Correction: Records are destroyed, but not burned


We were bombarded by phone calls and emails from Hennepin County today after we goofed in our choice of words in this week's news article.

Bradley Campbell wrote about the policy of destroying housing records after one years time. To make his point, he wrote that it was cheaper to "incinerate" the records than keep them.

Well, that metaphor was too hot to handle--especially in a time of global warming.

Hennepin County wants to make very clear that it does not burn the records--it recycles them. Here is the letter requesting the correction:

I am requesting a correction for the article published on Jan 5 on how the county manages our court records. The county does not incinerate records. We have two ways of disposing of paper files. If the materials is deemed confidential, it is then securely managed through Iron Mountain, a document destruction service where the materials are shredded and then recycled. If the material is not confidential, it is recycled through the county's in-house recycling program where the paper is recycled by Pioneer Paper, in Minneapolis. I am requesting your article be changed to reflect that the county recycles the files, that the image be removed immediately and a correction printed. I have spoken with the reporter, Bradley Campbell, and he agreed that the story wrongly portrayed how we manage our records. Thank you.

Angie Timmons

Hennepin County Environmental Services Environmental Education and Outreach Unit