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PRM publishes original stories based on the records acquired through public record requests.  PRM’s document-driven reporting takes readers inside government decision-making processes, revealing operations through the words and actions of those who undertook them.

PRM varied coverage has included detailed examinations of proposed copper-sulfide mining projects in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, government use of surveillance technology, and government tax benefits provided to corporate entities, such as Alphabet.  Notably, PRM’s reporting led to the public release of the State of Minnesota’s bid for Amazon’s second corporate headquarters — a document the state denied to the public until PRM intervened in court.

PRM’s publishing operations are helmed by executive editor Mike Kaszuba, who has over four decades of experience in journalism, including writing for major market newspapers such as the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Stories by topic

Antonin Scalia, death of

Presidio County Sheriffs’ documents reveal details of Justice Scalia’s death

COVID Vaccinations

Amid a pandemic, a struggle to get Minnesota health care workers vaccinated

Dakota Access Pipeline

Records reveal costs, logistics of Dakota Access Pipeline deployment

Dakota pipeline deployment came amid Hennepin County budget review process

Tracking A Data Request budget review Regarding

The Dakota Access Pipeline

Government entity drone use

Hennepin County Sheriff adopts drone use as legal landscape evolves

Government surveillance

The Marv Davidov files: A Life Under Surveillance

Davidov an army intelligence officer?

Marv Davidov, the FBI, and J. Edgar Hoover

Documents:  A surveillance project attracts “too much media attention”

Government regulation of private drones

FAA records show problems posed by private drones

MnDOT issuing cease and desist orders for unregistered drone use

Governor Mark Dayton

Documents show interplay between MN Governor, news media

Few details available regarding Governor Dayton’s viewing of Jamar Clark video

Governor Tim Pawlenty

Financial Services Roundtable keeps Pawlenty connected to national politics

 Governor Tim Walz


Greater MSP

Invoices detail payments from DEED to Greater MSP

Examining Greater MSP

Records show Greater MSP pressured public officials to keep Amazon bid secret

Hennepin County, Minnesota politics

Looking back at the ten year effort to end homelessness in Hennepin County

For Hennepin County’s new sheriff:  A quick pivot to encryption

Kenneth Dahlberg

FBI records:  Revisiting Watergate, and Kenneth Dahlberg

Military training in urban environments

Twin Cities Military Training:  St. Paul documents

Minneapolis police records shed light on 2014 military training

St. Paul produces additional documents on

2014 military training

New federal documents describe 2014 "Brass Star" military training exercise

 Minnesota Attorney General

Documents:  “Help Seal My Record” project draws interest, but relatively few sealed records

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank

Federal Reserve Board:  Regional Banks Have Limited FOIA obligations

Kashkari’s calendars:  A look into the push for the Page 


Minneapolis Police Department

Police told to watch for threats, Boogaloo Boys at Minnesota polling places

Minnesota public health care management

The Management of the DHS "Value Report" on HMO care

Public benefits for private companies

Looking back at Shakopee's Amazon warehouse subsidies

Searching for Minnesota's Amazon bid

Records show how Greater MSP took control of state’s Amazon bid

Details on Scott County bids for Amazon headquarters released

After more than a year, Amazon bid released

After obtaining a non-disclosure agreement, Google comes to Minnesota

Documents shed renewed light on Wisconsin's Foxconn deal

Minnesota education policy

Minnesota Department of Education and Student Data Sharing

Minnesota radiation levels

Examining Minnesota's historical radiation data

 Minnesota riots, 2020

Following George Floyd’s death, little help from adjoining states

 Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

MSFA board members continued to use suites after investigation began

Minnesota state bond offerings

SEC cited State of Minnesota for misstatements in bond offerings

Minnesota State Fair

Last night at the State Fair: Guns, police fears, and hints of shortened hours

Minnesota State Patrol

Disciplinary Files Show Cases against Minnesota State Patrol members

Minnesota United stadium

Looking at the ownership structure of Minnesota United

For St. Paul’s soccer stadium, a behind-the-scenes tussle for federal approval

Minnesota Vikings

Inside the Vikings' move to Eagan

The Union Depot Hosts a Vikings Party

Northern Minnesota mining

Looking at water modeling for NorthMet

EPA documents reveal agency, Nolan discussions about PolyMet

Documents: Federal regulators quickly changed course on Boundary Waters mining

PRM receives documents from U.S. Interior Department related to canceled Superior National Forest land withdrawal

Records:  For years, federal regulators pushed for mining near Boundary Waters as they eyed financial royalties

Peter Smith, death of

A Republican operative’s death in Rochester

Mueller Report:  Republican Peter Smith’s activities drew scrutiny

President Donald Trump

U of M documents show Painter's clashes with Trump administration

Getting reimbursed for a Trump rally gets complicated for Minneapolis

A look back at a Trump lawsuit against a Wisconsin TV station


City e-mails show the aftermath of the death of Prince

PRM legal affairs

PRM files friend-of-the-court brief in Webster v. City of Bloomington data lawsuit

DOJ:  "No documents" in PRM lawsuit

PRM's Amazon bid lawsuit heads to a hearing

PRM litigation reveals DOJ records about Espionage Act, investigations of media

Ramsey County, Minnesota politics and policy

In Ramsey County, a glimpse at the confusion surrounding Trump's immigration stance

Saint Louis Park, Minnesota politics

Records: Backbiting and backtracking behind a City’s Pledge of Allegiance drama

St Paul, Minnesota politics

Looking at Mayor Coleman's e-mails

Saint Paul grapples with immigration issues in wake of Trump election

In St. Paul, a transparency change

Senator Rod Grams

FBI releases agency files pertaining to former Senator Rod Grams

Stillwater Minnesota bridge construction

Stillwater Bridge controversy lived on in MnDOT-commissioned book project


Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee files financial report

New Super Bowl Records Show NFL’s Reach, But Yield No Bid Document

Super Bowl: Bodyguards, climatologists, and trial postponements

FAA flight data:  A glimpse at the jet set for Super Bowl, Final Four

For the Super Bowl, the NFL gets into airport management

Tesla car accidents

A Tesla Crashes in Minnesota

US Bank

After tax reform, the charitable giving at U.S. Bank gets muddled

US Bank Stadium

FBI to mount antenna system in US Bank Stadium

Public spending on Vikings Stadium continues to rise

The politics behind U.S. Bank Stadium's pedestrian bridge

University of Minnesota politics and policy

The U honors the Hubbards, but with complications

The University of Minnesota courts the military

Politics, the Vikings, and the U.S. Bank Stadium pedestrian bridge

Looking at the U’s “Row the Boat” agreement

PRM looks at coach Jerry Kill contract amendments

Records:  University of Minnesota tried to obtain Bob Dylan’s archives

At the U:  A hesitancy to distance from Huawei

DOCUMENTS:  U struggled to address, recover from public relations hit over COVID refunds

At the U, a banking change has big impact on the football stadium

Voter fraud

In Minneapolis:  2020 voter fraud investigations continue

White Bear Lake, Minnesota politics

Documents show White Bear Lake City Council disputes over bus line plan

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