ND attorney general says Williston violated state open meetings laws

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The City of Williston faces another wrinkle in its fight against crew camps in the city limits.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the city violated state open meeting laws in August.

Stenehjem says Mayor Howard Klug organized several meetings that were closed to the public with hotel owners, crew camp operators, landowners and other city officials.

In a written statement, Stenehjem says Klug asked Commissioner Brad Bekkedahl to join him for the meetings and on another occasion, asked
Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk to join him. Because, all three were involved at some point, it constituted a quorum, and that violated the law.

The attorney general says to fix this mistake, Klug and Cymbaluk must draft minutes from the Aug. 5 meeting. Klug told NBC North Dakota News, the city will fully comply.