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Deena Winter


"Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Mesabi Academy

A four-part series with exclusive data analysis about a northern Minnesota juvenile corrections facility published and broadcast throughout May 2016. The owners closed the operation two months after the first story.
Superintendent sentenced to two years

Our investigation into Superintendent Rod Thompson began in March 2017. This special report compiles all of our coverage over two years into one site.

Give me shelter: Josue and other border kids go to court

OMAHA, Neb. - In an office building near Omaha's airport, stern-faced, gray-haired Immigration Judge Jack Anderson presides over removal hearings Tuesday in a courtroom filled with juveniles, most of them from Central America, all of them hoping to be allowed to stay in the United States. Josue, 13

Great Plains Examiner
Dead cats in freezers in the middle of an oil boom

"I have gone from living in an agricultural community to living in an industrial area." -Jacki Schilke Telling personal storiesThe oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in many locations across North America, and there...

Twin Cities
Bloomington could soon see Mall of America tax windfall

Next year, the city of Bloomington will finally start seeing some payoff on a gamble it made in the late 1980s. The city soon will get property tax revenue from the Mall of America for the first time since the megamall opened in 1992, potentially leading to lower homeowner property tax rates in the suburb.

Lincoln Journal Star
Dollars for developers: The great blight bluff

When Verizon was choosing from hundreds of cities for its new call center, Lincoln pulled out one of the few tools in its economic development chest, offering $2 million in incentives. And when Perot Systems wanted to consolidate its seven Lincoln offices and add employees, Lincoln turned to the tool again, offering $3 million in public assistance. Verizon came; Perot stayed. The tool doesn’t have a sexy name. It’s called tax increment financing, or TIF. But what is it, and why does the city...
Former AG Bruning's office advised corrections to ignore Supreme Court ruling

Contrary to what former Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said in September, his office did advise the state corrections department to effectively disregard Nebraska Supreme Court rulings on supervising sex offenders, according to internal documents obtained by Nebraska Watchdog.

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