As federal scrutiny grew, U slow to sever ties with Chinese telecom

By Mike Kaszuba In 2018, Chinese telecom giant Huawei came under increasing scrutiny in the United States over allegations that it stole trade secrets and violated sanctions on Iran. At the University of Minnesota, officials watched as major schools across the country began distancing themselves from the company. Internal university memos –– filed as the … Continue reading As federal scrutiny grew, U slow to sever ties with Chinese telecom

FBI records: Revisiting Watergate, and Kenneth Dahlberg

By Mike Kaszuba Nearly a half century ago, Kenneth Dahlberg was briefly in the spotlight as a Minnesota connection to Watergate, the political scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation following the break-in at the Democrat National Committee headquarters. FBI documents newly-obtained by Public Record Media (PRM), a non-profit based in Saint Paul, provide … Continue reading FBI records: Revisiting Watergate, and Kenneth Dahlberg

Federal Reserve’s Kashkari to key education policy critic: “You had done little to no work”

By Mike Kaszuba New documents show that an acrimonious dispute has broken out involving the normally staid Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. At issue: A proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota that calls for ensuring children have a right to a quality public education. The players: The president of the federal bank, who has taken a … Continue reading Federal Reserve’s Kashkari to key education policy critic: “You had done little to no work”

Police told to watch for threats, Boogaloo Boys at Minnesota polling places

By Mike Kaszuba Four days before the November presidential election, state officials and the FBI issued a report giving police advice on how to handle potential threats and hazards at polling places in Minnesota. While the report – which has not been previously disclosed — cautioned that there were at the time no known credible … Continue reading Police told to watch for threats, Boogaloo Boys at Minnesota polling places

Documents: U struggled to address, recover from public relations hit over COVID refunds

By Mike Kaszuba Just eight months after becoming president of the University of Minnesota, Joan Gabel was immersed in controversy and second-guessing over the school’s COVID-19 response. The pandemic had quickly forced the state’s largest school to effectively shut down not only its 50,000-student campus in the Twin Cities, but its other campuses across Minnesota … Continue reading Documents: U struggled to address, recover from public relations hit over COVID refunds

For Hennepin County’s new sheriff: A quick pivot to encryption

By Mike Kaszuba Two months after Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson took office in early 2019, a sheriff’s office advisory board set a key date:  The sheriff’s office would tentatively begin encrypting radio traffic on April 10 for all police departments using the county’s dispatch service. The move was noteworthy because Hutchinson, during his campaign … Continue reading For Hennepin County’s new sheriff: A quick pivot to encryption

U of M documents show Richard Painter’s clashes with Trump administration

By Mike Kaszuba Three days after President Trump took the oath of office in 2017, the dean of the University of Minnesota law school was scrambling to find out what was happening with one of his faculty members, Richard Painter. The dean, Garry Jenkins, had been sent computer links to stories in Reuters, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the … Continue reading U of M documents show Richard Painter’s clashes with Trump administration

VA says probe continues regarding Minnesota clinics

By Mike Kaszuba The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said that an investigation is continuing into Sterling Medical Associates Inc., a company that has already agreed to pay $1.85 million to resolve allegations that it filed false claims after it failed to schedule timely appointments for veterans at two Minnesota clinics. The VA made the assertion in denying … Continue reading VA says probe continues regarding Minnesota clinics

After tax reform, the charitable giving at U.S. Bank gets muddled

By Mike Kaszuba In the final days of 2017, President Trump and a Republican-led Congress passed a major new tax law that lowered the corporate tax rate for many U.S. businesses.  And, in what was described as a show of its appreciation, U.S. Bank said it would donate $150 million to its foundation for charitable … Continue reading After tax reform, the charitable giving at U.S. Bank gets muddled

Records: Backbiting and backtracking behind a City’s Pledge of Allegiance drama

By Mike Kaszuba Almost exactly a year ago, a controversy over whether the City of Saint Louis Park should continue reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before City Council meetings brought out everything: Red-white-and-blue clad protesters, claims that the pledge made immigrants uncomfortable, and even criticism of the city from President Trump. In the end – … Continue reading Records: Backbiting and backtracking behind a City’s Pledge of Allegiance drama