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.

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Hennepin and Ramsey counties authorize $4.8 million for quarantine spaces for homeless

By: - March 17, 2020

Hennepin and Ramsey counties will spend up to $4.8 million to provide space for isolation and quarantine for homeless people and others who need it as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 grows every day. As the Reformer reported Monday, homeless shelters are ill-equipped to stop the spread of the virus. Communal meals, lack […]

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Mpls. mayor orders restaurants end dine-in service by noon Tuesday

By: - March 16, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared a state of emergency Monday, ordering bars, restaurants, coffee shops and nightclubs to close or limit operations by Tuesday at noon in an effort to curb the outbreak of COVID-19. The city will also stop issuing permits for gatherings of more than 50 people. Minneapolis restaurants can continue delivery, takeout […]

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Shelters are defenseless against the spread of COVID-19

By: - March 16, 2020

At 7 o’clock on a recent evening, people began filing into the basement of a church in northeast Minneapolis for a free dinner of lasagna, green beans and corn. Staff from the church had cleaned all the surfaces with disinfectant wipes and placed bottles of hand sanitizer on each of the round folding tables. Those […]

Gov. Walz budget proposal covers $29 million overpayments to tribes

By: - March 14, 2020

Tucked into Governor Tim Walz’s $257 million supplemental budget proposal is a line item returning more than $29 million to the federal government for overpayments the state made to two tribes for addiction treatment services. If the Legislature approves, the payments would bring Minnesota a step closer to resolving a year-long saga that has strained […]

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Thousands of Target employees work over 50 hours a week. Why don’t they get overtime?

By: - March 11, 2020

Target Corp. has quietly settled half a dozen class action lawsuits and still faces two more from workers who allege the company has failed to pay overtime they’re owed. Target calls these workers “executive team leaders” and pays them managerial salaries — as opposed to hourly wages — that keep them from earning overtime. But the […]

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St. Paul teachers strike for first time in over 70 years

By: - March 10, 2020

Class was cancelled for more than 36,000 students in St. Paul as teachers began an open-ended strike Tuesday with picket lines in front of dozens of schools across the city. With no new negotiations scheduled, the strike will likely continue tomorrow and possibly through the week or longer. “We would like more resources for our […]

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Lawmakers aim to defund libraries that host drag queens

By: - March 10, 2020

Five Minnesota legislators introduced a bill this week that would withhold federal funding from public libraries that host drag queen story hours. A dozen Hennepin County libraries hosted the story hours in October for LGBT history month to “celebrate differences and learn that it’s okay to be yourself through stories, rhymes, music and movement.” That […]

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Twin Cities janitors call off strike after reaching tentative agreement

By: - March 7, 2020

The union representing 4,000 Twin Cities janitors reached a tentative contract agreement early Saturday morning, avoiding an open-ended strike that would have affected businesses across the metro as Minnesota confronts the arrival of COVID-19. The tentative agreement includes the highest pay increases ever for commercial janitors with the Service Employees International Union Local 26, raising […]

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Bell Museum waives admission for Indigenous visitors

By: - March 6, 2020

Earlier this week, the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum quietly rolled out a new ticket price for Indigenous visitors: Free. “The Dakota people, for thousands of years, have been taking care of the land on which the museum sits,” said Denise Young, the museum’s executive director. “This was one way, and I should say a […]


Attention Kmart shoppers: Bulldozers arriving soon

By: - March 5, 2020

The Kmart that has been an obstacle in the middle of Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis for nearly half a century will soon be bulldozed, the city announced Thursday. Buses and cars have travelled four blocks around Kmart since the retailer was built in 1977, which Mayor Jacob Frey called “one of the worst urban planning […]

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Janitors threaten open-ended strike as Minnesota prepares for coronavirus outbreak

By: - March 5, 2020

Minneapolis city leaders are calling for a deal to be reach with 4,000 commercial janitors who clean buildings across the 7-county metro area, including the airport and most buildings in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The commercial janitors, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 26, say they will go on an open-ended strike beginning […]

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St. Paul proposes 5 new ordinances to protect renters

By: - March 5, 2020

St. Paul aims to pass renter protections this year, including capping security deposits to one month’s rent, shielding renters with bad credit or old evictions and temporarily freezing rent increases after a property is sold. Deputy Mayor Jaime Tincher and Councilmember Mitra Jalali announced the agenda — called Stable, Accessible, Fair and Equitable (S.A.F.E.) Housing […]