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Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.

St. Paul mayor resists taking a position on rent control ballot question

By: - September 15, 2021

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is declining to say where he stands on a citizen-led rent control proposal, which if passed, would be one of the most stringent rent control regulations in the country, limiting increases to 3% per year across all properties in the city. Asked for an interview on the proposal and how […]

Amid historic shortage, school bus drivers push for higher wages and unemployment benefits

By: - September 13, 2021

Unionized school bus drivers say they know how to fix the historic shortage of drivers that’s led to hour-long delays for students: Give drivers higher wages, more hours and access to unemployment benefits. “We need more money. We need more hours. We need these to become real jobs,” said Kelly Gibbons, a former school bus […]

Gazelka stepping down as state Senate majority leader

By: - September 1, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced he would step down as majority leader on Wednesday morning just hours before fellow Sen. Michelle Benson officially kicked off her campaign for governor in Blaine.  In a letter to his Senate colleagues, Gazelka listed his achievements as leader, including blocking tax increases and expanding their majority by luring […]

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) campaigning for Bernie Sanders

Attorney General Ellison, Rep. Omar announce support for Minneapolis public safety charter amendment

By: - August 31, 2021

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar have thrown their support behind the Minneapolis ballot initiative that would replace the police department with a new department of public safety. “As a resident of Mpls where George Floyd’s murder sparked a national call for real reform, I will vote Yes for greater public […]

Attorney General sues mobile home park owner over squalid conditions, illegal fees

By: - August 27, 2021

Attorney General Keith Ellison is suing a mobile home park owner in Marshall for failing to maintain the property and illegal billing. The roads in the Broadmoor Valley mobile home park are so bad that school buses stopped entering six years ago, according to Ellison’s lawsuit. Kids have to walk half a mile and wait […]

High rise window cleaners call off strike after reaching tentative contract agreement

By: - August 26, 2021

Dozens of Twin Cities high rise window cleaners announced they would end their 10-day strike after reaching a tentative contract agreement with two employers at 1 a.m. Thursday morning. The workers, unionized with the Service Employees International Union, won both of their main objectives: pay raises from $25.20 an hour to over $30 an hour […]

Judge won’t force Minnesota State Fair to let visitors bring guns as lawsuit proceeds

By: - August 25, 2021

A Minnesota judge will not immediately force the Minnesota State Fair to let permitted gun owners carry firearms inside the fairgrounds, noting that a lawsuit challenging the ban is unlikely to prevail but can proceed. In a ruling issued on Wednesday, Minnesota District Court Judge Laura Nelson denied a motion for a temporary injunction filed […]

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Here’s the rent control question St. Paul will vote on this fall

By: - August 19, 2021

The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved the rent control ballot language that will be put to voters this November. If passed, the measure would institute one of the country’s most rigorous rent stabilization policies and the state’s first. The ballot language — drafted by city staff to reflect a citizen-led petition — would limit […]

High rise window cleaners go on strike for higher wages, apprenticeship program

By: - August 16, 2021

Nearly 40 workers who clean the windows of Twin Cities high rise buildings hung up their squeegees and harnesses on Monday and began an indefinite strike after failing to secure higher wages and an apprenticeship program. The workers, organized with the Service Employees International Union Local 26 (SEIU 26), began picketing early in the morning […]

North Minneapolis pastor and gun rights group sue to allow guns at State Fair

By: - August 10, 2021

Citing fear of an increase in violent crime, a Black Twin Cities pastor, as well as a long-time gun rights activist and the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asking a judge to allow people with Minnesota gun permits to come armed to the Minnesota State Fair. Rev. Tim Christopher, who lives […]

Lawmaker looks to drive down housing costs by overriding local zoning laws

By: - August 10, 2021

The so-called five L’s of homebuilding — land, lots, lumber, labor and laws — have driven new home construction prices in the Twin Cities far beyond what the typical household can afford: The median price of a new house in the 7-county metro area is $472,000. Rep. Steve Elkins, DFL-Bloomington, outlined a comprehensive housing affordability […]

Minneapolis mayor vetoes one rent control ballot initiative, allows second to go to voters

By: - August 6, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey vetoed one rent control ballot initiative approved by the City Council on Friday but will allow a second to advance without his signature. That means city residents will vote on allowing the City Council to draft a rent control policy, which they could approve as an ordinance or send back to […]