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Commissioners’ Report: Program will focus on the “working poor”


Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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The good news, according to Fillmore County Director of Social Services, Tom Boyd, is that in the face of declining budgets the state allocation for Income Maintenance Programs will actually increase to $318,000 next year. However, Boyd and his staff just have until July 15 to come up with a program to determine eligibility and how to allocate the funds available. Boyd met with county commissioners on Tuesday for the June Social Services Board meeting which was held during the Fillmore County Board meeting. According to Boyd, the Minnesota legislature this past session created a Consolidated Fund to handle income maintenance, which will be used for emergency assistance, diversionary assistance and workplace programs. Boyd said that these programs will target the “working poor” who are “living on the edge.”“All it takes is a catastrophe - being laid off, someone getting sick, to put them over the top,” Boyd said. He envisions using the program as a safety net to help these people get back on their feet.Commissioner Randy Dahl asked about those who might be abusing the system.“What about those that find enough money on Friday to go drinking?” Dahl asked.Boyd responded that the Income Maintenance programs involves children and social services is focused on helping provide basic services despite the action of parents.Speaking generally about changes in human services, Boyd said that he hasn’t see these kinds of changes in the time he has been involved in social services. “There are lots of hidden cuts and hidden cost shifts,” Boyd said.This prompted Commissioner Duane Bakke to say that he isn’t interested in providing programs that the state isn’t funding. A case in point is the Chore Program that was cut by the county this past month after the state de-funded the program.In other social services’ business, the board:•Approved a contract with the Root River Education District for children’s mental health programming for July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004 not to exceed $28,668.•Approved an Interagency Early Intervention Cooperative Agreement with schools, public health and social services to obtain federal dollars for early childhood intervention services.Habitat for HumanityJerome Gunderson of Mabel appeared during the monthly citizen’s input portion of the coun .....
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Forestville meets $50,000 goal

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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“The good news is that we have met our short term goal of raising $50,000,” Charles Pautler, Site Manager at Historic Forestville, told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. “I’m here to thank you personally for supporting this effort.” The county do ..... 
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A culinary trip to Chicago

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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"First we eat, then we do everything else."

M.F.K. Fisher

A few weeks ago we took our family summer vacation to Chicago. Our plans included taking the kids to the usual museums, walking around and gawking ..... 
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Courthouse construction on schedule

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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“Weather permitting, we should begin pouring walls tomorrow,” Dean Sand of CAM, Inc. told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. “We’re three weeks out on setting steel.”

Sand, along with representatives of Kane & Johnson Archite ..... 
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County holds Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization met on Tuesday afternoon to review assessments of property throughout the county. The total value of all property for the 2003 assessment in Fillmore County is $1,671,962,900, up from $1,519,722,70 ..... 
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DNR hosts open house for trail

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Legislative Authorization - Blufflands trail system, Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston counties. (a) The Root River trail shall originate at Chatfield in Fillmore county, and thence extend easterly in the Root River valley to the intersection of ..... 
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Auction raises $10,000 for middle school gym floor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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"A dollar on the box to go; now two," was a phrase repeated a multitude of times at the Rushford-Peterson Middle School on Saturday, June 14 as auctioneers Denny Darr and Murray McKinley sold donated goods for over six hours.

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Rushford Electric Commission struggles with some "Powerful" decisions

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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A roomful of citizens listened to expert presentations Thursday night at the special meeting of the Rushford Electric Commission before getting the chance to air their questions and concerns.

The first expert to speak was Steve ..... 
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County to hold public hearing on new feedlot ordinance

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Fillmore County feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron reviewed a new proposed feedlot ordinance at last week’s meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission. The proposed ordinance will go to public hearing on July 17.

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