Reporter | Social issues

Marissa Evans writes about social issues for the Star Tribune.


St. Paul City Council adopts new tenant-screening guidelines

Council members are hoping the changes will help residents in the renter-majority city find housing, particularly for people of color, those with low incomes and those formerly incarcerated.


Landlords grow anxious as Minnesota halt on evictions continues

Gov. Walz's executive order in effect until July 13.


St. Paul City Council moves ahead with tenant screening ordinance

St. Paul proposal would change how landlords can use tenant histories.


Minneapolis Public Housing Authority to begin Elliot Twins high-rise renovations

Residents will be able to stay in place, Minneapolis Housing Authority says.


For black community, Floyd's death brings more grief and trauma

For Vanessa Anyanso, to be black in America is to constantly mourn lost sons and daughters. It’s a sentiment that Anyanso, a 26-year-old graduate student…


Minneapolis police chief is caught in force's racial legacy

Medaria Arradondo, the city's first black police chief, now finds himself in a harsh national spotlight, the face of a mostly white department that killed another black man.


Before nightfall, Minneapolis residents debated what was safer: staying or going

From hoses to garbage cans, residents across the Twin Cities prepared Saturday for destruction reaching their neighborhoods.


Minnesota has an executive order that stops evictions. Here's how it works.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a halt to evictions in March to prevent people from being unsheltered during the coronavirus pandemic. Public health officials and…


Patricia Forster, a teacher and lover of the outdoors, dies of complications of COVID-19 at 83

"She was never sitting around except when she was reading," a daughter said.


Appeals court: City inspectors must enforce code violations in Minneapolis public housing

Appeals court sides with a tenant whose calls about poor conditions went unheeded.