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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.

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 […]

Stimulus checks and child credits could pay dividends for Minnesota families for years

By: - March 29, 2021

Mariah Krulich spent her first $1,200 stimulus check on necessities for her newborn: a high chair, bottles, pacifiers. Her second check went to buying new furniture and blankets damaged by smoke after a fire at the home she was renting in Virginia forced her to move last fall. The fire — caused by a faulty […]

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Hennepin County raises minimum wage to $20 an hour for its employees

By: - March 23, 2021

The Hennepin County Board unanimously approved raising its minimum wage on Tuesday from $15 to $20 an hour beginning March 28. The move directly affects 480 of the county’s approximately 9,000 workers, although more workers could see their wages rise in the coming months as their pay is reevaluated against the new minimum. Board Chair […]

White Earth Nation to boost minimum wage to $16 an hour, highest in the state

By: and - March 18, 2021

When the White Earth Nation increases its minimum wage to $16 an hour on March 27, it will be the highest minimum wage of any government entity in the state. The move by the state’s largest tribe — also one of its poorest — aims to raise living standards for hundreds of employees and make […]

2 seated jurors dismissed in Chauvin case after hearing news of Floyd family settlement

By: - March 17, 2021

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill dismissed two seated jurors on Wednesday from serving in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. They said they might not be able to remain impartial after hearing news of the city’s unprecedented $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd. Cahill interviewed seven of the […]

Native leaders in Minnesota celebrate Haaland’s historic confirmation to head Interior

By: and - March 16, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American to ever be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president’s cabinet. In a 51-40 vote, senators confirmed Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, to serve as secretary of Interior, where she will run a $21 billion […]

Chauvin attorney seeks delay, prospective juror dismissed after city settles with Floyd family

By: and - March 15, 2021

The defense lawyer for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin made a flurry of motions Monday morning in response to an unprecedented $27 million settlement agreement announced Friday with the family of George Floyd, who died under Chauvin’s knee last May.  Defense Attorney Eric Nelson said he was “gravely concerned” about the news, questioning the […]

Minneapolis City Council sends proposed police charter amendment to commission for review

By: - March 12, 2021

The Minneapolis City Council voted 11-2 on Friday to advance a proposed charter amendment that would eliminate the police department and replace it with a new department of public safety under the control of the City Council rather than the mayor. Shortly after taking the vote, the City Council approved a $27 million settlement agreement […]

Minneapolis reaches historic $27 million settlement with George Floyd’s family

By: - March 12, 2021

The city of Minneapolis will pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit by the family of George Floyd, a Black man whose death at the hands of police last May sparked widespread demonstrations and riots across the city, reignited a national reckoning on race and catalyzed a movement to defund police across the country. […]