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August 24, 2015

Video inside Metro Transit buses must be made public, court rules

The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld KSTP-TV's right to obtain video, saying it's not private personnel data.
Movies
July 23, 2015
Woody Harrelson film crew stuck outside walls for Stillwater prison scenes

Woody Harrelson film crew stuck outside walls for Stillwater prison scenes

It's lights, camera, action on Thursday for the Woody Harrelson movie "Wilson," on location at the state prison in Stillwater. But the Department of Corrections' ban on cameras means the film crew won't be allowed inside.
Blogs
July 13, 2015

1-year term for former conservator who stole from vulnerable veterans

Stephen Grisham received half of the minimum sentence that he agreed to when he pleaded guilty.
Blogs
July 13, 2015
The enigma of the wayward barrel of acid (my Sunday col)

The enigma of the wayward barrel of acid (my Sunday col)

Read the Minneapolis Fire Department report on the toxic chemical mystery.
Blogs
July 7, 2015
St. Paul blogger sued for defamation (my Sunday column)

St. Paul blogger sued for defamation (my Sunday column)

Dennis Lang calls his legal tangle with Mahendra Trivedi "a fascinating experience."
Blogs
July 6, 2015

Walker, Wisconsin lawmakers retreat from public records overhaul

A near universal outcry against the secrecy move prompted the reversal.
Blogs
July 3, 2015

Stung by good journalism, lawmakers in Wisconsin opt for secrecy

Republican legislators insert provisions in a budget bill that would shield much of their records.
Blogs
June 29, 2015
Data on Minnesota cyberattacks hidden from public (Sunday column)

Data on Minnesota cyberattacks hidden from public (Sunday column)

Information tends to emerge only when something goes wrong. Until that happens, anyone trying to find out about the security of the government's IT systems quickly runs into a firewall of secrecy.
Blogs
June 1, 2015

Defamation no longer a crime in Minnesota, for now

It's still a crime in Wisconsin, while federal courts have increasingly upheld the scope of the First Amendment.
Local
May 26, 2015

Law brings new transparency for child protection records

Greater openness is one of the reforms intended to reduce the number of children maltreated in Minnesota.
Blogs
May 14, 2015

Read the termination letter sent to Mark Ulfers

Dakota County finally enumerated why it fired its community development director: Allegations of sexual harassment.
Blogs
April 22, 2015

Minnesota courts preserve public access to child protection records

The decision was made in conjunction with the new rules that usher in a new era of online access to Minnesota courts.
Blogs
April 15, 2015
Location of infected livestock farms remains secret

Location of infected livestock farms remains secret

Despite a massive multi-agency response to the disease outbreak, Minnesota law shields info about where it's happening.
Blogs
April 13, 2015

The last coal train to Black Dog (video)

LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_752753'); My Sunday column described the arrival of the last train hauling coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin to Xcel Energy's…
Minneapolis
April 8, 2015
These dogs are all part of Minneapolis' 'dangerous interactive map.

Minneapolis puts up rogue's gallery of dangerous dogs

Owners, beware: Your canine's misbehavior could become a matter of public notoriety. Minneapolis has an interactive map showing where dogs labeled dangerous live, what they look like the reason for the designation.
Blogs
March 17, 2015
Minnesota Supremes ponder putting court records online

Minnesota Supremes ponder putting court records online

A hearing before the Supreme Court Tuesday was dominated by discussion about child protection records.
Blogs
March 16, 2015
Holberg, champion of open government, wins Finnegan FOI Award

Holberg, champion of open government, wins Finnegan FOI Award

The honor was awarded Monday at a ceremony at the Hennepin Central Library in Minneapolis.
Blogs
March 16, 2015

Homes for urban farms, and other fruits of open data

Celebrate Sunshine Week by losing yourself in DataFinder, the data hub for MetroGIS.
Blogs
March 10, 2015
More ways that lying in Minnesota is a crime

More ways that lying in Minnesota is a crime

Ex-Stribber and faithful reader Bob Franklin lists the many laws that criminalize untruthfulness.
Blogs
March 2, 2015
Pure spring-water poses a health quandary in Eden Prairie

Pure spring-water poses a health quandary in Eden Prairie

My Sunday column explored the attraction of the Fredrick-Miller Spring, an untreated drinking water source.
Blogs
February 23, 2015
The dead letter office endures in the digital age

The dead letter office endures in the digital age

Web servers never forget what was sent, received, or merely bounced around.
Blogs
February 19, 2015
Fewer unruly passengers reported, but some say skies aren't friendlier

Fewer unruly passengers reported, but some say skies aren't friendlier

The FAA's numbers are called into question by the New York Times.
Blogs
February 16, 2015

Vintage map of the mound complex near Lake Minnetonka

The 1911 map, from the book "Aborigines of Minnesota," shows the area before a century of development.
Blogs
February 13, 2015

So much for Utopia: U lowers its sights for UMore Park

The future of a giant tract in Dakota County is rocks, research and real estate, not an eco-friendly community.
Blogs
February 5, 2015

"20th hijacker" speaks from prison, renewing push to unseal 9/11 docs

Locked up forever in a federal supermax prison, Zacarias Moussaoui says the Saudi government financed Al-Qaeda.