Author Archive | Matt Ehling

Documents: Federal regulators quickly changed course on Boundary Waters mining

By Mike Kaszuba New documents show that a year after the Trump administration took office, federal regulators were hurriedly trying to keep pace with the new U.S. president and industry supporters who wanted to revive a controversial mining project near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota. “The lifting of the [proposed withdrawal […]

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For the Super Bowl, the NFL gets into airport management

By Mike Kaszuba When the Super Bowl was held in Minneapolis two years ago, federal aviation officials had a unique partner to make sure private planes bringing in fans avoided a logjam at Twin Cities airports – the National Football League. The arrangement allowed for the use of an NFL reservation system as the Federal […]

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Documents:  A surveillance project attracts “too much media attention”

By Mike Kaszuba Twice during the past two years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given permission to a notable defense contractor to help conduct an unusual mission:  Fly a sophisticated high-altitude balloon over a six-state area – including southern Minnesota – to help the government deter drug trafficking and homeland security threats. But in early […]

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After obtaining a non-disclosure agreement, Google comes to Minnesota

By Mike Kaszuba Nearly three months before most Minnesotans knew that Google was interested in building a large data center in Sherburne County, local officials were already putting together a public subsidy package for the multi-billion-dollar company. New documents obtained by Saint Paul-based non-profit Public Record Media (PRM) show that the broad outlines of an […]

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Documents shed renewed light on Wisconsin’s Foxconn deal

By Mike Kaszuba In 2017, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker announced that tech giant Foxconn would be building a major liquid crystal display manufacturing facility in the state. Walker touted the project as one that could transform Wisconsin in the same way Silicon Valley had remade the San Francisco Bay area. Despite the outward excitement, state […]

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After more than a year, Amazon bid released

By Mike Kaszuba After being kept from the public for over eighteen months, Minnesota’s unsuccessful bid to have Amazon locate a second corporate headquarters (“HQ2”) in the state was released on May 6th.  The bid document, however, contained few surprises – many of the public subsidies and locations that were offered to the company had […]

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