Weather Forecast


Tornado debris management site to close

Solid Waste Director Mike Hanan updated Wadena County commissioners of changes concerning tornado debris management. Beginning August 12, 2010, demolition debris hauled in by a commercial contractor was required to be dumped in an area separate from that area utilized by individual homeowners. Loads hauled in by commercial contractors will be charged a fee of $8.60 per cubic yard. Individual homeowners or businesses hauling in their own personal tornado related demolition debris will not be charged the fee.

The emergency tornado debris management site, currently located on Sunnybrook Road, will be closed to the public as of Oct. 2. After that date, demolition debris will need to be hauled to the appropriate county transfer station or landfill site.

Planning and zoning

A conditional use permit application from Jeffrey and Teresa DeGeest to operate an in-home daycare business was presented to the board and commissioners approved the permit application.

Russell and Susan Nystrom submitted a conditional use permit application to install a 1.65 megawatt wind energy conservation system and the associated 80 meter tower. Residents spoke both for and against the building of the wind tower. After much controversial discussion, the board tabled the permit application until the Aug. 19 meeting.

Other board action

• Approved a cash advance of $100,000 from the general revenue fund to the public health fund for cash flow purposes (expected to be back to the general revenue fund within 30 days).

• Adopted a resolution to update the Wadena Comprehensive Water Management Plan.

• Authorized a temporary 20 percent increase in employment for Erica Keppers, to be paid by the County Board of Health SHIP grant.

• Approved payment of board bills.