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Cash crunch leads to county spending caution

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Commissioners are encouraging Wadena County department heads to eliminate or delay spending for the time being.

The payment of $293,744.50 to meet solvency requirements for South Country Health Alliance in May is the primary reason why the county is screening expenditures, according to county officials. A second, equal payment is due in November.

"We were blind-sided," said County Human Resources Consultant Mike Gibson.

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