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2020 Social Services Block Grant Annual Report

To fulfill public input requirements, the Minnesota Department Of Human Services publishes this annual report. County agency staff must review and make available to the public the contents of this report and solicit public comments on the use of SSBG funds. County agencies are encouraged to integrate public input in its ongoing quality assurance processes.

You may review the report here:

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Dust Control

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 9, 2021. 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 or mail/bring to Lac qui Parle County Highway Department, 422 5th Ave, Madison, MN  56256.
The cost of material and application will be $0.98 per running foot for those living on county roads, and $0.49 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 2021.

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Job Opening: Heavy Equipment Operator

October 15, 2020 – NOTICE
From:   Sam Muntean
Lac qui Parle County Highway Engineer
Lac qui Parle County Highway Department is accepting applications for a Heavy Equipment Operator.  Primary duties will be, under general supervision, being able to operate all or a majority of the highway maintenance equipment required in maintaining and repairing the county roadway system.
Minimum qualifications include a high school education, and have a Commercial Driver License (Class A) and able to obtain the tanker endorsement.
Good knowledge in highway maintenance procedures and equipment, equipment maintenance, and the ability to do physical activities is desirable.
The pay range for this position is $21.33 per hour to $23.31 per hour based on the step system in the union contract, with benefits including insurance, cafeteria plan, and a retirement plan.
Application and Position Description may be obtained in person at:
Lac qui Parle County Highway Department
422 5th Avenue
Madison, Minnesota 56256
Or by telephone request: Phone (320) 598-3878
Or on the web site at: and select Jobs at the top of the page.
County application forms are required.  Resumes will not be accepted as substitutes but may be submitted in addition to the application form.
Application deadline: November 6th, 2020 or until filled.
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Get Tested for COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health, the City of Montevideo, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and Countryside Public Health are partnering to host free, no barrier COVID-19 testing in Montevideo.

Who qualifies?

  • Open to everyone in the Montevideo Community
  • Symptoms or no symptoms
  • Free, no insurance needed


Tuesday, October 20, 2020: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday, October 22, 2020: 12:00pm – 6:00pm


Montevideo Community Center
550 1st Street South
Montevideo, MN  56265

Sign up for an appointment time now.

This helps keep wait times short and gives people plenty of space.

Register online:

For additional testing sites visit:

If you are not able to sign up online, or need a translator, call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

If you have questions directly for Countryside Public Heath, please call 1-800-657-3291.

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Make a Plan Minnesota

This Child Safety and Permanency Update was published by the Minnesota Department of Human Services on June 8, 2020.

As Minnesota perseveres through the COVID-19 public health crises, we know that more people will become sick and require hospitalization. We need families to be prepared. In other states, countries, and communities in Minnesota, there have been parents who have become too ill with COVID-19 to care for their children for short periods of time. These circumstances present a need to identify alternate caregivers who can step in to help care for chldren who have likely been exposed to the virus. Unfortunatley, this virus doesn't always leave time for people to make plans.

We're urging all Minnesotans who are responsible for the care of a child to make a plan now for alternate short term care for their children in the event parents or guardians become ill. To support families in this process, we've developed Make a Plan, Minnesota. Make a Plan, Minnesota helps guide families through a process to identify possible caregivers, gather vital family and child information, and share their plan with others. A fillable form is included to help families gather information that an alternate caregiver might need to know while caring for their children.

It's never too early to make a plan. Before the emergency is upon a family, we urge families to talk now with their support networks about who will be able to step in and help provide care for their children or other supports, such as dropping off meals or checking in with the children daily if a parent is quarantined at home.

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What to do if You’re Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

Published by Minnesota Department of Health on 5/21/2020

If you are waiting for results from a COVID-19 test, you must separate yourself from others and watch yourself for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. This is to protect yourself, your family, and your community.


The clinic that did your testing will get the results to you. It can take several days for test results to come back. Do not call the Minnesota Department of Health to get your test results.

Separate yourself from others

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or any other place outside the home. If you need medical care, follow the instructions below.

  • Stay away from other people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if available.

  • Wear a facemask if you need to be around other people, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash hands thoroughly afterward.

  • Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share food, dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Clean all frequently touched surfaces in your home daily, including door knobs, light switches, and faucets.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% to 95% alcohol. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Please carefully review additional information provided to you by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Monitor your symptoms


  1. Contact your health care provider. Call ahead. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing (such as Uber or Lyft), or taxis if you need to go to a clinic or hospital.

  2. If you need to be around other people in your home, wear a facemask.

  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Wash your hands. If you need emergency medical attention any time during the isolation period, call 911 and let them know that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Notify people you’ve been in contact with

Make a list of the people you have been in close contact with, from two days before you started feeling sick until the time you were tested. Tell these people that you may have COVID-19 and that they may have it, too. Tell them you will let them know when you get your test results. Tell them to stay home and away from others until they hear from you. If your test results are positive, they should continue to stay home and away from others for 14 days from their last contact with you. If your test results are negative, and they do not feel sick, they do not have to keep staying apart from others.

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Job Opening: Seasonal Part-Time Maintenance Employee at the Madison Shop

April 30, 2020 – NOTICE

From:   Sam Muntean
Lac qui Parle County Highway Engineer


Lac qui Parle County Highway Department is accepting applications for a Seasonal Part-Time Maintenance Employee at the Madison shop.  Primary duties will be, under general supervision, to aid the maintenance department. 

Duties include, but are not limited to:
Equipment maintenance.
Mowing and trimming of park grounds and county shops.
Operation of the following equipment: Pickup trucks, Utility Vehicles, String Trimmer, Zero-Turn mower, Trailers, and Pneumatic roller.
Assist in the repair and maintenance of county equipment and buildings.
Other tasks as assigned by the maintenance supervisor.

Minimum qualifications include a high school education, ability to work independently, and a valid driver license.

Wage:              $10.44 per hour.

Hours:             40 hours per week.

Application may be obtained by telephone request: Phone (320) 598-3878

Or on the web site at: and select employment at the top of the page.

Application deadline:  Open until filled.

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Family Services Board Meeting – Change in Location


The Lac qui Parle County Family Services board meeting that is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 9:00am will not be held in the board room at the Family Service Center building. It will be held in the Emergency Operations Center located in the Annex. This change is being made to remain in compliance with the Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommendations of social distancing.