Minnesota Public Notices:

Public's Right to Know

WHY PUBLIC NOTICES ARE IMPORTANT:

Public notices can be traced back for centuries to early civilizations.

Why? Because there were things people needed to know.

As mass printing methods were invented and developed, public notices became a key foundation in societies world-wide.

According to the Public Notice Resource Center, there are four defining characteristics of Public Notice which informs citizens about government-related activities that affects those citizens’ lives:

INDEPENDENT

A public notice is published in a forum independent of the government.

ARCHIVABLE

A public notice is archived in a secure and publicly available format for reference at any future point in time.

ACCESSIBLE

A public notice is able to be accessed by all segments of society.

VERIFIABLE

Anyone is able to verify that such a notice was actually published in a manner which it was available to the intended citizens.

Over several centuries, newspapers became the trusted medium that met all these criteria – and still is.

In recent years, as the Internet develops, there are increasing efforts by government toward self-publishing by using its own technology and websites, but there are many flaws in this scenario.

While the Internet is astounding in some of its capabilities, it falls shockingly short in meeting the four key criteria of public notices listed above.

The archivable, accessible, and verifiable aspects are all suspect at best. Most frightening of all is the danger of government doing itself – while most government workers are upstanding and honest, as human beings there will always be the eventual problem to be covered up.

A neutral third party must always be involved to ensure credibility, as well as protect the government itself from unfounded accusations.

Ironically, this is a website to promote the trust of public notices in print. But it employs the useful features of technology to support the core function of keeping public notices available to people who need them – our citizens.

IMPORTANT RELATED LINKS

MNpublicnotice.com

Aggregate site of public notices from throughout the state (under development)

PNRC.net

Public Notice Resource Center – educating the public on the value and use of its right to know

SunshineWeek.org

About openness in government and why it's important

MNnews.com

Directory of Minnesota newspapers

MN-Statewide-Ads.com

Advertising program to reach large areas of the state through local newspapers at discounted program rate


Minnesota Legal Newspapers 2014

County Legal Name of Newspaper City
Aitkin Aitkin Independent Age Aitkin
Anoka Anoka County Record Fridley
Anoka Anoka County Union Coon Rapids
Anoka Blaine-Spring Lake Park Life Coon Rapids
Anoka Columbia Heights & Fridley Sun Eden Prairie
Anoka Coon Rapids Herald Coon Rapids
Becker Becker County Record Detroit Lakes
Becker Detroit Lakes Tribune Detroit Lakes
Becker Frazee-Vergas Forum Frazee
Beltrami The American Bemidji
Beltrami The Bemidji Pioneer Bemidji
Beltrami The Midwest Buy Line Bemidji
Benton Benton County News Foley
Benton Sauk Rapids Herald Sauk Rapids
Big Stone The Ortonville Independent Ortonville
Blue Earth Lake Crystal Tribune Lake Crystal
Blue Earth Lake Region Times Madison Lake
Blue Earth Maple River Messenger Mapleton
Blue Earth The Free Press Mankato
Brown Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch Sleepy Eye
Brown Springfield Advance-Press Springfield
Brown The Journal New Ulm
Carlton Moose Lake Star Gazette Moose Lake
Carlton Pine Journal Cloquet
Carver Carver County News Watertown
Carver Chanhassen Villager Chaska
Carver Chaska Herald Chaska
Carver Norwood/Young America Times Norwood Young America
Carver The Waconia Patriot Waconia
Cass Cass Lake Times Cass Lake
Cass Pilot-Independent Walker
Cass Pine Cone Press-Citizen Longville
Cass The Northland Press Outing
Chippewa Clara City Herald Clara City
Chippewa Montevideo American-News Montevideo
Chisago Chisago County Press Lindstrom
Chisago ECM Post Review North Branch
Clay Clay County Union Ulen
Clay Lake Park Journal Hawley
Clay Record-Review Barnesville
Clay The Extra Moorhead
Clay The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead Fargo
Clay The Hawley Herald Hawley
Clearwater Farmers Independent Bagley
Clearwater Leader-Record Gonvick
Cook Cook County News-Herald Grand Marais
Cottonwood Cottonwood County Citizen Windom
Cottonwood Observer/Advocate Mountain Lake
Cottonwood Sentinel Tribune Westbrook
Crow Wing Brainerd Dispatch Brainerd
Crow Wing Crosby-Ironton Courier Crosby
Crow Wing Echo Journal Brainerd
Crow Wing NewsHopper Brainerd
Dakota Dakota County Tribune Apple Valley
Dakota Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages Farmington
Dakota Hastings Star Gazette Hastings
Dakota Sun Thisweek Apple Valley/Rosemount Apple Valley
Dakota Sun Thisweek Burnsville/Eagan Apple Valley
Dakota Sun Thisweek Farmington/Lakeville Apple Valley
Dodge Dodge Center Star Herald Dodge Center
Dodge Dodge County Independent Kasson
Dodge News-Enterprise West Concord
Douglas Echo Press Alexandria
Douglas Osakis Review Alexandria
Douglas West Douglas County Record Brandon
Faribault Faribault County Register Faribault
Faribault Minnesota Lake Tribune Minnesota Lake
Faribault Wells Mirror Wells
Fillmore Bluff Country Reader Preston
Fillmore Fillmore County Journal Preston
Fillmore News-Record Harmony
Fillmore Republican Leader Preston
Fillmore Spring Valley Tribune Spring Valley
Fillmore Tri-County Record Rushford
Freeborn Albert Lea Tribune Albert Lea
Freeborn The Alden Advance Alden
Goodhue Cannon Falls Beacon Cannon Falls
Goodhue Kenyon Leader Kenyon
Goodhue News-Record Zumbrota
Goodhue Red Wing Republican Eagle Red Wing
Goodhue The Free Press Beldenville
Goodhue The Hiawatha Valley Shopper Beldenville
Grant Grant County Herald Elbow Lake
Grant Herman-Hoffman Tribune Herman
Hennepin American Jewish World Mpls
Hennepin Bloomington Sun-Current Eden Prairie
Hennepin Brooklyn Center Sun-Post Eden Prairie
Hennepin Brooklyn Park Sun-Post Eden Prairie
Hennepin Champlin-Dayton Press Osseo
Hennepin City Pages Mpls
Hennepin Crystal & Robbinsdale Sun-Post Eden Prairie
Hennepin Eden Prairie News Eden Prairie
Hennepin Eden Prairie Sun-Current Eden Prairie
Hennepin Edina Sun-Current Eden Prairie
Hennepin Excelsior/Shorewood Sun-Sailor Eden Prairie
Hennepin Finance and Commerce Mpls
Hennepin Hopkins & Minnetonka Sun-Sailor Eden Prairie
Hennepin Lakeshore Weekly News Wayzata
Hennepin Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal Mpls
Hennepin Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Mpls
Hennepin New Hope & Golden Valley Sun-Post Eden Prairie
Hennepin Osseo-Maple Grove Press Osseo
Hennepin Plymouth Sun-Sailor Eden Prairie
Hennepin Richfield Sun-Current Eden Prairie
Hennepin St Louis Park Sun-Sailor Eden Prairie
Hennepin Star Tribune Mpls
Hennepin The AfricaPaper Brooklyn Center
Hennepin The Laker Waconia
Hennepin The Open U Maple Grove
Hennepin The Pioneer Waconia
Hennepin Wayzata Orono & Long Lake Sun Eden Prairie
Houston Houston County News La Crosse
Houston Spring Grove Herald Spring Grove
Houston The Caledonia Argus Caledonia
Houston The Houston Banner Houston
Hubbard Northwoods Press Nevis
Hubbard Park Rapids Enterprise Park Rapids
Isanti Isanti County News Cambridge
Isanti Isanti-Chisago County Star Cambridge
Itasca Grand Rapids Herald Review Grand Rapids
Itasca Scenic Range NewsForum Bovey
Itasca Western Itasca Review Deer River
Jackson Jackson County Pilot Jackson
Jackson Lakefield Standard Lakefield
Jackson Tri County News Heron Lake
Kanabec Kanabec County Times Mora
Kandiyohi Lakes Area Review New London
Kandiyohi The Raymond-Prinsburg News Raymond
Kandiyohi West Central Tribune Willmar
Kittson Kittson County Enterprise Hallock
Kittson North Star News Karlstad
Koochiching The Journal International Falls
Lac Qui Parle Dawson Sentinel Dawson
Lac Qui Parle The Western Guard Madison
Lake Lake County News-Chronicle Two Harbors
Lake The North Shore Journal Silver Bay
Lake of the Woods Northern Light Region Baudette
Le Sueur Elysian Enterprise Elysian
Le Sueur Lake Region Life Waterville
Le Sueur Le Center Leader Le Center
Le Sueur Le Sueur News Herald Le Sueur
Le Sueur Montgomery Messenger Montgomery
Le Sueur The New Prague Times New Prague
Lincoln Hendricks Pioneer Hendricks
Lincoln Ivanhoe Times Ivanhoe
Lincoln Lake Benton Valley Journal Lake Benton
Lincoln Tyler Tribute Tyler
Lyon Balaton Press Tribune Balaton
Lyon Marshall Independent Marshall
Lyon Prairie Newsletter Lynd
Lyon Tracy Headlight-Herald Tracy
Lyon Tri-County News Cottonwood
McLeod Hutchinson Leader Hutchinson
McLeod McLeod County Chronicle Glencoe
Mahnomen Mahnomen Pioneer Mahnomen
Marshall Grygla Eagle Grygla
Marshall Stephen/Argyle Messenger Stephen
Marshall The Middle River Honker Middle River
Marshall Warren Sheaf Warren
Martin Fairmont Photo Press Fairmont
Martin Martin County Star Sherburn
Martin Sentinel Fairmont
Martin Truman Tribune Truman
Meeker The Litchfield Independent Review Litchfield
Mille Lacs Mille Lacs County Times Princeton
Mille Lacs Mille Lacs Messenger Isle
Mille Lacs Princeton Union-Eagle Princeton
Morrison Morrison County Record Little Falls
Mower Austin Daily Herald Austin
Mower LeRoy/Southland Independent Le Roy
Mower Meadow Area News Grand Meadow
Murray Fulda Free Press Fulda
Murray Murray County Advantage Fulda
Murray Murray County News Slayton
Murray Murray County Wheel-Herald Slayton
Nicollet Lafayette-Nicollet Ledger Lafayette
Nicollet St Peter Herald St Peter
Nobles Daily Globe Worthington
Nobles Nobles County Review Adrian
Norman Norman County Index Ada
Norman Twin Valley Times Twin Valley
Norman Valley Journal Halstad
Olmsted Byron Review Byron
Olmsted Post-Bulletin Company Rochester
Olmsted Stewartville Star Stewartville
Otter Tail Citizen's Advocate Henning
Otter Tail New York Mills Dispatch New York Mills
Otter Tail Pelican Rapids Press Pelican Rapids
Otter Tail Perham Focus Perham
Otter Tail The Battle Lake Review Battle Lake
Otter Tail The Daily Journal Fergus Falls
Otter Tail The Parkers Prairie Independent Parkers Prairie
Pennington Thief River Falls Times Thief River Falls
Pine Askov American Askov
Pine Hinckley News Hinckley
Pine Pine City Pioneer Pine City
Pine Pine County Courier Sandstone
Pipestone Edgerton Enterprise Edgerton
Pipestone Jasper Journal Pipestone
Pipestone Pipestone County Star Pipestone
Polk Crookston Daily Times Crookston
Polk Erskine Echo Erskine
Polk McIntosh Times McIntosh
Polk The Exponent East Grand Forks
Polk The Fertile Journal Fertile
Polk The Thirteen Towns Fosston
Pope Pope County Tribune Glenwood
Pope The Starbuck Times Starbuck
Ramsey Bulletins North St Paul
Ramsey East Side Review North St Paul
Ramsey Maplewood Review North St Paul
Ramsey Moundsview/New Brighton Sun-Focus Eden Prairie
Ramsey Oakdale Lake Elmo Review North St Paul
Ramsey Quad Community Press White Bear Lake
Ramsey Ramsey County Review North St Paul
Ramsey Roseville Review North St Paul
Ramsey St. Paul Pioneer Press St Paul
Ramsey Shoreview Press White Bear Lake
Ramsey South West Review North St Paul
Ramsey St Paul Legal Ledger-Capitol Review St Paul
Ramsey State Register St Paul
Ramsey The Citizen White Bear Lake
Ramsey The Lowdown - Forest Lake White Bear Lake
Ramsey The Lowdown - St. Croix Valley White Bear Lake
Ramsey Vadnais Heights Press White Bear Lake
Ramsey White Bear Press White Bear Lake
Ramsey Woodbury-South Maplewood Review North St Paul
Red Lake Red Lake Falls Gazette Red Lake Falls
Red Lake The Oklee Herald Oklee
Redwood Lamberton News Lamberton
Redwood Wabasso Standard Wabasso
Renville Bird Island Union Bird Island
Renville News Mirror Hector
Renville Renville County Register Renville
Renville Standard-Gazette & Messenger Fairfax
Rice Faribault Daily News Faribault
Rice Lonsdale Area News Review Lonsdale
Rice Northfield News Northfield
Rock Hills Crescent Luverne
Rock Rock County Star Herald Luverne
Roseau Roseau Times Region Roseau
Roseau The Tribune Greenbush
Roseau The Warroad Pioneer Warroad
St. Louis Chisholm Tribune Press Chisholm
St. Louis Cook News-Herald Cook
St. Louis Cook-Orr Timberjay Cook
St. Louis Duluth Budgeteer News Duluth
St. Louis Duluth News Tribune Duluth
St. Louis Ely Echo Ely
St. Louis ElyTimberjay Ely
St. Louis Floodwood Forum Floodwood
St. Louis Floodwood News Floodwood
St. Louis Hibbing Daily Tribune Hibbing
St. Louis Hometown Focus Virginia
St. Louis Mesabi Daily News Virginia
St. Louis Proctor Journal Proctor
St. Louis Range Times Biwabik
St. Louis Star Media Hermantown
St. Louis The New Babbitt Weekly News Babbitt
St. Louis The Tower News Tower
St. Louis Tower-Soudan Timberjay Tower
Scott Belle Plaine Herald Belle Plaine
Scott Jordan Independent Jordan
Scott Prior Lake American Shakopee
Scott Savage Pacer Shakopee
Scott Shakopee Valley News Shakopee
Sherburne Star News Elk River
Sherburne The Citizen Becker
Sherburne West Sherburne Tribune Big Lake
Sibley Arlington Enterprise Arlington
Sibley Henderson Independent Henderson
Sibley The Gaylord Hub Gaylord
Sibley Winthrop News Winthrop
Stearns Albany Enterprise Albany
Stearns Bonanza Valley Voice Brooten
Stearns Dairy Star Sauk Centre
Stearns Eden Valley - Watkins Voice Paynesville
Stearns Melrose Beacon Melrose
Stearns Sartell Newsleader St Joseph
Stearns Sauk Centre Herald Sauk Centre
Stearns St Cloud Times St Cloud
Stearns St Joseph Newsleader St Joseph
Stearns The Cold Spring Record Cold Spring
Stearns The Observer Belgrade
Stearns The Paynesville Press Paynesville
Stearns Tri-County News Kimball
Steele Owatonna People's Press Owatonna
Steele The Leader Owatonna
Steele The Times Blooming Prairie
Stevens Chokio Review Chokio
Stevens Hancock Record Morris
Stevens Morris Sun Tribune Morris
Swift Kerkhoven Banner Kerkhoven
Swift Swift County Monitor-News Benson
Swift The Appleton Press Appleton
Todd Browerville Blade Browerville
Todd Independent News Herald Clarissa
Todd Long Prairie Leader Long Prairie
Todd Staples World Staples
Traverse The Wheaton Gazette Wheaton
Wabasha Lake City Graphic Lake City
Wabasha Plainview News Plainview
Wabasha Wabasha County Herald Wabasha
Wadena The Review Messenger Sebeka
Wadena Verndale Sun Verndale
Wadena Wadena Pioneer Journal Wadena
Waseca NRHEG Star Eagle New Richland
Waseca Waseca County News Waseca
Washington Country Messenger Osecola
Washington Forest Lake Times Forest Lake
Washington South Washington County Bulletin Cottage Grove
Washington Stillwater Gazette Stillwater
Washington Woodbury Bulletin Woodbury
Watonwan Madelia Times-Messenger Madelia
Watonwan St James Plaindealer St James
Watonwan The Hanska Herald Madelia
Wilkin Wahpeton Daily News Wahpeton
Winona Lewiston Journal St Charles
Winona St Charles Press St Charles
Winona Winona Daily News Winona
Winona Winona Post Winona
Wright Annandale Advocate Annandale
Wright Clearwater Tribune Clearwater
Wright Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch Cokato
Wright Delano Herald Journal Delano
Wright Herald Journal Howard Lake
Wright Maple Lake Messenger Maple Lake
Wright Monticello Times Monticello
Wright North Crow River News Osseo
Wright South Crow River News/ The Delano Eagle Osseo
Wright Wright County Journal-Press Buffalo
Yellow Medicine Granite Falls-Clarkfield Advoc Granite Falls
Yellow Medicine The Canby News Canby