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Examining Greater MSP

By Mike Kaszuba Greater MSP may be one of the most influential organizations in Minnesota.  It is also largely unknown to the public, despite receiving substantial amounts of taxpayer money. And while Greater MSP has been praised by local governments for its participation in regional development projects, its exact role is not clear in every instance. In […]

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Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee files financial report

By Mike Kaszuba Though Minnesota’s Super Bowl Host Committee has operated largely out of the public eye, there are some early signs of the financial undertaking required to bring the 2018 game to the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The first financial report filed by the host committee shows that the non-profit organization had […]

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Few details available regarding Governor Dayton’s viewing of Jamar Clark video

By Mike Kaszuba Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) are revealing few details about the governor’s private viewing of a video taken moments before Minneapolis resident Jamar Clark was shot to death by police. Public Record Media (PRM), a St. Paul non-profit, asked both the governor’s office and the BCA for records that […]

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Documents show interplay between MN governor, news media

By Mike Kaszuba In the final days of last year’s legislative session, there was widespread grumbling – again – that many of the big decisions involving top Minnesota legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton were happening behind closed doors. The complaint was hardly new.  Often, as the governor and legislative leaders meet to negotiate a final budget agreement, reporters literally sit […]

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PRM looks at coach Jerry Kill contract amendments

By Mike Kaszuba Jerry Kill’s abrupt exit last fall as the head football coach at the University of Minnesota came as he was lauded for turning the program around, and after he struggled publicly with seizures caused by epilepsy. His future with the school was again clouded in late February, after he said administrators offered him a role […]

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Stillwater Bridge controversy lived on in MnDOT-commissioned book project

By Mike Kaszuba It all seemed simple enough.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) would pay $50,000 to have the Washington County Historical Society write “the complete story” of the iconic Stillwater Lift Bridge.  But almost from the beginning nothing was simple, according to documents obtained by St. Paul non-profit Public Record Media (PRM). MnDOT was contractually obligated to […]

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Documents show controversy over Minnesota state auditor legislation

By Mike Kaszuba New documents show that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and his staff were caught off guard last year on what was one of the legislative session’s final surprises – the attempt to curtail the duties of the state auditor. Documents obtained by Public Record Media indicate that the governor and his staff initially underestimated the impact […]

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PolyMet/NorthMet public comment hearing held in Duluth

An estimated 1300-1500 people were in attendance in Duluth on January 16 for the first of three state public hearings on the PolyMet company’s proposed NorthMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. Representatives from the Minnesota DNR, the US Forest Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers were in attendance. The audience also included current […]

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