easily wins DFL endorsement for second term

Delegates also endorsed Secretary of State Steve Simon, who is seeking a third term.
Gwen Walz, Governor Tim Walz, Hope Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, Siobhan Hellendrung, 9, and Tom Weber, left to right, raise their arms to

Minnesota DFLers endorse Walz, Flanagan for second term

The first day of the party's state convention focused on incumbents' track records and the possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.