Documents show interplay between MN governor, news media

By Mike Kaszuba In the final days of last year’s legislative session, there was widespread grumbling – again – that many of the big decisions involving top Minnesota legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton were happening behind closed doors. The complaint was hardly new.  Often, as the governor and legislative leaders meet to negotiate a final budget agreement, reporters literally sit […]

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PRM looks at coach Jerry Kill contract amendments

By Mike Kaszuba Jerry Kill’s abrupt exit last fall as the head football coach at the University of Minnesota came as he was lauded for turning the program around, and after he struggled publicly with seizures caused by epilepsy. His future with the school was again clouded in late February, after he said administrators offered him a role […]

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Stillwater Bridge controversy lived on in MnDOT-commissioned book project

By Mike Kaszuba It all seemed simple enough.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) would pay $50,000 to have the Washington County Historical Society write “the complete story” of the iconic Stillwater Lift Bridge.  But almost from the beginning nothing was simple, according to documents obtained by St. Paul non-profit Public Record Media (PRM). MnDOT was contractually obligated to […]

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