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Wadena County Commissioners: Approve sheriff’s office body cameras and drone use

by Trinity Gruenberg

The Wadena County Commissioners held their regular meeting on March 9.

Ordinance 6

Ryan Odden discussed if they need the committee to review ordinances as they are assigned to departments. The committee was formed to review Ordinance 6, the large gathering ordinance, as that is the county’s responsibility. They have received an application for an event this summer and expect to bring it to the board next week.

County Attorney Kyra Ladd clarified the board chair named the committee when the ordinance was discovered and she wasn’t sure how it morphed into an actual committee for other items. She noted that direction from the board on the functionality of the committee would be helpful.

They approved to disband the committee.

Commissioner Murlyn Kreklau discussed Ordinance 6 outlining that the ordinance does not pertain to regularly established events, and asked the board to confirm that the Nimrod Bull Bash is excluded from the ordinance.

He does remain in favor of the large gathering ordinance, but the size limit wasn’t one size fits all.

Ladd explained the committee received ordinances from other counties that were used to update their ordinance. In 2019, entities were given a one-year moratorium and would need to comply with it in 2020. The ordinance was created in 1978, and updated in 1987 and 2019. The Bull Bash wasn’t in existence at the time the ordinance was put in place. The language in the ordinance for an exemption that Kreklau looked for wouldn’t apply and no other entities were given an exception. . .


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