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Meet the interim auditor/treasurer


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Carrie Huffman was appointed by the county board of commissioners on June 7 to serve as the interim auditor/treasurer. She will serve as A/T until the end of the elected term of Shirl Boelter, who resigned on May 31.

Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, told the board on June 7 that Carrie Huffman is the right person with the knowledge needed for the job. Kohn recognized that the normal hiring process would be difficult in this case, as it is hard to find a candidate that is willing to apply for a position for a limited period of time (about 2.5 years). Huffman agreed to take the A/T job with an end date of January 1, 2019.

Huffman grew up in Spring Valley and is a Kingsland graduate. She worked for about seven years for Home Federal, gaining accounting experience there. Since then, she has been employed by Fillmore County as an Account Technician for about eight-and-a-half years, most recently as an Account Tech/Case Aide in community services, Public Health division. When she was an Account Technician in the A/T’s office, she worked under the supervision of the A/T.

Huffman lives with her family in Harmony. Her husband Jason is a district field manager for DeLaval (milking equipment). They have five children. Sydnie is a junior at Winona State. The four younger children are students at Fillmore Central: Domanic/high school junior, Brock/fourth grade, Savana/third grade, and Kendyl/first grade.

The county A/T has a wide variety of responsibilities including payroll, deeds, forfeitures and mortgages, vital statistics, passports, expenditures, receipts, licenses and permits, property transfers, property tax calculations, collections and disbursements, and election administration. Huffman noted that property taxes can now also be paid with ACH automatic payments or with a credit card.

Her department is looking at and evaluating all processes that have been done in the past and is working with other departments to streamline and become more efficient. New payroll software will be put into use in January that should improve efficiency and eliminate duplication with Human Resources.

Huffman admitted that she already has learned a lot and expects to complete more training. She said Houston County has been fantastic, helping her walk through some things. The A/T department has had seven employees in the past. When Huffman started as interim A/T the department was down to two employe .....
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North Prairie Church to celebrate anniversary

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

Area residents, along with past and present members of North Prairie Church, are invited to celebrate 160 years of church service. Pastor Tim Larson of Willmar, Minn. will be the guest Pastor on Sunday, August 28, 2016 for a 10:30 am worship which ..... 
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Wedding ~ Majerus-Russell

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Majerus ~ Russell Caitlin Majerus of Lanesboro, Minn., and Tony Russell of Peterson, Minn., are pleased to announce their marriage, which took place August 13, 2016 in Lanesboro. Caitlin is the daughter of Debbie and Steve Majerus of Lanesboro an ..... 
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Birth Announcement ~ Kamryn Rosalyn Pederson

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Kamryn Rosalyn Pederson Andrew and Jenna Pederson of Preston are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kamryn Rosalyn Pederson. Kamryn was born July 29, 2016, weighing 5 lb 12 oz and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Steve ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Health Center receives significant donation from Mayo Clinic

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, MN – Zumbro Valley Health Center has announced Mayo Clinic awarded the organization $89,000 to support its integrated care delivery model. This funding will be used to expand the delivery of mental and chemical health, medical and care ..... 
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Home repair loans and grants available

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Home & Garden

With warmer weather upon us, USDA Rural Development is gearing up to help local homeowners finance home improvements through low-interest loans and grants. “Now is a good time for homeowners to evaluate the need for necessary repairs or replacem ..... 
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The privilege for which “they” struggled

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Commentary

By Kathie Haynes I took this title mostly from a 1999 book edited by Heidi Bauer and Barbara Stuhler. I say “mostly” because the original title was for which “We” struggled. It is all about Minnesota women of the suffrage movement. You ..... 
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Spring Valley hires EMTs, sets public hearing

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, August 8, 2016. Members were in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and Preliminary Acc ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 8.15.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Back in the day, Christmas, Halloween, and the Fillmore County Fair were my favorite times of the year! Actually, I referred to the Fillmore County Fair as the Preston Fair. It was in my hometown, and I felt a childlike ownership of the fairground ..... 
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