The state D-N-R has changed its mind about not releasing the names of virtually all its employees who were disciplined by the agency last year.
The Associated Press used the state Open Records Law to learn that 26 letters of reprimand, suspension, or dismissal were sent to D-N-R employees last year. However, the names of those punished were blacked out. Officials said they were not needed in order for the public to know how the D-N-R disciplines its personnel. In June, the Lakeland Times of Minocqua said it might sue the agency to get the names. Two months later, the D-N-R supplied about half the employees' names to that paper. Then on Tuesday, the A-P said it finally received the names of all the disciplined workers except one. Officials did not say what that last name was withheld.