Morrison County Board of Commissioners

By Jim Wright, Correspondent Morrison County Social Services Director Brad Vold asked the County Board of Commissioners for help, due to a huge workload increase. He asked to hire two workers. “We did not add staff when the health care law was enacted, but we have 2,200 more cases now than a year ago,” Vold said. [...]

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By Jim Wright, Correspondent “At times of the day, impossible to predict, incoming (911) calls and officer-generated traffic can be more than one dispatcher can physically handle,” Sheriff Michel Wetzel told the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. “There are days when up to 15 hours have only one dispatcher on duty in our public safety answering [...]

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By Jim Wright, Correspondent “The MNsure Affordable Care Act has about doubled the Morrison County Social Services caseload, up to 3,823 cases,” Social Services Income Maintenance Supervisor Cyndi Bachan told the Morrison County Board of Commissioners, Oct. 7. That is up from less than 2,000 in the year 2008. The number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by [...]

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By Eric Beuning, Correspondent Morrison County is governed by a board of commissioners from five different districts. One of the contested races this year is for District 4 in the eastern part of the county. District 4 includes towns such as Pierz, Lastrup, Buckman, Hillman and Harding. The two men running for the commissioner seat in [...]

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By Jim Wright, Correspondent The Morrison County Board of Commissioners were split 3 – 2 in their vote to hire a new Public Health director, Tuesday. Three commissioners sided with the belief that a director is needed. Two voted no, saying they want more time for County Administrator Deb Gruber and Social Services Director Brad Vold [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer Five requests for a variety of conditional use permits (CUP) garnered a sometimes heated discussion among the Morrison County Commissioners, Tuesday. All five of the requests had been recommended for approval by the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission. All five County Board members had attended the previous Planning Commission meeting and [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer “Morrison County’s Mental Health Service Delivery is providing support to those in our community that suffer from mental illnesses. Studies have shown that creating a therapeutic alliance leads to the most effective and longest lasting benefit in people’s recovery and ability to manage their mental illness. By nature civil  commitments are [...]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer Melanie Erickson, Julia Weisz and Lisa Nolan from Morrison County Social Services presented a request that the Morrison County Board of Commissioners proclaim May as Foster Care Month. Their report showed in 2014, 29 children in Morrison County were in licensed foster care homes. “Foster care provides a safe, secure and [...]

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