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City Hall Scoop

Welcome to City Hall Scoop, a Pioneer Press blog focused on city and county government in St. Paul. Reporters Tim Nelson and Robert Ingrassia use this space to expand the daily local government coverage they provide for the Pioneer Press. Look for short takes on news of the day, feature tidbits on politicians and other City Hall personalities and advance notice of events. Check back early and often for City Hall news you won't see anywhere else.


Friday, August 26, 2005

Out Loud!

The Scoop has in the past few days acquired a new news toy, a Marantz PMD660 digital recorder, purchased at the suggestion of Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tom Scheck.
(The Scoop officially offers a nod here to his infinite wisdom in all things audio and Boston Marathon.)
This particular model supercedes the Marantz PM-222 cassette deck on which the Scoop has relied for much audio and interviewing, and while its quaint white-needled recording meter will be sorely missed, this is VERY good news for you, gentle reader.
Starting next week, it will be contributing to some of the many FREE UPGRADES you'll see on this site and in online political coverage by the Pioneer Press. will be moving to a new blog provider, to Typepad, which will make it much easier to put up postings and hopefully clear up some of the Blog jams this site has encountered as it gathers steam. Just point your browser to now and you won't miss a thing.
We'll clear out Robert Ingrassia, now moved into the lofty ranks of newspaper management and probably introduce you to a new Scoop contributor.
We'll also link you to a dedicated site on the St. Paul mayor's race, which will include archives and extras like online-only photos and audio (that's where the new toy comes in), as well as video from our colleagues at
And last, but not least, we'll be adding an RSS feed, so that you can be up to date every time we post to
Stay tuned. We've got lots more to come.



Robert Ingrassia
Tim Nelson