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Mandan school board violates open meetings law

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Mandan school board didn't provide a public notice for one of its meetings.

The board has a separate finance committee. It takes public comment about the district's future enrollment projections and the board's plans for dealing with them.

In a legal opinion Friday, Stenehjem says the board should have provided public notice for a Jan. 10 meeting of the Finance Committee.

The committee includes two school board members. But seven of the board's nine members showed up for the Jan. 10 meeting.

Stenehjem says the other board members said they appeared as "concerned citizens."

But the attorney general says they spoke as board members, and he says public notice of the meeting should have been given.