Often entities of North Dakota’s government, particularly local governments and committees and agencies, hold meetings far from their usual place of business.

I’ve been critical of this practice in the past, such as when a board at North Dakota State University decided to hold an annual meeting in Minneapolis.

How can a meeting of a governing entity be genuinely open if it’s held far away from the public it’s governing?

The City of Minot, which also just happens to be my hometown, has been holding out-of-town retreats regularly. There’s no reasonable justification for them. The location chosen isn’t particularly illuminating. It seems something the city is doing merely to do it.

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