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Spend it, then shut off the lights


Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 25, 2001

The county’s Social Services Director, Thomas Boyd, was first on the agenda at last Tuesday’s special meeting of the County Board. Boyd’s educational presentation was highlighted with explanations of budgets, and of what could or couldn’t happen to the county’s services if the State government shuts down.

Beginning his presentation with a discussion on children’s mental health issues, Boyd introduced Social Worker, Judy Affeldt who, together with Boyd, explained the programs for treatment of juvenile mental health problems that the department administers.

Ms. Affeldt briefly described the local day treatment programs that are available through Kingsland School, and they both discussed the "Rule 5" facilities: psychiatric hospitals where children are sent who can’t function in society.

On the latter, Mr. Boyd explained that the "Rule 5" treatment facilities are where children are sent for further assessment over a longer period. Timberland Hospital in Brainerd was given as an example of such a facility.

In response to a commissioner question on how long children stay at this type of facility, Boyd replied, "A year, though some children never get out."

"We don’t have the answers for some of these behaviors," he continued, "But medication has done a lot for helping the chemical imbalance in the brain."

To this, Commissioner Duane Bakke inquired, "How do you determine a chemical imbalance in the brain?"

Mr. Boyd explained that blood tests and brain scans are used to determine these imbalances.

Commissioner Randy Dahl expressed his satisfaction with the children’s mental health program adding, "It is the most cost-effective way to deal with these societal issues."

In referring to the benefits of the children’s mental health programs, Dahl added, "It’s best to get them help at an early age."

Moving from child treatments to budgets, Mr. Boyd explained that he might be looking for a 4% levy increase for the social services budget in 2002. Although he noted that there are "promising signs for this year" in less out-of-home placements, the unresolved State budget process may put pressure on the county to budget for an increase in social services spending.

"Will there be any new (program) mandates without funding?" inquired Commissioner Dahl.

Referring to the expected cuts in state aid payments to the county, combined with a possible 2% le .....
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Hoffman Stables

Journey to the lost city

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Traveling the Yucatan Peninsula -- with kids!By Al MathisonMonday, June 25, 2001

When we get to Cancun, we’re going to do something totally different and adventurous, I told my wife, Linda. We would rent a car and head so ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Birth Announcements

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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There were no birth announcements submitted for the week of June 25, 2001.

There were no birth announcements submitted for the week of June 25, 2001.

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