Minnesota Public Notices:
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:
A public notice is published in a forum independent of the government.
A public notice is archived in a secure and publicly available format for reference at any future point in time.
A public notice is able to be accessed by all segments of society.
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
Aggregate site of public notices from throughout the state (under development)
Public Notice Resource Center educating the public on the value and use of its right to know
About openness in government and why it's important
Directory of Minnesota newspapers
Advertising program to reach large areas of the state through local newspapers at discounted program rate