Reporter | Social issues

Marissa Evans writes about social issues for the Star Tribune.


Minn. racial discrimination cases often hit dead end

Some of the complaints are alarmingly visceral, with shopkeepers hurling racial slurs at people of color and children of color demeaned in public or at schools.


In his 'dream job,' Abdi Warsame works to rebuild trust at the Minneapolis public housing agency

The former City Council member wants to preserve and create new housing amid funding troubles and fears of displacement.


Thomas P. Gallagher, career arbitrator and lifelong learner, dies at 86

Thomas P. Gallagher was a man of eclecticism and deep deliberation.He was someone who in one instance could expertly pick the best music to put…


Willmar man killed by stray bullet in his garage

Willmar police said they're investigating but there's no indication the man was the intended target or victim


'Help is coming': Minnesota prepares for $375 million in federal rental assistance to arrive

Federal aid expected in weeks; advocates urge tenants and landlords to be patient.


Housing advocates, officials in Minnesota hope for a stronger federal role under Biden

Advocates look to the Biden administration to take on a bigger role as an eviction crisis looms.


Twin Cities librarians fielding more questions about race, social justice in year of George Floyd

Tasha Nins, a children's librarian with Ramsey County Library, said more parents are asking for books on race and social justice.


Hospitals seize Minnesotans' tax refunds for owed medical debts

Patients, often struggling, caught off guard, others question ethics of policy.


Landlords go to court to fight Walz's eviction moratorium

Two apartment owners challenge the state order designed to curb virus.


State hits fresh record with 5,908 new coronavirus cases

Gov. Tim Walz is expected to renew the peacetime pandemic state of emergency this week, triggering a sixth special session of the Minnesota Legislature.