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Larson will retire Feb. 1

Planning and Zoning Director Byron Larson turned in a letter of resignation to the Wadena city council in anticipation of retirement.

"We received this letter from Byron," city administrator Brad Swenson said. "Feb. 1, Byron plans to retire."

He said that if the city would hire somebody, it would be a good idea to get someone prior to Larson's departure in order to get experience.

"We appreciate the early notice and we certainly appreciate all your awesome work," Mayor Wayne Wolden said to Larson.

The council had discussed Larson's retirement plans at an earlier budget meeting.