MN municipal broadband network reboots to cut losses

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  City Government, economic development, Local Government, Minnesota  /  No Comments

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT--AGAIN: FiberNet Monticello MN muni broadband network reboots in an attempt to cut operating and customer losses.

The sign outside FiberNet Monticello’s offices might as well read “Under New Management — Again.”

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Safeguarding rights to privacy behind proposed MN commission

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Minnesota, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

PRIVACY AND PERSONAL DATA RIGHTS AND WRONGS:  Copyright MN House of Representatives. Photo by Paul Battaglia.

To see why a commission to safeguard Minnesotans’ rights to privacy and access to public data may be a slam dunk at the Capitol, check out the complex questions posed to state officials at Open Secrets MN.

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Border battle: ND refuses to pay millions in MN renewable energy bills

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Energy, Environment, Environmental, Global warming/climate change, Minnesota, News, North Dakota, Regulatory Reform  /  No Comments

NO (RENEWABLE) ELECTRIFICATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION:  North Dakota ratepayers will save nearly $6 million in charges for costly MN renewable energy costs under new agreement with MN-based utility.
MN DEED photo.

Call it “no (renewable) electrification without representation.”

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Federal lawsuit challenges MN campaign donor limits

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  campaign fundraising, Elections, Minnesota, News, Personal liberty, State Elections  /  No Comments

FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED RIGHTS? Group of MN candidates and donors file federal lawsuit over state campaign finance law in case that could affect this election cycle. Photo Institute for Justice.

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on campaign donations in federal elections, two candidates and two individuals filed a federal lawsuit to get rid of a Minnesota campaign finance law.

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State school safety report shows better grades in MN

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Education, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Anti-bullying bills dominated the education headlines from the 2014 legislative session, yet an annual state report card on school safety shows student behavior is down on the list of disciplinary issues registered by Minnesota’s publicly funded schools.

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