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Stalemate costs county


Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

The case of Jane Doe

Jane Doe, obviously a fictional name, worked at the Fillmore County Health Department from 1982 until she retired in January 2000. An LPN, Jane worked as a receptionist, but also filled in as a nurse in the WIC program. In fact, she is still listed as a roster nurse and occasionally works in the WIC program when needs arise.

So, when Nursing Director Sharon Serfling recently found herself without a receptionist and needed a temporary person to fill in, she naturally turned to Ms. Doe.

Now, when Doe retired from her receptionist position in January, she was making $9.32 an hour, (equivalent to $9.55 per hour under the new compensation plan). She presently makes $12.68 as a call-in roster nurse.

But when the board made the decision to approve the temporary receptionist hire a few weeks ago, they authorized wages at Grade 1, Step 1, which is equivalent to $8.09 per hour.

So, the question Serfling had for the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday was, could Doe be paid at the equivalent level she was at when she retired, $9.55 an hour?

Commissioner Duane Bakke asked if this has been done before. Serfling answered yes, that there had been precedent where people who have left the county have come back to work at their previous wage levels. Both Social Services Director Tom Boyd and Auditor Angela Burrs, who were attending the meeting, confirmed that this had happened in their departments in the past.

Serfling argued that it would be unfair to pay Ms. Doe less than she made when she retired, referring to the $8.09 an hour at Grade 1 Step 1, and that the alternative would be to pay Doe at her nursing rate of $12.68 per hour.

Commissioner Donald Boyum said that it is better to hire someone "where you can get some production out of them rather than a stranger off the street" and made a motion to hire Jane Doe at $9.55 per hour. This was seconded by Bakke.

Because the item had not been on the original agenda and was added at the eleventh hour, Commissioner Helen Bicknese suggested that the matter be tabled until the next meeting. Commissioner Gary Peterson agreed that late items made things difficult for the board to digest.

County Attorney Matt Opat was asked by Peterson if the original motion of a few weeks ago, calling for hiring at Grade 1 Step 1, should be reconsidered or amended. Opat suggested leaving the orig .....
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Planning Commission

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Good Earth Village to expandBy Al MathisonMonday, November 27, 2000

There were several items on the Fillmore County Planning Commissionís agenda last Tuesday evening. The first was a conditional use permit (CUP) request by Alliant Energy to ad ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditorís department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sometimes I get yelled at

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

I think that most of us have heard stories about the absent minded professor. Well, I am not now nor have I ever been a professor, but I am and always have been absent minded. In my case, being absent minded is like n ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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Technology these Days

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Computers have come a long way in the past couple decades. My family has had one in the house since the early 90s. They are very nice to have for word processing, and the advent of the Internet has done wonderful thin ..... 
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The Underground

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Earth
Day after day
Wave after wave
Where are you going? Where are you going?
Earth wounded by so many wandering men!
Earth fertilized by the bodies of so many.
But the earth is us,
We' ..... 
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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Our flag is still there!

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

By the time you read this, our great national "civics lesson" might finally be over and weíll know if our next president is the one some call Tweedle-dee or the other one called Tweedle-dumb. But donít count on it -- ..... 
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