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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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SEC cited State of Minnesota for misstatements in bond offerings

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cited the State of Minnesota last year for making “material misstatements” in the sale of municipal bonds, according to records obtained by Public Record Media (PRM). A 2016 order issued by the SEC, a federal regulatory agency that monitors the country’s financial industry, […]

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FAA records show problems posed by private drones

By Mike Kaszuba New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records show that privately-owned drones have caused headaches for federal officials: flying close to airliners taking off and landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, buzzing the IDS Building in downtown Minneapolis, and forcing a medical helicopter to delay a takeoff at the Hennepin County Medical Center. FAA […]

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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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