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Liz Navratil

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4994
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In this photo made on Thursday, May 6, 2021, a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E is seen as it is charging at a Ford dealer in Wexford, Pa.

Mpls. offers incentives for EV chargers in new garages after state code blocks requirement

Estimates are as high as $5,000 in prewiring costs to make a garage stall ready for electric vehicle charging, officials say
Dylan Young, president of the Morris Campus Student Association and member of the Rosebud Sioux nation, posed in October with Noelle Muzzy, student as

After 'hectic' month, Morris students meet with U regents

The tour happened about a month after Regent Steve Sviggum questioned whether the campus had become "too diverse."
Brian O’Hara, who is likely to become the next Minneapolis police chief, appeared in front of the City Council on Wednesday.

Brian O'Hara step closer to being next Minneapolis police chief

If the City Council approves his selection next week, O'Hara will become the first outsider to lead the Minneapolis Police Department in 16 years.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proclaimed “a new day” as he signed off on an ordinance creating a new safety office and making other changes aimed a

Minneapolis moves forward on community safety office after council's OK

The change comes nearly a year after voters rejected a similar measure.
The Minneapolis skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Mpls. City Council will vote on changes to 'strong mayor' system. Here's what you need to know.

Elected leaders are wrapping work on the proposal nearly a year after voters signed off on a major overhaul at City Hall.
Fred Easter

Fred Easter, who helped countless Black students access higher education, dies at age 81

Easter died in September, about three years after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Council Member Andrew Johnson, in purple, pictured in a committee meeting in 2019.

Minneapolis Council Member Andrew Johnson announces he won't run again

Johnson said he intends to complete his current term, which runs through next year.
The Minneapolis City skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Barret Lane to continue as Minneapolis' emergency management director

The City Council vote on Thursday ended a monthslong nomination process that focused in part on his office's role responding to unrest in 2020.
Minneapolis police supervisors will receive retention bonuses as officials aim to build the ranks closer to the levels they were at before George Floy

Minneapolis police supervisors to receive bonuses

Rank-and-file officers negotiated similar bonuses earlier this year.
The Minneapolis skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court. It’s been nearly a year since Minneapolis voters app

Minneapolis' elected officials debate their role in new strong mayor system

Residents will have a chance to provide feedback in a public hearing later this month.
Eight North Side residents sued Minneapolis in the summer of 2020, arguing that the city wasn’t employing enough police officers. Pictured here, Geo

Minneapolis, 8 North Side residents agree to end police staffing suit

The lawsuit had affected budget debates, police contract talks and local elections.
Nominated by Mayor Jacob Frey to be the next Minneapolis police chief, Brian O’Hara participated in a community forum at the Capri Theater on Saturd

Would-be Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara introduces himself to community

Brian O'Hara is poised to become the first chief from outside the Minneapolis Police Department in 16 years.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Brian O’Hara, his nominee for Minneapolis Police Department police chief, left after a news conference in Minneapol

Top pick for Minneapolis police chief is 'change-maker' from Newark

Mayor Jacob Frey has nominated Brian O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, N.J., to serve as the next police chief of Minneapolis. The City Council will now decide whether to approve or reject his nomination.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, left, and his nominee for Minneapolis Police Department police chief Brian O’Hara, currently the deputy mayor of Newar

What is next in search for new Minneapolis police chief?

The announcement Thursday marked the beginning of a weekslong process, at the end of which the City Council will decide whether to confirm or reject Mayor Jacob Frey's nominee.
The Minneapolis City skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Tax board members raise concerns about impact of property tax increase on Minneapolis' North Side

Mayor Jacob Frey and the City Council will negotiate the precise tax levy for 2023 later this fall.
In 2019, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and his aide Abdi Salah crossed Portland Avenue. In court documents federal prosecutors allege that Abdi Nur Sal

Two former Minneapolis officials among those charged in fraud case

Abdi Nur Salah previously worked in the mayor's office, and Sharmarke Issa previously chaired the MPHA board.
A Minneapolis police officer pictured June 16, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis prepares to hire its next police chief. Here's what we know about the search — and what's next

Mayor Jacob Frey said he hopes to announce his pick by the end of the month. The City Council will then decide whether to approve or reject the nominee.
A drive-by shooting occurred Sept. 8 near Merwin Liquors in north Minneapolis.

AG opens civil probe into gas station, liquor store in north Minneapolis

"We are watching and will act," said Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Minneapolis Fire Chief Bryan Tyner received his first COVID-19 vaccination from nurse Mary Greer of Hennepin Health in 2020.

Minneapolis drops COVID-19 testing-or-vaccination policy for city employees

Changes in federal health guidelines and hospital capacity prompted the change, city officials said.
When he unveiled his $3.3 billion budget proposal earlier this summer, Mayor Jacob Frey included plans to boost staffing for programs promoting racial

Minneapolis officials consider expanding race equity programming as they negotiate upcoming budget

Many efforts to reduce disparities within the city stalled as staff left amid fears their work was being marginalized and tokenized.
Kristyn Anderson will serve as the next Minneapolis city attorney — the fifth person to hold the role in four years.

Kristyn Anderson to serve as Minneapolis city attorney

A lawyer with experience in state government, she will be the fifth person to serve as city attorney in four years.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, right, appeared at an event last week with Abdi Warsame, executive director a

Mpls. housing officials seek more funding as repair needs grow

Mayor Jacob Frey's budget proposal would give the agency $3.7 million over the next two years, but housing officials say they need much more.
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, right, speaks at a separate event at the Elliot Twins public housing towers, he

In Minneapolis visit, U.S. housing officials announce $15 million to help senior citizens stay in homes

HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said billions more are needed to address housing problems throughout the country.
Dave Bicking of Communities United Against Police Brutality, shown at center in 2016.

Minneapolis police watchdog group once again short on members; local activists seek court action

City ordinances say the Police Conduct Oversight Commission must have at least seven members. It currently has three.
Minneapolis police plan to buy drones, raising concerns among local activists who argue the department isn’t ready for the technology.

Minneapolis police plan to buy drones, raising concern among activists

It's not yet clear how many drones the department will buy, but MPD said it has roughly $30,000 to $40,000 to spend on the devices.
The Minneapolis City skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Minneapolis to offer three months paid parental leave amid push to recruit more workers

The change comes as the city tries to fill positions that were frozen at the onset of the pandemic.
Minneapolis police staffing levels have featured prominently in a debate over how the city should seek to transform safety after George Floyd’s murd

Minneapolis residents who sued over police staffing are 'evaluating all options'

The group's lawyer said they were encouraged by the budget proposal Mayor Jacob Frey unveiled earlier this week, which calls for hiring more officers.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proposed that the city spend more money on police, mental health teams and traffic control agents as local leaders work t

Frey outlines spending plan focused on safety, other services

For the first time since 2019, Frey delivered the annual budget address in person; the two-year plan totals $3.3 billion.
The Minneapolis City skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Minneapolis' elected officials will try to negotiate two years of budgets at once

The city almost moved to biennial budgeting in 2019, but the proposal fell two votes shy of passing.
Kristyn Anderson has been nominated to serve as Minneapolis’ next city attorney.

Kristyn Anderson nominated to serve as Minneapolis city attorney

If confirmed, Anderson will be the fifth person to serve as city attorney in four years.
Minneapolis is reviving an old police-community relations council two years after George Floyd’s murder.

Minneapolis revives police-community relations council

The council includes representatives from local community groups and police supervisors. It will hold its first public meeting Thursday.
Cedric Alexander listens as the Minneapolis City Council and residents offer their opinions on his nomination to serve as the city’s first community

Cedric Alexander gets council approval as first Minneapolis community safety commissioner

First-of-its-kind role will help mayor supervise the leaders of the city's police, fire, 911, emergency management and violence prevention programs.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey signed an executive order Wednesday barring Minneapolis employees from helping outside agencies that are seeking to prose

Minneapolis officials to make city a 'safe haven' on abortion

The new rules come at a time when cities and states across the country are weighing whether they want to further restrict abortion or preserve access to it.
Cedric Alexander spoke before the Minneapolis City Council highlighting what he brings to the table as potentially the city’s first community safety

Cedric Alexander step closer to becoming Mpls. community safety commissioner

Mayor Jacob Frey has nominated Alexander to oversee a new office helping him supervise the leaders of the city's safety-related offices. A final council vote could come as early as Thursday.
“At some point, you need a charter change … and at some point you don’t,” said Terrance W. Moore, an attorney who represented Yes 4 Minneapoli

New Minneapolis public safety plan to sidestep citywide vote

Nine months after voters rejected a measure to create a new community safety office, Mayor Frey is trying to convince council members to help him to create a new office aimed at better coordinating the city's police, fire and violence-prevention services.
Hennepin County District Judge Joseph Klein, pictured in 2018 as he heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan,

Minneapolis can enforce 2040 Plan — for now

Judge allows city to use the plan while appealing a court order tossing it aside.
Cedric Alexander, seen at a July 7 news conference, is close to being confirmed as the first community safety commissioner of Minneapolis.

Nominee's past may be template for how he handles public safety job

The Minneapolis City Council could vote as soon as Aug. 4 on the nomination of Cedric Alexander as city's community safety commissioner.
Minneapolis Third Ward City Council Member Michael Rainville addressed crime concerns during a town hall meeting Friday at Kramarczuk’s Sausage Co.

Pressure mounts against Minneapolis City Council's Rainville

He has apologized for singling out Somali youth after a wave of violence over the July 4th weekend.
Construction on a small apartment building in Uptown in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday, June 27, 2022. 3333 Hennepin Avenue was designed in response to

Minneapolis, environmental groups face off in court over 2040 Plan ruling

The city is appealing a ruling blocking it from enforcing the plan that drew national attention.
Mayor Jacob Frey announced Thursday that he was nominating Cedric Alexander, a veteran law enforcement officer with expertise in psychology, as the ci

Alexander nominated as first Mpls. community safety chief

Mayor Jacob Frey announced Thursday afternoon that he was nominating Cedric Alexander to serve in the new post. The commissioner is expected to oversee a new department that aims to better coordinate police, fire, violence prevention and other safety services. He would report directly to Frey.
A CenterPoint Energy worker checked for natural gas in a sewer Thursday, June 30, 2022, on University Avenue in Minneapolis. A suspected gas leak resu

State investigators take over probe of 'fire and explosion' near University of Minnesota

"At this time, we think the situation has stabilized, but we remain vigilant," the state fire marshal said.
A man cried out as he was overcome with emotion during a search for the bodies of a woman and her three children Saturday at Vadnais Lake in Vadnais H

Police: Mother, three kids found in lake a 'likely triple homicide'

Searchers recovered four bodies from Vadnais Lake. Authorities had been looking for a mother, reported to be suicidal, and her three children.
A Minneapolis Police squad car.

MPD has more to spend than before George Floyd's murder

The Minneapolis Police Department has 260 fewer officers than it had at the beginning of 2020 and $3 million more in its budget. Hiring is the challenge now, officials say.
Minneapolis City Hall

Minneapolis City Council approves plan to hire public safety commissioner

The council's 12-1 vote cleared the way for the city to create the position to oversee that department, a job that comes with a salary ranging from roughly $295,000 to $350,000.
The Minneapolis skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Mpls. moves closer to hiring public safety commissioner

The City Council gave tentative approval to a plan to hire one person to oversee police, fire and other safety services.
Joyce Irene Acosta

Joyce Irene Acosta, an 'emphatic storyteller' topped with a colorful hat, dies at 84

She was walking a favored route when she was struck by a car.
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Monday that Minneapolis wasn’t meeting its police staffing requirements. The justices wrote that the City Council

State high court says Minneapolis falls short on police staffing

The justices said City Council met its obligation to fund a minimum number of officers, but Mayor Jacob Frey needed to ensure that many were employed or explain why not.
Hennepin County District Court Judge Joseph Klein, pictured in 2018, as he heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive

Minneapolis officials scramble to respond to ruling blocking 2040 Plan

The City Attorney's Office said Friday that it was beginning an appeal and working with other staff to "prepare to minimize disruption" from the judge's order.
Minneapolis is searching for a new police chief at a time when the city — like many others — is grappling with how to respond to calls to transfor

Minneapolis to raise police chief's salary as it searches for new MPD leader

Some officials argue the pay hike is crucial for recruiting a new chief, while others say the city should first decide which changes it's making to public safety systems.
Angela Williams at a news conference held by current and former Minneapolis city employees outside City Hall before the City Council meeting Thursday.

Minneapolis City Council approves Heather Johnston's nomination for city coordinator

Appointment came as some current and former staffers said Johnston could have done more to combat a racist culture within the department.
A supporter and an opponent of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan hold signs at a 2018 city meeting.

Minneapolis ordered to cease implementation of 2040 plan

Judge sides with groups that demand an environmental review of the city's proposal to end single-family zoning.
The next police chief of Minneapolis may earn between $253,000 and $300,000 under a proposal being considered.

Minneapolis considers raising chief's salary in search for new MPD leader

The city is in the early stage of a search aimed at finding a long-term successor for Medaria Arradondo, who retired earlier this year.
Attorney James Dickey, left, listens as his client, North Side resident Georgianna Yantos, describes seeing people running in her yard with guns and h

Minnesota Supreme Court hears arguments in Minneapolis police staffing case

The case hinges on a question of how to interpret a provision in the city's charter that says Minneapolis must "fund a police force" with a minimum number of employees.
Sasha Cotton, director of the city’s Office of Violence Prevention, poses for a portrait in Minneapolis City Hall in November of 2021.

Minneapolis' Violence Prevention director leaving to take job with John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Sasha Cotton served as the office's first director and oversaw the expansion of many violence prevention programs in the city.
At George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, people paid their respects on the two-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death on Wednesday.

Two years after George Floyd's murder, Minneapolis' efforts to transform safety still unfinished

City leaders say they see promise in new programs that rely on civilians for some services, but recent developments have raised fresh questions about whether the MPD can be reformed.
The Minneapolis Police Third Precinct station was evacuated and destroyed May 28, 2020, after George Floyd’s death in police custody.

Minneapolis council members pitch their plans for American Rescue Plan funding

They tentatively agreed Wednesday to use money to help facilitate discussions for how to redevelop the former Third Precinct site and buy vans for mobile mental health units.
The Minneapolis city coordinator holds one of the highest-ranking, non-elected positions in city government and serves as an adviser to the mayor and

City Coordinator's Office staffers allege 'toxic, racist and unsafe workplace conditions'

Groups says they want the interim head of the department gone and have made several demands to create a better work environment for employees of color.
Tom Hoch, founder of the Hennepin Theater Trust, pictured in 2017 after he announced that he is running for mayor of Minneapolis.

Tom Hoch nominated to chair Minneapolis Public Housing Authority board

Hoch previously served as the authority's deputy executive director.
At a news conference, Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero called a consent decree of this nature “unprecedented” in Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Human Rights hopes to negotiate Minneapolis police consent decree by September

Federal authorities are conducting their own probe that could result in a consent decree. Mayor Jacob Frey has said he wants "one set of clear standards"
In this Star Tribune file photo, police officers deploy to disperse protesters in the Target parking lot near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, fol

Dept. of Human Rights report on MPD: A decade of leadership failed in proper police oversight

Investigators say elected officials and top police brass didn't do enough to stop a pattern of racist policing.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis City Council blocks Chamber consulting gift to improve Mayor Frey's office efficiency

The Chamber's CEO said they would likely seek another way to provide Frey with guidance on how to improve his office's efficiency.
Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero delivers the findings of an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department on Wednesday. The investigat

Minnesota officials hope a consent decree will force Minneapolis police to make changes

So what is a consent decree? A type of legal settlement that outlines a series of changes an agency must make and a timeline for it to do so.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and other city leaders held a news conference Wednesday on the Minnesota Department of Human Rights findings.

Frey calls rights report's findings 'repugnant, at times horrific'

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigation found the Police Department has violated the civil rights law, and multiple iterations of city leaders failed to hold officers accountable for misconduct.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has pitched a plan to create a cabinet with four high-ranking staffers who would report directly to him and help him over

Frey urges quick action to set up new form of government

Parts of the mayor's plan require a unanimous vote from the Minneapolis City Council — or approval from voters. On Tuesday, Council Member Robin Wonsley Worlobah grilled the mayor on his plan.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, in a pre-recorded State of the City address, outlined plans to use federal funding to cover violence prevention, housing

Mayor Frey pitches plan to use ARPA funding for violence prevention, housing, mental health services

The City Council will have a chance to offer its own recommendations in the coming weeks.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who has expanded executive powers following a measure approved last fall, is seeking advice on how to improve the effici

Mpls. Chamber would offer Mayor Frey advice on how to improve efficiency, if council signs off

New services would not be crafting policies, chamber officials say.
A White House-backed initiative aims to support violence-prevention programs in Minneapolis and elsewhere in the country. Pictured here, Office of Vio

White House-backed coalition aims to support Minneapolis violence prevention programs

The group has about $8 million to spend on violence prevention programs across the country, though it's too early to tell how much of that will land in Minneapolis.
The Public Works employees fighting for additional time off help process requests from customers in need of swift water repairs and pass information a

'Essential' city workers now seek additional paid time off

A group of Minneapolis Public Works employees who were required to work in-person through the pandemic say they're not getting same PTO as those designated as emergency responders.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey unveiled a new policy this week that would prohibit city police from obtaining no-knock warrants — but it still allows

Mayor Jacob Frey's new no-knock warrant ban starts Friday. Here's what it does and doesn't do.

Some local groups are urging the mayor to close loopholes that will still allow officers to enter unannounced.
Amir Locke’s killing renewed a national debate on the use of no-knock warrants. Demonstrators, shown on Feb. 5, 2022, outside the Hennepin County Go

Officials, activists renew calls for change after prosecutors decline to file charges in Locke's killing

Elected officials and activists are closely watching new no-knock warrant policies in Minneapolis and bills moving through the state Legislature.
Minneapolis police can no longer apply for or execute unannounced search warrants, even when assisting other law enforcement agencies, according to a

Mpls. police will no longer be able to use no-knock warrants

Officers must announce their presence and wait 20 seconds during the day, and 30 seconds at night, before entering, unless under "exigent circumstances."
People cheer as fire consumes the Wells Fargo near the Fifth Precinct in Minneapolis on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Reports press Mpls. and state officials to make updates to emergency plans

Two after-action reports said the unrest that followed George Floyd's murder in 2020 was "unprecedented," but local and state officials could have responded better.
The police contract has gained new scrutiny in recent years after the murder of George Floyd and other high-profile police killings.

Mpls. City Council approves police union contract in divided vote

The contract includes raises aimed at recruiting and retaining officers but lacks many disciplinary changes local activists are seeking.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey unveiled a proposal to create an Office of Community Safety that would include police, firefighters and violence preventi

Frey unveils plan for new cabinet, with a safety office

Some local groups said they're intrigued by the idea, while others dismissed it as window dressing.
A tentative agreement with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis provides raises and $7,000 bonuses for officers but lacks many of the discipl

Police union contract advances to Minneapolis council for possible vote Thursday

The latest proposal gives officers raises and $7,000 bonuses but lacks many of the disciplinary changes activists are seeking.