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The Regional Report: Wadena gets sued, Randall considers dropping police force

IRONTON The city of Ironton intends to stick with the Deerwood Police Department for its police coverage, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported. The city council reviewed a proposal from the Crosby Police Department, but ultimately rejected it in f...

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IRONTON

The city of Ironton intends to stick with the Deerwood Police Department for its police coverage, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported. The city council reviewed a proposal from the Crosby Police Department, but ultimately rejected it in favor of maintaining the current arrangement. Mayor Clark Hamdorf said he felt switching to Crosby would be the beginning of a policing district for the Cuyuna Range, the Courier reported.

MORRISON COUNTY

A 1.3-mile stretch of the Camp Ripley State Veterans Trail received approval from the Morrison County Board, the Morrison County Record reported. The trail will run alongside Lindbergh Drive in Little Falls from Lindbergh State Park to Mill Park.

RANDALL

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Does the city of Randall need a police department? The city council wondered this aloud at a recent meeting, the Morrison County Record reported. The Randall Police Department is made up of one part-time officer. Council member Jim Chyba said he thought it might be too expensive for the city to continue operating a force. He voiced concerns about how much the city was required to pay the county for dispatching services, which he said was unfair to cities choosing to field a police department.

WADENA

Handicapped accessibility is the subject of a lawsuit filed against the city of Wadena, the Wadena Pioneer Journal reported. The lawsuit alleges the Wadena Municipal Liquor Store is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city's defense attorney, Hannah Felix with the Minnesota League of Cities, told the Pioneer Journal the suit was similar to many filed against cities elsewhere-a civil complaint some refer to as "drive by."

The plaintiff in the case is a Burnsville man with cerebral palsy, who alleged he stopped by the Wadena liquor store last summer and was unable to access it. The same man is also a plaintiff in several other similar cases, according to the Pioneer Journal.

 

-- Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com . Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dispatchchelsey .

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