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.

Walz wants end to low-level traffic stops, says state board should regulate tear gas

By: - May 7, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz promised more police reform after Daunte Wright was killed, but he’ll have to beg and barter to get it through a divided Legislature. In an interview on the debut episode of Reformer Radio, Walz said he wants to “show movement” by passing policies that would yield immediate results like an end to […]


Gov. Tim Walz on police and protest

By: - May 7, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz promised more police reform after Daunte Wright was killed, but he’ll have to beg and barter to get it through a divided Legislature. The clock is ticking on the legislative session, with the DFL governor and the Legislature negotiating a two-year, $52 billion budget. Swaths of government will shut down without an […]

DFL says police reform is urgent; Republicans say new legislation unlikely this year

By: - April 29, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, indicated major police policy changes were unlikely to pass before the end of the legislative session next month, even as Gov. Tim Walz and Democratic-Farmer-Labor legislative leaders said Thursday policing reform is among their top priorities.  Gazelka, speaking at a news conference Thursday, said he was satisfied […]

Where is the rental assistance?

By: - April 29, 2021

It’s been three months since Minnesota received $375 million from the federal government for emergency rental assistance, but landlords and renters have yet to receive a single dollar, and the state’s housing agency still can’t say for certain when they will. Some hope for landlords and renters came just last week, when the state housing […]

U.S. Justice Department will investigate Minneapolis for discriminatory, abusive policing

By: - April 21, 2021

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Wednesday the Department of Justice would conduct a sweeping investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department to see if it has a “pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.” The news came a day after a jury in Hennepin County found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on […]

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 […]