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Weekend Whistleblower: Tornado-seeking contractors, unhappy coin investors, maltreatment at child care

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Businesses in hot water, Buyer beware, Property problems, Public records Updated: May 31, 2011 - 10:32 AM

My colleague Dan Browning wrote in Sunday's column about unhappy investors in a Minneapolis coin company that is under investigation by the Minnesota attorney general. It's part of Browning's continuing investigation of the collectible coin business, an unregistered and unregulated investment scheme that features all sorts of unsavory characters. 

The North Side of Minneapolis swarms with contractors looking for business repairing the damage of the May 22 tornado. My colleague Randy Furst is keeping an eye on them, and his story Monday reveals some notable details about four contractors seeking disaster jobs, as well as practical information for homeowners on how to avoid problems with storm-related repair projects. 

In her Hard Data column, Jane Friedmann lists child care centers found responsible for maltreatment by the state Department of Human Services in the second half of 2010. The column has ignited a lively debate over the value of these enforcement records, which is a big part of the reason Jane digs them out, week after week.

 

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