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Liz Navratil

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4994
Location: Minneapolis
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls on Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in the death of George Floyd as he speaks

Mayor Frey seeks federal, state aid for Mpls. as early estimate shows at least $55M in damages

Gov. Walz urges state bonding to help Lake Street, epicenter of the destruction.
Protesters gathered at the State Capitol in St. Paul during a youth rally for George Floyd on Tuesday.

Mpls. chief hopes to hit 'greatest potential' after civil rights filing

It came as they announced the state Human Rights Department will look at Minneapolis police policies and procedures over the past 10 years to determine if police engaged in discriminatory practices. The city's chief acknowledged there is work to be done.
Terrence Floyd, the brother of the late George Floyd, visited the site on 38th and Chicago where his brother was killed, Monday, June 1, 2020 in Minne

Autopsies agree on homicide, differ on what killed Floyd

The attorneys representing George Floyd's family and Hennepin County officials have released competing autopsy results, agreeing that the death is a homicide but disagreeing over the cause. Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video pinning his knee on Floyd's neck, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Artists complete a mural of George Floyd outside of Cup Foods, Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis/ Minnesotans took to the streets in a third day o

Some memorial, funeral details for George Floyd are released

A memorial service for Minneapolis is being planned for Thursday.
Minneapolis Police Federation president Bob Kroll has praised member officers and blamed politicians for exacerbating the rioting that have raged in M

Kroll, Minneapolis police union head, blasts city's riot response in letter to officers

In his first substantial comments since the killing of George Floyd, fiery Minneapolis police union president Lt. Bob Kroll blasted the city's handling of the…
National Guard troops staged at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday.

Minneapolis City Council extends emergency declaration to respond to riots

In the coming days, many will also be watching to see if members propose police reforms.
Demonstrators confronted Minneapolis police trying to push them south on Minnehaha Ave. late Wednesday night.

Mayor Frey calls for peace as looting, flames erupt around police station

State Patrol troopers moved in to help with growing looting, and the mayor said he asked the governor to consider calling in the National Guard as violence turned deadly.
A fire burned in a building on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis early Thursday.

As Frey calls for officer's arrest, violence intensifies

During a second night of violent protests in south Minneapolis, one person died after being shot by a store owner, police said. Many businesses were looted and some were in flames early today. Earlier, Mayor Jacob Frey called for a fired officer's arrest in George Floyd's death.
The Nicollet Diner in Minneapolis had a shed constructed behind the restaurant to quickly be able to accommodate outdoor dining when it begins on June

Minnesota cities testing new plans to expand outdoor dining during coronavirus

Changes come as retail and restaurant customers in Minneapolis must start wearing masks Tuesday night.
Cindy Lambing of Minneapolis, sniffed some cleaning soap while shopping at Linden Hills Coop.

What you need to know about the new mask rules in Minneapolis

Mayor Jacob Frey issued a new regulation as the state prepares to relax some social distancing measures.
The East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, shown in 2018. Cities and counties across Minnesota and the nation are furiously lobbying Congress f

Lobbyists for Minnesota cities, counties converge on Washington for help

Mayors are mobilizing to lobby Congress, though some doubt their sway.
The Minneapolis Health Department, in a statement, said some of the Cedar-Riverside cases are “spread out over several high-rise buildings in the ar

Virus hits hard in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

The high number of cases — roughly 6% of the city's total — fall in a neighborhood known for its vibrant East African community, with many in high-rise apartments.
Kyle Hale finished his shopping at Linden Hills Coop. Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, shoppers in Minneapolis will be required to wear masks.

Mpls. Mayor Frey orders people to wear masks in stores, schools

Jacob Frey signed an order that will require people over the age of 2 to wear a covering over their nose and mouth while at "indoor spaces of public accommodation."
House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley walked into the House Chamber wearing a mask.

Minnesota cities, counties are strained as $667M in aid remains in limbo

The Legislature ended its work Sunday without a decision on how to distribute $667 million in federal aid for counties, cities and towns — leaving cash-strapped communities in limbo as coronavirus costs pile up.
Chaska Super 8 general manager Sana Cheema, right, collected donated food from Chick-fil-A and Little Caesars from Martha Brannon of His House Foundat

Metro counties have spent roughly $5 million to rent hotel rooms as emergency shelters

Contracts and invoices obtained through public records requests show a county-by-county patchwork of efforts to find and pay for lodging, transportation, food and other services for hundreds of unsheltered people in the seven-county metro, all within a matter of weeks.
Safety precautions were in place at the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Saturday, May 2, 2020, including hand sanitizer stations, directional markers fo

More than 1,000 known COVID cases reported in Minneapolis

While it's difficult to draw definitive conclusions about disparities, several council members said they want to keep close track of those numbers.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey worked from a laptop on a Hennepin Avenue rooftop. The move to online work has been difficult for the extroverted mayor.

With city in lockdown and baby on way, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has to improvise

The pandemic has brought professional and personal challenges for the first-term mayor.
The Workshop Mpls. owner Jennie Tang isn’t eligible for aid: "Even if we can open, it’s going to be a challenge when we do.”

Small-business owners question Mpls. aid that's based on location

The city received more than 1,200 applications from businesses seeking $5,000 or $10,000 forgivable loans to help them survive the pandemic. About 400 are likely to be disqualified because they're outside the zones designated for assistance.
Screenshot from the State of the City address by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, delivered Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Minneapolis' Jacob Frey: 'Drastically different' new normal ahead

In his State of the City address, the mayor warned residents that there would be difficult times ahead.

Minneapolis receives more than 7,800 requests for rental assistance

The city initially said it expected to help about 1,500 families.
Peter Welles walked his dog Loonie on Bde Maka Ska Parkway near 36th Street along the lake .Traffic cones are placed along the parkway making traffic

Minneapolis creates new routes for walking, biking on city streets

The new routes are designed to encourage people to stay six feet apart while exercising outside.
A rental property in Minneapolis, on April 7, 2020. One week after the first of the month, tenants nationwide are already struggling with rents and pr

More than 3,000 Minneapolis families apply for rental assistance

That's roughly twice the number of families the city initially said it hoped to help.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, with Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, during a news conference March 27.

Mayor Frey orders stricter safeguards for Mpls. nursing homes

Of the 35 Minneapolis residents who have died of COVID-19, 32 are associated with congregate care facilities.
The city of Minneapolis has retired the “beg buttons” in hundreds of intersections, to protect public health. This sign appeared at 48th Street an

Minneapolis automates walk signals to protect pedestrians from coronavirus

The changes reduce the risk of picking up germs while waiting to cross city intersections.
City Council candidate Suud Olat.

Candidates line up for Mpls. City Council vacancy

Winner will replace Abdi Warsame and remain in office through 2021.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, walking a distance from police Chief Medaria Arradondo, arrives at a news conference to outline how the city will enforc

How to apply for emergency rental assistance in Minneapolis

City officials expect to receive more applications than they can fulfill.
On April 8, 2020, Gov. Tim Walz provided an update on the state’s next steps to respond to COVID-19. He was joined by Health Commissioner Jan Malcol

Local officials ask Walz to halt rent, mortgage payments

Local officials from the Twin Cities, Duluth and greater Minnesota signed the letter.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

Minneapolis and St. Paul forced to table big projects

The big plans and sweeping policy changes will have to wait as the core cities adjust to the new virus reality.
Mark Ruff, interim coordinator for the city of Minneapolis, has been nominated to fill the post indefinitely.

Mark Ruff approved as Minneapolis city coordinator

Ruff had been serving in the post in an interim role since October.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Minneapolis opens loan program for struggling small businesses

Applicants must be based in an area already targeted for special assistance.

Minnesota seeks to help immigrant residents cope with COVID-19

Some fear seeking help will jeopardize their immigration status because of new "public charge" rule.
Abdi Warsame was hired by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority board.

Minneapolis sets August special election to replace Warsame

Voters will select a replacement for former Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame on Aug. 11. The special election to select a council member to…
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

$5M relief plan in Mpls. would aid renters, homeless, small businesses

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey unveiled a plan to give assistance for folks struggling with the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Abdi Warsame responded to questions asked by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority board of commissioners.

Warsame resigns from Mpls. council, will take helm of housing authority

He will now lead the Public Housing Authority.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has enacted eight regulations since he declared an emergency on March 16.

Minneapolis city leaders meet privately in emergency advisory group

Emergency declaration allows Minneapolis mayor to pass temporary regulations and authorize quick purchases without having to go through the normal City Council approval process.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey outlined how the city will enforce the new stay-at-home order during a news conference Friday.

Minneapolis will enforce stay-at-home order in city, Frey says

Enforcement of the statewide stay-at-home order in Minneapolis will focus first on education and outreach. The order says that violations could carry a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail.
The eastbound lane of Main Street in Minneapolis from Third Avenue to the Stone Arch Bridge will be closed to make for extra space.

Minneapolis plans barricades or bollards for some extra space in outdoor areas

It came as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order goes into effect. Outdoor exercise is permitted, provided that people stay at least 6 feet apart.
An estimated $45 million to $125 million loss in revenue from the business closures and other measures taken to fight the spread of the coronavirus

Coronavirus will cost Minneapolis millions in lost revenue

One council member sees the city resorting to "major reductions in service."
U.S. Bank plaza in downtown Minneapolis was virtually empty over the lunch hour Wednesday.

Minneapolis extends public health emergency to stop virus spread

Move gives mayor more power to act quickly.

Minneapolis City Council to vote on extending emergency declaration

For the first time since the coronavirus was confirmed in Minnesota, some council members can participate remotely.
The bar sat empty sans managers and full time staff at Moto-i in Minneapolis as they took take out orders Tuesday.

Minneapolis begins 'visual inspection sweep' to enforce bar, restaurant closures

The new rules come after the city, state declared emergencies over COVID-19
Mayor Jacob Frey, seen in Feburary, declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak on Monday, March 16.

Frey declares local emergency, puts limits on bars, restaurants

The Minneapolis mayor's decision comes one day after St. Paul declared a similar emergency. Minneapolis will also stop issuing permits for gatherings of 50 or people, citing guidance from the CDC.
The Minneapolis Kmart will be removed to reopen Nicollet Ave at Lake St., Minneapolis.

Minneapolis approves deal to close Kmart at Lake and Nicollet

The city can now work on its decadeslong goal of reopening Nicollet Avenue.
An electronic radio transmission device that allows the city of Minneapolis to read meters remotely without a telephone line.

Minneapolis halts water shut-offs, says water supply is safe

Health officials have said washing your hands is a key way to help prevent the virus' spread.
Five people died in a fire at the Cedar High Apartments in Minneapolis just before Thanksgiving.

Minnesota housing groups say sprinkler mandates require money

After fatal Cedar-Riverside fire, lawmakers weigh the costs of safety measures.
One of the designs proposed for the outdoor performance venue at the Upper Harbor Terminal site in north Minneapolis.

Minneapolis leaders ask for $20M in bonds for amphitheater

The money would pay for nearly half the cost of a performing arts center, the centerpiece of the project.

Court rejects environmental challenge to Mpls. 2040 Plan

Minneapolis won't have to conduct environmental study sought by foes.
Minneapolis officials and Kmart executives have jockeyed for years over what to do with the store at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue. ] Aaron Lavinsky

Minneapolis will buy out Kmart lease, reopen Nicollet Avenue

The city 40 years ago allowed the retailer to build a big-box store that cut off one of Minneapolis' most storied thoroughfares. The closure, expected by June 30, eliminates an affordable shopping destination for low-income people.
Mark Ruff, interim coordinator for the city of Minneapolis, has been nominated to fill the post indefinitely.

Frey wants interim Minneapolis city coordinator to stay on indefinitely

The city coordinator is the highest ranking nonelected position in city government, advising elected officials and managing seven departments.

Judge strikes down city rules requiring landlords to give tenants voting information

The cities can appeal the decision.
Abdi Warsame responded to questions asked by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority board of commissioners shortly before they voted to hire him in

Warsame's move from City Council to Mpls. housing agency stuck in red tape

Federal conflict-of-interest rules prohibit most housing agencies from hiring public officials while they are in office or for one year afterward.
Police responded to numerous 911 calls about a shooting at Rouge at the Lounge nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Sunday, Feb. 23.

Minneapolis cites Rouge at the Lounge nightclub again after fatal shooting

Rouge at the Lounge must update its security plan, specifying how it will keep guns out of the club.
Police responded to numerous 911 calls about a shooting at Rouge at the Lounge nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Sunday, Feb. 23.

Before fatal shooting, downtown Minneapolis club cited for multiple violations since 2018

The city is reviewing Rouge at the Lounge again following the shooting.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey read a proclamation declaring Saturday Ron Edwards Day in Minneapolis during Edwards funeral service Saturday.

Minneapolis places city ID program on hold

City officials concerned about protecting data.
Minneapolis council members from left, Andrea Jenkins, Andrew Johnson, Phillipe Cunningham, Cam Gordon and Jeremy Schroeder at a public hearing on Nov

Kahn Rule could force Mpls. council members to run twice for seats

A state law enacted a decade ago threatens to scramble Minneapolis elections, forcing City Council members to contemplate running for office twice in four years.…
Terrance Franklin.

Mpls. Council OKs $795,000 payment to family of man killed in 2013 police shooting

"This was just a tragedy for everyone involved," City Council President Lisa Bender said after the vote.
This Burger King restaurant at 3348 S. Nicollet Av. in Minneapolis closed in 2018.

Two Burger King locations get OK to reopen in Minneapolis

City Council's decision on Friday ends a monthslong debate over their drive-throughs.
This Burger King restaurant at 3348 Nicollet Av. in Minneapolis closed in 2018.

Two Burger King drive-throughs in Minneapolis may reopen

The city is poised to reverse its earlier decision to block the businesses.
Residents of a south Minneapolis high rise were evacuated early Wednesday after a fire broke out on the 14th floor of the building, killing five peopl

DFL lawmakers push to require sprinklers in old high-rises

The measure would give property owners until 2032 to add sprinklers to most high-rise buildings constructed before the sprinkler mandates took effect.

New analysts to help clear Minneapolis' rape kit backlog

Minneapolis, the county will pay for analysts.
Politically appointed Minneapolis city employees, such as policy aides working for elected officials, are set to get 2.35% raises. So, too will the �

Minneapolis City Council approves raises for some city employees

Raises of up to 7% would cost the city about $1.5 million; mayoral approval is needed.
Melvin Tennant, President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, seen in 2015.

After audit sparks changes, Meet Mpls. will get more money from city

Meet Minneapolis says it has made changes since a 2018 audit found it inflated its economic impact.
Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame was interviewed after the November fire that left five people dead at the Cedar High Apartments.

Minneapolis Council Member Warsame finalist to head housing authority

His appointment would leave an opening on the Minneapolis City Council.
Jeremiah Kennedy, 19, spent Wednesday morning packing. He has lived with his mom, Tonieh Richards, and his two brothers in the shelter at First Covena

Shelter closes for those displaced by Francis Drake Hotel fire

Some were still seeking housing as the Red Cross shelter closed.
Protesters for Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption at a Minneapolis McDonald’s in 2018. A Minneapolis City Council ordinance kicks in this mo

Minn. Supreme Court says Mpls. $15 minimum wage can stand

"The battle over our minimum wage ordinance is over," said Mayor Jacob Frey.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

From affordable housing to feud with President Trump, Mayor Jacob Frey reflects on 2nd year

The Minneapolis mayor talks about his second year in office, President Donald Trump, and what's next for the city.
The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Retired firefighter Keith Daniel sued the city after inj

Mpls. to pay ex-firefighter $785K in tennis shoe discrimination case

A former firefighter sued for disability discrimination.
Minneapolis firefighters worked at the scene of the Francis Drake Hotel fire last month.

With shelter closing next week, former Drake residents seek housing

Relief officials say no Drake evacuees will be turned out on the street.
Firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at the Francis Drake Hotel apartments that broke out early Christmas Day morning Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Mi

Temporary shelter to close for those forced out by fire at Francis Drake Hotel

Officials say they are working to get people into long-term housing.
The lab where DNA is processed at the Minnesota BCA in St. Paul, shown in 2014.

New analysts to help clear Minneapolis' rape kit backlog

To clear through the backlog, city and Hennepin County officials are expanding on a relationship they already had with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Roughly 200 people lost their homes when the Francis Drake Hotel in Minneapolis was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day.

Minneapolis nonprofit to get $250,000 to help residents displaced by Drake fire

The money will be used to pay damage deposits, rent.
Residents of a south Minneapolis high rise were evacuated after a fire broke out on the 14th floor of the building, killing five people. Here, Minneap

42 people died in fires in Minnesota last year

Careless smoking blamed for many deadly fires.
Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke during an event at Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, last month.

Frey, Carter line up behind Klobuchar's presidential bid

Many leaders in Minnesota have endorsed the senator, citing her policy proposals and her track record.
Shalini Dugas, left, a Drake Hotel resident displaced by the Christmas Day fire, spoke with a provider at the resource center about getting medical se

After fire, Drake Hotel residents face battle to get reimbursed

Many record, photos and more items required for insurance claims were lost in the Christmas Day blaze.
Frustrated Domonique Howell, Tavonne Moses and Damian Ashcraft, left to right, just want their lives back after the Francis Drake Hotel fire, Ashcraft

Source of Drake Hotel fire located but cause unclear, Mpls. fire officials say

More than 200 people lost their homes when the blaze started around 3 a.m. Christmas Day and spread throughout the building.