DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A judge has ordered St. Louis County to release a series of emails between County Commissioner Pete Stauber and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Stauber sent and received the messages on his county government email account while campaigning for the 8th District seat in northeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party had sued for access to the emails.
County spokeswoman Dana Kazel says the deadline to produce the documents is noon Wednesday, but the county will release them if the party posts the required bond.
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin hailed the ruling as a victory for accountability.
Stauber faces Democrat Joe Radinovich and Independence Party candidate Skip Sandman for the 8th District seat. The race for the open seat is considered one of the best GOP pickup opportunities anywhere.
This story has been updated to delete an incorrect reference to the Minneapolis Star Tribune joining the suit seeking the emails.