A Dickinson Co. Official Says He Was Wrong For Singling Out A Business In A Comment About Mask Wearing

Tue 5-4-2021

(Spirit Lake)-- A Dickinson county official formally apologized this (Tues.) morning for a comment made at last week's Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisor Kim Wermersen made a comment during that session in which he referenced mask wearing at the Spirit Lake Wal-Mart store. A store associate was at today's (Tues.) meeting, saying the comment wasn't fair to store employees and those customers who DO wear masks. Wermersen apologized, saying he shouldn't have singled out one particular business...Wermersen apologizes 

"I apologize to all of the people that are employees at WalMart if you are thinking that I threw you under the bus. That was not the intent. The intent was to show that other places within the county are already making masks optional. And I don't care if you have a sign or not. If you don't enforce it, it's optional."

The initial comment was made during a somewhat heated debate at last week's meeting as to whether or not a mask mandate in the courthouse should be lifted.