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County asks public to design new logo

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Wadena County Commissioners are asking the public to submit designs for a new logo that will be featured on letterhead, vehicles and a revamped website.

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Right now, each department uses a different emblem. The selected design will be phased in to create a unified brand throughout Wadena County government.

"We really need to update our logo, especially if we're going to have an updated website," said Commissioner Jim Hofer, who is in charge of the effort. "We really don't have a (visual) identity."

Designs are due March 14, and should be sent to Board of Commissioners, Wadena County Logo, 415 Jefferson St. So. Wadena, MN 56482.

The winning artist will be recognized at a county board meeting, receive a certificate and get a prize of approximately $100 in donated funds for the work. All submissions will become property of Wadena County.

The county could have hired a professional design firm for the project. Instead, they opted to let members of the public show off their artistic abilities.

"We're trying to keep it local," Hofer said.

Although the commissioner has invited submissions from local high school art programs and art instructors at Central Lakes College in Staples, everyone is welcome to send in proposals.

A committee including department heads will review the designs and present options to the county board. Hofer said he thinks commissioners will be able to select a winner by mid-April.

For more information, contact Hofer at jim.hofer@co.wadena.mn.us.

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