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Board discusses redesign plan progress


Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

An effort to partner with other counties in the Southeast Region of the state to more efficiently deliver social services is still a work in progress. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked the commissioners the direction they want to take to build on existing collaborative efforts at the board's November 3 meeting.

The plan for the Southeast Minnesota voluntary multi-county redesign includes twelve counties. Boyd acknowledged that in the monthly meetings of the county directors this is their main topic of discussion. The effort is an attempt to provide optimal services efficiently, making the best use of limited resources. Each county is expected to retain its authority and accountability even as they share power and authority. The plan is to provide services where it is most convenient for the consumer and to share specialized services.

Chairman Chuck Amunrud said there is going to have to be a way the counties can get their computer systems to interface. Boyd noted there is an effort to let the region tie in with the Minnesota Department of Human Services on a secure network. He believes the technology is out there to accomplish this but that it could be expensive.

Boyd was concerned about the people who could get left behind if too much business is conducted through computers. Amunrud said many will still come into the office and ring the bell.

Commissioner Randy Dahl asked if the state would recognize simple working agreements between counties or if they would require a Joint Powers Board which would be more costly. Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested a Joint Powers group would be beneficial when trying to obtain grant funding.

Other social service business

An annual contract with Zumbro Valley Mental Health was approved for 2010 with no increase in cost for the year. Zumbro Valley provides counseling, psychiatric services, community support for the mentally ill, crisis services, detox and mental health placements, case management for children and adults, and day treatment in schools. The services are funded by grants, insurance and Medical Assistance, patient fees, and county dollars. Boyd said most of the county dollars are reimbursed, costing the county less than it used to.

A contract with Workforce Development was approved. Funds come from federal and state grants. The grants will remain the same for 2010 with stimulus money.

Boyd noted the considerable increase in payments going .....
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Preston seeks highway 52 speed adjustment

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Michael Schweyen, district traffic engineer for MnDot, explained their process for determining appropriate speeds at the November 2nd Preston City Council meeting. One of Schweyen's responsibilities is to recommend speed limits in the eleven county ..... 
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Fountain's plant to be operable by mid December

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government



Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. dominated the November 5 Fountain City Council meeting with updates, change orders, and discussion of employee time necessary for the wastewater treatment plant operation. He acknowledged the wet Octobe ..... 
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Rushford responds strongly in election

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term up for ..... 
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Despite economy, Fillmore County tourism remains healthy

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Many of our cities in Fillmore County rely on tourism or visitor dollars to help sustain shops, dining, lodging and other businesses. How has the recession played for those businesses? Have local people opted to stay close to home for vacations and ..... 
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County board yet to make decision on emergency communication options

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Fillmore County commissioners continued to discuss the state's new 800 MHz system at the board's October 27 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase said fifty-two of the state's counties have decided to use the 800 MHz system so far.

The Federal Com ..... 
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Zimmer reports on trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very routine night at the Spring Valley City Council on Monday. City Administrator Deb Zimmer reported on the trip to Chicago taken by city officials. The visit was a required trip by the Department of Commerce through the Federal EDA for t ..... 
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Kingsland discusses "influenza-like illnesses"

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Keep the rudder straight and try to steer through the difficult times ahead."

These were the words from Senator Sharon Ropes in wrapping up her conversation with the Kingsland Board of Education during their work session Monday afternoon. T ..... 
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Rushford city council moves forward with Himlie Park motel project

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
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At the Monday, October 26th meeting, the council approved by one vote an agreement by and between the city and Guardian Inn of Rushford, Minnesota, LLC for the development and construction of a motel in the Himlie Business Park. According th ..... 
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