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WADENA COUNTY BOARD

Members of the Wadena County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation about the growth in the county's 4-H club over the past year and purchased a 40-acre piece of land for nearly four-times the assessed value during their most recent meeting on May 17.
More work is to be done to make the process more clear on ditch cleanup within Wadena County.
Fund expenditures still must be accounted for, and there are stipulations on what the money can be spent on. For example, funds could not (and still cannot) be spent on installing new city utility systems, budgetary items or to lower property taxes.
Wadena County Commissioners recently adopted this as a legislative priority.

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County engineer Darin Fellbaum said the assistant county engineer position would help fill two positions with one person based on his skills. A senior technician position, which includes working on bridge inspections, would not be filled since Maule can receive his bridge inspection certificate in about two years.
Commissioners Jon Kangas and Murlyn Kreklau shared their ideas at length during the April work session and commissioner Bill Stearns suggested specific parameters in a list on April 19.
The current mail room is in the employee break area. The new space will adjoin with the auditor-treasurer’s office, who work with the mail especially during elections. The project will cost about $20,000; it is unclear if the cost includes labor.
Districts 1,3, 4 and 5 will be on the 2022 ballot. Districts 1, 3 and 5 were already due for four-year term elections this year; district 4 will be a two-year term.
Along with area counties, county engineer Darin Fellbaum proposed renewing the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST). The half-cent tax funds road and bridge projects. The current tax is in place through 2025.
Murlyn Kreklau is a Wadena County Commissioner from District 4

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The grid categorizes positions with grades based on job descriptions. Employees also have steps which are based on experience and county work anniversaries.
The survey, groundwater sampling, stormwater compliance reporting and hydrogeologic services are annual requirements.
Learn about accessory dwelling units and how Wadena County fits in the national discussion on ADUs.

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