Author Archive | Matt Ehling

FBI to mount antenna system in US Bank Stadium

By Mike Kaszuba On the day after the Minnesota Vikings played the team’s inaugural game in the new US Bank Stadium, a top stadium official signed an agreement to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) place its own transmitting antennas inside the $1.1 billion structure. The agreement calls for the FBI to install four […]

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St. Paul produces additional documents on 2014 military training

By Mike Kaszuba When military helicopters suddenly began swooping through St. Paul on a summer night in 2014, the city’s top officials appeared to be caught off guard as the training exercise scared and angered citizens. “Three military helicopters are buzzing my building,” wrote an alarmed Dick Anderson, who lived in a downtown St. Paul high-rise and contacted […]

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Public spending on Vikings Stadium continues to rise

By Mike Kaszuba In May of last year, the Minnesota Vikings announced that the team was contributing another $14 million to its new $1.1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It was the 11th time in a little over a year that the team had announced it was putting additional money into the controversial project.  In […]

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Examining Greater MSP

By Mike Kaszuba Greater MSP may be one of the most influential organizations in Minnesota.  It is also largely unknown to the public, despite receiving substantial amounts of taxpayer money. And while Greater MSP has been praised by local governments for its participation in regional development projects, its exact role is not clear in every instance. In […]

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Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee files financial report

By Mike Kaszuba Though Minnesota’s Super Bowl Host Committee has operated largely out of the public eye, there are some early signs of the financial undertaking required to bring the 2018 game to the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The first financial report filed by the host committee shows that the non-profit organization had […]

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Few details available regarding Governor Dayton’s viewing of Jamar Clark video

By Mike Kaszuba Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) are revealing few details about the governor’s private viewing of a video taken moments before Minneapolis resident Jamar Clark was shot to death by police. Public Record Media (PRM), a St. Paul non-profit, asked both the governor’s office and the BCA for records that […]

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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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FBI data: Minnesota ranked 15th in 2014 firearms background checks

By Mike Kaszuba In the aftermath of the latest terrorism attacks in both Paris and San Bernardino, California, many media outlets have reported a rise in firearm sales in the United States. In November of this year, 39 states posted increases, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is administered by […]

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The management of the DHS “Value Report” on HMO care

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba Three years ago, the Minnesota Legislature told state officials it wanted an independent study to investigate the value of the state’s managed health care programs. But what taxpayers got instead was a report that was heavily influenced by Department of Human Services (DHS) officials and critiqued by health management […]

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