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Jessica Lee


Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Jessica:

After ouster, former Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek is retired — but very much leaving the door open to un-retiring

“There’s lots of speculation about what Sheriff Stanek is, or is not, doing.” → Read More

How Twin Cities suburbs are trying to address the need for more Section 8 housing

Housing advocates and officials across the metro are boosting efforts to raise awareness of the need for Section 8 housing. → Read More

Southwest LRT construction is about to get real. What that could mean for you

The latest on Southwest LRT and what we know now about the construction schedule for the 14.5-mile, Minneapolis-to-Eden Prairie route. → Read More

It sure seems like there’s going to be single-family homes at the Ford site development

Ford currently owns the 122-acre site along the Mississippi River in the Highland Park neighborhood. For years, the company made it clear that it did not want single-family homes included in future development of the site. That has changed. → Read More

Report highlights growing number of homeless seniors in Minnesota

The Wilder report found other notable trends among Minnesota’s homeless population. Among them: that the number of people sleeping under bridges, alongside roads or in vehicles — anywhere outside — has more than doubled since 2015. → Read More

Here are the neighborhood restaurants in Minneapolis that have applied for full service liquor licenses

In the wake of the city changing its charter, Minneapolis officials have so far approved almost a dozen applications for full liquor service at neighborhood restaurants, with at least seven more approvals likely coming soon. → Read More

Yes, the race for St. Paul City Council has already started

Five candidates are vying for open seat in Ward 6 and there are two other races in which first-time candidates are challenging long-time incumbents. → Read More

It’s been about a year since a new Minneapolis City Council promised to work well together. Did they?

When Lisa Bender first became City Council president, she individually asked all council members what they wanted from her as their new leader. Every official, she said, had this main request: Let’s just all get along. → Read More

All the ways the City Council changed the Minneapolis 2040 plan

Here are main takeaways from the council’s latest work on the plan, and how the massive document will guide future policies on development, infrastructure, transportation and more. → Read More

As Stanek waits for official results, Hutchinson makes plans to take over Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

Stanek’s campaign said it wouldn't comment on Tuesday’s election until the group in charge of certifying county results, the Hennepin County Canvassing Board, reviews the vote totals at a meeting next Tuesday morning. → Read More

Walz to be next governor; Ellison wins contentious AG race; DFL takes Minnesota House

Meanwhile, voters in Minnesota's most populous county elect two political newcomers over longtime incumbents: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. → Read More

The 15 Minnesota House races (and one Senate race) to watch in 2018

A Senate special election puts both chambers in play this year. → Read More

How the Hennepin and Ramsey County elections could shake up metro area politics

DFL activists made it clear from the beginning of campaign season that local elections in the Twin Cities metro would be different this year. → Read More

The 15 Minnesota House races (and one Senate race) to watch in 2018

A Senate special election puts both chambers in play this year. → Read More

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul now have dockless bike sharing. How is that going?

Everything you need to know about dockless bike programs across the Twin Cities metro. → Read More

Minneapolis considers supervised injection sites to address opioid crisis

The government-sanctioned facilities would allow people to use heroin or other drugs under the supervision of healthcare workers. Though such programs operate in other cities around the world, none have been established in the U.S. — yet. → Read More

At Hennepin County candidate forum, a lot of fire about ICE

The event, hosted by ISAIAH, aimed to spotlight injustices against immigrants and people of color in Hennepin County’s criminal-justice system, while allowing candidates for county attorney, sheriff and commissioner to explain their ideas for fixing them. → Read More

The definitive word on the State Fair’s best — and worst — new foods

To save you the trouble of having to read every bit of fair food coverage, we created a meta-review based on critics' takes from the Star Tribune, City Pages, Mpls.St. Paul Magazine and KARE 11. → Read More

Five takeaways from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's first budget address

On Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released his first budget. The $1.6 billion package, which calls for a slight increase to the city’s property tax levy, stays in line with most past promises by the freshman mayor — particularly regarding housing affordability. → Read More

Other races: Mitra Jalali Nelson wins St. Paul council seat; field winnowed for sheriff, Hennepin and Ramsey county boards

As Minnesota digests Tuesday’s primary results for state and federal offices, here’s what unfolded in races specific to the Twin Cities. → Read More