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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Martin:

Minn. health plans say they will cover costs of COVID-19 tests

People concerned that they may have contracted the coronavirus may not have to worry about paying much, if anything, for tests. But they may see bills for office visit and other costs, depending on their insurer and plan. → Read More

Report: Minnesota’s progress on housing is mixed

The encouraging signs include a rise in home and apartment construction and a reduction in renter evictions. But homelessness rose last year and racial disparities in homeownership persist. The trends have been noted previously by other organizations. → Read More

Report: Median Twin Cities home price rose to a record $280,000 in 2019

The median home selling price has now increased by more than 5 percent every year since 2012, according to the latest annual market report from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. → Read More

Advocates eye community land trusts to increase access to homeownership

The 13 nonprofit community land trusts throughout the state collectively have 1,250 homes in their portfolios. One land trust in Minneapolis mostly serves households that make between $25,000 and $50,000 a year. → Read More

State settles lawsuit against Comcast

More than 30,000 Comcast customers will be eligible for refunds. Comcast will provide $1.14 million in refunds, along with an undisclosed amount of debt relief. → Read More

Aftermath of 2 St. Paul shootings: 2 dead, many lives shattered

Thirty-one people died in St. Paul homicides in 2019. As city officials struggle to stem that violence in 2020, interviews with family members of two men shot and killed reveal the damage done extends far beyond the bullets. → Read More

One dead, one injured in RV fire in St. Paul

One person died and another was injured after an RV caught fire late Saturday while being driven in St. Paul's North End neighborhood. → Read More

Minneapolis 2040 plan poised for final approval

The broad vision for how the city will look in the future has drawn criticism for its zoning changes, but city officials say they’re not seeing a surge in interest in building development. → Read More

A small way to save on rent

More small apartments are getting built. Some renters look to trade space for lower rent. → Read More

Taking a roommate can make economic sense for homeowners, tenants

Renting out a room can provide homeowners with extra income, and renters with better accommodations for their money -- but the details can bedevil. → Read More

Harvard study: Twin Cities housing spendy and scarce, better than some metros

A Harvard University study shows housing is getting more expensive and harder to find in the Twin Cities, but other areas are worse off. → Read More

Noor to be sentenced Friday; prison time likely

Criminal justice observers expect ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor will get prison time for killing 911 caller Justine Ruszczyk, but this kind of conviction is so rare, it's not clear how many years the judge will order Friday. → Read More

Minneapolis police report record number of drug overdoses

The Minneapolis Police Department on Thursday reported 50 overdoses -- including one suspected fatal overdose -- in the city for the week running from May 28 to Monday, June 3. Statewide, there have been 163 overdoses reported in the last two weeks, according to the BCA. → Read More

The old 'flop house' emerges as solution to affordable housing crisis

Boarding houses, once regarded as urban blight, are gaining traction as a way to solve shortages of affordable housing in Minnesota and across the country. → Read More

Mpls. tenants hope to buy apartments to form co-op

Residents have been withholding their rent since last summer and are fighting eviction. → Read More

Got mice? Join the club. It's been a 'bumper year'

The brutal winter has mice scrambling to get indoors, and homeowners scrambling to get rid of them. → Read More

Lack of affordable housing squeezing ever more Minnesotans

A new study indicates the shortfall in affordable housing is growing, squeezing an additional 26,000 households in 2017 compared to two years before. → Read More

Insurers prepare for a possible record in ice dam damage claims

Water and other damage that ice dams create is covered by insurance, as are problems caused by the weight of snow and ice on a roof. But insurance does not cover the cost of removing ice dams, which is considered a maintenance duty and the homeowner's responsibility. → Read More

Don't make these mistakes when battling ice dams

This endless February has many homeowners dealing with ice dams. The fearsome telltale icicles threaten to dislodge gutters or break off and impale anyone passing below. Here's what's behind this ongoing scourge of Minnesota winters. → Read More

Some businesses are following consumers to cashless transactions

With the rise of online retailing and the ubiquity of credit and debit cards, a majority of consumers prefer to pay with plastic. And some businesses are going plastic-only for purchases. → Read More