Commercial real estate broker Russ Nelson is a downtown Minneapolis fixture. Who represented the Star Tribune in its land sale and big move to Capella Tower? Nelson. Who represented Xcel Energy in lease negotiations for a new nine-story building on Nicollet Mall? Nelson. He and his boutique brokerage partners (formerly Nelson, Tietz & Hoye) exclusively represent tenants. Nelson is also one of the biggest downtown boosters, serving on the board of the Minneapolis Downtown Council/Downtown Improvement District, among other groups.