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FBI to mount antenna system in US Bank Stadium

By Mike Kaszuba On the day after the Minnesota Vikings played the team’s inaugural game in the new US Bank Stadium, a top stadium official signed an agreement to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) place its own transmitting antennas inside the $1.1 billion structure. The agreement calls for the FBI to install four […]

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St. Paul produces additional documents on 2014 military training

By Mike Kaszuba When military helicopters suddenly began swooping through St. Paul on a summer night in 2014, the city’s top officials appeared to be caught off guard as the training exercise scared and angered citizens. “Three military helicopters are buzzing my building,” wrote an alarmed Dick Anderson, who lived in a downtown St. Paul high-rise and contacted […]

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Public spending on Vikings Stadium continues to rise

By Mike Kaszuba In May of last year, the Minnesota Vikings announced that the team was contributing another $14 million to its new $1.1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It was the 11th time in a little over a year that the team had announced it was putting additional money into the controversial project.  In […]

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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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