The Salvation Army is giving away backpacks filled with school supplies (pictured above) for children who reside in Lac qui Parle County. This is to make sure children in the area have the supplies they need when the school year begins. (Head Start, Preschool, and College students are not eligible for this program.)
Please stop in at Lac qui Parle County Family Services to pick up an application. Assistance will be determined based upon the date of the returned application on a first come, first serve basis. The agency will continue to accept applications until all the backpacks have been distributed. Parent ID must be presented at the time of the backpack distribution.
“Parenting is one of the most important jobs you will ever have. Yet has the least amount of training.”
Would you like… Less whining? Fewer tantrums? Less yelling? Less guilt?
Then join us for The Incredible Years birth to five class. A research proven, positive approach to parenting children.
Class topics will include:
Playing with your child
Rewarding your child
Ignore and redirect
Natural and logical consequences
Communication and problem solving
Parenting strategies and principles
Incredible Years is a free, 6-week parenting program designed to strengthen parenting skills and promote children’s optimal social, emotional, physical and academic development. This program is held once a week beginning Tuesday, September 18th in a small group setting. Please join us for a meal planned just for you and your family starting at 5:00pm with a 2 ½ hour long session to follow from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Planned playtime and child care (for children 12 years old and younger) will be available and provided by licensed staff. The child care and meal are provided at no cost to participants.
*Please sign-up by September 11th*
How do I sign up?
We request that all interested families pre-register by contacting:
Prairie Five Head Start
422 5th Avenue Suite 307
Madison, MN 56256
Countryside Public Health
Lac Qui Parle Office Nancy Tofte
422 5th Avenue
Madison, MN 56256
Dawson-Boyd School District-Community families can sign-up also at: www.dawsonboydschools.org
848 Chestnut St.
Dawson, MN 56232
People experiencing the symptoms of psychosis and their families need greater outreach efforts and access to information that helps them find the help they need. A new website WeCanNavigate.com, seeks to help fill that gap.
WeCanNavigate.com is for those who experience psychosis, family or friends, and clinicians alike. WeCanNavigate.com helps people learn more about the symptoms of and treatment for psychosis, and is an effort to help close a gap in the care system by helping connect people as early as possible to treatment and information.
The WeCanNavigate website serves three main purposes:
Inform the public on the signs and symptoms of psychosis
Provide friends, family members, and healthcare professionals with tools for helping someone experiencing psychosis
Describe the NAVIGATE program, an evidence-based treatment program for persons with first episode psychosis, in detail.
This website came out of a collaboration between the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health (MNCAMH), the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Department.
Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe. If you are a Minnesotan who has Medicare, Medicare will mail your new card to you sometime after June 2018 and before April 30, 2019. The new card has a Medicare number that is unique to you instead of your Social Security number. This will protect your identity and keep your information safe. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
Once you get your new card, destroy your old card and start using your new card right away. Protect yourself by making sure no one can get your personal information from your old Medicare card.
What if I am in a Medicare Advantage Plan?
If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan—like a health maintenance organization (HMO) or preferred provider organization (PPO)—your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare. You should still keep and use it whenever you need care. However, you also may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry this card too.
The Lac qui Parle County Highway Department will be applying dust control on county, township and community gravel roads in Lac qui Parle County as approved by the County Highway Engineer. Only liquid calcium chloride will be offered as dust coating treatment.
Residents living on county and township gravel roads or Local Units of Government with gravel roads, within Lac qui Parle County, who wish to have the dust coating, must make a request by April 27, 2018. No request will be accepted after this date.
Please call the Lac qui Parle County Highway Department at (320) 598-3878, or click on Dust Control Application Request at the bottom of this news release. Email the form to email@example.com or mail/bring to Lac qui Parle County Highway Department, 422 5th Ave, Madison, MN 56256.
The cost of material and application will be $0.86 per running foot for those living on county roads, and $0.43 per running foot per pass for those living on township roads. This is based on 0.25 gallons of material per square yard. If you are a first time customer you may want to consider two passes for the first year or two. The gravel roads should be bladed prior to application; this must be arranged between the resident on township roads and the Township Board. Lac qui Parle County makes no guarantee of the performance of this product. The planned placement of the dust coating will be in mid-May to early-June of 2018.
MINNESOTA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
APRIL 9 – 13, 2018 Statewide Tornado Drills are Thursday, April 12
From April 9 to 13, The Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management Department, MN Department of Public Safety, and the National Weather Service will be promoting general weather safety and emergency preparedness to citizens and media outlets through radio interviews, facebook posts, newspaper articles, and flyers. In addition, statewide tornado drills will be held Thursday, April 12 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
This is the perfect time to engage with your employees, facilities managers and partners to talk about and review your family or businesses emergency plans and how you are prepared and ready for seasonal weather threats.
We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to sign up for the Lac qui Parle County Emergency Notification System (LENS) which will alert you through a phone call, text, or email in the event of an emergency. You can choose which alerts to sign up for and how to recieve those alerts. This is an important public safety tool Emergency Management and the Sheriff's Department can use to quickly reach citizens in the event of an emergency.
Each day of the week highlights an important seasonal weather safety topic. • Monday: Alerts and Warnings • Tuesday: Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail • Wednesday: Floods • Thursday: Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills) • Friday: Extreme Heat
PROMOTE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
• Update everyone’s emergency contact information.
• Host a disaster preparedness class at your business
• Get a NOAA Weather Radio for every facility.
• Distribute an updated copy of the facility emergency plan.
• Provide business continuity training.
• Conduct office evacuation/shelter-in-place exercises and drills.
• Promote emergency preparedness messages.
• Review your company’s emergency plans.
More information about these emergency preparedness (including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources) is provided on the HSEM Weather Safety and National Weather Service, Chanhassen websites.
Blain Johnson, Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management Director
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.
• 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.
– 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.