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
June 25

Scuttled trout project launches man on crusade

David Holmbeck contacted me this spring with an urgent request. He wanted me to investigate a trout stream restoration project north of Chisholm, Minn., that…
Local
June 21

Who's claiming to be Prince's heirs? It's a secret

The next step will be a hearing on genetic testing rules for determining "heirship" to the estate, which has been valued at $100 million to $300 million.
Local
June 20

In Minnesota, crimes against the elderly are 'doubling year-over-year'

Advocates gather to hash out possible solutions.
Local
June 20

Congress modernizes Freedom of Information Act

Last week, Congress sent the White House a bill to revamp the Freedom of Information Act for the 21st century. In a bitterly divided Washington, support for the bill united Republicans such as Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Rep. Darrell Issa of California with Democrats such as Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
June 16

Allina program offers life lessons for the dying

The LifeCourse program educates patients on how to write a medical directive, how to care for themselves, and even how to make the best of their remaining time — and has achieved striking results in the way people use medical care in their final months.
Local
June 13

State hands company big subsidies, but name is hush-hush

Dear Legislature, please give me at least $60 million in taxpayer money over 10 years to create jobs in a depressed part of the state.…
Local
June 10

U.S. court hammers Minnesota porn troll attorney

Paul Hansmeier and his associates targeted those who downloaded porn.
Local
June 6

Dismissal of defamation lawsuit vs. blogger helps asserting the sacred right to criticize

If you say you’re a guru who has performed thousands of medical miracles around the world, it’s harder to say in court that you’re a…
Local
May 28

Plain language center says it's winning war on gobbledygook

The Minnesota Department of Revenue was honored for the direct and clear way in which it educated consumers about how to get their money back.
Local
May 23

Body camera video: In Minnesota, for police eyes only

Police across the nation are going Hollywood, but in Minnesota, don’t expect to get invited to a screening any time soon. A bill setting policy…
Local
May 16

After federal data breach, red tape snarls victim's search for answers

In order to work on a U.S. Department of Energy contract, Joe Stoebner had to obtain top-secret, Q-level security clearance. If he or anyone in…
Local
May 9

Lawsuit aims at Commerce Department's culture of secrecy

Timothy Vande Hey’s lawsuit against his former employer, the state of Minnesota, features lurid allegations of sexual harassment by a deputy Commerce commissioner. Yet that’s…
Prince
May 7
Prince's star on the wall of First Ave. was painted gold sometime over...

Judge authorizes DNA testing of Prince's blood for any heir claims

The Carver County judge overseeing Prince’s estate issued an order Friday giving the special administrator permission to conduct DNA tests of the late musician’s blood,…
Local
May 2

Hennepin County fined for violating records law

Tony Webster wanted to know whether the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office was using newfangled technology to track people through their faces, fingerprints and irises. So…
North Metro
April 29

Minnesota conservator admits stealing demented woman's money

A woman who stole $4,230 from an elderly dementia patient whose finances she was managing was sentenced last week in Anoka County to a year…
West Metro
April 25

At least 12 sports cars reach 'well over' 100 mph on I-394

The drivers of a dozen or more high-end sports cars were cited for reckless driving Saturday after a state trooper clocked them at more than…
Local
April 25

Panama Papers shed light on corporate secrecy at home

It took a massive leak of secret records from a Panama City law firm to reveal the global scope of tax evasion, profit offshoring and…
Local
April 20
Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn., has been heavily subsized by the Iron Range's economic development agency, the IRRRB.

Scathing audit questions Iron Range agency's accountability

The audit also found that from 2006 to 2014, the IRRRB has subsidized Giants Ridge operations by $17.4 million, averaging $1.7 million a year.
Local
April 18

Minnesota tax cheats sanctioned by judge — again

While awaiting sentencing for an illegal income tax scheme, a Prior Lake couple violated the conditions of their release by helping counsel clients at their…
West Metro
April 18

Chanhassen youth sports association bars mother from attending games

With four of her children playing basketball, baseball and softball in the Chanhassen Athletic Association, Mary Valentine's life revolves around youth sports. These days, though, she doesn't dare go to a game or a practice.