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EXEMPTION FOR ATTORNEY WORK PRODUCT

May 13, 2021

The City of Minot violated the open records law when it did not conduct a review of records before claiming they were exempt as attorney work product. The city must conduct the review and release any records that do not have statutory protections.


TOPICS DISCUSSED AT A SPECIAL MEETING

May 12, 2021

The city of Surrey violated the law when the Mayor began a special meeting by reading a prepared statement that was not included on the meeting notice. The city’s posted meeting notice also failed to state the location of the meeting.


SCHOOL BOARD NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

May 12, 2021

The Hope-Page School Board violated the open meetings laws when it failed to post notice of a meeting of its SICC committee. The School Board was not required to post notice of a meeting of the Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page Cooperative Committee, however, because the Cooperative Committee is a different public entity, responsible for providing notices of its meetings.


NORTH DAKOTA PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL SERVICE – May 13, 2021

May 12, 2021

National Police Week and North Dakota’s sixty-five fallen peace officers will be remembered and honored during public events in local communities across the state, and at the state capitol in Bismarck.


GRAND FORKS COVID-19 EXPERT PANEL

April 16, 2021

The Covid-19 Expert Panel created by the Mayor of Grand Forks was not subject to the open meetings laws because it was not created by the city council nor had it been delegated authority by the governing body.


MEETING HELD IN LOCKED BUILDING

February 24, 2021

The Steele County Commission did not violate the law when it held a meeting in the locked courthouse building, because it provided contact information in the notice and on all the courthouse access doors for the public to call to gain access to attend the meeting.


BOTTINEAU HIGH SCHOOL TAKES “LIFESMARTS” CHAMPIONSHIP

February 3, 2021

Bottineau High School won the State LifeSmarts championship and will be representing North Dakota in the national competition which will be held in April. 


STATE LIFESMARTS COMPETITION

February 2, 2021

The state finals of the LifeSmarts competition will be held in Bismarck tomorrow, Wednesday February 3, 2021.


STENEHJEM JOINS 50 STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN CONDEMNING RIOT AT US CAPITOL

January 15, 2021

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined a bi-partisan group of 50 Attorneys General in a letter to Acting US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, condemning the January 6, 2021, riot that took place at the US Capitol. 


INVESTIGATION OF CATHOLIC DIOCESES CONCLUDES

January 4, 2021

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today announced that the investigation by his office into allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the North Dakota Catholic Dioceses has concluded.