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

PRM files friend-of-the-court brief in Webster v. City of Bloomington data lawsuit

By Matt Ehling Public Record Media (PRM) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Tony Webster v. City of Bloomington data lawsuit. PRM’s brief was filed in support of record requester Tony Webster’s pending motion to compel the City of Bloomington to produce data in response to one of his public record requests. Webster’s request … Continue reading PRM files friend-of-the-court brief in Webster v. City of Bloomington data lawsuit

Looking at water modeling for NorthMet

By Matt Ehling Editor’s note – Since 2013, PRM has obtained thousands of pages of documents from state and federal regulatory agencies related to mining in northern Minnesota. Last month, the environmental review of PolyMet’s proposed NorthMet mining project reached another benchmark. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the completion of the third … Continue reading Looking at water modeling for NorthMet

PRM continues transparency forums with Burnsville, MN open records event

PRM will continue its series of open records events with a Freedom of Information (FOI) forum on July 23, 2015, at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville, Minnesota. The event will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The Burnhaven Library is located at 1101 West County Road 42 in Burnsville. The workshop will explore how members of the public … Continue reading PRM continues transparency forums with Burnsville, MN open records event

Twin Cities Military Training: Saint Paul documents

On June 29th, Public Record Media (PRM) received a second set of documents pertaining to the 2014 military training exercise that occurred in the Twin Cities metro area. During that weeklong event, military Special Forces personnel conducted a variety of ground and air operations under cover of night, just as they had two years earlier. … Continue reading Twin Cities Military Training: Saint Paul documents

The Marv Davidov Files: A Life Under Surveillance

Among Twin Cities peace activists, Marv Davidov was a long-time fixture.  A proponent of non-violent direct action, Davidov was heavily involved in the civil rights movement, and later actively opposed the Vietnam War through protests and pickets.  Starting in the late 1960s, his anti-war activism focused on the Honeywell Corporation – then a Minneapolis-based armaments … Continue reading The Marv Davidov Files: A Life Under Surveillance

PRM to host public records workshop in Minneapolis, MN

On June 11, 2015, Saint Paul-based non-profit Public Record Media (PRM) will host a Freedom of Information (FOI) workshop at the North Regional Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event will be held in the library’s North Regional Meeting Room, and will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  The North Regional Library is located at 1315 Lowry Ave. N. … Continue reading PRM to host public records workshop in Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis police records shed light on 2014 military training

In August of 2014, military helicopters flew low over residential neighborhoods of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, engaged in a series of night-time training exercises.  The exercises involved the Naval Warfare Development Group – a “special forces” component of the U.S. Navy – and were aimed at enhancing urban combat tactics. Just as they had two … Continue reading Minneapolis police records shed light on 2014 military training

Examining Minnesota’s historical radiation data

Since the start of the nuclear age, the State of Minnesota has monitored radiation levels within its borders.  In recent decades, that responsibility has fallen to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), which conducts site-specific environmental testing to measure the presence of radiation in the state’s air and water. Since 2004, MDH has compiled its … Continue reading Examining Minnesota’s historical radiation data