List of mining documents inspected at Minnesota DNR

In November of 2013, PRM made public record requests from six state and federal agencies relating to ongoing or proposed mining operations in northern Minnesota, including the proposed “NorthMet” copper-sulfide mine.  Our requests sought correspondence between various regulatory agencies and the mining companies that they oversee. Document production begins Within recent weeks, we have started […]

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PolyMet/NorthMet public comment hearing held in Duluth

An estimated 1300-1500 people were in attendance in Duluth on January 16 for the first of three state public hearings on the PolyMet company’s proposed NorthMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. Representatives from the Minnesota DNR, the US Forest Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers were in attendance. The audience also included current […]

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Minnesota mining document update

During the past few weeks, Public Record Media has received thousands of pages of mining documents from a variety of state and federal agencies.  The document releases have occurred in response to several public record requests filed by PRM in November of 2013.  Those requests sought correspondence between regulatory agencies and mining companies related to […]

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BCA releases additional details on drone use

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has responded to a PRM data practices request related to that agency’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Information previously obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Minnesota Public Radio indicated that the BCA had utilized federal UAVs for a number of Minnesota law enforcement missions.  The UAVs were […]

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DNR announces web page for mining lease proposals

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced the launch of a web page to house documents related to mining lease proposals.  Proposals posted at the site relate to non-ferrous, metallic minerals.  Registered users of the portal will receive notifications about new proposals as they are received by the State. Background On October 25, […]

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Johnson Controls, “private” data, and public programs

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in the Helmberger v. Johnson Controls open records case. The case involved a suit brought by the publisher of the Minnesota-based Timberjay Newpaper against Johnson Controls of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In its ruling, the court held that Johnson Controls was not obligated to provide access to certain subcontract […]

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PRM seeks drone data from Minnesota BCA

Public Record Media (PRM) has filed a Data Practices Act request with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) seeking information about how the agency uses drone aircraft owned and operated by the federal government. An emerging picture A picture of drone use in Minnesota has been slowly emerging through documents obtained through public records […]

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