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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Militarized police may be in a town near you

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Arkansas, California, Featured, Georgia, Local Government, Minnesota, National, New Mexico  /  No Comments

ROLLING OUT IN ST. CLOUD: A retrofitted armored military vehicle is in use by the police department in the town of St. Cloud, Minn. Photo by Jim Maurice of  WJON.com.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico Watchdog story about a 30-second commercial for the police department in Hobbs has drawn national attention, with a well-known author and civil libertarian criticizing the ad running on television stations across the state emphasizing aggressive, military-style policing.
But Radley Balko points out the Hobbs video isn’t unique. In [...]

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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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