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Commissioner's Report


Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Board weighs benefits of corrections programs
By Mike McGrath
It was a short meeting for the County Board last Tuesday, even with a break the whole thing was done and over in just a little over two hours.

The bulk of the meeting was consumed by listening to a presentation from Mr. Andy Erickson of the Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections, more commonly known as DFO.

Mr. Erickson presented the commissioners with a comparison report showing different cost scenarios for the county should the board choose to sever its relationship with the DFO community corrections program.

The DFO community corrections program provides Fillmore County with an array of administrative support and victim and offender services programs that would have to be replaced with the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) programs, as well as with increased Fillmore county resources should the board decide to withdraw from DFO.

With increasing costs of services, especially in the area of sex offenders and victim services, the Fillmore County Board has been wrestling with a decision of whether to increase its levy contributions to the joint community corrections effort, to lower the amount of services it receives from DFO, or to withdraw and use the services of the DOC.

Mr. Erickson’s report showed that even under the different scenarios, Fillmore County’s levy would have to increase to maintain the level of corrections services that they now receive. The DFO budget has risen at a steady rate since 1995, peaking at over $5 million in 2001.

The current Fillmore County levy for DFO services is $112,742, and comprises only 2.5% of the overall DFO budget. However, Mr. Erickson’s report indicated that the Fillmore levy would fall short of Fillmore’s share of the cost of services by 2003, and the levy would have to increase steadily through 2008 to $235,650 in order to maintain the same level of probation, case management and victim services.

Judge Robert Benson was present for Mr. Erickson’s presentation and offered a few comments as food for thought. The Judge noted that his big concern about changes in the program is related to the sex offender treatment and case management services. The purpose of case management is to watch over offenders who have completed jail sentences but are not considered treated.

Under the current DFO program, supervision of Fillmore County’s 31 sex offenders is .....
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Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
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Birth Announcements

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Steve and Cheryl Rahn of Lanesboro announce the birth of their grandson, Nolan Lee Strahl. Parents are Jeff and Rachel Strahl of Fountain. Nolan was born February 15, 2002. He was 5 lbs. 2 oz. and 18 inches long.

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