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Wadena County officials take oath of office

On Monday, Jan. 5, all seven officials who were elected in November to serve Wadena County took the oath of office from Judge Sally Ireland Robertson at the Wadena County courthouse.

The 2015 Wadena County board includes, back row from left to right: Kyra Ladd, Dave Hillukka, Sheldon Monson, Bill Stearns and Mike Carr. Front row, left to right: Judy Taves and Soledad Henriksen.
The 2015 Wadena County board includes, back row from left to right: Kyra Ladd, Dave Hillukka, Sheldon Monson, Bill Stearns and Mike Carr. Front row, left to right: Judy Taves and Soledad Henriksen.
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On Monday, Jan. 5, all seven officials who were elected in November to serve Wadena County took the oath of office from Judge Sally Ireland Robertson at the Wadena County courthouse.

Sheriff Mike Carr, County Attorney Kyra Ladd and Recorder Soledad Henriksen have all served the county for nine years and were reelected to their positions.

Auditor/Treasurer Judy Taves has served for two years through appointment by the county board. The new term will be her first full term in office. She was elected for the first time in November.

Commissioner Bill Stearns has served for 12 years and Commissioner Dave Hillukka has served for four years. Commissioner Sheldon Monson was elected for the first time in November. All three will now serve four-year terms.

Judge Robertson administered the oath of office individually to each official, congratulated him or her, and supervised the signing of certificates affirming that the oaths were taken and that each elected official is now bound to perform his or her duties in good faith.

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Judge Robertson said that the swearing-in ceremony "is one of my favorite activities. [These officials] serve us in the public trust...We're here to support them and they're accountable to us."

Family members of the officials attended the ceremony, along with sitting Commissioners Rodney Bounds and Jim Hofer.

Related Topics: WADENA COUNTY BOARD
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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