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School board violated open meetings law

June 13, 2013
By ANDREA JOHNSON - Staff Writer (ajohnson@minotdailynews.com) , Minot Daily News

The Turtle Lake-Mercer school board violated the open meetings law last September, according to a ruling issued Wednesday by State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Fact Box

School board election results

- LIGNITE Traci Bakken won election to the Burke Central School Board Tuesday with 54 votes, defeating Justin Blom, who had 12 votes. Voters also approved publishing school board meeting minutes in the county newspaper of record by a vote of 66 in favor to 0 against.

- SURREY Tim Magnuson and Jason Feller won election to three-year terms on the Surrey school board Tuesday. Both Magnuson and Feller had 21 votes. Voters also approved publication of school board meeting minutes in the county newspaper of record by a vote of 23 to 1.

- NEWBURG Scott Hunskor and Karlene Wyman were elected to three-year terms on the Newburg United school board on Tuesday and Nathan Lamoureux was elected to a two-year term on the board. All three had 16 votes. Voters voted against publishing minutes in the county newspaper of record by a vote of 12 against and 5 in favor.

- BOWBELLS J.R. Aufforth was elected to the at-large seat on the Bowbells School Board and Lynette Nelson was elected to the rural seat. Both had 20 votes. Voters voted in favor of publishing school board meeting minutes in the paper of record by a vote of 20 in favor and 0 against.

- SAWYER Oliver Tafelmeyer and Sherri Peterson were elected to the Saywer school board on Tuesday. Voters were in favor of publishing school board meeting minutes in the county newspaper of record.

- VELVA Karl Keller and Jill Lohnes were elected to the Velva school board Tuesday. Keller had 75 votes and Lohnes had 55 votes. In third place was Alan Effertz, with 33 votes. Voters also approved publishing school board meeting minutes in the county newspaper of record by a vote of 80 in favor to 4 against.

- GRENORA Rick Foss, Robert Field and Brent Peterson were elected to the Grenora school board Tuesday. Foss received 35 votes and will represent the Divide County area of the school district. He defeated Loren Sorenson, who received 17 votes.

Field received 41 votes and Peterson received 47 votes. They will represent the Williams County area of the school district.

Voters also approved publication of school board meeting minutes in the county newspaper of record by a vote of 48 in favor to three against.

- MAX Darren Hauf was elected to a three year term Tuesday on the Max school board, representing the rural area. Hauf received 22 votes.

- LEEDS Randy Gunderson and Charlie Bisbee were elected to three year terms on the Leeds school board on Tuesday. Gunderson received 44 votes and will represent Region 4. Bisbee received 42 votes and will represent Region 5.

Voters approved publication of school board meeting minutes in the county newspaper of record by a vote of 36 in favor and 8 against. Voters also approved a measure changing the geographic areas of residence from which the votes at large elect its five school board members. The vote was 37 in favor and 7 against.

- DES LACS-BURLINGTON Brett Casavant and Joshua Sundsbak were elected to three year terms Tuesday on the Des Lacs -Burlington school board. Casavant will represent the City of Burlington. He defeated Scot Redding, who received 92 votes. Sundsbak will hold the rural at-large seat. He defeated Pamela Schestler, who received 96 votes.

Voters also approved publication of school board meeting minutes in the county newspaper of record by a vote of 169 to 52.

 
 

 

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