Wadena County commissioners set a $5,000 minimum yearly salary for the elected positions of auditor/treasurer, sheriff, county recorder and county attorney at its first meeting of 2010. Auditor/ Treasurer Char West said that every four years during the first meeting of an election year the county needs to set the minimum salary for these positions. She presented the board with two options.
Wadena County Attorney Kyra Ladd will sit in on county board meetings when she is available to serve as a resource for commissioners during discussions that pertain to legal issues. Chairman Bill Stearns asked Ladd how the board's first Tuesday and third Thursday monthly meetings fit into her court schedule. Tuesday is a heavy court day for her due to the scheduling of the judges' time in the seventh judicial district, Ladd said. Thursday is very doable unless she's involved with a jury trial. Trials in Wadena County take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, she said.
Commissioner Bill Stearns was unanimously elected chairman of the Wadena County Board at the board's first meeting of 2010 on Tuesday. Commissioner Rodney Bounds was elected vice chairman with three votes after Bounds nominated Commissioner Lane Waldahl for the position. "I feel Lane has more time in here than I do," Bounds said. "His rotation's gotta be coming up." The board typically rotates the chairmanship positions each year. Commissioner Ralph Miller, who nominated Bounds, along with commissioners Dave Schermerhorn and Waldahl voted for Bounds.
The Wadena County Board asked Sheriff Mike Carr to come back in June with requests for two squads for 2010. Carr came to the Jan. 5 board meeting asking to purchase a 2010 Crown Victoria for $23,658.32 from Elk River Ford, which holds the state bid. He also wants approval to buy a used sports utility vehicle not to exceed $18,000 for the sheriff's department investigator to use. The purchases are in his budget, he said. Squads go out of rotation every four years and need to be replaced, Carr said.
The Wadena County Board voted to increase the half-time 4-H coordinator position to a 75 percent position during its first meeting of the year last Tuesday. The cost for the position will increase from $32,450 to $48,675 per year for the county. Kris Huebsch holds the position. The board did not discuss the change at the Jan. 4 meeting, but the subject did come up at its Dec. 29 meeting when Commissioner Ralph Miller expressed his support for increasing the 4-H coordinator's position.
Wadena County elected officials Sheriff Mike Carr, County Attorney Kyra Ladd, Recorder Soledad Henriksen and Auditor/ Treasurer Char West all requested no raise in their salaries for 2010. The Wadena County Board voted to keep Carr's salary at $77,507.50, Ladd's at $83,821.62, West's at $59,301.63, and Henriksen's at $44,090.59. Heriksen said she also had a question for the board. "I don't know where we stand right now for negotiations, if employees are going to be receiving their $500 or not," she said.
The first baby of the new decade born at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena is a big boy named Dylan Schulke. Proud parents Jessica Wanous, 18, and Dallas Schulke, 22, of Menahga, welcomed their first son into the world at 2:56 a.m. Monday. Schulke had a rush of excitement when his son was born, he said. "He was huge," he said about Dylan, who was born at 9 pounds, 5 ounces and 21 inches long. The first thing Wanous noticed about Dylan when she first saw him were his blue eyes, she said. She was surprised he had his eyes open and was looking around.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Jan. 6, 2005 Pioneer Journal Councilman cooks up kitchen traditions In his Wadena kitchen, Dean Uselman carries on traditions of generations -- including the disdain of written recipes. "I just despise recipes," he said. Growing up with 15 brothers and sisters, Uselman learned to cook at a young age. Now, cooking is a stress reliever. Along with being president and owner of Golden Russet Potato Products, Uselman is a city councilman and volunteer firefighter.
The Wadena County Board approved a shift in funds from the road and bridge levy to the general levy to preserve a $233,344 special levy in the general fund rather than exacting further cuts on department budgets. Commissioner Bill Stearns presented the idea at the county's second adjourned meeting Dec. 29. He explained that, even though it isn't as much as the state would like, the highway department has built up enough of a reserve so that some of its revenue can be put in the general levy.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Dec. 30, 2004 Pioneer Journal Wadena soldiers deploy Wadena's soldiers have reached Kuwait, where they will spend two weeks before heading to their base in Iraq. School forms group for building study The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board is forming committees to begin a feasibility study concerning the move of fifth and sixth grade students from Deer Creek to Wadena by 2006-07. St. Helen's to celebrate 100 years St. Helen's Episcopal Church in Wadena is celebrating its 100th anniversary Dec. 29 with an evensong for the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents.