Dakota pipeine deployment came amid Hennepin County budget review

By Mike Kaszuba When calls for police assistance came during the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota last year, three of Minnesota’s eighty seven counties volunteered to send deputies to help. Anoka County sent six deputies, Washington County sent five, and Hennepin County sent twenty nine. The staffing figures were obtained by […]

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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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