All government agencies are required to "make and preserve all records
necessary to a full and accurate knowledge of their official activities."
Minn. Stat. sec. 15.17.
These government records may be destroyed only with the approval of the
records disposition panel. This panel consists of the attorney general, the
director of the Minnesota Historical Society, and the legislative auditor in the
case of state records, or the state auditor in the case of local government
The panel also has authority to determine the conditions under which records
may be reproduced onto another medium and the originals
Minn. Stat. sec. 138.17.