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.


For St. Paul families, city help was welcome but short-lived

An emergency cash assistance program for families and businesses that lost income as a result of COVID-19 drew nearly 5,300 applications from families, less than a quarter of whom got a check.


Como Zoo will welcome visitors again — at a distance

Visitors with masks and reservations can visit the zoo starting Wednesday.


St. Paul chief: $9.2M cut requested by mayor will mean fewer cops

The proposed cut would mean eliminating jobs, Chief Todd Axtell said.


Park Board is taking first steps to downsize homeless camps

Crisis at Powderhorn Park spurs changes at homeless sites across Minneapolis.


As COVID crisis deepened, St. Paul Mayor Carter hired political director

Six-figure salary comes as budget shortfalls loom.


19-year-old dies in rollover crash in Clay County

He was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries, the State Patrol said.


Riot-damaged University Av. hopes to come back stronger

Some fear speculators will snap up vacant buildings and empty lots to gentrify University Avenue.


Minimum-wage workers get raises in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Business leaders say the added cost compounds COVID-19 losses.


They won St. Paul's emergency virus aid lottery. Then their businesses were hit in rioting.

Some St. Paul businesses that won lottery for COVID-19 grants fell victim to looters


Chief Axtell defends St. Paul police, calls for arbitration reform

St. Paul police chief pushes back on idea of dismantling department.