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July 11, 2018
Sophie Konewko, left, and Megan Albers decided to take two Bird scooters for a ride through downtown Minneapolis after lunch Tuesday.

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.
St. Paul
June 2, 2018
The spot on Wabasha St. that is closed due to debris from a rock slide.

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.
St. Paul
May 10, 2018
Chris Coleman in St. Paul on December 14, 2017. JERRY HOLT ï

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
Mpls. Mayor Jacob Frey

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
A protest against sexual harassment was held last month at the Minnesota State Capitol. The Minnesota Legislature is one of only five in the nation th

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
Part of a web page showing the page from the National Archives showing a listing of records released on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington, relati

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
President Donald Trump’s actions are bringing new energy and focus to transparency advocates, who are filing numerous lawsuits to preserve the statu

Trump White House confounds, confuses transparency advocates

Data purges and secrecy confounding transparency advocates.
October 14, 2017
University of Minnesota Board of Regents Chair Dean Johnson addressed reporters in May regarding the unofficial inquiry into a reported leak of confid

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
Michael Weigel, 39, left, and William Eldridge, 27, right, both were sentenced under Minnesota's revenge porn statute.

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
In September, researchers and visitors to the Smithsonian Institution warehouse in Suitland, Md., posed with the ancient sandstone jar given as a gift

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 lion guards the doorway of Duluth City Hall

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
In the midst of a motion to select interim superintendent Michael Goar as the board’s preferred candidate, protestors shut down the school board mee

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
Francesca DeLuca, age 20, will be waiting for 10 hours for her flight back to Milan, Italy. She had been visiting a friend in Miami by herself, but th

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 Minneapolis Police Chief JaneÈ Harteau. According to state law, any agreement that prohibits discussion or disclosure of otherwise public pers

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, 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?
St. Paul
July 22, 2017
On Thursday, Charlie Rodgers, government records specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society, loaded 12 boxes of records handed over by the Hugo Ci

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
Khao Insixiengmay held a photo of himself when he was 24 years old Wednesday at his home in July 5, 2017 in Brooklyn Park, MN. Col. Insixiengmay is a

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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