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County recognizes Child Protection Month


Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Service Director Thomas Boyd and county employees that work child abuse cases informed the board as to the increase in abuse cases at the board's April 7 meeting. Working through child abuse cases can involve cooperation between social workers, public health officials, schools, law enforcement personnel and the county attorney.

Social Worker Vicky Giese made it clear that over the last couple of months there has been an uptick in child abuse, many cases involving sexual abuse. She noted that families are under a lot of stress, heightened with economic problems. Giese remarked that a half a dozen families lost their homes last year through foreclosure. She said that substance abuse and domestic violence cases are always a problem but they too are escalating. Giese emphasized the added danger for children that surf on the Internet, saying Internet crimes can involve one in five children.

Giese said, "Prevention gets us a whole lot further than reacting" afterwards. For information on how to prevent child abuse go to www.pcamn.org or call 1-800-CHILDREN.

Captain John DeGeorge with the sheriff's department explained that it is important when dealing with abused children to get statements that are admissible and defensible in court. DeGeorge said, "You have to talk to kids differently than you talk to adults." He emphasized the effort they take to make the children comfortable.

Sheriff investigator Phil Whitaker noted that they are required to videotape and audiotape interviews with children. He warned of the dangers of online predators that use children sites like Nickelodeon and Disney that may have chat rooms attached.

Chairman Chuck Amunrud complimented the good communication and cooperation between the various departments that work on child abuse cases. He asked about the funding needed. Most of the expenditures in the sheriff's office come from local funds. For social service the majority of the staff time is covered with county dollars.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen asserted that these people work very hard and are deserving of a lot of credit.

The board passed a resolution proclaiming April as child Abuse Prevention Month asking all "citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, and businesses" to support families.

Boyd noted the increased demand for support programs due to the downturn in the economy. This includes increased demand for food support which is at the highest .....
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Preston Historical Society seeks bonding for further elevator restoration

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Richard Petsch updated the council at their April 6 meeting on the efforts to obtain up to $450,000 from the sale of bonds through the state to further renovate the grain elevator to its 1916 condition. The plans include a bagging shed, scale house, ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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Rep. Davids supports compromise "Green Acres" fix

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - By a vote of 130-3, the Minnesota House of Representatives has approved legislation that makes changes to the state's "Green Acres" property tax program. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) helped approve the measure.

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Holmen to serve as Genex beef rep

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

Mark Holmen of Fountain, has joined Genex Cooperative, Inc. as an area beef representative providing personalized genetic and reproductive services while striving to improve the profit potential of beef producers throughout southeast Minnesota.
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KM Cattle Co. joins American Angus Association

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

KM Cattle Company, Lanesboro, Minnesota, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The American Angus Association, with nearly ..... 
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Spring Valley Council hears audit findings, discusses vehicle ordinance

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met at its newly scheduled time of 6 p.m. on March 23. All council members were present and approved minutes from their March 9, 2009 meeting as well as the final accounts payable report from March.

Tom Welti, ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Program (SURE)

We still do not have procedure for this program. However, we do get questions on it so I will talk about what details we do know at this time. The 2008 Farm Bill created a trust fund whic ..... 
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