Mary Lahammer, with public televisions Almanac at the Capitol, was at the hearing Thursday on the Iron Range. The focus was the Department of Health’s withholding public information for a year on the increasing death rate of miners. In a note on her blog, She takes to task both the commissioner and the media:
Channel 9 was the only other metro media to show up — that’s a disappointment to me; this is an issue that should matter to every Minnesotan. People are dying. Public information you pay for was kept private.