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Volunteer fire, ambulance to receive stipend


Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Government

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, volunteer firefighters and ambulance in Fillmore County and surrounding counties will receive an annual stipend of $500 per individual serving on their respective department.

This bill, titled the Volunteer Retention Stipend Aid Pilot, was passed into law on May 16, 2014, with support and leadership of three co-authors: Representative Ann Lenczewski (DFL) District: 50B, Representative Greg Davids (R) District: 28B, and Representative Jeanne Poppe (DFL) District: 27B.

“I have always been supportive of our rural emergency services. I was glad to be a co-author of the legislation that expanded its scope in the tax conference committee last May,” commented State Representatives Greg Davids.

The goal of this program is to retain and recruit more volunteers for both fire and ambulance services. Some departments throughout Fillmore County are struggling to attract enough volunteers to provide adequate service to the public.

According to the Fillmore County Journal Emergency Response Teams section that was published in September of 2014, there were 381 members of fire and ambulance service departments in Fillmore County.

Based on these figures, an estimated $190,500 would have been paid out to these volunteers in 2014.

Since this program is slated to run for the next three years, after the conclusion of 2017, there is no guarantee that this funding mechanism will still be available to volunteers. At this point, it appears this stipend program is a test run to see how it impacts volunteerism.

Other counties included in this program are Faribault, Freeborn, Houston, Watonwan, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Redwood, Renville, Morrison, Todd, Beltrami, Clearwater, and Mahnomen.

If you are interested in serving your community on a volunteer fire or ambulance service department, you will want to first stop by City Hall in your community and make contact with the head of the deaparment.

Preston discusses possible meeting schedule changes

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The regular meeting time for the Preston City Council was discussed at the January 5 meeting. Re-elected Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilmen Charles Sparks and Robert Maust recited the oath of office as they began their new terms. Reicks said they ..... 
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Minnesota House of Representatives session opens January 6, 2015

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, MN ‑‑ January 6, 2015 marked the beginning of the 89th session of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Greg Davids (R-Preston) took the oath of office to continue his service as state representative for District 28B, which consists ..... 
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Rushford Village sets annual designations; goals

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The first Rushford Village meeting lasted just 24 minutes before the council moved to closed session. Absent were Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Chad Rasmussen. 2015 kicked off with the standard annual housekeeping: determining committees, boa ..... 
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County officials take oath of office

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Government

County coordinator Bobbie Vickerman called the annual county board meeting to order on January 6. District Judge Matt Opat administered the oath of office to county officials who were elected this past November. Commissioners Duane Bakke and Randy D ..... 
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Chatfield hires deputy clerk

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a special meeting of the Chatfield city council held on December 29, Nancy Timm was hired as the new deputy city clerk effective January 12, 2015. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Former deputy clerk Mary Peterson resigned to take a position ..... 
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Groth appointed to American Farm Bureau Federation Promotion & Education committee

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Melinda Groth of Fillmore County was recently appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) committee. Groth will serve a one-year term and will be involved in planning P&E activities/programs, communicating wit ..... 
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Thank-you, sheriff Jensen and commissioner Kaase

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The December 23 county board meeting was the last for Tom Kaase as a sitting commissioner for the first district. He has resigned effective December 30. Retiring sheriff Daryl Jensen will work his last day as Fillmore County sheriff on January 4. ..... 
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Rushford hits at rate changes, law enforcement trends

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Discussion from the December 8 council meeting, regarding water and sewer rate structure and charges, continued December 22. The city is eyeing plans to address operating needs, capital improvement, debt service, and existing shortfalls. Any rate ch ..... 
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