The Pequot Lakes City Council met in a 45-minute closed session Tuesday, March 17, regarding threatened litigation from a city of Pequot Lakes employee related to employment with the city.

All council members attended, and no action was taken when the meeting reopened to the public, City Administrator Nancy Malecha said.

The Echo Journal submitted a data request to the city Monday, March 16, seeking more information regarding the special council meeting, specifically asking if litigation had started, the name of the employee threatening litigation and the issue in dispute.

The city responded to the data request per the advisement of its city attorney, Chelsea Bodin, of Flaherty & Hood, P.A., in St. Paul, on Friday, March 20. The response said the request for the three points of information was denied because it was not a request for government data or wasn’t accessible pursuant to Minnesota statutes.

The Echo Journal objected to that response and continues to seek more information.

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