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Letter: Safe Driving Class raises flags

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To the Editor:

Wabasha County's Safe Driving Class has been receiving a lot of press. While the articles center on the financial benefits the class brings to Wabasha County, we are missing the critical question of the sheriff's department's conduct: The sheriff is not authorized to conduct the class and collect the fees, according to the Minnesota auditor.

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The Legislature established the method and means for diversion programs and collection of fees that benefit the county and the state. It is not for the Sheriff's Department to re-direct fees.

If the Sheriff's Department doesn't like the state policy, then seek to change it as every other citizen must -- through the legislative process.

Deb Roschen

Zumbro Falls

Deb Roschen is a Wabasha County commissioner.

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