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Council's anonymous vote on white supremacist church may have violated Minnesota's open meeting law


December 11, 2020

The City Council in Murdock, Minn., voted anonymously Wednesday night to allow this abandoned Lutheran church to become a Midwest hub of the Asatru Folk Assembly, a Nordic heritage religion that has been identified as a white supremacist group.

An anonymous City Council vote on allowing a white supremacist church to locate in Murdock, Minn., violated the state's open meeting law.

That's according to several experts and to the language of the law itself, which states that local governments meeting remotely must vote by individual roll call, so that their audience can clearly understand how each member voted.

The Murdock city attorney called the council's action "a matter of interpretation" and said the group had no intention of obscuring its actions. The meeting's minutes, published Thursday, included how each member voted.


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