Thank you to Patrick and Jan Pesek-Herriges of Menomonie for sending in a letter to the editor on Feb. 6 in which you wrote of your request that the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts’ board members nonprofit structure and policies need assessment by an outside consultant like a human resource expert.

I was saddened to learn in your April 22 letter that such an organizational developer with no conflict of interest and with knowledge of community theater governance, who could evaluate the alleged rape that happened on Dec. 9, 2017 as well as evaluate the previous director’s communications with the Mabel board and his resulting dismissal on Dec. 19, 2017, was an idea the board rebuffed.

Although various board members of the Menomonie Theater Guild have made remarks in print separating themselves from the Mabel Tainter board, I notice the Guild still rents space at the Mabel to perform their shows. One must wonder if any kind of communication between the two arts boards in Menomonie is going to result in a healthier performance arts dynamic in this town.

Social media continues to show participating community members that there are no villains or heroes, only projections of an idealized situation from all sides. It is with a heavy heart I find these projections have soaked up all the behavior and communication reminiscent of the current political climate portrayed by the highest office in this land.



Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at or (715) 279-6721.

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