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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PRM, public records, and PolyMet

On December 7, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the proposed NorthMet mining project. If approved, NorthMet would be an open-pit, copper-sulfide mine in northern Minnesota operated by the Canada-based PolyMet Mining Corporation. The NorthMet SDEIS includes hundreds of pages of data compiled by the […]

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Minnesota’s Executive Council approves mining leases

Minnesota’s Executive Council met on October 25th to approve the issuance of 31 mining leases for non-ferrous metallic minerals. The council approved the leases on a vote of four-to-one. Executive Council members include Governor Dayton, Secretary of State Ritchie, State Auditor Otto, Attorney General Swanson, and Lt. Governor Prettner-Solon, who chaired the meeting. During the […]

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Update on PRM’s request to Minnesota Commerce

Since 2011, Public Record Media (PRM) has sought documentation related to the oversight and management of Minnesota’s public health care programs. We have published numerous stories and documents related to these matters, and continue to make public record requests to gather additional information. Minnesota’s public health care programs are administered by private HMOs under contract […]

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