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Monday, March 1, 2021

County looks at digital record preservation

Technological advancement in the preservation of historical archives is a growing trend for many government entities.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners heard a report that could make the county’s historical documents easier for those in government, and for the
public, to search.

David Frank from Arca Search gave a presentation to the board on how his company scans historical documents, like past board minutes, and saves them to an online search engine.

Frank said about 80% of his company’s business is related to county government. He demonstrated using a recently-completed compilation of Pipestone County documents.

Records would be searchable by word, phrase or topic, and could be sorted by year or decade.

No action was taken on the proposal, as the board will take time to consider the option.