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Minnesota Court of Appeals reverses part of former Lake City library administrator's case

A portion of the case of a former Lake City library administrator has been sent back to district court after a decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday.

In an unpublished opinion by the Minnesota State Court of Appeals, a decision by Wabasha County District Court for a summary judgment in the case of former Lake City librarian Sheryl V. Mooers was upheld with one exception.

Mooers filed a lawsuit against the city of Lake City and Mayor Jerry Dunbar alleging breach of contract and sexual harassment in July 2012, along with allegations against City Attorney Karen England, City Council member Mark Spence, and John and Jane Doe, representing another City Council member and an anonymous complainant.

The Court of Appeals concluded that Mooers raised “at least a general issue of material fact as to whether Dunbar’s conduct constituted sexual harassment under section 1983,” the opinion states.

The complaint alleges 20 counts in all, which include violation of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, defamation, invasion of privacy and violation of due process.

The decision of the district court to grant a summary judgment in favor of sexual harassment allegations against the city, on the common-law defamation claims, invasion of Mooers’ privacy claim, Mooers’ data practices claims and the district court’s decision to permit redacted transcripts for purposes of discovery were all upheld, according to the appeals court opinion.

For a complete story see Wednesday's paper. 

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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