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The Journal Times gets aid in open records request

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MOUNT PLEASANT — The Journal Times has been awarded a $500 grant in support of its attempts to obtain records related to the dismissal of former village administrator Mike Andreasen.

The National Freedom of Information Coalition, a network of open-government advocates, announced the grant Wednesday.

The Journal Times sued the village and its president, Carolyn Milkie, last month after Mount Pleasant officials denied requests for a copy of the “Juliet Edmands Correspondence” that was mentioned on the meeting agenda the night Andreasen was ousted. The newspaper alleges the village violated state laws governing public records.

Officials have offered no specific reasons for the May 9 removal of Andreasen, who later died.

Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, stated in the release that the open records law “allows the public to gauge how well or how poorly public bodies handle disciplinary decisions. The document being sought in this case is integral to that function.”

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