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.

The “Wall of Forgotten Natives” returns with call for greater response to homelessness

By: - September 4, 2020

Native leaders in Minneapolis renewed their call for the city, county and state to invest more in addressing the increasingly visible housing crisis in the Twin Cities, a day after social workers reclaimed the site of a former sprawling homeless encampment called the “Wall of Forgotten Natives.” “We need to do better for our Native […]

Tents return to the Wall of Forgotten Natives in protest of encampment evictions

By: - September 2, 2020

Homeless outreach workers reclaimed on Wednesday the site of a former encampment dubbed the Wall of Forgotten Natives after the city of Minneapolis evicted about 20 people from an encampment just blocks away. “This is Native land. This is our land,” said outreach worker Jase Roe, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, as about […]

Surly to close Minneapolis beer hall following unionization announcement

By: - September 2, 2020

Surly Brewing Co. announced Wednesday it will close its popular Minneapolis beer hall and pizzeria on Nov. 2, citing revenue losses of 82% from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “If the Beer Hall remained open, Surly would lose at least another three quarters of a million dollars this winter,” the company wrote in […]

Attorney General Keith Ellison adds Minnesota to coalition fighting Trump on the census

By: - September 1, 2020

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined a coalition of attorneys general, cities, counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Tuesday in a legal action against the Trump administration’s efforts shorten the time it is taking to conduct the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census Bureau announced in early August that it was reducing the time it […]

Minneapolis mayor orders curfew following night of looting and rioting

By: - August 27, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey ordered a curfew beginning at 8 p.m. for the second consecutive night following widespread looting and rioting that began after a Black man shot and killed himself downtown while being pursued by police on suspicion of homicide. Minneapolis police made around 50 arrests by Thursday morning: About a quarter of them […]

Minneapolis mayor tightens Police Department’s use of force policies

By: - August 26, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced what he called an “overhaul” to the Police Department’s use of force policies on Wednesday, raising the threshold for when force may be used, prohibiting police from shooting at moving vehicles and requiring officers to consider all reasonable alternatives before using deadly force. Under the new policies, unholstering a weapon […]

State Republicans grill top pollution regulator in ongoing dispute over Walz’s emergency powers

By: - August 24, 2020

A key pollution regulator was called before a state Senate panel Monday and forced to defend her job performance, responding to tough questioning from Republicans on issues like the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline, low emission automobiles and her allegedly unfair treatment of a polluter. Laura Bishop, who was a chief sustainability officer at Best […]

White Earth votes in favor of producing and distributing medical marijuana

By: - August 19, 2020

White Earth citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum on Tuesday asking if the tribe should begin growing, regulating and distributing medical marijuana on the reservation. “It’s exciting,” White Earth Chairman Michael Fairbanks said. “The membership has spoken and it’s overwhelming.” Nearly nine in 10 voters approved of the referendum, making the White Earth […]


St. Louis Park repeals “crime-free/drug-free” law which gave police power to evict

By: - August 18, 2020

The St. Louis Park City Council voted unanimously Monday to repeal a 2008 ordinance that allowed police to force landlords to evict renters for suspected criminal activity — even if they were never charged with a crime.  “I think that we have landed in the right spot in terms of scaling back the police involvement […]

President Trump skips stop at George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

By: - August 17, 2020

The George Floyd memorial at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue was busier for a Monday morning than it had been in recent weeks — more in anticipation of the city trying to reopen 38th Street than a surprise visit from the President Donald Trump. Trump had a campaign event scheduled in Mankato Monday afternoon, and […]

Felony charge filed against Native activist for toppling Columbus statue

By: - August 13, 2020

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi charged a Native activist with a felony Thursday for toppling the statue of Christopher Columbus in St. Paul on June 10. Mike Forcia, a member of the Bad River Band of Ojibwe, was the only person charged in connection with the incident, although numerous people helped pull down the statue […]

Senate Republicans oust Walz’s Labor commissioner during special session

By: - August 12, 2020

Minnesota Senate Republicans rejected the confirmation of Gov. Tim Walz’s commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry 18 months into her term, in a show of legislative muscle that Walz called a “petty political move.” The 34-32 vote signals Republicans’ — and their base voters’ — increasing frustration over Walz’s use of emergency powers to deal […]