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November 18, 2017
Minneapolis' posting of 'deleted' EPA pages is a bit overheated
One problem: The web pages in question are still on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website. You can find them linked from the EPA home page.
November 4, 2017
Mille Lacs County sues feds to get FOIA response
And since November 2016, county officials have been waiting.
October 28, 2017
Opening the JFK files would have been a triumph of transparency. If only.
Instead it confirmed to the cynics and conspiracy theorists that the government can never come clean.
October 28, 2017
Trump White House confounds, confuses transparency advocates
Data purges and secrecy confounding transparency advocates.
October 14, 2017
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.
October 9, 2017
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…
October 1, 2017
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…
September 25, 2017
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?
September 13, 2017
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…
September 11, 2017
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…
September 9, 2017
Former police chief's hush clause stymies a needed public debate
There's something so Minnesotan about the idea of nondisparagement.
September 2, 2017
Search for father's birth parents runs into bureaucratic tangle
What's the public interest in hiding a court record created 108 years ago?
August 23, 2017
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.
July 22, 2017
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…
July 16, 2017
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.
July 10, 2017
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…
July 1, 2017
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.
June 24, 2017
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…
June 17, 2017
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…
June 11, 2017
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.
Some Minnesota liquor stores are beating Total Wine at its own game
Minnesota woman shares 'hidden recipes' of Jewish women enslaved by Nazis
Police: Woman charged after Phoenix airport partly evacuated
They shared an abuser – now, two high-profile Twin Cities women are speaking out
Minnesota sends suspected cases of coronavirus to CDC
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