AG looking into meeting violation

BISMARCK (AP) – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is investigating whether the State Board of Higher Education violated open meeting laws.

The Grand Forks Herald reports ( that Stenehjem was asked to look into whether the board broke the state’s open meeting laws at two dinner events earlier this year.

Stenehjem ruled that the board violated the laws during a Jan. 16 dinner at Chanellor Hamid Shirvani’s home but did not violate the rules at a March 6 dinner because no public business was discussed.

But in a letter sent to board members and Shirvani on Tuesday, Stenehjem says several people at the March 6 dinner said public business was discussed. Stenehjem is instructing each person at the dinner to give their own account by April 29.