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Council contracts for grandstand's demolition

The Wadena City Council approved the demolition of the fairgrounds grandstand, awarding the $10,250 bid to GJ Smith Excavators of Elk River. The company has until May 1 to complete the demolition.

City Administrator Brad Swenson said that it was the only bid and that there was no local interest in the project.

Sheldon Monson of the Ag Society was present at the meeting. He said his opinion was to use funding to rebuild the grandstand, instead of going to the wellness center. He said that the Ag Society could not afford to rebuild the grandstand and that they needed money for rebuilding other things.

City attorney Jeff Pederson said the grandstand was not rebuildable and not reusable.

Mayor Wayne Wolden agreed that FEMA money should go to portable bleachers.

In other action, the council awarded Stoneman Oil for fuel bids.

Swenson said that Stoneman had a better deal and offered both pump and bulk delivery. The only other bidder, Leaf River Ag, only offered bulk delivery.

"We've been getting our fuel from Hunke for almost the last two years, and they late last year expressed an interest that they did not want to continue providing that service," Swenson said.