— The Internet is not only convenient but allows everyone unprecedented access to valuable public databases. However, seeking out each and everyone can take a lot of time. And sorting through the various databases to find specific, relevant information can be even more daunting. We're here to help. The Free Press has introduced DataLink. We are compiling links to databases into a single location, eliminating hours of search-engine frustration. Free Press DataLink provides easy access to useful publicly available Web databases. These listings will grow -- both by updates from The Free Press staff and from your suggestions. Do you know of a great Web resource you'd like to share? Let us know by clicking here.
National Sites of Local Interest
Census profiles Minnesota census profiles -- choose a county or city for specific profiles.
Kids Count Data Center This contains state- and city-level data for over 100 measures of child well-being, including all the measures regularly used in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book and The Right Start for America's Newborns.
Hospital Compare This site, administered by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, provides information on how well the hospitals care for all their adult patients with certain conditions or procedures.
State Sites of Local Interest
State Elected Officials Compensation Salaries for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State, Judges, Legislators and Legislative Per Diem. Includes insurance benefits and pension plans.
State Agency Head Salaries Salaries for agency heads appointed by boards, cabinet agency heads, and noncabinet agency heads.
Employment data State employment data, including salaries, by quarter, for south central Minnesota.
Court Access Public access to case records of the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Health Trends State link that details health trends, deaths, etc by county
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