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Liz Navratil

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4994
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Corenia Smith, campaign manager with Vote Yes 4 Minneapolis, led a group carrying boxes of signed petitions into City Hall.

Groups seeking to influence Mpls. election spend millions

Reports give a glimpse into the spending frenzy by political action committees.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has become a central figure in the first municipal elections since George Floyd’s killing by police.

Chief Medaria Arradondo's fate looms large in Mpls. elections

Arguments over the ballot question to replace the police department often bring in the fate of the popular chief, whose term expires soon.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., endorsed Minneapolis mayoral candidates Sheila Nezhad and Kate Knuth during a press conference in front of City Hall on

Divided left field: Don't rank Frey in Minneapolis mayor's race

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar weighed in Monday as organizations leaning furthest left are waging social media campaigns and launching ads encouraging voters not to re-elect current Mayor Jacob Frey.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, at right, with challengers, from top left Sheila Nezhad and Kate Knuth, and from bottom left, AJ Awed and Clint Conner.

Public safety debate dominates Minneapolis mayor's race

Candidates try to create a plan that prevents crime and police violence.
It will be the fourth citywide election using ranked-choice voting.

Q&A: How ranked-choice voting works in Minneapolis

Voters' second- and third-choice rankings could be crucial in determining which candidates win historic Minneapolis elections in November.With a near-record 102 candidates, residents will have…
Scene from the first day of early voting, Sept. 17, in the Minneapolis election. (Star Tribune file photo by David Joles)

Early voter turnout high in Minneapolis

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people grew more accustomed to voting early or by mail. It's too early to tell whether that might shift the turnout on Election Day.
Mayor Jacob Frey spoke to the press with Bishop Richard Howell of Shiloh Temple before a roundtable discussion with community leaders at Shiloh Temple

Frey: Conduct in Minneapolis police body cam footage 'galling'

The mayor faces renewed pressure from challengers and council colleagues, who argue he should have done more to rein in the department.
(Star Tribune file)

Minneapolis receives grant for program flagging trouble officers

The City Council previously rejected a proposal to fund such a system.
A Minneapolis Police Department squad car.

What you need to know about the Minneapolis charter amendments

Proposals tackle the future of policing, how power is divided in City Hall and whether to limit rent increases.
Minneapolis Early Vote Center workers prepped Thursday for the first day of early voting Friday in northeast Minneapolis.

State Supreme Court clears way for Minneapolis vote on police

Early balloting begins Friday in a historic election that could shape the city's future.
Minneapolis residents Don and Sondra Samuels, along with Bruce Dachis, filed the legal challenge, arguing the ballot question’s phrasing was mislead

Minn. Supreme Court to take up case on Mpls. policing proposal

The state's high court faces intense pressure to act quickly on the ballot question, with early voting set to begin Friday.
A judge ruled Tuesday that officials couldn’t use the latest phrasing on the ballot regarding Minneapolis policing.

Judge throws out latest Minneapolis policing ballot language

The legal saga is likely not over, with an almost certain emergency appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Minister JaNaé Bates of Yes 4 Minneapolis, the political committee that wrote the policing charter amendment proposal, speaking at a news conference

Yes 4 Mpls. asks state high court to intervene on ballot issue

The case raises concerns about whether the Minneapolis proposal could be kicked off the ballot, days before early voting begins.
JaNaé Bates, with Yes for Minneapolis, spoke at a podium outside City Hall on Friday as she stood with representatives from different unions who came

Judge schedules hearing in request to block latest Minneapolis policing ballot language

The emergency hearing is set for Monday morning, four days before early voting is set to begin.
Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl reached for one of 30 boxes, containing more than 20,000 signed petitions, that call for replacing the Minneapolis P

Could Minneapolis policing measure get blocked from November ballot?

A trio of residents wants a judge to reject the latest wording, a week before early voting starts.
Former city council member Don Samuels is one of three Minneapolis residents who sued the city, arguing that an earlier version of the question didn�

Trio of residents seeks emergency hearing on new Mpls. policing ballot language

The request came a week and a half before early voting begins in the first municipal races since George Floyd was killed by police.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Tuesday: “It would ... be wrong of me to prevent language for a ballot question from ultimately going on the ballot

New language for Minneapolis policing measure set for ballot

The City Council approved the new wording in an emergency meeting, and Mayor Jacob Frey allowed it to be "deemed approved" without his signature.
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Read the text of Minneapolis policing ballot question

Minneapolis officials on Tuesday approved new ballot language for a proposal that would clear the way for city officials to replace the Minneapolis Police Department,…
The measure would remove language in the charter that requires Minneapolis to keep a police department with a minimum number of officers based on popu

Judge hears new arguments over ballot language for Minneapolis policing, public safety proposal

The judge hearing the case faces a tight deadline for making a decision. Early voting begins in just over two weeks.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar.

Ellison, Omar back Minneapolis policing ballot question

The DFL representative is breaking from some Democrats in Minnesota's congressional delegation.
Former City Council Member Don Samuels, seen at a neighborhood event on Aug. 12, is one of three Minneapolis residents behind the lawsuit.

3 Mpls. residents sue to have police ballot question thrown out

Mpls. police reform issue draws a late challenge.
Oluchi Omeoga, co-founder of Black Visions Collective and a core team member with Reclaim the Block, signed a document for the City Clerk’s office a

Battle over policing opens money spigot in Mpls. races

Several political operatives and former city officials said they believe the fundraising is on record pace with two months left before the election.
Police lined up against protesters two days after the police killing of George Floyd, near the department’s Third Precinct headquarters.

Minneapolis' review of George Floyd protest: Still waiting

More than a year after George Floyd's killing, no complete review is available of Minneapolis' handling of the protests that followed — even as other cities have completed similar studies.
Swimmer missing in White Bear Lake dies

Swimmer missing in White Bear Lake dies

A person who went missing after swimming off a boat in White Bear Lake has died, Ramsey County officials said Saturday.A team of local agencies…
A first responder arrives on seen as a structure fire rages at a warehouse at 1400 Dayton Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in St. Paul.          ]

Fire in St. Paul's Snelling Hamline neighborhood sends black smoke aloft

Firefighters said they didn't believe anyone was in the building and didn't have any reports of injuries.
The proposal was written by a new political committee called Yes 4 Minneapolis, which delivered petitions to City Hall in April.

Mpls. City Council overrides 2nd Frey veto on policing ballot language

Facing an 11:59 p.m. deadline, the council convened three times in one day, for the first time in at least 35 years.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey accused City Council members of trying to “hide the ball.”

Mayor Frey says he'll veto latest ballot language on policing

His warning set the stage for a series of down-to-the-wire negotiations.
Corenia Smith, Campaign Manager with Yes 4 Minneapolis, carried boxes of signed petitions calling for replacing the Minneapolis Police Department with

Mpls. council signals changes in ballot measure wording on policing, power

The city's voters will decide the fate of MPD and government power in November.
Yes 4 Minneapolis lawyer Terrance W. Moore, shown in July.  Moore argued in a 12-page court document that the revised wording city officials are slate

Yes 4 Minneapolis asks judge to intervene again on ballot language for policing proposal

The court scheduled an emergency hearing less than an hour before city officials meet.
Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl, left, and election administrator Jon Martin worked to move 30 boxes with more than 20,000 signed petitions after co

Judge rules Minneapolis must change police proposal ballot language

The city attorney's office said it was reviewing the order to determine its response.
Red For Rent sign closeup against brick building. (Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto) ORG XMIT: MIN1801191410370364

Minneapolis voters will see only one rent-control question on ballot

Council members meanwhile approved the ballot language for a proposal that could change the power dynamics in City Hall.
In this Feb. 17, 2021 file photo, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo speaks during a news conference accompanied by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Fr

Mpls. Mayor Jacob Frey unveils plan to boost police funding

The mayor's budget address on Friday marked the beginning of a monthslong negotiation process with the City Council.
From left, Sondra Samuels, Don Samuels, Cathy Spann, Audua Pugh and Michael Pugh, some of the Jordan neighborhood residents who brought the lawsuit on

State Supreme Court denies Mpls. appeal on ruling requiring more officers

Decision is not necessarily an end to the court battle.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, shown in 2018. On the city ballot this uear are the mayor’s office, all 13 City Council seats, and places on the Board

Near-record number of candidates file to run in Minneapolis

The races are drawing national attention as the city grapples with questions on policing, political power and housing affordability.
Attorneys argue over ballot language for Minneapolis policing proposal

Attorneys argue over ballot language for Minneapolis policing proposal

The judge's decision could have implications for other initiatives on the November ballot.
The Minneapolis City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee voted to take more time to finalize wording on a proposal that could reshape

Fight over Mpls. ballot questions intensifies as key deadline looms

A judge scheduled a Monday hearing in a lawsuit challenging whether city officials can include an explanatory note alongside policing ballot question.
The political committee behind a proposal to replace the Minneapolis Police Department brought in nearly $1 million in campaign contributions this yea

National, local campaign money flowing into Minneapolis policing question

The campaign contributions signal intense local and national interest in an election still three months away.
Lawyer for Yes Minneapolis Terrance W. Moore spoke at a news conference about the lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis on Friday, July 30, 2021.  R

Political committee sues Minneapolis over policing ballot language

Some city officials defended the language in the "explanatory note."
A group of seven women filled out forms to run as park board candidates Tuesday at the Public Service Center.

On first day, 26 candidates file to run for office in Minneapolis

Mayor, 13 City Council seats and spots on park or taxation boards on ballot.
Mayor Jacob Frey joined other city leaders in announcing a new model for community safety and accountability in Minneapolis on May 17.

Mpls. seeks speedy review of appeal over police numbers

City attorneys are asking the state Supreme Court to take the unusual step of granting "accelerated review" as they challenge an order requiring Minneapolis to hire at least 730 police officers by next summer.
Yes4Minneapolis, a new political committee pushing a proposal to replace the Minneapolis Police Department, accused city officials of including “pol

Political committee raises concerns about ballot language on Minneapolis public safety proposal

Political action group calls extra note "underhanded."
Earlier this year, a new political committee called Yes4Minneapolis gathered petition signatures to place a question about policing and public safety

Mpls. City Hall tension spills into open over policing, rent control, power

Council debates election questions over public safety overhaul, rent control and City Hall power structure.
Resident Don Samuels spoke passionately about the future of north Minneapolis.

Mpls. neighbors hopeful after ruling backing police minimum

Ruling — and an influx of federal pandemic aid — are adding a new wrinkle to the MPD debate.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul's emergency orders currently slated to stay in effect for at least another 2 months

Officials in Minnesota cities are wrestling with how long to grant local mayors COVID-19 emergency powers now that Gov. Tim Walz lost his executive pandemic…
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender requested the extension.

Minneapolis City Council votes to extend COVID-19 emergency

City leaders said they hope the move will allow for a smoother transition back to normal operations.
Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl reached to grab down one of 30 boxes, containing more than 20,000 signed petitions, that were just delivered to Minn

Minneapolis down to one plan to replace police department

City Council members agree to withdraw their proposal to to avoid confusion on the November ballot.
Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins.

Activists block Council Vice President Jenkins until she agrees to demands

The encounter comes at a tense time, when residents are making competing demands about the future of policing in the city.
A pro-police group headed by a Richfield resident coordinated with Mayor Jacob Frey’s office and produced a video featuring Police Chief Medaria Arr

Activists work behind the scenes at City Hall to influence the future of public safety in Minneapolis

More than 2,000 pages of e-mails provide a window into the extent to which outside groups are seeking to influence policing proposals.
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey at a news conference in May (Star Tribune file photo by David Joles)

Minneapolis City Council approves $5 million to cover police overtime

The move offsets some cuts the council made to police funding last fall.
Protesters stood in front of police tape as Minneapolis police cleared barricades on W. Lake Street in Uptown on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

Minnesota National Guard preparing to assist in Minneapolis

Decisions to bring the National Guard into Minneapolis have proved contentious, with some residents requesting them and others saying they escalate tensions.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo shown in June.

Mpls. council committee calls for releasing $5M for police overtime

The move would offset some cuts council members made to MPD funding during budget discussions last fall.
Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Member Jeremiah Ellison and leaders from Northside Residents Redevelopment Council and SEIU Local 26 unveiled a “community

Mpls. leaders project unity with violence prevention program

Escalating violence in the city — including the recent shootings of three children on the city's North Side — has challenged city leaders to find a way to stop the bloodshed while fulfilling a promise to transform public safety in the wake of George Floyd's death.
City Coordinator Mark Ruff

Minneapolis partnering with Harvard group to research safety efforts

A team based at Harvard University is assisting the city of Minneapolis as elected leaders attempt to fulfill a promise to transform public safety in…
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, seen at a May 19 vigil for Aniya Allen, said the city has asked state and federal agencies for assistance responding to

Mpls. to bring in outside help to deal with surge in violence

Minneapolis police are bringing in outside help as they try to temper weekend violence that killed a least four people, including a college senior who was out celebrating graduation.
Raishan Smith, the father of 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith, looked to North Memorial Hospital to offer prayer for his daughter during a rally, Sund

Mpls. business groups announce $30K reward in shooting of 3 children

The relatives of the three children recently shot in Minneapolis' North Side joined city and business leaders Sunday to ratchet up pressure for anyone who has information to come forward.
A farm worker is vaccinated at a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at a fruit and vegetable farm owned and run by John and Julie Svihel in Foley, Minn.,

443 more COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths in Minnesota

Nearly 2.5 million Minnesotans are fully vaccinated.
Gunshot victim found dead inside crashed car in downtown Minneapolis

Gunshot victim found dead inside crashed car in downtown Minneapolis

The shooting and crash happened during an especially violent weekend in Minneapolis.
With the anniversary of George Floyd’s death Tuesday, its political reverberations have been felt nationwide. While some cities are cutting back the

George Floyd's killing gave new momentum to the drive to change policing. Will it last?

The killing of George Floyd inspired a reckoning in major cities across the nation. But in a moment of intense political division, the future is far from clear.
The Rev. Jerry McAfee of the New Salem Baptist Church interrupted a news conference held Tuesday by Minneapolis City Council Members Phillipe Cunningh

Minneapolis' North Side council members encourage mayor to do more on preventing violence

Some in the community expressed frustration - saying they want elected leaders to merge their competing plans and take action quickly.
The choir group KNOWN MPLS performed at the Juneteenth Community Festival in north Minneapolis in 2020.

Minneapolis City Council votes to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for city employees

The city joins a growing number of employers acknowledging the day in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Voters at the Brian Coyle Neighborhood Center in Minneapolis.

Mpls. residents will likely vote in November on future of Police Department

A political committee called Yes 4 Minneapolis succeeded in gathering enough signatures to get a plan on the ballot, the city announced Friday.
Walter Fromm with People’s Canvas, center, stood by as a witness while Josh Martin of Minneapolis signed a petition to change the Minneapolis city c

Minneapolis council is warned against using city resources to advocate for policing ballot questions

The future of the Minneapolis Police Department has dominated conversations in City Hall — and in the looming elections.
Juanita Kyle, a public defender of 30 years, held a sign calling for an end to pretextual traffic stops at Friday’s rally outside the Hennepin Count

Some on Minneapolis City Council want to create unarmed traffic safety division

Minnesota law says only licensed peace officers can take some actions, such as requiring drivers to provide documentation.
Corenia Smith, campaign manager with Vote Yes 4 Minneapolis, led a group carrying boxes of signed petitions into City Hall on Friday.

Vote Yes 4 Minneapolis submits petition to remove MPD from charter

If the more than 20,000 signatures are verified, a citywide vote on a department overhaul is one step closer.
Catharine VanNostrand of Minneapolis gave Kevin, a malamute/shepherd mix, a drink of water at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on April 21.

Mpls. panel issues statement after removing references to George Floyd, Chauvin trial

The city attorney' s office had advised the Civil Rights Commission against issuing a statement, saying it lacked the authority and the judge had asked the city to stop discussing the case.
Juneteenth observances in Minneapolis on June 19, 2020. LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com

Minneapolis considers making Juneteenth a paid holiday for city employees

If approved, the city would join a growing number of employers honoring the day celebrating emancipation in the United States.
On Tuesday, after the trial in a fortified Hennepin County Government Center, jurors delivered guilty verdicts in the killing of George Floyd.

Mpls. officials split at key moment for police reform

The divisions between Mayor Jacob Frey and some members of the City Council that have complicated efforts to overhaul policing were on full display last week.
California congresswoman Maxine Waters briefly visited a protest Saturday, April 17, outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department in response to the

As curfew passes, Brooklyn Center protest remains peaceful

Law enforcement made no moves to disperse the dwindling crowd after the 11 p.m. curfew took effect. Earlier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., stopped by.
A demonstrator walked amid the tear gas emitted from canisters outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Sunday night.     ]  JEFF WHEELER • jef

Mpls. council opposes tear gas, other 'less lethal' weapons in city

The final decision will rest with the law enforcement agencies working throughout the city.
Protesters walk amid tear gas launched by nearby law enforcement officers outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department during the third night of unre

Minneapolis chief: Cities, agencies make own calls on tear gas, crowd control

Chief Medaria Arradondo said agencies will be "working in concert with each other."
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, at a press conference in 2020 where they called for an overhaul in arbitration fo

Brooklyn Center, other cities are declaring curfews, but not Mpls., St. Paul

Some cities in metro area such as Champlin and Brooklyn Park are declaring Wednesday curfews.
Members of the National Guard arrived at the Brooklyn Center Police Department prior to a rally Tuesday in response to the death of Daunte Wright.

Twin Cities, suburbs impose curfews after Wright killing, unrest

The curfews go into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday, with earlier curfews in Brooklyn Park, Champlin.
Protesters clashed with police over the shooting death of Daunte Wright on Monday at a rally at the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

More unrest as chief says officer meant to use Taser on Wright

After post-curfew clashes outside the Brooklyn Center police station Monday night, officials said 40 people were arrested. In Minneapolis, more than a dozen were arrested for looting and curfew violations.
Chaz Neal protested outside the Hennepin County Government Center in March during jury selection for Derek Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis lawyers advise city-appointed task force on George Floyd to keep quiet for now

Some commissioners see the advice as a challenge to their independence.
Sasha Cotton, director of the Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention.

Minneapolis to boost community patrols during Chauvin trial

The city is partnering with seven organizations to help ease tensions amid the first trial in George Floyd's death.