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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 Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Minnesota Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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  • Question: Arrests or calls from Chestnut Apt?
    By anonymous
    Dec 23, 2016
    Reply:

    Check crime mapping services that are free and open to the public online. You can find links to their sites from some police department websites. Reports are by city block, but you can still search by entering an address. You should try more than solely one crime mapping site, some cover areas while others may not. There are periodicals you can also check for that date, or the following days as the report surfaces. You can find these press releases all over the net from various news entities.

    By abc123
    Jul 06, 2017
  • Question: How do I access my daughters criminal history in Minnesota?
    By Jane
    Jul 23, 2016
    Reply:

    If the search is expected to look up juvenile criminal records, it would be wise to look up restrictions and public records laws. Juvenile felony records of 16 or 17 year olds are made public (see Minn. Stat.§260B.163, subd. 1). There is a lot more on the law concerning public records and juveniles, depending on the different circumstances.

    By carment
    Jul 26, 2016
    Reply:

    You can check the free search at http://www.mncourts.gov/ you will be able to pick the county and whether you prefer searching criminal cases by name of defendant, attorney or case number. The search is open to the public freely and you can search as many times as you need. You can search civil records also.

    By abc123
    Feb 07, 2017
  • Question: How do I find a lawyer that handled a lawsuit between individuals that did not go to court?
    By anonymous
    Feb 20, 2016
    Reply:

    How was the lawsuit filed without going to court in the first place? Arbitrations aren't handled the same and have little court involvement. If either party is a government agency, their records should be open to the public under the freedom of information laws. If the case was dismissed either with prejudice” or “without prejudice" you can search court records and the attorney's names are on the caption of the case.

    By timj
    May 11, 2016
    Reply:

    Lawsuits are filed in court, sometimes they go to trial and other times they don't. Either way, the lawsuit in filed with the courts (which also means filed with the clerk of that court) and can be found looking up cases, and depending on where, they can be found online.

    By adm
    May 11, 2016
  • Question: How do I find my own dissolution of marriage record? I need the date it was final.
    By Luanne
    Dec 19, 2015
    Reply:

    The link above "Minnesota Court Records:" will take you to the Minnesota's public access to court records. Click on the Access Case Records tab, then on "Required Acknowledgement for MPA Remote" acknowledgement button, thereafter you can select Civil, Family & Probate Case Records or all records. It's a free search you can conduct with a case number, attorney or party name.

    By adm
    Jan 21, 2016
  • Question: Arrest made 12-19-2015 -- 9-6-1966
    By dawn
    Dec 20, 2015
    Reply:

    You can view (Inmate In-Custody Lists) arrests by county.

    By admn1
    Jan 06, 2016
  • Question: I need to find a current list of liens, bankruptcies, contract for deed Minnesota
    By anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015
    Reply:

    You will need to go to different sources. Begin with the Minnesota Free Court Records Search above. that search can check bankruptcy information. After that, check the state's judiciary http://www.mncourts.gov/ follow the case access tab and you will eventually get to the final search page for Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records, Civil, Family & Probate Case, Records, Judgments Search and Court Calendars. None of these searches cost anything and anyone is free to use them.

    By adm
    Nov 30, 2015
  • Question: I would like to receive a link which would show any Motion submitted to a MN State Court having to do with the transfer of a structured settlement or annuity
    By Eric
    Nov 12, 2015
    Reply:

    This link http://www.mncourts.gov/ will take you to the state's judicial branch's home webpage. You will then see a tab "Access Case Records", the page which comes after that will give you several options, one of them simply being the disclaimer. That link will take you to several searches, civil, criminal, family, traffic, judgments and court calendars, they're all free and worth checking.

    By adm
    Nov 30, 2015
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Minnesota Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Minnesota Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

Minnesota Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Lilyth Sawyer
    Lilyth Sawyer, Age Now: 15, Missing: 03/30/2019. Missing From Saint Paul, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Saint Paul Police Department (minnesota) 1-651-291-1111.
    April 12, 2019
  • Missing: Alicia Abbott
    Alicia Abbott, Age Now: 16, Missing: 03/19/2019. Missing From Minneapolis, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Minneapolis Police Department (minnesota) 1-612-348-2345.
    April 03, 2019
  • Missing: Alicia Mitzel
    Alicia Mitzel, Age Now: 17, Missing: 03/18/2019. Missing From Detroit Lakes, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Becker County Sheriff's Office (minnesota) 1-218-847-2661.
    March 25, 2019
  • Missing: Chloe Richards
    Chloe Richards, Age Now: 15, Missing: 03/18/2019. Missing From Little Falls, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Morrison County Sheriff's Office (minnesota) 1-320-632-9233.
    March 20, 2019
  • Missing: Kiralynn Franklin
    Kiralynn Franklin, Age Now: 15, Missing: 02/12/2019. Missing From Grand Rapids, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office (minnesota) 1-651-266-9333.
    March 15, 2019
  • Missing: Shianne Jiles
    Shianne Jiles, Age Now: 12, Missing: 02/22/2019. Missing From Saint Paul, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Saint Paul Police Department (minnesota) 1-651-291-1111.
    February 25, 2019

Minnesota Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Minnesota Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Kenneth Moore • Wayzata, Minnesota • 52 Years Old
    June 14, 2017
  • Missing Person • Todd Lano • Orono, Minnesota • 34 Years Old
    June 07, 2017
  • Missing Person • Adam Clark • Minneapolis, Minnesota • 22 Years Old
    March 08, 2017

Minnesota Latest Crime Records (Updated 04/22/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    12,505
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    88
  • Rape:
    2,001
  • Robbery:
    3,687
  • Aggravated Assault:
    6,729
  • Total Property Crime:
    125,377
  • Burglary:
    20,773
  • Larceny Theft:
    96,237
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    8,367

Minnesota American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 04/22/2019)

  • Minnesota's demographic and housing ACS survey of 5,383,661 being 1.71 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.7% males and 50.3% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Minnesota social characteristics data of 2,115,337 households, which make up 1.82 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,372,311 families with and without children. There are 1,413,179 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Minnesota American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 4,247,699 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.71 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 2,973,943 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Minnesota housing characteristics are collected from 2,364,149 dwellings making up 1.78 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 2,115,337 or uninhabited 248,812 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 2,115,337 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Minnesota Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    5,303,925
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    4,919,492
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    8%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    384,446
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    4,919,479
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    363,975
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,260,797
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    671,055
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    50%
  • State's white resident population
    4,524,062
  • State's black resident population
    274,412
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    60,916
  • State's Asian resident population
    214,234
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    2,156
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    125,145
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    250,258
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    4,405,142
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    85%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    4%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    83%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Minnesota
  • Births
    73,735
  • Deaths
    37,138
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    409
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Minnesota Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    7%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    10%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    91%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    31%
  • Total number of Veterans
    400,974
  • 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
    22 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    2,332,916
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    266,962
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    13%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    75%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $207,000
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    21%
  • Total number of households
    2,061,882
  • Average size of households
    2
  • 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
    $29,431
  • Statewide income of median households in Minnesota
    $55,621
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    11%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $213,022
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $41,105
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    2,967,967
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    236,279
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    3,562,386
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    218,868
  • People employed by the government
    421,628
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    167,367,847
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    46,982
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    148,845
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    376,397
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    10,423,660
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Minnesota
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    496,742
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    27%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    107,563,060
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    82,878,056
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    71,384,103
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    13,751
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Minnesota territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    9,425
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    1,712,057
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    26,917,962
  • Size in square miles of land
    79,610
  • Population per square mile
    67
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