On demand: Chaotic meetings lead agency to post videos

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Accountability, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Video  /  No Comments

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Meetings of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District meetings won’t give “Parks and Recreation” a run in the ratings, but a few more viewers would be nice.

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Billion dollar Vikings stadium still not for the birds

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Accountability, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Bird lovers launched a last-ditch drive at Friday’s Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting to protect migratory species from what they consider a killer Minnesota Vikings football stadium being built with $500 million in taxpayer funding.

The Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds went to the top of the political pecking order, calling on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to fire MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen.

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Internet crusader Al Franken rakes in cash from media giant

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Business, Campaign Finance, Congress, Issues, Minnesota, National, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has made his name in the latter part of his first term as a crusader for net neutrality and a huge critic of billion-dollar mergers of multimedia companies.

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No voter support? No problem! MN school boards can raise taxes

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Education, Legislature, Minnesota, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Minnesotans faced 39 school operating levy referendums on the ballot this fall, fewer than in any election since 1996, nixing one of every four proposals at the polls.

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MN school sued for being tardy on $43 million referendum

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Accountability, Education, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Usually students get in trouble for being late to school. In Sibley East Public School District, however, administrators could face consequences for allegedly being tardy in notifying taxpayers of a contentious $43-million bond referendum that could be overturned, as a result.

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MN wind and solar mandate would mean costly grid upgrade

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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A new report released by the Minnesota Commerce Department lays the technical groundwork for ramping up one of the nation’s highest state renewable energy mandates from 30 to 40 percent by 2030.

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