Reporter | St. Paul

St. Paul reporter Emma Nelson joined the Star Tribune in 2014, and has covered local government beats from Scott and Dakota counties to Minneapolis City Hall. She has also been part of reporting teams that covered the aftermath of the Norwood Teague sexual harassment scandal and the death of Prince.

A St. Paul native, Nelson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism. She plays violin and acoustic guitar, and in college recorded an album that no-one is allowed to listen to. She lives in the Corcoran neighborhood of Minneapolis.


St. Paul approves $53 million in tax incentives for Ford site

Tax increment financing will pay for parks and infrastructure on the site.


St. Paul City Council likely to approve mayor's public safety budget

City Council expected to approve mayor's supplemental proposal as part of budget.


St. Paul will upgrade parking meters for ADA compliance

Minneapolis also is upgrading its parking meters as part of a legal settlement.


As gunfire continues in St. Paul, so does ShotSpotter debate

In St. Paul, leaders debate whether ShotSpotter technology is a useful tool or an unproven sales pitch.


Largest downtown St. Paul property owner embroiled in legal dispute over wages

Madison Equities faces allegations that it did not pay workers for overtime hours.


Mayor Carter, Chief Axtell split on approach to gun violence

The mayor outlined a wide-ranging proposal that would use a "community-first" approach to confront what he calls a public health crisis. Police Chief Todd Axtell did not attend the presentation.


As homicides surge, St. Paul mayor to ask for $1M more for public safety

The mayor will give a budget presentation to the City Council on Wednesday.


Macalester to remove controversial founder's name from building

Students urged move over founder's racist views.


Homeowners getting peek at property tax bills might not like what they see

But preliminary property bills could change after city councils set budgets.


Network-building pays off in Nelsie Yang's groundbreaking council win

Nelsie Yang was the first candidate to enter the Sixth Ward race in 2018 — when she was 23. In the time since, her ability to raise funds and build a supporter network has been more on par with incumbents than with other challengers.