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Veterans turn out for citizen input


Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board room was filled to capacity for the board's January 26 meeting. The personnel committee has developed a redesign proposal for community services. The plan is to establish a new position, Community Services Administrator, who will serve as the department head over a social services manager and director of nursing and veteran services officer. There will be a senior office support specialist who will coordinate the office support staff for the three divisions. The board, by consensus, supports the redesign proposal. Job descriptions will be developed for the new positions.

Commissioners seem to agree that the timing was optimal to make this kind of change with the recent resignation of Deborah Teske, Emergency Management/Veteran Affairs and Sharon Serfling, Public Health. Teske had urged commissioners to split her department because the two parts were not a good fit. Commissioners intend to move emergency management over to the Sheriff's Department.

When it was 9:30 a.m. and time for citizens' input, Bakke asked if anyone in the room was present to discuss anything other than the veterans officer issue. There wasn't, so he opened it up so veterans could ask questions during the discussion and make comments.

Commissioner Tom Kaase said they have an opportunity not only to look at cost savings but to offer improved veteran services. Chairman Duane Bakke suggested their primary goal is to better serve the community and a secondary goal is cost savings. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud reminded everyone that while fighting two wars, the veterans office will be especially busy and an individual who is using all their time to serve veterans should be able to draw down more grant dollars to help the county's vets.

The commissioners made it clear that with the redesign, veterans would be walking into the same office to get services that they do now. Amunrud said they would not have to go through the welfare office to get service.

Ashley Stinson, Human Resources Officer, explained the new organizational chart the county is considering and the merging of the three departments into one. Emergency Management will be discussed at a later time. Amunrud suggested that Teske's time had been dominated by Emergency Management. The holder of the new position of Veteran Services Officer (VSO) would have time to serve veterans and provide more outreach.

Amunrud said he is a disabled vet and "he gets it." He e .....
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Lanesboro discusses marketing initiatives to promote tourism

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 11, Chamber Executive Director Julie Kiehne gave the council an update.

Kiehne invited the council to the Chamber's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 13. The 113 members of the Lanesbor ..... 
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Spring Valley permits EDA to award grants

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

It was a night for housekeeping for the Spring Valley City Council. Council members approved a resolution approving ambulance write-offs. The total write-offs per this resolution amount to $10,521.78. Write-offs dating back to 2008 were $410.73, res ..... 
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Ostrander discusses EDA

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Schwenn. All council members were present.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.

V ..... 
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City of Rushford Village annual council minutes

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

The January 5, 2010, Annual Meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke. Elizabeth Atkinson was absent due to car trouble. Also present: Attorney Thomas Manion ..... 
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Counties ask for more flexibility from State Legislators

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

Southeast MN legislators, county commissioners and county department heads held a regional summit in St. Charles on January 25 to discuss collaborative efforts and a redesign of governmental services. They are trying to build a more efficient struct ..... 
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Rushford welcomes new manufacturing firm

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

While moments of a public hearing to determine opinion for a business subsidy may have been slightly heated at times, the Rushford City Council kept it all in check at the Monday, January 25 meeting.

The hearing was in regards to a loan appl ..... 
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Preston to update street parking ordinance

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

Councilman David Collett, at the January 19 meeting, requested a discussion regarding parking in the courthouse square area. He noted there have been complaints from county workers who are trying to remove snow from the streets and also from busines ..... 
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Lanesboro school board approves board salaries

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its annual organizational meeting, followed by its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meetin ..... 
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