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Do citizens forfeit their rights applying for a variance?

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Privacy rights and property inspections clashed Monday at Hubbard County's Board of Adjustment meeting.

If a homeowner applies for a variance, does he or she give up a right to privacy, a Park Rapids attorney questioned. Or can public officials drop by anytime unannounced to inspect the premises?

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Steve Bolton's long-running issues with the board began in 2003 when he applied for a variance to erect retaining walls that would stop erosion of his Lake Belle Taine property.

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