City council members offered a heartfelt thanks to fire department members Dean Uselman and Brad Ellingworth after approving their resignations, Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Ellingworth announced his resignation due to retirement, effective Jan. 4, 2020. Ellingworth has served on the Department for over 30 years. Uselman announced his resignation as Wadena Fire Chief, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He's served in some capacity on the department for nearly 36 years.

Ellingworth didn't share further details in his letter, but Uselman noted his intent to stay involved in order to provide a smooth transition for new leadership.

"Having served the department for nearly 36 years in a variety of capacities I will say that it has been a rewarding experience and have appreciated the excellent working relationship and trust that has been placed in me by you and the City Administrator. I have complete confidence in our talented roster of firefighters and know the department will continue to serve the residents of City of Wadena and contracted areas professionally with dignity, respect, and integrity," Uselman wrote in a letter to the council.

In other actions, council members:

  • Approved a resolution determining the need to issue a $840,000 general obligation equipment certificate of indebtedness. This debt goes towards purchases from the 2019 budget including the purchase of a fire truck and related fire department equipment; and purchases for the 2020 budget including public works equipment. The council previously approved issuance of a general obligation equipment certificate for the purchases. The fire truck has not yet been chosen for purchase.
  • Heard from Utility Superintendent Dave Evans that some residents in the north part of Wadena suffered an electrical outage on Monday. He said everyone should be back on now. He said repair was needed on some substation breakers as one breaker did not trip as it should, causing more outage than it should have.