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About Minnesota Open Public Record

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.

Ask Questions, View Answers and Post Comments About Minnesota

  • Question: Arrests or calls from Chestnut Apt?
    By: anonymous
    Answer: 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: (Staff)
  • Question: How do I access my daughters criminal history in Minnesota?
    By: Jane
    Answer: 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: (Staff)
    Answer: You can check the free search at 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: (Staff)
  • Question: How do I find a lawyer that handled a lawsuit between individuals that did not go to court?
    By: anonymous
    Answer: 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: (Staff)
    Answer: 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.
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  • Question: How do I find my own dissolution of marriage record? I need the date it was final.
    By: Luanne
    Answer: 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.
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  • Question: Arrest made 12-19-2015 -- 9-6-1966
    By: dawn
    Answer: You can view (Inmate In-Custody Lists) arrests by county.
    By: (Staff)

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: Ethan Haus
    Ethan Haus, Age Now: 6, Missing: 10/15/2019. Missing From Clear Lake, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sherburne County Sheriff's Department (minnesota) 1-763-765-3500.
    October 16, 2019
  • Missing: Fayo Ali
    Fayo Ali, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/03/2019. Missing From Saint Paul, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Saint Paul Police Department (minnesota) 1-651-291-1111.
    October 14, 2019
  • Missing: Serenity Carroll
    Serenity Carroll, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/30/2019. Missing From Duluth, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Duluth Police Department (minnesota) 1-218-730-5400.
    October 10, 2019
  • Missing: Joseph Voss
    Joseph Voss, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/26/2019. Missing From Stillwater, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Stillwater Police Department (minnesota) 1-651-439-9381.
    September 27, 2019
  • Missing: Tatianna Bady
    Tatianna Bady, Age Now: 18, Missing: 05/22/2019. Missing From Brooklyn Park, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Brooklyn Park Police Department (minnesota) 1-763-493-8222.
    September 25, 2019
  • Missing: Nikki Cole
    Nikki Cole, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/16/2019. Missing From Andover, Mn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Anoka County Sheriff's Office (minnesota) 1-763-427-1212.
    September 24, 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 10/19/2019)

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Minnesota American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 10/19/2019)

  • 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
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Minnesota
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Minnesota Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
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  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in Minnesota
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Minnesota
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Minnesota territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile