NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for November 22, 2013

From NFOIC:  A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

Minnesota high court: Business not subject to open-records laws

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Minn. Court of Appeals rules for newspaper in public records fight

From Duluth News Tribune:

The Minnesota Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of the Tower Timberjay on Tuesday in the small newspaper’s continuing quest to obtain records from Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls for work the company did in helping to build new facilities for the St. Louis County school district.

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Property records becoming a gold mine

From Park Rapids Enterprise.com:

Hubbard County will implement a fee system for retrieval of online land records, in part to protect a valuable commodity and to protect taxpayers’ interests.

The county has subscribed to an online program that makes public property records such as locations and deeds more accessible.

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