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July 11, 2018
Rental scooters suddenly show up, and Twin Cities officials push back
A planned Minneapolis ordinance would mostly deal with how to regulate the public right of way. In St. Paul, officials told Bird to remove its scooters from the city's public right of way.
June 2, 2018
Rockslide-affected St. Paul street to stay closed at least 3 more weeks
St. Paul engineers say the bluff must be stabilized before road is reopened.
May 10, 2018
Ex-Mayor Chris Coleman to lead Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
The former St. Paul mayor will replace Susan Haigh as president and CEO starting June 2.
March 12, 2018
Jobs center helps East African residents of Minneapolis find employment
The center surpassed its goal for job placements.
December 23, 2017
UFOs and aliens thrive in the vacuum created by secrecy
Lack of government transparency plays a big role in propagating wild theories of alien landings and coverups.
December 2, 2017
Sexual harassment shielded by secrecy at Minnesota Capitol
The sexual harassment scandal has brought new attention to the different disclosure practices that apply to Minnesota institutions.
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?
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.
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