MPCA records request for emails

Kristoffer Tigue filed this request with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of Minnesota.


From: Kristoffer Tigue

Dear Commissioner Bishop,

I'm requesting the following records under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minn. Stat. ยง 13:

Digital copies in their native format of any email correspondence that the following Minnesota Pollution Control Agency email addresses (listed below) have had with Sen. Paul Gazelka, Sen. David Osmek, or their assistants Rachel Bakke and Owen Neubauer, from January 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

MPCA email addresses:

Senators and assistants email addresses:

Please include any emails sent to or from Sen. Gazelka, to or from Sen. Osmek, and to or from their assistants: Rachel Bakke and Owen Neubauer. Please also include copies of emails where the senators or their assistants are "cc-ed" or "bcc-ed. And finally, please include any public record emails between the aforementioned parties that were sent or received on a personal communication device or through a personal or private email address.

Because the above searches involve a limited number of individuals and a defined period of time, these should hopefully constitute simple electronic searches. If you have any questions about this request, please contact me immediately, as I am more than willing to discuss perhaps revising the request to make it easier and faster for you to respond to it. Given how narrowly the above request is crafted, I hope it is something you can respond to by Oct. 16. If your review is not complete by then, I ask that you provide whatever material you have compiled by this date, and then send a more complete response once you have finished your review of the requested materials.

As a journalist making this request for documents that will be made available to the general public and not used for commercial purposes, I ask that you grant a fee waiver for this request. In the event that there are fees in excess of $30, I request that you inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request be filed electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. I do realize that responding to requests like this requires staff time and I appreciate you taking this time to address my request.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.


Kristoffer Tigue
InsideClimate News

From: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Your information request has been received. We have assigned a file manager to start gathering your information and work on your request.

To protect our staff and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic the MPCA is migrating all staff to telework as of March 20th. Thus, our ability to provide responses to data requests will be affected. There will be delays in data collection and our ability may be limited if onsite, in person file reviews are requested or if a request requires scanning or copying of documents or retrieval of documents from archives. We will continue to process your requests and we will communicate with you about anticipated delays. If hardcopies are needed to respond to your requests, we will keep your request open until we can provide paper copies or access to paper copies. Please be aware that we can more readily access and provide data that is already in electronic form.

We apologize for this inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience during this time.

Your File Manager is BOETTCHER, DALE

Please let us know if you have any questions.
Intake/Triage contact information:
Phone: 651-757-2728 or 1-844-828-0942

Thank you for contacting the MPCA,
Records Management

From: Kristoffer Tigue

Thanks for your response.

Mr. Boettcher, if you run into any issues or complications, please don't hesitate to call me. I'm guessing we can likely come to a way to speed things along or simplify if needed. Thanks again.

Kristoffer Tigue

From: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Good Morning

In regards to your attached request, there were no results of any email correspondence for Craig McDonnell that were responsive to your request.
I have also attached the one email correspondence from Commissioner Laura Bishop that pertains to your request. You will be receiving one more email, stating your request has been completed, and is closed.

Thank you

Dale A Boettcher
Remediation/AQ. File Manager, MPCA Records Management Unit
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
520 Lafayette Rd N
Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194

The mission of the MPCA is to protect and improve the environment and enhance human health.


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From: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Research for your information request has been completed. You will receive a follow up email regarding how to access the information, or an explanation of why the information is unavailable. If you have further questions please contact the file manager assigned to your request or the MPCA intake/ Triage at:


Phone: 651-757-2728 or 1-844-828-0942

Thank you for contacting the MPCA,
Records Management