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Editorial: Keep legal notices in newspapers

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opinion Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

A bill introduced last year in the Minnesota Senate and likely to be debated in the early in the coming legislative session would allow for the publication of legal notices on government websites instead of officially designated newspapers and their online sites. Both the Association of Minnesota Counties and League of Minnesota Cities support SF 1152, and local government entities across the state continue to pass resolutions in support of the change.

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Naturally, this newspaper is vehemently against the legislation, but not just for selfish regions. Yes, newspapers do receive revenue — to not acknowledge this would equate to a major lack of integrity. Yet there’s more to the story.

Newspapers ensure a maximum audience for legal notices — who goes to look at, for instance, a county website, anyway? — and, just as importantly, keep units of government honest. We feel publication of notices by an independent distributor of information — and not just the government entities themselves — is a critical component of a democratic state.

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