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District 518 lawsuit proceeding timeline set

MINNEAPOLIS — A trial date in a civil matter against Independent School District 518 brought forward by a former employee is not expected until early 2020.

A pretrial conference this week outlined the proceeding deadlines for a civil suit in which Karen Abbott seeks $75,000 in relief from what she claims as employee right violations inflicted by the district.

A Dec. 3 conference is scheduled between attorneys for Abbott and the district to discuss the status and a potential settlement.

Should no settlement be reached, parties are to have their cases prepared for a seven-day jury trial by Jan. 2, 2020.

Abbott’s criminal case — accusing her of unlawfully taking and releasing private student data — is still pending in Nobles County District Court.