Wadena resident favors recreational use of UTVs, ATVs

I own a side-by-side (UTV) with a snowplow and would like to use it at my residence, for my neighbors and at my rental property on North Jefferson. The new ordinance appears to address that need. I have talked to Wadena PD Chief Naomi Plautz and she stated that her office has the paperwork for the $30 permit ready for anyone who wants to use their machines for a service-related operation.

I would also like to drive it from my home to the city limits and pursue recreational driving outside the city. I am urging the City Council to please consider establishing provisions in the ordinance that permit recreational use in the city limits. UTVs have a larger profile than a snowmobile and most UTVs are "street legal" with seat belts, headlights and turn signals. (I have seen some UTVs that are larger than smart cars!)

If I recall correctly, the original snowmobile ordinance allowed drivers to drive from their homes directly out of town. Something similar would work for UTVs. Even better would be language to allow us to drive to a gas station to fill up and then head out of town.

If you have a UTV or ATV, please contact the city council and urge that they take up this issue as soon as possible. The summer season is prime time for riding. Let's all work together to get the ordinance revised to allow for recreational use in the city limits.

Thanks again for your work on this issue.

Dan Sartell,


Support gun ownership, 2nd Amendment

A little history:

Each of the following countries established gun control and the number of people rounded up and exterminated after as they had no way to defend themselves.

In 1911 Turkey from 1915 to 1917 - 1.5 million Armenians. In 1929 the Soviet Union from 1929 to 1953 - about 20 million dissidents, In 1938 Germany from 1939 to 1945 - 13 million Jews and others. Huge trenches were dug and bodies were shoved in. Many were gassed. Our General Eisenhower had pictures taken, as someday they will say this was a myth. In 1935 China from 1948 to 1952 - 20 million political dissidents 1964 Guatemala from 1964 to 1981 - 100,000 Mayan Indians. 1970 Uganda from 1971 to 1979 - 300,000 Christians.

Switzerland issues every household a gun, Government trains every adult they issue a rifle. They have the lowest gun related crime rate of any civilized country in the world.

The 2nd. amendment, whether you own a gun or not, our Constitution and our Lord God gave us our rights for. Let's be thankful enough to go to worship and praise him. Repent for our neglect of doing so. Repenting and recanting on our knees if we can and asking for his forgiveness for putting him on the back burner, out of lives, schools, military, homes and workplace.

2 chronicles 7:14. Fear comes from Satan himself. God said Satan is the father of lies. We wouldn't have the oxygen to breathe if our Lord God didn't supply it. Check out what man says and if it corresponds with Holy Bible of old.

Maxine Erickson,