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Court of Appeals overturns ruling in Habhegger case

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WAUSAU -- In a decision filed Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals found that a former New Richmond zoning administrator can't be fined for violating the open meetings law because there was no meeting.

The appeals panel ruled that it would be "absurd" to require officials such as Wallace Habhegger, the only member of his department, to hold open meetings to discuss the reasoning for denying a building permit. The case never should have gone to a jury, said the court.

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