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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.

Walz touts generous assistance amid soaring energy prices

By: - November 18, 2021

With Americans staring down soaring energy prices and a colder winter, Gov. Tim Walz and other Democratic governors are reminding people of the billions in additional funding available in energy assistance thanks to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March. “Without the American Rescue Plan, we would be in a crisis situation right […]

St. Paul rent control advocates push back on ‘disaster narratives’ as developers rethink projects

By: - November 17, 2021

Leaders of the successful campaign for rent control in St. Paul say developers and landlords are creating “disaster narratives” around the new policy and that they will keep pressure on the city council to honor the will of the voters. “Scare tactics are their tactics,” said Tram Hoang, campaign manager for Keep St. Paul Home, […]

Rent-control supporters to Minneapolis leaders: ‘We need action now.’

By: - November 9, 2021

Campaign leaders of the successful rent-control ballot initiative in Minneapolis called on city leaders to move quickly to enact an ordinance restricting rent increases. “Make no mistake, this was a mandate,” said Claire Bergren, campaign manager for Home to Stay, standing in front of City Hall on Tuesday. Bergren’s sentiment directly contradicted rent-control statements made […]

What will Minneapolis’ rent control policy look like?

By: - November 5, 2021

Minneapolis voters gave city leaders the green light to move forward with enacting rent control, with 53% of voters approving a ballot measure on Tuesday. But what kind of policy gets passed — if any at all — is up to a new, slightly more moderate city council and reelected mayor, who are unlikely to […]

St. Paul, Minneapolis poised to enact first rent control policies in Midwest

By: - November 2, 2021

St. Paul will be the first city in the Midwest to enact rent control after voters easily passed one of the most stringent policies in the country on Tuesday. Across the river, voters cleared the way for Minneapolis to follow suit by approving a ballot measure that authorizes the City Council to draft a rent […]

Minneapolis voters turn out in record numbers for historic election

By: and - November 2, 2021

The first city election since the police murder of George Floyd drew Minneapolis residents to the polls in droves, with a historic number of early voters casting ballots for a municipal election. 

Minneapolis’ human resources office tells police they won’t be fired if Question 2 passes

By: - October 26, 2021

The city of Minneapolis sent an email to police staff on Monday assuring them they will not be fired upon passage of Question 2, which is the ballot initiative that would replace the police department with a new department of public safety. Minneapolis residents — with the entire country looking on in the wake of […]

St. Paul voters could pass one of the country’s most stringent rent control policies

By: - October 26, 2021

Emily Lynch’s rent is going up 34% next year. For the past four years, she’s rented a small, beige house just north of the Capitol in St. Paul for $1,176 per month plus utilities. “It’s a dump,” as she puts it. The roof leaks. The basement has mold. The windows are old and barely keep […]

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The Watchdog

By: - October 22, 2021

Jim Nobles spent nearly four decades uncovering fraud, waste and malpractice in Minnesota state government as the nonpartisan legislative auditor. He oversaw literally hundreds of investigations over his time, from police abuses of power to child care fraud to mistreatment of the mentally ill. It often took his office months to complete its work, issuing […]

Rent control opponents raised $3.9 million to fight ballot initiative in St. Paul

By: - October 19, 2021

The political committee campaigning to stop the rent control ballot initiative in St. Paul raised $3.9 million in two months, rivaling candidates for congress in nearby districts and dwarfing the nearly $215,000 raised by proponents, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday. The eye-popping figure coming in an off-year election underscores property owners’ fears of […]

Minneapolis mental health responder unit stalled by police inaction on background checks

By: - October 13, 2021

The city of Minneapolis hoped to launch a new behavioral health response unit in August to send mental health professionals rather than police to non-violent emergencies across the city, around the clock. Last month, however, the head of the department in charge of getting the program off the ground learned the Minneapolis Police Department never […]

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Evictions continue upward trend as moratorium nears end

By: - October 12, 2021

Weekly eviction filings in Minnesota are up about fivefold since June, when the state began rolling back a moratorium on evictions put in place by Gov. Tim Walz in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the high mark — 206 filings in the last week of September— is still far lower than the 344 evictions […]