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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.

Hennepin County reaches tentative agreement with social service and clerical workers

By: - January 27, 2022

Hennepin County and union leaders representing some 3,500 social service and clerical workers announced on Thursday they reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, averting a strike that would have affected health clinics, libraries, the medical examiner’s office, and other services. The tentative agreement includes 2.5% annual raises plus the possibility of an additional […]

70-year-old nurse leaves retirement to work in nursing home’s COVID-19 ward

By: - January 27, 2022

After working for nearly 50 years as a nurse, Cindy Roden was ready to enjoy retirement after leaving her job last March at a nursing home in Aitkin. She had the summer and fall to spend gardening and fishing with her grandkids in the lake just outside her house. Then she got a call from […]

Minnesota Housing announces Friday deadline for emergency rental assistance

By: - January 25, 2022

Minnesota Housing will stop accepting new applications for emergency rental assistance on Friday at 9 p.m., having nearly depleted the $518 million the state received through two federal COVID-19 relief packages. “My heart is heavy today, knowing the hardship that households across the state are still facing,” Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho said during a Tuesday […]

House Democrats propose $100 million in public safety funding ahead of 2022 session

By: - January 24, 2022

A week ahead of the 2022 Legislative session, House Democrats showed a united front on a proposal to boost funding for police, an issue that has often divided them and which Republicans aim to use to win the upcoming midterms. House Democrats unveiled a $100 million package during a Monday news conference that would boost […]

Restaurants sue Minneapolis over requirement that customers have COVID-19 vaccine or negative test

By: - January 21, 2022

Seven businesses filed suit against the city of Minneapolis and Mayor Jacob Frey on Thursday over a new rule requiring customers to show proof they have received a full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or tested negative for the virus within 72 hours before entering bars and restaurants. The rule went into effect on Wednesday […]

3,500 Hennepin County workers announce plan to strike beginning Feb. 2

By: - January 19, 2022

More than 3,500 social service and clerical workers for Hennepin County say they will go on strike in 10 days unless the county agrees to higher wages, hazard pay and better protections against COVID-19. “We are serious about getting what our members deserve for all the work they’ve been doing at the county through a […]

Minnesota Democrats renew call for guaranteed rental assistance ahead of 2022 legislative session

By: - January 18, 2022

Democratic lawmakers and their nonprofit allies are calling on the state Legislature to use part of its $7.7 billion budget surplus to pay for the so-called “Bring It Home, Minnesota” bill that would provide rental assistance to all low-income residents paying more than they can afford in rent. Minnesota state Rep. Michael Howard, DFL-Richfield, and […]

Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee Nation’s first woman principal chief, to appear on U.S. quarter this year

By: - January 13, 2022

The U.S. Mint will begin shipping quarters this year commemorating Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, along with four other women. U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota asked the U.S. Mint to create the quarters honoring Mankiller following passage of a bill she cosponsored celebrating the ratification of the […]

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Minneapolis, St. Paul will require proof of vaccination or COVID test to enter restaurants

By: - January 12, 2022

The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul announced on Wednesday that people will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test in order to enter restaurants, bars and other places of public accommodation. The requirement takes effect Jan. 19. It comes just a week after the two cities reinstated mask mandates […]

Overrun Minnesota hospitals to receive $40 million in federal aid to boost staffing levels

By: - January 12, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz announced on Wednesday he will direct $40 million in American Rescue Plan dollars to beleaguered Minnesota hospitals to help them temporarily hire close to 350 healthcare workers for the next two months. The move comes as hospitals are being whipsawed by one of the worst surges in COVID-19 infections since the start […]

American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt, ‘Neegonnwayweedun,’ dies at 85

By: - January 11, 2022

Clyde Bellecourt, one of the most influential leaders in the Red Power movement and fight for Native American civil rights, died Tuesday at his home in Minneapolis. He was 85. His legacy encompasses high-profile, sometimes militant acts of civil disobedience alongside peaceful efforts to found schools, improve health care and nurture Native culture in the […]

Minnesota House speaker looks to implement vaccination or test mandate for legislative staff

By: - January 11, 2022

Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, told House members and staff on Monday she aims to require all House employees and interns to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing starting next month. The proposed mandate, which would not apply to lawmakers, works off a state extension of President Joe Biden’s mandate […]