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DOJ:  “No documents” in PRM lawsuit

By Matt Ehling In January, Public Record Media (PRM) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), seeking records related to mass surveillance programs that collected communications data on more than one million U.S. persons.  On March 1st, DOJ produced its answer to PRM’s lawsuit, and submitted a […]

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MnDOT steps up oversight of drone use

By Mike Kaszuba Over the past four years, state transportation officials have issued cease and desist orders and other warnings regarding unauthorized drone flights to a series of commercial users, ranging from Xcel Energy to Edina Realty. The written warnings, obtained by Public Record Media (PRM), a St. Paul non profit, show how the state […]

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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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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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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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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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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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