- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Fargo’s City Commission violated the state’s open meeting laws when it secretly voted to approve a controversial deal to buy and relocate an historic home for a flood protection project.

Stenehjem says commissioners should have voted on the $840,000 deal during an open, public session. He says that without a public vote, the public has no way of knowing how its elected leaders voted on matters of spending public money.

Stenehjem’s order says the commission must release the portion of the taped executive session in which the motion to approve the deal was made and a vote was taken.

Fargo City Attorney Erik Johnson issued a statement saying he thinks the city followed the law, and he intends to ask Stenehjem for clarification.

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