I was just over at the Star Tribune's new "data center." At this site, the Strib is attempting to provide a central area for raw data that may (or may not) have some meaning to the public at large.
Curious what I could glean, I poked around a bit in the salary area. Here for, example, is a list of what folks make at the AG's Office, which is less than what one would make as an attorney working for Hennepin County (click here). Want to know what your favorite law professor over at the U of M makes? Click here.
I'm not sure about the utility of this yet. (The Strib promises more data is forthcoming.) A good portion of the data currently at the site (e..g. from home sale prices to Level 3 sex offenders) could be easily found elsewhere -- although I suppose a one-stop shopping site might make a data search marginally easier. Hopefully, the fact that the Strib is providing the raw information doesn't mean it will have any less of a commitment to putting the data in context. This is a valuable service when provided by knowledgeable reporters.
In any case, here's the link to the data center. I leave it to you to decide the value of the raw information it provides.