Tom formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 17

By   /  December 29, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Loophole lets more than $1.1 million in local government spending on lobbyists go under the radar.

“I said no, I said I’m done, and I love teaching,” said Kirstin Rogers, who gave up on her application upon moving from Utah and joined a lawsuit against the state board.

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City considers law preventing most residents from renting their homes

By   /  December 25, 2015  /  Economy, Minnesota, News, regulations  /  No Comments

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“If you and I were next door neighbors, and you already had your house rented out, I’m screwed,” said Burnell Beermann, a 76 year old homeowner who opposes the ordinance. “That’s the thing, it ain’t right. If they’ve got concerns with behavior, they should address the behavior.”

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74-year-old home-care worker challenges signature on union card; gets refund

By   /  December 18, 2015  /  Labor, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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“He sent me a copy of what I supposedly signed, and it doesn’t look anything like my signature at all,” Johansen said. “I’m left-handed, the letters are all formed differently. So they didn’t have my signature. Somebody else just signed my name to it.”

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Residents taking shot on booze task force in hopes of reviving muni sales

By   /  December 14, 2015  /  Economy, Minnesota, News, regulations  /  No Comments

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In response to a proposed 7 percent property tax hike to offset a drop in liquor revenue, City Hall is putting together an alcohol task force of taxpayers.

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18 months later, still no contract for part-time Minnesota profs

By   /  December 8, 2015  /  Education, Labor, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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A year and a half after voting in the first union for part-time faculty at a private Minnesota college or university, adjunct instructors at Hamline University remain without a contract to show for it. But the two sides remain deadlocked on a compensation package for some 200 adjunct professors in talks with an atmosphere the campus’ union steward has described as “temper and tension in the air.”

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‘Just like a bowling alley’: ‘Upscale’ gun ranges come to Twin Cities suburbs

By   /  December 7, 2015  /  Minnesota, News, regulations  /  No Comments

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“There’s been a surge in demand for shooting. There’s a lot of new shooters, a lot of new women shooters,” said Andrew Rothman, a firearms instructor and Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance president. “The trend has been toward more ranges and the indoor ranges are getting nicer, they’re getting more upscale.”

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