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Investigation: Claims against Meeker County Commissioners are 'unfounded'

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

LITCHFIELD -- An investigation by an outside agency has concluded that accusations of assault and harassment made against two Meeker County Commissioners are unfounded.

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There will be no charges filed against Commissioners Amy Wilde of Dassel and Wally Strand of Kimball, according to Meeker County Attorney Stephanie Beckman.

According to a press release issued today by Beckman, Housing and Redevel-opment Authority board member Darin Packard sent a letter to Sheriff Jeff Norlin on Oct. 13 alleging that Wilde had engaged in "official misconduct by a public official."

On Oct. 22 Norlin received another complaint that Strand and Wilde assaulted and harassed elderly residents of a subsidized housing unit in Dassel.

The residents had been hearing rumors that their subsidized apartment complex was being shut down. Strand and Wilde went there to reassure residents that the facility was not in jeopardy of closing, according to Beckman.

In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety, Beckman and Norlin referred the matter to the Wright County Sheriff's Office, which conducted a "full and complete investigation" into the allegations. According to Beckman, the allegations were determined to be unfounded.

The investigation was then reviewed for possible charges by the Sherburne County Attorney's Office, which determined that insufficient evidence existed to go forward.

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