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.

Chauvin verdict: Guilty on 3 charges in George Floyd’s death

By: , , and - April 20, 2021

The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes while he was handcuffed and face down on the pavement at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May.  Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder; guilty […]

‘We have failed’: Walz admits mistakes in law enforcement treatment of media

By: - April 19, 2021

Facing a burgeoning political crisis over his administration’s aggressive response to protests of police killings, Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged law enforcement failed to protect press freedoms during a news conference Monday. “We have failed this week,” Walz said, referring to attacks on journalists. “It’s unacceptable.” Joined by the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Walz […]

Woman arrested in bathrobe held in jail without bail on probable cause for rioting

By: - April 15, 2021

Editor’s note: Several significant factual errors have been corrected in this story after the Reformer learned Samira Hassan was not truthful in an interview on Wednesday night.  Samira Hassan said she lived in a nearby apartment building. She lives in St. Paul, and drove to Brooklyn Center to pick up her 16-year-old brother who was […]

St. Paul mayor clears path for new apartment building after city council voted to block it

By: - April 15, 2021

Arguing St. Paul needs to add more housing of all kinds to meet growing demand, Mayor Melvin Carter vetoed a city council resolution that would have blocked construction of a 288-unit apartment building on an empty lot near Lexington Parkway and University Avenue. Neighborhood activists have organized to fight the proposed $57-million Lexington Station development, […]

More clashes, fewer arrests on 4th night of protests in Brooklyn Center

By: - April 15, 2021

Hundreds of demonstrators crowded in front of the Brooklyn Center police station on Wednesday in a fourth night of protests of the police shooting and killing Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday. Hours after second-degree manslaughter charges were brought against former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, clashes between demonstrators and police started […]

Second-degree manslaughter charge for Brooklyn Center police officer who shot Daunte Wright

By: - April 14, 2021

The Brooklyn Center police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday faces a second-degree manslaughter charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. While the killing took place in Hennepin County, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput made the decision to charge 26-year […]

DFL lawmakers promise change; families of George Floyd and Daunte Wright demand justice

By: and - April 13, 2021

Minnesota began dealing with the aftermath of the police killing of Daunte Wright Tuesday, as lawmakers at the State Capitol called for accountability and reform, while the families of Minnesotans killed by police demanded justice. Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump said Wright’s family will get justice for the 20-year-old Black man shot by police during […]

Mourners hold vigil for Daunte Wright, while demonstrators clash with police nearby

By: - April 12, 2021

Hundreds of mourners filled the street at the corner of 63rd Avenue and Kathrene Drive in Brooklyn Center on Monday evening for a candlelight vigil where Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop on Sunday. Through tears, Wright’s family shared memories of the young father with […]

Brooklyn Center police chief: Killing of Daunte Wright result of ‘accidental discharge’

By: and - April 12, 2021

Brooklyn Center officials including Police Chief Tim Gannon appeared at a mid-day news conference Monday, revealing the Sunday police killing of Daunte Wright was due to an “accidental discharge” of an officer’s service weapon. The officer thought she was using her Taser but used her firearm instead, striking and killing Wright with one shot, Gannon […]

Witnesses in Derek Chauvin trial solicit donations through GoFundMe

By: - April 5, 2021

One of the prosecution’s witnesses, Donald W. Williams II, has a GoFundMe asking for $500,000 to “get his life back on track” and start a community center for young African American boys. The son of another witness, Charles Mcmillian, started a campaign to raise $5,000 for his father to visit his own mother’s burial in […]

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St. Paul residents launch rent stabilization campaign to cap increases at 3%

By: - March 30, 2021

Renter advocates in St. Paul announced a campaign on Tuesday to put rent control on the 2021 ballot, which if approved by voters in November would limit rent increases to 3% over a 12-month period for all rental units across the city. The move follows a similar effort underway in the city of Minneapolis and […]

Chauvin trial begins with opening statements focused on cause of death, police training

By: - March 29, 2021

Attorneys in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin laid out their case on Monday before 14 jurors who will decide if Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. The opening statements from the prosecution and defense indicate the trial will hinge on […]