Morrison County Board of Commissioners

By Jim Wright, Correspondent From patios to windmills, and home businesses to RV parking, gravel pits to feedlots, poultry compost sites and hungry bald eagles, proposed planning and zoning ordinance changes or additions were discussed at length at Monday’s County Board meeting. The proposed changes were presented by Zoning Administrator Amy Kowalzek. Many of the proposed […]

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By Jim Wright, Correspondent Discussion about ongoing violations by a feedlot owner who is requesting that after-the-fact variance application fees of $1,500 be waived and a request for expansion by another feedlot owner that would add up to 50,000 chickens to his farm’s 100 steers, occupied about an hour of the Morrison County Commissioner 2-1/2-hour business […]

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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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