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2021 Op. N.D. Att'y Gen. 1 (2021)

handle is hein.sag/sagnd0101 and id is 1 raw text is: OPEN RECORDS AND MEETINGS OPINION
DATE ISSUED: February 24, 2021
ISSUED TO:        County of Steele
This office received a request for an opinion under N.D.C.C. § 44-04-21.1 from Lance
Straabe asking whether the County of Steele violated N.D.C.C. § 44-04-19 by
denying access to a public meeting.1
The Steele County Commission (Commission) met in person at the Steele County
Courthouse (Courthouse) for a special meeting on September 15, 2020.2 To allow for
social distancing, the meeting was held in the third floor courtroom of the
Courthouse rather than the regular Commissioners Room on the second floor.3 The
special meeting was attended by Chairman Ted Johnson, commission members
Richard Strand, Russell Walcker, Randy Richards, Steele County Auditor Emily
Wigen, and Lance Straabe.4 The public could attend in person or receive a recording
of the meeting via e-mail or flash drive after the meeting.5
Pursuant to Steele County's Covid policy, the doors to the Steele County Courthouse
were locked at the time of the meeting.6 All access doors had a public notice with a
number provided for building access and Covid screening.7 Steele County Auditor
1 E-mail from Lance Straabe to Att'y Gen.'s Office (Sept. 15, 2020, 10:00 PM).
2 Letter from Charles A. Stock, State's Att'y, Steele Cnty., to Att'y Gen.'s Office
(Sept. 24, 2020).
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