Minnesotans Can Now Buy Their Lottery Tickets Via Mobile App

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Via Star Tribune

“A company’s attempt to sell Minnesotans state lottery tickets via smartphone is meeting fierce resistance from legislators and anti-gambling activists, who say it is an unauthorized expansion of gambling. The New York company, which is called Jackpocket, began selling Minnesota lottery games Tuesday through its smartphone app, making Minnesota the first state where the service is offered, said company CEO Peter Sullivan.”

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The State Of Minnesota Launches New ‘Great Outdoors’ Website

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“SAINT PAUL – Just in time for Great Outdoors Month, the State of Minnesota announced the launch of a new online tool to help outdoor recreationalists find amenities at Minnesota’s parks and trails across the state.

The Minnesota Great Outdoors website allows people planning to visit parks and trails – both regional and state-owned – to easily filter their search based on location, accessibility, camping amenities, lodging, interpretive programming, rental equipment availability, and landscape features, among other interests.”

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Why Is DEED Trying To Put Minnesota’s Tech Entrepreneurs Into Debt?

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Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development aka DEED recently launched a new debt financing program targeting local early stage tech entrepreneurs called Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE).

“We want to encourage the development of tech in Minnesota and want to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to commercialize technology that they have developed or licensed here,” says agency spokesperson Shane Delaney about the initiative.

Which makes surface ense, given DEED’s mandates, though one can’t help but speak up at the notion that the State’s top economic developer is actually encouraging and incentivizing early stage entrepreneurs to go into debt!?

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Meet The Man Behind Twin Cities Voter Guide MSP Votes

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By Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

“Sure, it’s a cliche and all, but for Ryan Johnson necessity did breed invention. Johnson is the guy who built and maintains MSP Votes, a data-driven guide to elections created last spring to track the Minneapolis municipal election, and which is now looking to do the same with local races on the ballot this year.”

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Open Government Crusader Webster Prevails In Hennepin County Biometric Data Case

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Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune

“Hennepin County violated state open records laws by failing to comply promptly with a request for information on the sheriff’s use of biometric technology, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in a case tracked by government watchdogs, law enforcement and the media.

In August 2015, open government crusader Tony Webster requested information about Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office use of high-tech tracking methods to identify faces, irises and fingerprints. Almost three years later, Webster still doesn’t have answers, but as of Wednesday, he had a victory from the state’s highest court.”

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Granicus Makes Its Second Acquisition In A Month

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Granicus, the largest provider of cloud-based software solutions to government, today announced that it will purchase the assets and operations of Accela’s Legislative Management business, previously known as IQM2. These assets include public sector meeting software that enables government to manage public meetings and engage citizens in civic processes.”

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Minnesota’s Top Lawyer Joins 21 Others In Suing The FCC

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By Brian Heater, TechCrunch

“A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission’s recent controversial vote to repeal Obama era Net Neutrality regulations.

The filing is led by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman, who called rollback a potential “disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet.”

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