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PC (or Mac) politics: Commissioner meetings going online

It's 3 a.m. You can't sleep. You're wondering, "What did I miss at Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting?"

Discussions to air commissioners' meetings began more than a year ago. In September 2012, a video camera was mounted to the wall in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse in Alexandria. Beginning with the June 11, 2013 commissioners' meeting, the public will be able to watch government in action on the county's website.

County Coordinator Bill Schalow said although the video will not be streamed live, it will be available by the end of each meeting day.

The county's Information Technology Director, Brent Birkeland, presented the commissioners with an IT strategic plan in April that includes revamping the website and offering electronic board information packets. Commissioners will be incorporating electronic devices for use during board meetings to cut down on paper usage. Schalow said the electronic information sharing is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Just as the commissioners will be learning new technology, children in Douglas County can take advantage of the Traveling Tree House presented through Douglas County Building Connections. Commissioner Bev Bales said the learning exhibit will start cruising around the county on June 11. Destinations can be found at www.buildingconnectionseci.org.

DeyCrystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.

Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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