Reporter | Minneapolis

Liz Navratil covers Minneapolis City Hall for the Star Tribune. She previously worked in Pennsylvania, where she covered state government and crime — and sometimes both at once. She's part of the team that won a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.


Minnesota cities testing new plans to expand outdoor dining during coronavirus

Changes come as retail and restaurant customers in Minneapolis must start wearing masks Tuesday night.


What you need to know about the new mask rules in Minneapolis

Mayor Jacob Frey issued a new regulation as the state prepares to relax some social distancing measures.


Lobbyists for Minnesota cities, counties converge on Washington for help

Mayors are mobilizing to lobby Congress, though some doubt their sway.


Virus hits hard in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

The high number of cases — roughly 6% of the city's total — fall in a neighborhood known for its vibrant East African community, with many in high-rise apartments.


Mpls. Mayor Frey orders people to wear masks in stores, schools

Jacob Frey signed an order that will require people over the age of 2 to wear a covering over their nose and mouth while at "indoor spaces of public accommodation."


Minnesota cities, counties are strained as $667M in aid remains in limbo

The Legislature ended its work Sunday without a decision on how to distribute $667 million in federal aid for counties, cities and towns — leaving cash-strapped communities in limbo as coronavirus costs pile up.


Metro counties have spent roughly $5 million to rent hotel rooms as emergency shelters

Contracts and invoices obtained through public records requests show a county-by-county patchwork of efforts to find and pay for lodging, transportation, food and other services for hundreds of unsheltered people in the seven-county metro, all within a matter of weeks.


More than 1,000 known COVID cases reported in Minneapolis

While it's difficult to draw definitive conclusions about disparities, several council members said they want to keep close track of those numbers.


With city in lockdown and baby on way, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has to improvise

The pandemic has brought professional and personal challenges for the first-term mayor.


Small-business owners question Mpls. aid that's based on location

The city received more than 1,200 applications from businesses seeking $5,000 or $10,000 forgivable loans to help them survive the pandemic. About 400 are likely to be disqualified because they're outside the zones designated for assistance.