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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.

Minneapolis Parks reverses eviction, allows people living in Powderhorn encampment to stay

By: - June 13, 2020

About two dozen homeless Minnesotans were spared eviction from Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis Friday, as parks officials reversed themselves after police issued each resident a 72-hour eviction notice early Friday. “I feel so relieved,” said Dennis Barrow, who set up a tent in the park a few days before. Barrow sought refuge in the […]

Native activists pull down Christopher Columbus statue at State Capitol

By: - June 11, 2020

Activists led by members of the American Indian Movement tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus at the State Capitol Wednesday. Once it toppled, they sang and danced around it in a dramatic show of defiance against a significant figure in the recent history of the Americas whose reputation is now associated with murder and […]

Former Sheraton turned homeless sanctuary closing up

By: - June 10, 2020

Activists and volunteers who took over a former Sheraton hotel in Minneapolis and turned it into a shelter for people experiencing homelessness ended the experiment at 8 p.m. Wednesday. “It is clear that the need for emergency housing cannot be sustainably supported by volunteers. Therefore we are ending the mutual aid component of the work […]

Hotel owner wants to evict, some residents plan to stay at homeless sanctuary

By: - June 9, 2020

Dozens of people began moving out of a former Sheraton hotel that was turned into a sanctuary for people experiencing homelessness on Tuesday, as the tenuous relationship between the shelter’s organizers, the hotel owner and the neighboring property owner seemed to collapse. But even as the hotel’s owner was evicting residents, others vowed to stay […]

St. Paul man charged in connection with fire at Minneapolis police station

By: - June 8, 2020

A 23-year-old man from St. Paul has been charged in connection with the May 28 fire at the Minneapolis Police’s Third Precinct Station during riots and protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Branden Wolfe was arrested several days later, on June 3, near a hardware store where he previously worked as a security […]

George Floyd’s memorial a rallying cry for national police reform

By: - June 4, 2020

Hundreds of mourners filled the streets surrounding North Central University in downtown Minneapolis Thursday for the first of three memorials for George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police officers set off protests in every state in America. Inside the Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary, Floyd’s siblings and cousins, giving brief remembrances, described him as […]

Minneapolis residents commandeered a hotel for homeless

By: - June 2, 2020

Abu Bakr arrived at the former Sheraton hotel in south Minneapolis on Saturday after learning the community had taken it over for people who had nowhere else to go. Bakr had been living in his car for most of the past year but it was lit on fire amid the riots and protests that have […]

The place where George Floyd was killed is hallowed ground

By: - June 1, 2020

As protests, looting and fires have swept across Minneapolis and cities across the country the past five days, the one place untouched by rioting is the place that set them off: 38th Street and Chicago Avenue. The intersection is blocked off with a circle of flowers, where a week before George Floyd, an unarmed Black […]

Minneapolis reeling after fourth night of chaos

By: and - May 30, 2020

Minneapolis descended into chaos for the fourth night Friday despite an 8 p.m. curfew, as suspected outsiders lit fires and looted businesses across the city. Peaceful demonstrators assembled near the Minneapolis police Third Precinct and marched down I-35W early in the evening to protest against police for the killing of George Floyd, but the tone […]

Walz activates full National Guard against riots in the Twin Cities

By: - May 30, 2020

Minnesota officials said Saturday that Minneapolis is under an attack by cells of criminals from outside Minnesota who are attempting to destroy the city and its civic pillars. Calling the mayhem “an organized attempt to destabilize civil society,” Gov. Tim Walz said he is mobilizing the full Minnesota National Guard for the first time since […]

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with third-degree murder

By: and - May 29, 2020

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday. Chauvin was captured on video Monday evening kneeling on Floyd’s neck just before his death. Floyd’s death sparked international outrage and set off protests across the […]

Residents express empathy, grief after second night of riots in Twin Cities

By: and - May 29, 2020

South Minneapolis residents expressed empathy, grief and anger Friday morning as smoke drifted through the air, sirens wailed and the state patrol surrounded the remnants of Third Precinct headquarters following the second night of riots in the Twin Cities. Alisha Bruce and her siblings came out to survey the wreckage. Standing outside a husk of […]