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Township records can be exception to state open records law

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BEMIDJI - Attorneys agree that the Data Practices Act does not apply to rural townships, but one says the issue is not that simple.

The state's Data Practices Act was revised in 2001 to clarify that the towns affected by the law are those that exercise powers more in line with those of a city. Typically, those are towns in the seven-county metropolitan area.

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