WADENA — Minnesota residents in the Wadena area are invited to meet the Minnesota Supreme Court and area judges during an informal community dinner starting at 5:30 p..m. Oct. 8, in Wadena. Dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m.
The “Meet Your Court” dinner is one of the events that is part of the Supreme Court’s fall visit to the Seventh Judicial District.
The state’s highest court will also hear oral arguments of an actual case at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium, Oct. 9. Students from Wadena-Deer Creek High School and surrounding schools are expected to pack the auditorium to watch oral arguments and ask questions of the justices. Following the program, the justices will eat lunch with students and visit classrooms. The oral argument program will be broadcast live online.
The visit is part of a biannual program that seeks to teach students about the court system and build the public’s trust and confidence in the Judicial branch.
While the high school program is focused on students, all members of the public are invited to the St. Ann’s Parish Center in Wadena on Oct. 8 to meet the Supreme Court justices and district court judges and ask questions over dinner. Dinner will include braised beef, slow roasted chicken, balsamic salad, buttermilk mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable, and dessert and beverages.
Tickets are available for purchase through the Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce. To order tickets, please complete the registration form and return it by Sept. 30, 2013, to: Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce, 5 Aldrich Ave. SE, Wadena, MN 56482. Checks should be made out to “Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce.” You may also make reservations in person at the chamber office by bringing the RSVP form and your payment. Tickets are non-refundable and will not be available at the door. The chamber will not invoice for reservations. Seating is limited. When you arrive at Saint Ann’s Parish Center, please check in at the welcome table to receive your name tag, which will serve as your ticket to the event.
Since the Supreme Court convened oral arguments in Rochester in 1995, the school visits have taken center stage in the Court’s efforts to improve the public’s understanding of the judiciary’s work. The 2013 Wadena visit marks the 38th in-school oral argument throughout Minnesota for the court.