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A Tesla crashes in Minnesota

By Mike Kaszuba One day after a Tesla automobile crashed in rural Minnesota last summer, Tesla’s director of field performance engineering contacted the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office about the accident.  In an e-mail, he wrote that federal regulators were asking the car company about the crash. Kandiyohi County officials had sent out a press release […]

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Marv Davidov, the FBI, and J. Edgar Hoover

By Mike Kaszuba In the late 1960s, Twin Cities peace activist Marv Davidov was on the radar of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who told the Secret Service that Davidov may have tendencies indicating a “propensity for violence and antipathy toward good order and government.” Hoover would later update his assessment of Davidov, and […]

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Records show how Greater MSP took control of state’s Amazon bid

By Mike Kaszuba State officials allowed Greater MSP – a business development non-profit with ties to Minnesota’s top companies – to assume a uniquely dominant role in the unsuccessful bid to land Amazon’s second corporate headquarters, according to new documents reviewed by Public Record Media (PRM). Records released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and […]

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In Saint Paul, a transparency change

By Mike Kaszuba Due to concerns raised by women’s advocates, the St. Paul City Council is no longer requiring people who testify at public hearings to verbally give their home address. City Council President Amy Brendmoen said she made the decision after she and other City Council members were approached by “a group of advocates […]

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Invoices detail payments from DEED to Greater MSP

By Mike Kaszuba For several years, Minnesota’s top economic development agency has had a financial partnership with Greater MSP, the business non-profit that recently submitted – but along with state officials has declined to make public — the state’s bid to land an Amazon corporate headquarters. Invoices obtained by St. Paul-based non-profit Public Record Media […]

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Searching for Minnesota’s Amazon bid

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba Four months after Amazon announced plans to build a second corporate headquarters – setting off a nationwide competition – Minnesota has concealed its Amazon bid through the use of a nonprofit whose board includes representatives of many of the state’s top companies. The state’s Department of Employment and Economic […]

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Examining Shakopee’s Amazon warehouse subsidies

By Mike Kaszuba By most standards, the sprawling Amazon warehouse facility that opened in Shakopee a year ago has been a success. The building totals 850,000 square feet, employees thousands of workers, and recently has been hiring full-time warehouse associates at a starting pay of up to $15.50 an hour, plus health care benefits and […]

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