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Past articles by Max:

Man dies at Minneapolis experimental homeless shelter

The fiance of Todd "Julio" Weldon said he died of an apparent opioid overdose at the "navigation center" site established by the city and Red Lake Nation. People say overdoses are a daily occurrence there. → Read More

New shelter opens for residents of Minneapolis homeless camp

Social workers are trying to convince some who are leery of living in a shelter to try a new navigation center across the highway from the encampment. → Read More

5 questions as Minneapolis opens experimental homeless shelter

The "navigation center" is the first of its kind in Minnesota and could be a model for sheltering homeless across the state, if it succeeds. Here's what it's about. → Read More

Minneapolis plans to close homeless camp once emergency shelter opens

Until now, it was unclear what would happen with the site near Franklin and Hiawatha avenues in south Minneapolis. → Read More

Find a home for the homeless? It's no easy task in Minnesota

Finding a Twin Cities landlord willing to work with someone who's homeless is a huge challenge, even when a tenant has the rent money, and even when the would-be tenant is a woman carrying a newborn. → Read More

Fire burns tents at Minneapolis homeless camp; no injuries reported

At least two tents caught fire Monday at a homeless encampment but the Minneapolis Fire Department said that no injuries were reported and much of the fire was extinguished quickly. → Read More

Families at homeless encampment weigh staying together, seeking shelter

A conversation with residents of the homeless encampment in Minneapolis reveals what attracted them to that location and the challenges that they face in finding permanent homes. → Read More

Mpls., Red Lake push ahead on emergency shelter as winter nears

City and tribal officials are rushing to build a temporary shelter for some 200 people living along Hiawatha Avenue at the state's largest homeless encampment. This kind of rapid response to a homeless emergency is a first in Minnesota. → Read More

Council OKs plan to move Minneapolis homeless camp onto Red Lake land

The City Council signed off Wednesday on a plan to relocate a growing homeless encampment along Hiawatha Avenue to property nearby owned by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. Many challenges remain. → Read More

Red Lake Nation, Frey offer surprise option for homeless camp in Minneapolis

The Red Lake Nation and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Friday announced a new site to build a temporary shelter for residents of a homeless encampment that's swelled to an estimated 300 people near Hiawatha and Franklin avenues. → Read More

Kitty Hall: Everything you need to know about Minneapolis' cat election

Thousands of people are expected to cast ballots for Minneapolis' next kitty council president and meow-or before polling closes at noon on Wednesday. You probably have questions. Here are some answers. → Read More

In planning for its future, Minneapolis tries not to repeat the past

The discussion around Minneapolis' comprehensive plan proposal has been especially heated, as the city tries to accommodate a growing population while confronting a zoning code that's historically hurt racial minorities. → Read More

St. John's alumnus sues university, wants donation back plus interest

St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., is being sued by one of its own graduates who wants his donation back. Roger Lindmark, a 1974 grad, gave $300,000 to St. John's with settlement money he won from lawsuits against big corporations. → Read More

Buying? Selling? Flipping? Twin Cities houses selling at breakneck pace

It's a great time to be a seller -- median sale prices have never been higher. But for buyers, there's increasing pressure to ante up: Half of all properties are selling above asking price. → Read More

Read Mpls. mayor's $50M proposal for affordable housing

Mayor Jacob Frey's proposal would quadruple the amount of money the city typically spends on affordable housing. → Read More

St. Louis Park unanimously passes first-of-its-kind tenant protection

St. Louis Park's city council unanimously passed its first tenant protection ordinance on Monday night. The ordinance requires landlords to pay the moving expenses of low-income tenants if they decide to raise rents, not renew leases, or re-screen tenants within the first three months of owning a property. → Read More

What rising property values mean for you: It's not what you might think

It's property tax assessment letter season. And, this year, many homeowners across the state were surprised to see a spike in their property values — again. If yours went up, will that mean your taxes rise, too? → Read More

From Cameroon to Mpls. to international drag star: BeBe Zahara Benet serves face

After storming reality TV and the New York drag scene, drag artist BeBe Zahara Benet is back in Minneapolis and working on a new monthly interactive dance show. → Read More

Taller, greener, more equitable: Minneapolis releases first draft of its 20-year vision

The plan, called Minneapolis 2040, is about two years in the making, and its policy recommendations span housing, transportation, economic development, public health, the arts and the environment. The plan is open to public comment until July 22. → Read More

Landlord battles haunt Twin Cities low-income renters

Past problems with a landlord don't die easily. They can make it nearly impossible for some to find affordable housing quickly. That's especially true for would-be renters in a tight rental market with "UDs" on their record. → Read More