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County awarded blue ribbon


Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

A 2006 Blue Ribbon County Award was presented to Fillmore County Social Services and the county board at the September 12 meeting. Barb Sorum, representing Prevent Child Abuse n Minnesota, told her story and that of the award. Twenty-three counties in Minnesota received the award. The award is given to counties for "excellent efforts in the prevention of child abuse and neglect."

Sorum explained that she has been with the organization for fourteen years and is herself a survivor of emotional, sexual, and physical child abuse. The 'blue' color of the blue ribbon is indicative of the 'black and blue' marks on an abused child. Barb Sorum is the mother of five grown children. She said that after the birth of her first child, she realized that she didn't know how to be a good Mom. Sorum emphasized that parents learn to parent by the way that they were parented. She sought help when her first child was two from a support group and therapy. There she learned that she was the product of several generations of abuse, a typical story. She needed to end the cycle.

Sorum's territory is all of southern Minnesota. She praised Fillmore County for doing a "fantastic job." Vicky Giese, a social worker, described a collaborative effort of four counties including Winona, Wabasha, Houston, and Fillmore. They encourage family group decision making, helping families get back the responsibility and the right to make decisions for their family with help from professionals. The process brings parents, extended family members and other "significant folks" together in one place at one time with a group facilitator. A plan is made for reunification with the emphasis on safety.

Giese stated that this program has been successful and has saved dollars for the county. The award is for the use and promotion of a service called "Family Group Decision Making."

Thomas Boyd requested and received approval for two new full time positions for his department, a financial worker and a child support officer. The new positions are needed because of an increased work load to process applications for Minnesota Care and to do added information gathering for child support. Legislation now requires income information on both parents. County Attorney Brett Corson suggested that the county attorney's office is also impacted by the more detailed information gathering process required. Corson said that the people in the Social Service Department do a good job recovering fun .....
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Rushford sets levy at $550,000

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council passed a resolution setting the maximum levy for 2007 at $550,000, the same amount as set for 2006 at their regular council meeting September 11. Since there was no increase, the city would not have needed to set ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Community Center improvements discussed

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On September 12 the Harmony City Council discussed the costs associated with building improvements to the Community Center. The council is investigating three phases of improvements. The first phase would improve the east side of the build ..... 
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County aims for 5 1/2% levy increase

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County budget for 2007 was again a topic for discussion at the September 5 board meeting. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefly reviewed the numbers. She explained that the numbers were not final, but the levy increase needed ..... 
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Whalan to annex land for subdivision

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

WHALAN - On Tuesday, September 5, the Whalan City Council voted to enter into an annexation agreement with Holt Township to bring up to 95 acres of land in Section 9 into the city. The annexation is subject to the city of Whalan revising its zoning ..... 
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Whalan to annex land for subdivision

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

WHALAN - On Tuesday, September 5, the Whalan City Council voted to enter into an annexation agreement with Holt Township to bring up to 95 acres of land in Section 9 into the city. The annexation is subject to the city of Whalan revising its zoning ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lighting up Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Lighting the town claimed much of the Lanesboro Council's attention as they met September 5. Streetlights for the downtown area were the first to be discussed. With an estimated cost of around $30,000 for the ten downtown lights and cement pads, fun ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: 4.8% Preston levy increase

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

The preliminary budget was approved at the September 5 meeting of the Preston City Council. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Council members charged City Administrator Joe Hoffman with the job of reducing the initial 13.67% increase detailed in the fir ..... 
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Generator case closed - Rushford pays $25,000

Fri, Sep 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - City Attorney Terry Chiglo reported to the Rushford City Council the results of the August 18 mediation session with Ziegler at their regular council meeting Monday, August 28. Previously, the council had turned down a settlement of $90,0 ..... 
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