Author Archive | Matt Ehling

Looking at the ownership structure of Minnesota United

By Mike Kaszuba In April of last year, city officials entered into a series of agreements that paved the way for a privately-built stadium that would host a Major League Soccer team in St. Paul. The city and the team, Minnesota United, made their first major public announcement about the project in October of 2015.  […]

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Hennepin County sending deputies to presidential inauguration event

By Mike Kaszuba For the fourth presidential inauguration in a row, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is sending deputies to provide security for the event. The county board last month authorized $100,000 for the undertaking, and the sheriff’s office said that 40 deputies would be in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the inauguration of President-elect […]

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Dakota pipeine deployment came amid Hennepin County budget review

By Mike Kaszuba When calls for police assistance came during the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota last year, three of Minnesota’s eighty seven counties volunteered to send deputies to help. Anoka County sent six deputies, Washington County sent five, and Hennepin County sent twenty nine. The staffing figures were obtained by […]

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Looking at Mayor Coleman’s e-mails

By Mike Kaszuba During the course of a single month – October 2015 – the St. Paul mayor’s office was preoccupied with two major issues.  One was a controversial attempt to install parking meters on Grand Avenue, the city’s popular shopping area.  The other was an announcement that St. Paul would be home to a […]

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EPA documents reveal agency, Nolan discussions about PolyMet

By Mike Kaszuba As controversy swirled around a proposal to begin copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota, records show that Congressman Rick Nolan privately pushed state and federal regulators to move more quickly on the project. A top spokesman for the Minnesota congressman told government regulators that Nolan’s objective was “not to interfere”, but also noted […]

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Hennepin County Sheriff adopts drone use as legal landscape evolves

By Mike Kaszuba On a chilly Thursday in March, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office invited a group of politicians and others to watch a demonstration flight of the department’s new aerial drone. A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said that “the demo was not a test of the [drone’s] operational capabilities, but a simple ‘show […]

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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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