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City e-mails show the aftermath of the death of Prince

By Mike Kaszuba On the day after Prince died last year, Chanhassen’s mayor was very much in demand. CNN, the cable news network, wanted Mayor Denny Laufenburger to appear on Wolf Blitzer’s show to talk about what the Minnesota music legend had meant to the city.  Prince had lived in the Minneapolis suburb for many […]

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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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Inside the Vikings’ move to Eagan

By Mike Kaszuba Through last fall and into this past summer, city officials in Eagan raced to line up the necessary approvals so that the Minnesota Vikings could build a new headquarters and practice complex along Interstate 494. Public Record Media, a St. Paul non-profit, reviewed more than a thousand pages of public documents, and […]

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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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