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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 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 […]

Protests and violent looting take hold in Minneapolis, St. Paul over George Floyd

By: , and - May 28, 2020

The chaos and rage blew east Thursday, as looting and fire swept through the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, this time under a brilliant blue sky.  Even as fires on East Lake Street in Minneapolis smoldered and disaster tourists gawked at the rubble of stores, apartments and cars there, the looting and fires began in […]

Mayhem in Minneapolis: protests, looting, fires

By: and - May 27, 2020

Peaceful demonstrations against the police for the killing of an unarmed Black man turned to looting and fires Wednesday, as Target, Aldi, Autozone and Cub Foods on Lake Street were all ransacked in a scene of mayhem. For the second day, demonstrators came out to protest the death of George Floyd, who died in police […]

University of Minnesota limits ties with Minneapolis Police Department

By: - May 27, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced on Wednesday the university would drastically reduce its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer on Monday. “We have a responsibility to uphold our values and a duty to honor them,” Gabel wrote in an email to students and […]

Minnesota Gov. Walz pledges justice for George Floyd as protests move into second day

By: , and - May 27, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz condemned the death of George Floyd — a day after protests erupted at Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Tuesday night — saying he too shared the frustration with Black Minnesotans who are once again seeking justice for one of their own. “Watching any of the video of what happened to George Floyd […]

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis Mayor calls for charges against officer who killed George Floyd

By: - May 27, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to arrest the officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, killing him and setting off protests across Minneapolis. “I’ve wrestled over the last 36 hours with one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey asked during a […]

White Minneapolis man threatens to call cops on Black men in their own gym

By: - May 27, 2020

Update: Tom Austin’s lease in the building was terminated on Wednesday. The man who tried to stop the renaming of Bde Maka Ska Park threatened to call the cops on a group of Black entrepreneurs Tuesday night for using the gym in a Minneapolis office building they share. A video posted on Twitter and Instagram […]

Minnesota State Fair canceled because of the coronavirus

By: - May 22, 2020

For the sixth time in the fair’s 161 year history, the Minnesota State Fair is canceled. Minnesota State Fair Manager Jerry Hammer announced the decision Friday, saying the threat of COVID-19 makes it too dangerous for millions of people to congregate on the fairgrounds in August. “The science shows us that by the end of […]