- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a subcommittee of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority violated open records laws by keeping a preliminary report private.

The authority’s agriculture policy subcommittee in December 2014 denied a request for a copy of a presentation made to the group by the North Dakota State University researchers studying the effects of the diversion on agriculture. The subcommittee based its decision on the grounds that the presentation was a preliminary draft and part of uncompleted working materials that would be corrected and updated as the study was completed.

Stenehjem says the preliminary report became an open record when the subcommittee received it at a public meeting.

The attorney general says the subcommittee made the report public sometime after the complaint and no further action is required.

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