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Request for Government Data

Right to Access Public Data

The Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) presumes that all government data is public unless a state or federal law says the data is not public. Government data is a term that means all recorded information a government has, including paper, email, CD’s, DVDs, photographs, etc.
The Government Data Practices Act also provides that Norman County must keep all government data in way that makes it easy for you, as a member of the public, to access public data. You have the right to look at (inspect), free of charge, all public data that we keep. You also have the right to get copies of public data. The Government Data Practices Act allows us to charge for copies.

Access to Private or Non-Public Data

Private or non-public data contains information which pursuant to law is available only to the individual subject of the data, and to employees of Norman County whose work necessitates access to the data. Individuals seeking access to private or non-public data from Norman County may obtain the data by completing the data request form. Norman County shall require reasonable identification from the individual who seeks review of the data in order to verify that the individual is the subject of the data.

Full Data Practices Policy and How to Make a Data Request