How to Make a Data Request

Written Requests

To look at data or request copies of data that Sherburne County keeps, you will need to make a written request. Make your written request for data to the appropriate individual listed in the Data Practices Contacts page. You may make your written request for data by mail or email using the County’s data request form.

If you choose not to use the data request form, your written request should include:

  • That you, as a member of the public, are making a request for data under the Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13
  • Whether you would like to look at the data, get copies of the data, or both
  • A clear description of the data you would like to inspect or have copied

Private Data

Sherburne County generally cannot require you, as a member of the public, to identify yourself or explain the reason for your data request. If you are requesting private data about yourself, however, Sherburne County requires proof of your identity before we can respond to your data request. In addition, even if you are requesting public data, we may need some information about you depending on how you want us to process your request (if, for example, you want us to mail you copies of data). 

If you choose not to give us any identifying information, we will provide you with contact information so you may check on the status of your request. Please also keep in mind that if we do not understand your request and have no way to contact you, we will not be able to begin processing your request.