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The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act was enacted to allow government records to be accessible to the public for inspection or copying. To assure that the public will be informed, the Open Meetings Law was legislated. This law requires meetings of government agencies to be open and available to the public. Certain records would be excepted such as those that disclose private information about citizens. May 11, 1858, marked the entrance of Minnesota to the Union. Minnesota has 87 counties and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul make up the largest population in the state. Minnesota is the "Land of Sky Blue Waters" and is known for its more than 10,000 lakes. The state is rich in natural resources and produces 75% of the nation's iron ore. Rochester in southern Minnesota is home of the world famous medical center, the Mayo Clinic. The Minnesota Judicial Branch has a self help center for the public to access criminal case histories and records. Discover quick and easy access to Minnesota public records. Search official government websites to find vital records maintained by the state and made available for public use. Birth, death, and other recorded documents can be requested online. Links direct researchers to information which can be accessed through county, city, or state sites. Find out about local government operations, public services offered, resources available and community event and calendar data. View crime reports and crime rate statistics for the state. Search Minnesota criminal record databases and locate court case records. Obtain population facts and figures and learn about Minnesota demographics. Read about employment and income data for state residents and learn background histories and education facts. Get facts regarding gender and the ethnic backgrounds of Minnesotans who own private business in the state. Learn about Minnesota housing and real estate and obtain land and property valuation data. Access current news reports and stories of local interest. Frequent updates occur to ensure the timeliness of data and information.

Minnesota Latest Crime Report
Total Violent Crime:12,419
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:99
Forcible Rape:1,638
Aggravated Assault:7,207
Total Property Crime:138,152
Larceny Theft:104,316
Motor Vehicle Theft:8,458
Minnesota Census Data
Information About People and Demographics
Total population of persons residing within the state in 2010 5,303,925
Estimate of the state's total residency as of April 1, 20004,919,492
Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 20108%
Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010384,446
April 1, 2000 complete count of statewide resident population4,919,479
Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age363,975
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age7%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age1,260,797
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age 24%
July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older13%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older671,055
July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents50%
State's white resident population recorded in 20104,524,062
State's black resident population recorded in 2010274,412
State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 201060,916
State's Asian resident population recorded in 2010214,234
State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 20102,156
Statewide 2010 resident population of two or more races125,145
Statewide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin250,258
Non Hispanic white resident population in 20104,405,142
Statewide percentage of white residents in 201085%
Statewide percentage of black residents in 20105%
Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 20101%
Statewide percentage of Asian residents in 20104%
Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 20100%
Statewide percentage of Two or more races in 20102%
Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 20105%
Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white in 201083%

Vital Statistics

Births and deaths occurring in Minnesota
Births 200773,735
Deaths 200737,138
Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less in 2007409
Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 200985%

Resident Background Information

Education and background history of Minnesota Residents
Percentage of foreign born population in the state from 2005 to 20097%
Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 200910%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 200991%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 200931%
Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 2009400,974

Current Housing and Real Estate Data

Households located in Minnesota
Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-2009 22 Min
Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 20092,332,916
Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009266,962
Housing unit estimates - percentage change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 200913%
Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 75%
Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009$207,000
Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 200921%
Total number of households between 2005-20092,061,882
Average size of households between 2005-20092

Minnesota Employment Data

Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 $29,431
2009 statewide income of median households in Minnesota$55,621
Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 200911%
The personal income of persons employed in 2007$213,022
Per capita income of persons employed in 2007$41,105
Labor force of civilian workers in 20092,967,967
The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 2009236,279
The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 8%
Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 3,562,386
Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 218,868
People employed by the government in 2007 421,628
Earnings by persons working in all industries in 2007167,367,847
Average earnings per job in all industries in 200746,982
Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 148,845
The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 2,517,356
Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008 5%
Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS 376,397
Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 200710,423,660

People and Businesses

Firms and companies of Minnesota
Total number of firms located in the state for the year 2007496,742
Total percentage of black owned private firms in 20073%
Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 20071%
Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 20072%
Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 0%
Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 20071%
Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 200727%
Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 107,563,060
Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 200782,878,056
Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 71,384,103
Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 13,751

Land Valuation

Property value and Minnesota territory
2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 9,425
The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 1,712,057
Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms26,917,962
Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year38,245,764
Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year7,326
Size in square miles of land as of 200079,610
Population per square mile in the year 201067
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Minnesota Missing Children
Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions
October 24 2014
Source: http://www.missingkids.com

Family Abduction: SEAN HANSON (MN)
September 19 2014
Source: http://www.missingkids.com

Family Abduction: JOSHUA KUNZE (MN)
September 19 2014
Source: http://www.missingkids.com

September 19 2014
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September 19 2014
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August 29 2014
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Minnesota Recent Criminal Activities
Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity
Arrest on 500 BLOCK OF HWY 10 S, St. Cloud, MN (via spotcrime.com)
Happening October 19 2014 - Source: http://spotcrime.com/crime-report/55972090/arrest+on+500+block+of+hwy+10+s%2C+st.+cloud%2C+mn

Assault on 00 BLOCK OF AV S, St. Cloud, MN (via spotcrime.com)
Happening October 19 2014 - Source: http://spotcrime.com/crime-report/55972092/assault+on+00+block+of+av+s%2C+st.+cloud%2C+mn

Shooting on 400 BLOCK OF HENNEPIN AV S, Minneapolis, MN (via spotcrime.com)
A Woman Lakisha Neal Was Found Fatally Wounded
Happening October 18 2014 - Source: http://spotcrime.com/crime-report/55962646/shooting+on+400+block+of+hennepin+av+s%2C+minneapolis%2C+mn

Shooting on 400 BLOCK OF HENNEPIN AVE, Minneapolis, MN (via spotcrime.com)
Shooting/Stabbing. Delayed/MPD investigating woman found shot to death inside Augies
Happening October 18 2014 - Source: http://spotcrime.com/crime-report/55936284/shooting+on+400+block+of+hennepin+ave%2C+minneapolis%2C+mn

Arrest on 1500 BLOCK OF 15 AV SE, St. Cloud, MN (via spotcrime.com)
Happening October 17 2014 - Source: http://spotcrime.com/crime-report/55972083/arrest+on+1500+block+of+15+av+se%2C+st.+cloud%2C+mn

Other on 1300 BLOCK OF ST GERMAIN ST W, St. Cloud, MN (via spotcrime.com)
Happening October 17 2014 - Source: http://spotcrime.com/crime-report/55972087/other+on+1300+block+of+st+germain+st+w%2C+st.+cloud%2C+mn

Minnesota Missing People
Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources
Tong Shao, 20 – Iowa State University Student – Missing Sept. 8, 2014
September 08 2014 - Source: http://lostnmissing.org/missing/tong-shao/

Christopher Rossing – August 22, 2014 – Howard Lake, MN

Peter Achermann – July 24, 2009 – Cass County, MN

David Bird Thomson – July 4, 1979 – Minnetonka, MN


County, Latest Questions and Answers
Q: how can i find a record of the surveyance of the property i bought?
by timroxiemn
A:There are a few factors to consider first, where is the location of the property? Specific location is not necessary, just the city or county. There are private and public entities that provide land information, locations where you can go in and request copies in person. A lot of it depends on where the property is.
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Q: How can I look at court paperwork of something that occured in aitkin county last year?
by Kay

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Q: Land owner plat maps Isanti Minnesota
by anonymous
A:This website allows you to search by address parcel number The search tool on the top portion of the webpage has a drop down menu. You can select the search method from there. Instructions of what the few icons they have is on the right side of the webpage (somewhat hidden). The search box appears on the top right portion of the page and takes a few moments to download. Once the information is downloaded, the results will appear on the left column under the layers.
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Q: How can we look at the court paperwork online Aitkin, MN
by Annie

Q: was there a hit and run by the ymca that was never sovled? Worthington, MN
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Q: How can I get a free public record of ownership of a house in Anoka county?
by Estell

Q: Where can records of an individual be found that would offer specifics of their arrest
by publicpost
A:The arresting police departments that made the arrest will offer services that provide the report. The process in which to make the request for an arrest record can often be found on their website.
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Q: Where can I request a background check? Harris, MN
by aw
A:Background checks are generally not requested from a city unless from the police department when available. For pre-employment, a local background check may not be the best approach. The state of Minnesota Judicial branch offers several ways to look up criminal case histories. Since criminal records are obtained from government sources and then make it to private companies, they are the source of the information. With that fact in mind, requesting it directly from the state can show all records.
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Q: How do I find home foreclosures in Wyoming, MN?
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Q: How can I find out about a guy named John Sylvester Lozano Jr in Faribault MN and his crimes he has commited
by bubba
A:This does not include any crimes committed outside of the state. By searching for as many as past addresses as you can find, you may see residences outside of the state. You can then decide if you would need to search only one state, multiple states or a nationwide search. These searches can be requested from government entities if you know where to look or by placing an order with private companies. In either case, make sure to look up all the search criteria and see what is provided prior to placing the order.
by eileen
A:These are the registration requirement for predatory offenders https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=243.166#stat.243.166. The statutes mention that a first degree murder, sexual or not lands you in this database as a level 3 offender. Here's the search for these offenders, I would read the statutes and see who is put on this list and what is included http://www.doc.state.mn.us/level3/search.asp
by jan
A:Department of Corrections (DOC) has a free offender look up that lists their convicts online http://www.doc.state.mn.us/publicviewer/main.asp. This search also includes information about released persons from the DOC but still under their supervision. With just a name search you can see the offenders' description, name, current status, location, admit date, anticipated release date, case worker, supervision agent, offense description, county of conviction and more.
by rian
A:Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's website provide the public with information about convictions in the state by as of August 1, 2005 per state law https://cch.state.mn.us/. The criminal information of these individuals are provided for fifteen years after the end of the offenders sentence. There are some restrictions such as arrests and juvenile information will not appear.
by ben
A:Faribault County sheriff's website provides visitors with an active warrants listing of person that is current and updated regularly http://frcsd.org/index.php/active-warrant-list. At this location you can see the person's name, warrant issue date, level of offense and reason for the warrant and notes. This pales in comparison to a background or criminal history check, but it is free and worth checking first before paying for any services.
by may
A:You can get a printout of criminal court cases under an individual from the courts any of the 87 counties, here's a place where you can access Minnesota district courts http://www.mncourts.gov/default.aspx?page=238. Electronic access to case records are available to the public from each courthouse.
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Q: How do you conduct a city background check?
by lina
A:Criminal records are generally at the center of background checks. Some specialty background checks can mean education history, court records or even vital records such as marriages and divorces. However, if you're planning on doing the background check on your own, there are are few pointers that can save you time and work. Individual departments throughout the state of Minnesota as in other states have their own methods in which the public can request records. City records are generally held by the local department. In this case it would be the police department. The local police department can provide records and maintain a website with instruction on how to request arrest and criminal records, here's an example of the one for the city of Minneapolis. This department's website 'http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/records/index.htm' shows the public how to request a police background check by providing a full name and date of birth. You can also see booking photos through Hennepin County Jail for this search. You are also able to request criminal case history by county where you were charged with a crime, here's the link to access court records, criminal as well as civil if you prefer to get more records http://www.mncourts.gov/default.aspx?page=1927. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety also offers the public Computerized Criminal History (CCH) System from its central repository of 'arrests for felony, gross misdemeanor, enhanced misdemeanor and some misdemeanor offenses' here https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/pages/criminal-history.aspx. Not all sources, even the ones from one government agency to another, have the same guidelines and procedures. They do not provide the same reports although they all mention criminal records. It is essential to check and see what is within these reports before placing a request.
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Q: How do I look who was arrested over the weekend? (Duluth MN)
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Q: where are the totally free sites to check my ex husbands background? (Duluth MN?
by katherine koehler
A:Depends on the type of records you're looking for. Free public record sites list free sources as well as the ones that are not free but are the least in cost found. If the site directs you to a government website, and you're still being asked to pay a fee, chances are you will not be able to access what you need for free. Business and property records can be free, or you can be directed to the site with directions on how to obtain them for free such as downloading the forms and submitting them in person. Free public websites also work with the input from its users. If the public record website does not list a source where to obtain the free information, the next best source found is listed. However, if a better source is found by its users, they can then be included for everyone else to utilize. New sources are available on a regular basis due to better technology. Valuable databases and public sources are discontinued or no longer maintained due to budget limitations. That is the reason why many public record sites mention being updated. The quality of input from its users also add to the site's value.
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Q: What is in a Minnesota background check?
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Q: What is in a Minnesota background check?
by eileen
A:This is perhaps the most common question asked in regard to background checks not only in Minnesota but all other states also. Many customers ordering a search are not sure what they will get in a final report or what was specifically searched. Entities that conduct the background check tend to be vague as to their coverage. Are all records included? All felonies, misdemeanors, infractions and past lawsuits? Some of these can be answered with yes, all convictions are searched, then customers don't know to ask if all counties or areas were covered. Employers look to private companies that provide customer service to assist people looking for help. Since there's no standard background check for everyone, the person requesting the search must know what is included on their own. Many test the services by conducting a search of themselves to see how comprehensive the search is and what it does.
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Q: where can I find Birth Certificates?
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Q: salary of city employees
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A:city salaries are public records as are the state' employee's. Many cities do not offer this information online, but the city manager is usually the one responsible for the finances of the city. If the city has no resources to provide for easy to find public access, contacting the city official in charge may be the way to go. This is public information and must be available for review, Reporters looking into stories of misconduct or concerned resident groups conduct search for this type of information on a constant basis
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Q: How would I get a birth certificate
by Priscilla
A:If you are looking for certified copies of any vital records, including birth certificates, the state's health department can provide an official copy of the document recorded anywhere in the state. The orders can be placed online along with requirements and fees
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A:go to county hall of records
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Q: Where can you find active warrants?
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A:Many sheriff departments across Minnesota have an active warrant list. Here's an example from the Becker sheriff's department http://www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/sheriff/warrant.aspx There are more detail than simply the name and date, you can also see the type, offense, description of the person and bond information.
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