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 tees up tax incentives for development around Allianz Field

Move allows St. Paul to incentivize development around stadium.


As winter approaches, Payne Avenue business owners are determined to hold on

The St. Paul neighborhood's renaissance is threatened, but owners are determined to hang in there.


St. Paul launches new COVID-19 grants for small businesses

St. Paul is using $3.5 million in federal CARES Act money to provide cash assistance to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a…


St. Paul, Duluth mayors lead widespread Biden endorsement from elected officials

The two were among 61 Minnesota elected officials supporting the Democratic presidential candidate.


Black leaders in St. Paul object to reassignment of assistant fire chief

Gerone Hamilton has overseen the department's community relations since 2015.


Ramsey County considers turning Bethesda Hospital into homeless shelter

Ramsey County Manager Ryan O'Connor said the county has been in closed-door talks with Fairview for several weeks.


St. Paul stadium fund has become a lifeline for small businesses

A community benefit fund has helped shops and offices near Allianz Field survive.


Greg Theisen, musician, composer and educator, dies at 63

A fixture in the Twin Cities music and theater scene for decades, Theisen was a passionate and accomplished pianist, composer and educator.


St. Paul will cut down thousands of ash trees next year but can't afford replanting

Budget cuts will mean delaying planting new trees until 2022.


Chief: Budget cuts mean St. Paul police force will be smaller, less diverse

Chief Todd Axtell said 2021 budget cuts will mean canceling the police academy.