Drones in Minnesota: What we know

On a remote tarmac, three steel-gray “Predator B” drones sit motionless, awaiting launch. Their tips balloon into metallic bulges that conceal sophisticated navigation and surveillance equipment. Their undercarriages sport pivot-mounted cameras, each capable of rendering detailed images from high in the air. Continue Reading

St. Paul Super Bowl documents detail snow removal, security considerations

In May of this year, Minneapolis was selected as the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl game, after a coordinated bidding process that involved local corporate leaders, municipal officials, and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA). The formal bid for the event has been withheld from public records requests by the MSFA as “nonpublic” data under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. Consequently, the full scope of the public’s obligations to provide financial and material support to the event remain unclear. Continue Reading