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Job Opening: Office Support Specialist

Job Opening forLac qui Parle County Family Service Center

Position:  Office Support Specialist (OSS)

Hours:  Part-time, 21 hours/week

Salary:  $13.08/hour with salary increase upon satisfactory completion of 6 month probation.

Location:  930 First Avenue, Madison, MN

Job Duties:   Working with electronic document management, scanning documents for all departments, assisting clients in completion of forms, editing and correcting mileage claims, dictation, sorting records for case retention or destruction, serving as backup for receptionist and other clerical duties.

Apply on-line at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mnmeritsystem/default.cfm

Closing date for application:  May 22, 2018

Examination process:  In order to be considered for the OSS position, you must take and pass an examination, which is offered online.  The examination consists of five sections measuring Numeric Filing, Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, and Basic Math Skills.  After your Merit System application has been submitted, you will be sent a link to access the examination sections.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  You must complete the exam within 3 days of submitting your application, or if you wait until the closing date, you must complete the exam no later than midnight, May 25, 2018.   Several of the modules/examination sections are not compatible with Apple products at this time and must be completed in a Windows-based computer system, so you may need to use another Windows-compatible computer to complete the exam(s).  

Contact for information:  Joel Churness, Director; Phone #320-598-7594

Lac qui Parle County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Crisis Text Line now offering services statewide

As of April 1, Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In Minnesota and across the nation, text suicide response services have been successful in helping people in need. Texting is the preferred way to communicate for many people — especially youth — and it is important to reach people where they are at when they are contemplating suicide or in crisis.

Crisis Text Line, a non-profit that has offered this service nationally since 2013, will be the state’s sole provider for this service. Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month and over 20 million messages since 2013 from across the U.S., connecting people to local resources in their community.

Crisis Counselors at Crisis Text Line are dedicated, trained and supervised volunteers from around the United States. Crisis Counselors undergo a rigorous application process before undergoing a six-week, 30-hour training program. Supervisors are mental health professionals with either master’s degrees or extensive experience in the field of suicide prevention.

Crisis Text Line is but one way for a person to get help. More information about how to connect to crisis services is available at the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

In addition, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. (1-800-273-8255).

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TEXT-TO-911: Call if you Can, Text if you Can’t

ABOUT TEXT-TO-911

• Text-to-911 is now available throughout Minnesota.The service was deployed in December 2017.

• Text-to-911 can be the first contact option for individuals who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or those with speech impairments.

• Text-to-911 should only be used when a person can’t safely make a voice call.
Examples:
– When someone must stay quiet to remain safe.
– If peer pressure is strong.

• Text-to-911 is a discreet way to report domestic violence, home invasions, human trafficking, and suicidal individuals.

HOW TO TEXT 911
1. Enter the numbers 911 in the “To” field.
2. Text your exact location and type of emergency.
3. Send the message.
4. Promptly answer questions and follow instructions.

TIPS: Use simple words. Do not use abbreviations, emoji’s, pictures or slang (BRB, IDK, THX, 2day and BTW). Do not text and drive!

Texting 911 with a false report is a crime. If you accidentally send a text to 911, send another text, or call 911 to let the dispatcher know that there is no emergency.

DID YOU KNOW?
Emergency response may be lengthened due to the time it takes for a text to 911 to be typed and sent. Delivery speed is not guaranteed.

• Dispatchers prefer calls so they can get cues from background noise and voice inflections.
• If you text to 911, dispatchers will ask if they can call you.
• Location is not as accurate with text as it is with a call. Be sure to text your exact address.
• A text or data plan is required to use Text-to-911.
• Texts to 911 will get a bounce back message if you are roaming.
• Texts to 911 have a 160 character limit, can get out of order, or may not be received.
• There is no language translation service for texts to 911.

from MN Dept. of Public Safety, www.dps.mn.gov

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Free Workshop — Down on The Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times

Stress factors are on the rise for Minnesota farmers. Many face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more. You may know farmers who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, feelings of indecision, or suicidal thoughts.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is partnering with a number of other organizations to offer a free, three hour workshop to help agricultural advisors (and others who work with farmers) recognize and respond when they suspect a farmer or farm family member might need help.

Workshops will be held in six locations in Greater Minnesota, starting January 30, 2018.downonthefarm

Printable brochure: Down on The Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times

Please register for a session online:  www.mdadownonthefarm.eventbrite.com

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Request for Bids – Office and Grounds Maintenance Services

The Lac qui Parle County Auditor, Jake Sieg, is requesting bids for office and grounds maintenance services at the Family Service Center in Madison. Call Facility Manager, Kenny Fernholz, at 320-598-3012, for more information.

BIDS FOR MAINTENANCE SERVICES

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the County Auditor, Jake Sieg, at 600 6th St., Madison, MN  56256 until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 4th, 2017 for the contracting of building and grounds maintenance services at 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN. Bids will be publicly opened at the Board of County Commissioner’s Meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, and read aloud at that time.

One combined bid will be received for the care of approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of finished space, and 3,300 sq. ft. of unfinished basement.

Maintenance duties include:

  • vacuuming carpets
  • sweeping and washing of floors
  • vacuuming of basement
  • shoveling of sidewalks and steps to all building entrances
  • emptying, collecting, and recycling of waste materials
  • cleaning and sanitizing of bathrooms
  • replacement of supplies
  • general dusting
  • window washing
  • minor maintenance duties

Separate bid for grounds keeping is to be added to contract under Exhibit A. However, this contract does not include snow removal from parking lots.

Specifications for services to be performed, timetable, and building floor plan available from the Facility Manger, Kenny Fernholz. Bidders should review proposed contract in advance to address their ability to obtain insurance, workman’s compensation coverage (if needed), necessary maintenance equipment, and inventory of supplies.

A pre-bid meeting can be arranged with any interested party by calling Kenny Fernholz at 320-598-3012.

Each bid shall be accompanied by certified check, or cashier’s check in the amount of 5% of the bid submitted, made payable to Lac qui Parle County as a guarantee that the bidder will, if awarded the contract, enter into a contract in accordance with his/her proposal, and will be able to produce certificates of insurance.

The County Auditor reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any formalities herein.

Bids shall be in a sealed envelope marked “Maintenance Services Bid” and date stamped by our receptionist.

BIDS REQUESTED BY:
Jake Sieg, County Auditor
Lac qui Parle County Courthouse
600 6th St., Madison, MN  56256

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Public Notice – Minnesota Family Investment Program Plan 2018-2019

Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center is developing the Minnesota Family Investment Program Plan for 2018-2019. Citizen participation is invited in the development of this plan.

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) [Minnesota Statute §256J.626] requires counties to submit a biennial service agreement to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to receive these public funds. The primary purpose of the Biennial Service Agreement is to establish agreed upon outcomes and identify strategies counties will use to achieve these outcomes.

Copies of the proposed plan will be available at the Family Service Center at 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN or will be sent to you upon request by mail or email. The draft of the MFIP Biennial Service Agreement will be available for review and comment until November 21, 2017.

We encourage citizens of Lac qui Parle County to participate in the development of these plans by submitting written comments and suggestions to:

Joel Churness, Director
Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center
PO Box 7
Madison, MN  56256

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A Community Conversation in Dawson

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) will be hosting a Community Conversation on Tuesday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Heartland Building, 636 Sixth Street in Dawson. The information gathered will be used to identify the policy issues individuals believe are most important to our future as an older society.

Please RSVP by emailing bshanafelt@mnraaa.org or calling 507-387-1256 x101.

Who should attend? Residents of all ages, caregivers, service providers, elected officials, business owners, organizations and anyone that is aging.

MNRAAA, in partnership with the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is looking ahead to 2030. As 2017 marks the year that baby boomers start turning 85, it is important for communities to begin a new conversation about what our future can be so all older adults and their families are supported and communities can thrive. It is truly a transformative time in our communities! Visit their website at: www.mnraaa.org.

To learn more about MN 2030 visit their website at https://mn.gov/dhs/mn2030. You are also encouraged to provide input by completing a survey at http://surveys.dhs.state.mn.us/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=149581989669.

WHO: Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA)

WHAT: A Community Conversation

WHEN: Tuesday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

WHERE: Heartland Building, 636 Sixth Street, Dawson, MN

COST: Free

Source: A Community Conversation in Dawson

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Job Opening: Permanent Part-Time Social Worker – Adult Services

Lac qui Parle County Family Services is seeking a Permanent Part-Time Social Worker – Adult Services.

SALARY: $21.47 /Hour

Submit an application to Minnesota Merit System by applying at this link here: 011-OC. Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 20, 2017 at 4:30pm.

JOB SUMMARY:

This social worker will serve as the adult protective services person, who will complete investigations as they are screened in through the MN Adult Abuse Reporting Center. Once the case is opened, the worker will offer services to the vulnerable adult and provide initial case management as needed. All documentation will be entered into SSIS and service agreements will be written to pay for services. Worker must work closely with law enforcement and health care providers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in social work, psychology, sociology or closely related field.

or

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in any field and one (1) year of experience as a social worker in a public or private social services agency.

You may apply before graduating, but no more than 60 days prior to receiving your Bachelor’s Degree.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact for information: Joel Churness, Director; Phone #320-598-7594

Mailing address: P.O. Box 7, 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN  56256

Lac qui Parle County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.