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Wadena County Fair Board elects new president

Jessica Paklonsky was elected new fair board president with former president Darin Lehmann stepping down.

Lights illuminated Midwest Rides carnival attractions Friday evening at the county fair in Wadena.
Midwest Rides carnival at the Wadena County Fair.
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WADENA — Former Wadena County Fair board president Darin Lehmann stepped down from the board at a regular board meeting Tuesday, July 12.

At that meeting, Lehmann willingly stepped down from his position and the board approved his resignation, according to board member Michelle Cash. Lehmann currently faces charges of felony theft, where he allegedly used Ag Society funding for purchasing fuel for personal use. He has had his first appearance and an omnibus hearing is scheduled for August.

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Lehmann left the meeting following his resignation and the board went on to elect vice president Jessica Paklonsky as new president.

Cash said the board went on to take actions that are meant to help the board accurately track and report their work and expenses as volunteers of the fair. She added that bylaws are being reviewed to ensure they are up to date and helping them follow best practices.

“We are taking the necessary steps to protect the Ag Society,” Cash said.


She said the actions are to help them move forward and past this issue so they can continue to build and promote the Wadena County Fair. She said for too long the fair board has dealt with a negative image that does not reflect what the board stands for.

“Our goal as fair board is to change that culture,” Cash said.

She said the board welcomes input from the community and relies on the help of volunteers to be successful. The public is welcome to attend their monthly meetings at 7 p.m., on the second Tuesday of each month in the Beer Garden building on the fairgrounds.

Wadena County Fair Membership by Michael Johnson on Scribd

To become a member of the Wadena County Ag Society just takes $5. Board elections are held again in October if you are interested in becoming a board member.

He's a writer, editor, photographer, truth seeker and promoter of the Wadena area.
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