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Katie Sinsel Minden Public Schools Superintendent Jim Widdifield asked former Board of Education member Katie Sinsel, left, to wear a mask or to leave the school before the school board’s meeting in May. Sinsel has filed a lawsuit against Widdifield and all current members of the board for unlawfully being prevented from participating in school board meetings and then removed as a member of the board.




MINDEN — A former Minden Public Schools Board of Education member has filed a lawsuit against all current Minden school board members and the school’s superintendent.

According to court records, Katie Sinsel of Minden filed a lawsuit in November in Kearney County District Court against Superintendent James Widdifield, Board President Rusty Rhynalds and Vice President Justin Glanzer as well as board members Andy Craig, Cody Krull, Kevin Raun and Darcie Reed.

Sinsel claims that she was unlawfully prevented from participating in school board meetings and then removed as a member of the school board.

Sinsel was initially charged in Kearney County Court with trespassing and disturbing the peace, both misdemeanors, after an incident April 12 when she refused to wear a mask at a Minden school board meeting. Sinsel was arrested by Minden police after becoming disorderly and disruptive, according to a resolution to remove a board member passed by the Minden Board of Education.

The school board previously had approved a reaffirmation of the Back to School resolution, which required all school board members to wear a mask from the time they enter any school building, during school board meetings and until they exit any and all school buildings. At a special meeting April 26, Minden Board of Education members approved the resolution to remove board member Sinsel.



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