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Secrecy Rules

Secrecy Rules


Thousands of unexploded bombs are another "secret war" legacy

The landscape of Laos was sown with cluster bombs that continue to maim and kill, more than 40 years later.


Duluth proposes charging for public records, after 15 minutes

The city says it's costing too much to keep up with public records requests.


Two little words that mean so much

The First Amendment's guarantees of the freedom of speech and the press take on a special meaning in light of 2017 politics.


Prince's FBI file includes reported threat to sell his personal info to media

It took a year for the FBI to release four redacted pages, describing threats to the pop star, from their vault.


Sheriff Stanek's new anti-crime program will remain undercover

The Shield program will not produce public reports, despite a statement to the contrary last week.


Governor to lawmakers: Kill transparency measures

Two measures sought by government openness advocates are criticized by Gov. Mark Dayton.


No Minnesota-bound travelers detained by Trump's order, feds say

Customs and Border Protection has no records of any detentions from the Ports of Minnesota.


Lawmakers fume over blacked-out MnDOT records

A House committee talked about subpoenas after transportation officials gave them heavily redacted budget records.


Consumer complaints are searchable in Ohio, secret in Minnesota

States vary widely in the sharing, or withholding, of complaints that consumers file about companies.


'Top secret' CIA briefing: Vikings defeated in 1974 Super Bowl

This 1974 document was classified until 2010, and only made available online in January.


Gag order kept Bloomington's $45K settlement hush-hush

Demonstrators filled the Mall of America rotunda and chanted "Black lives matter" to protest police brutality, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Bloomington, Minn. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Attendance figures weren't immediately available. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Aaron Lavinsky) ORG XMIT: MIN2015011814105351 ORG XMIT: MIN1501181430293903

There's a reason the public didn't hear about the settlement last April in a lawsuit over "metadata."


Quiz: Do you know which records are public in Minnesota?

In this photo taken Monday, March 6, 2017, in San Francisco, released confidential files by The University of California of a sexual misconduct case, like this one against UC Santa Cruz Latin Studies professor Hector Perla is shown. Perla was accused of raping a student during a wine-tasting outing in June 2015. Some of the files are so heavily redacted that on many pages no words are visible. Perla is one of 113 UC employees found to have violated the system's sexual misconduct policies in recent years, according to hundreds of pages of documents released in response to public records requests by The Associated Press and other media.

With at least 660 exemptions in the state's public records law, it can be hard to know what's available to you and what isn't.