Looking at the University of Minnesota’s “Row the Boat” agreement

By Mike Kaszuba When Tyler Johnson scored three touchdowns in a victory over Miami University of Ohio in September, there was a single word on the front of his University of Minnesota football helmet. The word: ROW. It was there because of an unusual agreement between the school, second-year head football coach PJ Fleck and … Continue reading Looking at the University of Minnesota’s “Row the Boat” agreement

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 … Continue reading A Republican operative’s death in Rochester

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 … Continue reading Tracking A Data Request Regarding The Dakota Access Pipeline

New federal documents describe 2014 “Brass Star” military training exercise

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba The U.S. military provided coaching on how to handle media inquiries during a 2014 military training exercise in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and included advice on how to limit information should a “serious accident or incident involving injury or death” occur. The latest documents from the U.S. Special Operations … Continue reading New federal documents describe 2014 “Brass Star” military training exercise

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

New Super Bowl Records Show NFL’s Reach, But Yield No Bid Document

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba The National Football League took wide-ranging control of U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII – including being given 75 percent of the luxury suites at the facility, and having local officials pay to add temporary seating for the game, according to newly released documents. But a spokesperson for … Continue reading New Super Bowl Records Show NFL’s Reach, But Yield No Bid Document