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Letter: Safe Driving Class raises flags

opinion Red Wing,Minnesota 55066
Republican Eagle
Letter: Safe Driving Class raises flags
Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

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.

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.