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County attorney and sheriff file lawsuit against State of Minn.


January 9, 2020

Mille Lacs County Attorney Joe Walsh and Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge have filed a lawsuit against the State of Minnesota for its refusal to honor its legal obligation–codified in Minn. Stat. § 3.736–to indemnify and save them harmless in connection with any tort, civil, or equitable claim or demand for expenses and attorneys’ fees reasonably incurred, according to the lawsuit’s language.

Mille Lacs County Attorney Joe Walsh explained the lawsuit, stating that in 2016, he requested the Minnesota Attorney General to provide an opinion on an issue of public importance (the cooperative law enforcement agreement between the county and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) pursuant to Minn. Statute § 8.07 which states that “the attorney general on application shall give an opinion, in writing, to county, city, town, public pension fund attorneys, or the attorneys for the board of a school district or unorganized territory on questions of public importance.”


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