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West Fargo teen named Distinguished Young Woman of ND
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Known deer disease EHD discovered in southeast Minnesota
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Roseanne overdosed on opioids and left 'The Conners' behind. It's better this way
'A Magical Medora Christmas' coming back to Fargo
Fargo Theatre to host Silent Movie Night this weekend
Minnesota kids take part in chemical exposure study
Growing hemp and CBD oil industry faces legal uncertainty in Minnesota
Fargo is North of Normal, but could it be a tourism hotspot?
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South Fargo kickboxing facility 9Round suddenly closes after four years in business
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MSUM and M State to host Minnesota Out! Campus Conference
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Going Dutch: Hodgepodge Potatoes are a cold-weather comfort
Three Rivers Garden Club to meet Thursday
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April 20, 2018
Minnesota judge says Wetterling files are public; family of abducted boy will seek to change privacy laws
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A Minnesota judge ruled Thursday that all the documents in the investigative file in the Jacob Wetterling case must be...
April 20, 2018 - 4:45pm
January 31, 2018
Alexandria judge faces Wetterling privacy decision Friday in open records case
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The disappearance of Jacob Wetterling has been one of the most talked about cases in Minnesota history. Now it is up...
January 31, 2018 - 6:15am
March 6, 2017
Newspaper leader calls confidential records bill in Legislature like a 'root canal'
BISMARCK—North Dakota legislators are considering the reason they are not seeing higher-quality job candidates in higher education may...
March 6, 2017 - 11:22pm
February 25, 2017
ND bill pushes secrecy in public job searches
FARGO—Applications for all public jobs in North Dakota could be closed—apparently for the first time in history—until the hiring...
February 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
NDSU Foundation broke law by refusing to release names of CEO applicants
BISMARCK – North Dakota State University’s fundraising agency violated state open records law last year by refusing to release names of all...
January 25, 2016 - 6:58pm
December 6, 2015
Higher ed officials debate whether open records help or harm searches to fill high-level positions
GRAND FORKS – When Thomas Mitzel initially applied for the position of president at Dickinson State University, he had no idea his application would be public.
December 6, 2015 - 6:00am
June 13, 2015
More than a week later, condition of Iowa man in shootout with Fargo police still a mystery
FARGO—More than a week after a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, man was hospitalized after being shot by a Fargo police officer following an alleged...
June 13, 2015 - 6:02am
April 30, 2015
ND lawmakers to lose anonymity in public records requests
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers will lose their ability to file anonymous open records requests under a last-minute addition to the final bill they approved before adjourning their regular session Wednesday.
April 30, 2015 - 7:39pm
March 26, 2015
Lawmakers clash over open records bill, but loophole could render it futile
BISMARCK – Republican lawmakers butted heads Thursday over a bill that aims to end anonymous open records requests by legislators, but an apparent loophole in the bill could render it ineffective. The prime sponsor of Senate Bill 2222, Sen.
March 26, 2015 - 9:33pm
March 22, 2015
Attorneys say ND, MN transparency laws need digital revamp
FARGO – Freedom-of-information advocates say the open records laws in Minnesota and North Dakota are strong but need updating to address ambiguities concerning digital records, such as audio, video, emails and texts, which government officials are using more and more. “I think...
March 22, 2015 - 8:47am
Fees to view public documents discourage access
RICHMOND, Va. – The public’s right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, as authorities set fees and hourly charges that often prevent information from flowing. Though some states have taken steps to limit the fees, many have not: In Kansas, ...
March 22, 2015 - 8:47am
January 10, 2015
Bill would limit access to school district records
BISMARCK – A bill introduced to the State Legislature on Thursday that would restrict access to school district records is the latest in a trio of bills aiming to exempt certain information from the state’s open records laws. Senate Bill 2153 would seal relevant records in a...
January 10, 2015 - 11:43pm
December 9, 2010
Dispatch board: Close 911 'loopholes'
Local law enforcement leaders said Wednesday they support proposed legislation that would eliminate "loopholes" in how the public may access recordings of 911 calls received by the Red River Regional Dispatch Center. The consolidated dispatch center in Fargo currently handles emergency...
December 9, 2010 - 12:00am
October 3, 2010
Von Pinnon: Loopholes in Minn. laws help keep public in dark
Because The Forum covers news in both Minnesota and North Dakota, we routinely deal with each state's open records and open meetings laws. Simply stated, North Dakota's transparency laws are much more favorable to its public.
October 3, 2010 - 12:00am
April 10, 2009
ND House defeats bill to weaken open records law
BISMARCK - The House killed a bill Thursday that would have allowed an exception to the state's open records law regarding openings for state college presidencies and the university system chancellor in the future. Senate Bill 2087 would have made the names of applicants secret...
April 10, 2009 - 12:00am