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Letters to the Editor (Verndale Sun)

To the Editor:

Hello, my name is Sheri Schmitz, and I am excited to announce I’m running as a write-in for the Verndale School Board.

Let me start by telling you a little about myself. I am a proud Verndale High School graduate and have called Verndale my home for the last 20 years with my husband, Steve, who is also a Verndale graduate. We have raised three wonderful children.

Our daughter is a 2022 graduate of Verndale High School and is in her first year of college at UMD. Our sons currently attend Verndale High School.

I have worked as an LPN for the last 19 years, and am currently employed at Tri County Health Care.

My focus, if elected as a school board member, is to provide the best educational opportunities within our financial ability, while keeping the safety and well-being of our students at the forefront of all decisions. I believe in a strong focus on student attendance, family/community engagement, and preparing students to succeed in their future.

I will respectfully represent the entire population of our district in a positive, ethical and honest manner.

Thank you! I hope I have your write-in vote this election!

Sheri Schmitz



To the Editor:

At the October 4 Wadena County Commissioner meeting final approval was given to amend current zoning laws to allow Auxiliary Dwelling Units on rural property.

This will make it much easier and cheaper to add a second dwelling to existing homesteads. It will add to our tax base and provide needed housing, without government funding, and maybe end the decline of our township populations.

This is the third county in Minnesota to adopt this, although many are considering them.

Our county, at one time, was home to hundreds of family dairy farms. The 30 plus years demise of that industry left a void of financial activity, which is evident in our small cities. It can even be attributed to our high county tax rates.

It is time for county commissioners to study the reality of our situation. If we do not, we will still have these uncompetitive tax rates 20 years from now.

Why? We need to find ways to encourage and make it easier for small businesses to exist in townships, side by side with agriculture.

In 2023, I will ask the Wadena County Board to study and learn how and what our current county zoning laws are and from there I will ask for ideas that can start to create opportunities and growth countywide.

Murlyn Kreklau

District 4 Commissioner



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