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Zoë Jackson

Reporter | St. Paul neighborhoods

Zoë Jackson is a reporter covering St. Paul and its neighborhoods for the Star Tribune. She previously covered young voters on the politics team, supported by Report for America and the Minneapolis Foundation.

Jackson is from Detroit and graduated from Western Michigan University in 2020. She was a Star Tribune intern in 2019, and also reported as an intern for The Flint Journal and NPR affiliate WMUK. Jackson enjoys traveling, reading and finding new-to-her coffee shops to visit in the Twin Cities.
Recent content from Zoë Jackson
The Eleven on the River luxury condos are under construction in Minneapolis; shown are project manager Mitch Johnson, left, and Luigi Bernardi, CEO of

Mpls. City Council OKs eliminating parking requirements on new developments

The change passed 13-0.
West Seventh business owners and neighbors say they have experienced violence and crime since Freedom House, a homeless day shelter opened earlier thi

St. Paul weighs future of drop-in shelter after complaints

Freedom House was opened in the West Seventh neighborhood as an emergency measure.
Downtown St. Paul has never had parking minimums, and minimum requirements near the Green Line were eliminated about 10 years ago.

St. Paul could eliminate requirement that developers include parking with new projects

People are already expressing strong feelings about the possible reduction or removal of parking minimums.
The 4,000 or so fans at the United game on Saturday will no doubt try to sound like the full-house days of 2019.

Fans ready to rock Allianz Field with 'pent-up excitement'

Fans will step through the gates of Allianz Field for the first time in 552 days Saturday as Minnesota United takes on Real Salt Lake for its home opener.
Charlotte Kazlauskas watched protesters as they marched in St. Paul’s Grand Avenue neighborhood  on Sunday, April 18, to bring attention to Daunte W

Community on edge as jury deliberates in Chauvin trial

On the day that jurors began deliberations in the Derek Chauvin trial, watched around the globe, Facebook declared Minneapolis a "high-risk location" and said it would remove posts that incite violence or celebrate Floyd's death.
Farmington High School teacher Michael Klein encouraged other teachers not to wait until there’s a trial or traumatic event in the community to have

Teachers have tough talks on Chauvin trial, Wright shooting

Educators across Minnesota are grappling with how to handle teachable moments, which can be especially challenging in ideologically divided communities.
Brian Ingram of One Restaurant Group, second from left, gets emotional while presenting a check for $17,000 to Chyna Whitaker, second from right, the

Restaurant community supports mother of Daunte Wright's child with check

Two chefs make donations at a Minneapolis church.
National Guard vehicles on the streets of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. A rally was held in response to the death of Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center o

Police shooting of Daunte Wright amid Derek Chauvin trial adds more trauma to wounded Twin Cities

Backed against her Brooklyn Center apartment building with a group of neighbors, Endeshia Tolliver watched warily as a line of riot police launched less-lethal projectiles…
Members of Visual Black justice held signs together. ] Mark Vancleave – About a hundred protesters gathered for a late-evening demonstration against

More than 100 rally in downtown Minneapolis for police accountability

Activists called for Derek Chauvin's conviction in George Floyd's death.
Diamond Reynolds, former fiancé of Philando Castile, spoke during “The Secret March” in St. Paul.

People who film police violence struggle to escape what they captured

Bystanders face sleepless nights, feelings of guilt and helplessness.
Attorney Ben Crump left, Rev Al Sharpton and Brandon Williams nephew of George Floyd took a knee for 8:46 at the Hennepin County Government Center at

Trauma relived as Derek Chauvin's trial unfolds before the world

The world took a front-row seat to the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo gave a stern warning that people who commit violence at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue will be arrested and

Minneapolis police vow safety again at George Floyd Square

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo gave no timeline for changes, though he said federal agents will help fight crime and monitor the area at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.
Civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong spoke during Tuesday’s news conference.

Added charge against Derek Chauvin has some activists disappointed

The reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge in former police officer Derek Chauvin's case has some trial watchers disappointed.Chauvin is again facing three charges in…
Yoga instructor Marjorie Grevious, who has been teaching from home due to COVID, demonstrated restorative yoga poses after teaching a virtual class fr

Communities of color brace for fresh wave of trauma as Derek Chauvin goes on trial

Professionals share coping mechanisms and self-care tips.
Jaylani Hussein of CAIR-MN on Wednesday called for passage of eight police-reform bills before the Minnesota Legislature.

Police reform advocates express concerns in early days of jury selection in Chauvin trial

A group of Minneapolis police-reform advocates expressed concerns Wednesday about the makeup of the jury in the trial of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin.Five…
Protesters marched in downtown Minneapolis on the first day of the Derek Chauvin trial.

Peaceful protesters march as Chauvin trial slowed by legal wrangling

The specter of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial hovered over an anxious Twin Cities on Monday as legal proceedings began at the…
“We will continue to take to the streets,” said activist Nekima Levy Armstrong in Minneapolis.

In Minneapolis, barricades erected for the Derek Chauvin trial won't deter protesters of George Floyd's death

Organizers criticize leaders for spending on fencing instead of reform.
Dynasty Born Asia watched through a mirror as makeup artist Morayo Allibalogun worked on her face during the Kings and Queens Day event at YouthLink,

Volunteers help Twin Cities homeless youth feel like royalty for a day

The event was held to commemorate Black History Month.
Alex Golden-Wolf worked on keeping the fire going inside Camp Migizi, a small encampment next to the Enbridge Line 3 construction site in Cloquet, MN.

Young Minnesotans find 'calling' leading Line 3 pipeline protests

Enbridge says it's playing by the book as activists dig in on Line 3.
Beginning with eight mothers, including founder Robin Livingston-Richter, above, the group has grown to more than 1,700 parents.

Twin Cities parent-to-parent Facebook group offers mental health support during pandemic

Metrowide mental health Facebook group offers support to worried parents.
State Sen. Erin Murphy, Reps. Dave Pinto and Kaohly Vang Her, all Democrats from St. Paul, held a joint town hall via Zoom in January, with more than

Minnesota legislators brainstorm ways to connect with constituents during pandemic session

They need to reach out to people who are less politically engaged, experts say.
Legislators spoke before the press conference.  House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, right, introduced  a bill to legalize adult-use

Minnesota legislators renew push to legalize recreational marijuana this year

Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler and other DFL lawmakers are reintroducing a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Abdulaziz Mohamed, a University of Minnesota sophomore majoring in political science and economics, has accumulated over $10,000 in college debt.

Pitch to cancel $10K in student debt excites young Minnesotans

Minnesota college students and advocates are excited about the possibility of loan forgiveness, but they acknowledge more sweeping changes are needed to protect future borrowers from falling deep into debt.
A National Guard Humvee blocked the road leading to the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul earlier in January.

Capitol panel begins to look at security at state complex

With issues of security at government buildings under a new microscope, a panel of Minnesota officials is in the early stages of rethinking safety at…
Tracy Molm of Anti-War Committee and Climate Justice Committee was the first to speak.  Representatives from groups represented in Wednesday’s rally

Twin Cities progressive groups to protest on Inauguration Day

Groups say Biden needs to move further to the left in his first 100 days.
Bayle Adod Gelle, Dolal Idd’s father, spoke at the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday calling on legislators to address police reform this session.

Police reform advocates press Minn. Legislature to take further action

Bill approved last July seen by many as falling short of major change.
Democratic socialist Omar Fateh will bring his highly progressive agenda to the Republican-controlled Senate.

New state senator's Socialist ambitions will face reality at Minn. Capitol

Sen.-elect Omar Fateh, 30, will be the first Somali American to serve in Minnesota's upper chamber.
Fast-food outlets are especially affected by government minimum wage requirements.

Lowest-wage Minnesota workers to get 6 to 8 cent per hour raise

More than 200,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers are getting a raise shy of 1% Friday, when the state raises the minimum hourly wage to account for inflation.
Books for Africa founder Tom Warth.

St. Paul nonprofit Books for Africa donates 50 millionth book

Minnesota nonprofit ships more to continent than anyone else.
Minnesota Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove speaking at a press conference last May. ] GLEN STUBBE •

Lawmakers encourage students to apply for pandemic assistance

Lawmakers and youth alike hope to repeal the 1939 unemployment law in January.
Julio Cesar Guadalupe Rodriguez, 15, died defending his mother from his stepfather this week in Austin, Minn. 

Slain Austin teen who saved his family hailed as hero

His mother remains in the hospital after the deadly domestic dispute.
Anthony Taylor, shown at Theodore Wirth Park, is working with parks professionals to get more people of color involved in outdoor recreation.

Twin Cities outdoors advocate says recreation can be form of racial healing

Anthony Taylor has long been an advocate for getting people of color interested in outdoor recreation. Since George Floyd's death, he has worked with the Minneapolis parks system to do even more.
University of Minnesota senior Jacob King, Plymouth mother of four Kirby Hoberg and Minneapolis Southwest High School junior Emi Gacaj.

Pandemic stressors weighing on Minnesota's young people

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't been as deadly for young Minnesotans, but they're feeling the pain of missed milestones and the challenges of life disrupted.

Minnesota GOP legislative leaders want lawmakers and staffers to receive early vaccinations

Senate leader Paul Gazelka says early vaccinations would help Legislature function.
Cole Stevens, 18, was laid off from his Bloomington food service job at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minn. court: Jobless high school students can access pandemic unemployment aid

Youthprise says there's millions of dollars available to help young people.
In simpler times last year : Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, daughter Siobhan, Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association President Paul Kvistad.

COVID-19 canceled governor's turkey meet-and-greet

Annual meet-and-greet with governor a victim of virus precautions.
Holiday travelers, unfazed by advice to stay home, on Wednesday crowded the ticketing area at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Thanksgiving fliers continue to flock to MSP despite warnings

Traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was occasionally brisk Wednesday morning as travelers hurried to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family.
Cole Stevens, 18, was laid off from his Bloomington food service job at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minnesota high school students sue for unemployment aid

Many of the students work to support themselves and their families.
Cleanup outside Target headquarters on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis following a night of rioting and looting on Aug. 25.

Second man charged in Target headquarters arson

Incident occurred amid Mpls. unrest in August after false rumor spread.
Kanye West

Rapper Kanye West racks up his second-highest vote total in Minnesota

Rapper Kanye West’s campaign website says “our future is waiting on us,” but even with a big nudge from voters in Minnesota, it…
Kanye West looks on in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting with President Trump on October 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Wait, so where in Minnesota did Kanye get all his votes?

Mr. Kardashian pulled in more than 7,000 votes from around our fair state.
Joe Biden supporters celebrated Saturday at Nicollet Avenue and E. 40th Street in Minneapolis.

How young voters helped Biden win Minnesota

Record youth turnout helped Joe Biden defeat President Trump.
Judith Meisel

Judy Meisel, Holocaust survivor and activist, dies at 91

Judy Meisel was 15 when she was beaten, tortured and forced to work in the Stutthof concentration camp in 1944.Later that year, she and her…
Raven Gant and Randall Watkins.

Minneapolis man sentenced in death of his child's mother

The fatal shooting occurred on Thanksgiving Day 2019 in front of a 2-year-old.
Why young Minnesotans are voting early, and in record numbers

Why young Minnesotans are voting early, and in record numbers

Past predictions of youth voter mobilization have fallen short. But this year young people are voting early in droves.
“I am real with someone exposing our government for what they are,” said Victor Gaten as he cast an early ballot for Trump.

For Black Minnesota voters, equality is on the ballot

A Star Tribune analysis of voting patterns in Minnesota precincts with a majority or plurality of Black voters shows a drop in registered voter turnout from 75% in 2012 to 70% in 2016.
College students wonder: Are they getting a quality education? Will they get sick?

College students wonder: Are they getting a quality education? Will they get sick?

College students have returned to campus for the first time since the pandemic shattered their spring semester. But their college experiences are now very different from what they left behind.
Jill Biden visited the Hmong Village shopping mall with Pakou Hang, left, in St. Paul on Thursday.

Jill Biden visits with Hmong farmers in St. Paul during Minn. swing

Kamala Harris's husband, Douglas Emhoff, was set to appear but was forced to cancel after one of Harris' top aides tested positive for COVID-19.
Ryan Perez of COPAL showed how he communicated with co-worker Judith Marquez, who was quarantined because of possible exposure to coronavirus. COPAL i

Minnesota organizers credit COVID-19 pandemic with helping mobilize Latino voters

Both presidential campaigns have made outreach efforts with Latino voters.
Young Minnesotans like Apple Valley High School senior Isabelle Wong, 17 are engaged in the upcoming election to educate themselves about and contribu

These Minn. teens can't vote, but they're helping to get others to the polls

High schoolers get other young people to the polls, even though they aren't old enough yet to vote.

3 arrested in Brooklyn Park shooting investigation

Officers briefly closed nearby roads during their search in the 6900 block of West Broadway.
A microscopic image of clustered Gram-negative, Salmonella typhimurium bacteria, isolated from a pure culture.

Salmonella outbreak linked to Woodbury juice bar

Nine people have been sickened, health officials said.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

Minnesota awarded grant to review cases for those believed innocent

The Innocence Project and state Attorney General's Office will be partners in the new unit.
Youth voter registration in Minnesota is on the rise compared to previous election cycles.

Youth voter registration on the rise in Minnesota

Minnesota is one of 20 states where youth voter registration has grown more than 12% over the last presidential election.
U.S. Reps Pete Stauber, left, and Jim Hagedorn stood off stage left during President Trump's remarks at Duluth International Airport on Wednesday nigh

3 Minn. GOP House members fly Delta home after COVID-19 exposure

U.S. Reps. Stauber, Emmer and Hagedorn appear to have violated the airline's policy, although they tested negative for the virus.

Standoff at Bloomington apartments ends peacefully

The standoff followed gunfire that erupted during the serving of a warrant.
League of Women Voters volunteers Ann Napp and Katie Anthony awaited registrants at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Sept. 22.

Feds launch effort to help ex-felons register to vote in Minnesota

U.S. Probation Services alerts those who have finished their sentence of their rights.

Police search for man who shot at St. Paul officer

A man shot at a St. Paul police officer early Monday evening.The suspect has not been located.Just before 6 p.m. the man shot at an…

Minnesota's 911 outage apparently resolved

The cause of the outage is not known.
Roseville's Central Park.

Charges: St. Paul man poisoned ex-wife at Roseville park

The victim nearly died of organophosphate poisoning, doctors said.
President Trump addressed a crowd of thousands of supporters at Bemidji Aviation Service on Friday.

Trump to return to Minnesota next week with visit to Duluth

The president will speak at the Duluth airport on Wednesday evening.
Do you need stamps for mail-in ballots? Is it safe to vote in person? Here's what young voters need to know

Do you need stamps for mail-in ballots? Is it safe to vote in person? Here's what young voters need to know

For new and first-time voters, less traditional forms of voting — such as early voting and voting by mail — can be a little tricky. Here's how to make sure your ballot counts in November.
Families gathered Tuesday and decorated the street with chalk art, including writing what they love about their block, during National Night Out on S.

A changed-up National Night Out takes on new meaning in Minneapolis

Near the George Floyd memorial, neighbors have met several times this summer.
Melissa Madelyne Zielinski, 47, of Sandstone, Minn.

Second suspect charged in Lino Lakes homicide

A pair of siblings now held in Aug. 27 death of 22-year-old Karl Henderson.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wisconsin sausage company recalls wiener product over undeclared dairy

The product was produced on July 23, and was distributed in several states, including Minnesota.
Joshua Medley is a recent college graduate who is volunteering to be an election judge this year. He volunteered for the primaries and found the exper

Minnesota joins national push to recruit young poll workers

Many voting site veterans older, vulnerable to virus.
Michael Solomon, photographed at home in New Brighton earlier this year.

2 'Boogaloo Bois' charged with conspiring with terrorist organization

One of the two anti-government extremists accused of trying to help Hamas is from New Brighton.
The proposed site of the women’s emergency shelter, at 2220 16th Av. N., is close to a children’s park.

Hennepin County scraps plan for north Minneapolis shelter after pushback from neighbors

More than 700 people signed a petition in opposition to the project.
How Charter Commission kept Minneapolis police reform off November ballot

How Charter Commission kept Minneapolis police reform off November ballot

Voters in Minneapolis won't get to decide the future of policing in November.

Walz establishes Met Council oversight committee

The panel comes after calls of council reform from Minnesota Republicans.
The Minneapolis Police Crime Lab Unit investigated the scene of Friday night's shooting in north Minneapolis, in which multiple people were reported s

Police investigate quadruple shooting in north Minneapolis

There was no indication that the gunfire was related to earlier unrest.
Anton Lazzaro, a young Republican and RNC delegate living in downtown Minneapolis.

Young Trump supporters in Minnesota say they're different from the older generation

Minneapolis entrepreneur Anton Lazzaro supports President Donald Trump, even if he doesn’t agree with some of the socially conservative messages emanating from this week’s Republican…
Raie Gessesse at her home, Thursday, August 13, 2020 in Cottage Grove, MN. ] ELIZABETH FLORES •

Q&A: Young Minnesotans reflect on 19th Amendment and look toward future

In celebration of the 19th Amendment, ratified 100 years ago this month, young women from around the Twin Cities share what they were taught and offer their hopes for the future of women in politics.

Brooklyn Park woman charged with first-degree murder in son's death

She's accused of leaving the 8-year-old boy in a freezing garage overnight.
Sen. Tina Smith addressed Biden supporters at the Nicollet Island DNC viewing party.

Masked and mingling, Minnesota Democrats celebrate Biden nomination

The gathering at Nicollet Island in Minneapolis was the only in-person event in Minnesota associated with the Democratic National Convention.