Fondness for spring water overflows in Eden Prairie

Fondness for spring water overflows in Eden Prairie

None of those gathering water seemed perturbed by the city's sign warning that "even though the water is tested, we cannot assure its safety at all times."
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Shiffer: State reports weed out medical pot growers' 'trade secrets'

December 6, 2014
Shiffer: State reports weed out medical pot growers' 'trade secrets'
LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions proved to the state that they had the financial wherewithal, technical prowess and security procedures to process and sell medical cannabis to patients. But if you want to know the details, you're out of luck.
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St. Paul artist may be out of options to save house

November 17, 2014
St. Paul artist may be out of options to save house
Local
October 22

Trump White House confounds, confuses transparency advocates

Data purges and secrecy confounding transparency advocates.
Local
October 14

University of Minnesota's hunt for leaker was a $74K red herring

In May, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota learned that another high-ranking athletic department employee had been placed on leave for misconduct. This was supposed to stay secret.
Local
October 9

Two men sentenced for violating Minnesota's revenge-porn law

Michael Weigel and William Eldridge both had the same idea on how to inflict emotional pain on women in their lives. They created fake Facebook…
Local
October 1
In September, researchers and visitors to the Smithsonian Institution...

Once-secret CIA records reveal gift of ancient stone jar

Earlier this year, a researcher at Concordia University in St. Paul was combing through declassified CIA records and discovered an intriguing stone legacy of the…
Local
September 25

A trip to Duluth proves City Hall isn't sinking under data requests

So back in July, when the Duluth city staff presented the idea of charging $35 an hour for any data request that takes more than 15 minutes, I decided to ask: How big a burden are these?
Local
September 13

The fuzzy line between dissent and disruption, even for courts

Anyone doubting the power of protest should study the shutdown of the Minneapolis Board of Education meeting on Jan. 12. The board was poised to…
Local
September 11

Hurricane Irma: When will airports reopen? What we know about damage

Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday as it made its way inland. Statewide, the storm knocked out power to more than 6.2…
Minneapolis
September 9

Former police chief's hush clause stymies a needed public debate

There's something so Minnesotan about the idea of nondisparagement.
East Metro
September 2

Search for father's birth parents runs into bureaucratic tangle

What's the public interest in hiding a court record created 108 years ago?
West Metro
August 23

Hotel room bust of high-end prostitute leads to $20,000 windfall for Minn. police

Adrienne Chapa was arrested and spent a few days in jail before she went home to Las Vegas. Her bag of $24,425 in cash was here to stay.
St. Paul
July 22
On Thursday, July 20, 2017, Charlie Rodgers, government records specia...

Archive specialist rescues Minnesota history, page by yellowed page

Charlie Rodgers’ business card carries his bone-dry title: “Government records specialist.” The reality is more like this: Exploring dank basements and forgotten storage areas; opening…
Local
July 16

Minnesota veterans of the CIA's 'secret war' seek an honorable burial

A Brooklyn Park veteran of the CIA's "secret war" has been stymied by the federal government's refusal to hand over classified documents about its proxy army, or even acknowledge that they exist.
Local
July 10

Minnesota voter list is a public record, after all

President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission ignited a bipartisan backlash when it asked states for a list of every registered voter, including birth dates and…
Local
July 1
Soon, a Stearns County judge will review about 168 pages that Patty and Jerry Wetterling have asked to keep out of the public eye.

Painful as it could be, some files must be made public

Some fear this case could mark the end of Minnesota's laudable openness about how its law officers investigate crime.
Local
June 24

Big ideas for open government fall short at Legislature

Transparency advocates had grand plans for improving public access to government information in Minnesota this legislative session. One proposal would have stopped the mass…
Local
June 17

At U.S. State Department, ground rules for official anonymity

WASHINGTON – The weather was sweltering on the sidewalks of the U.S. Capitol last week, so the State Department officials walked outside the massive…
Local
June 11
Driven by her mother’s death in 2011, Sheila Van Pelt has become one of the state’s most effective citizen lobbyists.

Inside one woman's fight to expose Minn. health care investigations

Sheila Van Pelt's yearslong campaign underscores the enormous challenges facing everyday citizens in an era when powerful interest groups push laws that ensure greater levels of secrecy.
Local
June 9
More police departments are using body cameras, including Maplewood, where officer Parker Olding attached his to a magnetic plate inside his uniform.

Growing police tech arsenal watches criminals, citizens

Law enforcement agencies have more tools to gather information than ever before. Laws safeguarding that data and guaranteeing public access to it are failing to keep up.
Local
June 6

Survivors of CIA's secret airline gather in Twin Cities to reminisce, organize

Officials still say they were not affiliated with U.S. government during the Vietnam War.
Local
May 27
September 21, 1938 Nat Finney Minneapolis Star Library

Newspaper's secrecy scoop of 1947 resonates today

The headline blared across the front page of the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune. Big enough to stop a president: “U.S. CENSORSHIP PLAN REVEALED.” It was…