Minneapolis police records shed light on 2014 military training

In August of 2014, military helicopters flew low over residential neighborhoods of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, engaged in a series of night-time training exercises.  The exercises involved the Naval Warfare Development Group – a “special forces” component of the U.S. Navy – and were aimed at enhancing urban combat tactics. Just as they had two […]

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Examining Minnesota’s historical radiation data

Since the start of the nuclear age, the State of Minnesota has monitored radiation levels within its borders.  In recent decades, that responsibility has fallen to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), which conducts site-specific environmental testing to measure the presence of radiation in the state’s air and water. Since 2004, MDH has compiled its […]

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Minnesota Department of Education and student data sharing

With frequency, education policy finds itself at the crossroads of political contention and debate. Last decade, disputes arose over the implementation of federal “No Child Left Behind” requirements. Today, “Common Core” standards have raised similar controversies. While education initiatives are much discussed, the data that underlie them are often not easy to access. Recently, Public Record […]

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