The University of Minnesota courts the military

By Mike Kaszuba In the spring of this year, the State of Minnesota submitted a high-profile bid to have the United States Army build a Futures Command Center in the state.  The bid – while ultimately unsuccessful – provided a revealing look at how the University of Minnesota tried to market itself to the military. […]

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A Republican operative’s death in Rochester

By Mike Kaszuba Documents found in Peter Smith’s Minnesota motel room last year only hinted at his role as a Republican operative who specialized in political opposition research on Bill and Hillary Clinton.  However, the work that Smith was reportedly doing prior to his death in May of 2017 has intrigued both reporters and congressional […]

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Tracking A Data Request Regarding The Dakota Access Pipeline

By Mike Kaszuba In the fall of 2016, three Minnesota counties volunteered to send sheriff’s deputies to North Dakota to provide police support as protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline project drew national attention. In early December of that year, Saint Paul-based non-profit Public Record Media asked the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office for internal correspondence […]

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The Union Depot Hosts a Vikings Party

By Mike Kaszuba Three days prior to this year’s Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings hosted a private dinner at St. Paul’s Union Depot for some of the wealthiest people in the United States — the team owners of the National Football League. Documents obtained by Public Record Media (PRM), a Saint Paul-based non-profit, show how […]

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A Tesla crashes in Minnesota

By Mike Kaszuba One day after a Tesla automobile crashed in rural Minnesota last summer, Tesla’s director of field performance engineering contacted the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office about the accident.  In an e-mail, he wrote that federal regulators were asking the car company about the crash. Kandiyohi County officials had sent out a press release […]

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Public Record Media files suit against Justice Department; seeks procedures, legal opinions about media investigations

On May 3rd, Minnesota-based open government organization Public Record Media (PRM) filed suit in federal court, seeking access to U.S. Justice Department (DOJ)  records requested under a 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. PRM’s FOIA request seeks a variety of records about legal tools and techniques used to obtain information from members of the […]

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