CSAH 34 Subgrade Work Slated to Begin on 9/21



Subgrade repair work on CSAH 34 is slated to begin on Tuesday September 21st by the contractor. This work will consist of moving the millings to one side of the road excavating subgrade, placing geotextile fabric, replacing millings and then repeating the process on the other side of the road then placing new base course and asphalt pavement. This work is planned to be completed this fall weather permitting.

Please contact the Highway Department with any questions at 320-598-3878

Road Work Location


Job Posting: Dispatcher – Jailer



Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office, 600 Sixth St, Madison, MN  56256

Application Period:

Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Friday, October 1, 2021

Job Type:

Full-Time – 40 hours/week position

Wage and Benefits:

  • $19.04 / hr starting (2021 Contract)
  • 11 Paid Holiday's per year
  • Union Representation(MNPEA)
  • Initial uniform issue and yearly uniform allowance
  • Shift Differential Pay, Nights and weekends
  • Sick & Vacation Time OFF
  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Longevity Pay increases
  • MN State Retirement (PERA – Corrections)

Job Summary:

Duties include staffing the County's 911/Dispatch Center as well as the supervision of inmates housed in the County Jail under the direction of the Jail Administrator and supervision of the Sheriff. (Full job description available upon request). 

Minimum Qualifications:

High school education, a valid driver's license, and no disqualifying criminal confictions (background study to be conducted). 

Apply Via:

Applications: Available at the Sheriffs Office or HERE
Email to Sheriff: Allen.Anderson@lqpco.com 



Public Notice: MN Family Investment Program Plan 2022-23 Citizen Participation Solicited


Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center is developing the Minnesota Family Investment Program Plan for 2022-2023. Citizen participation is invited in the development of this plan.

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) [Minnesota Statutes 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 October 10, 2021.

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

Kirsten Gloege, Director, Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center
P.O. Box 7, Madison, MN  56256


Local Officials Meet to Discuss Drought

Press Release (Aug 6, 2021)

Local Officials Meet to Discuss Drought

Officials from across the area met in the county EOC in Madison on Wednesday August 4th to discuss the worsening drought conditions across the area. Lac qui Parle conditions have steadily worsened throughout the summer; to drought level of D2: Severe Drought on the USDA drought index across most of the county; with several locations near Boyd reaching D3: Extreme Drought category. According to Craig Schmidt, a service hydrologist for the National Weather Service out of Chanhassen, “Lac qui Parle County would need 5 inches of rain over the next month to get us out of drought conditions; with 9 inches needed over overall to bring the area back to normal levels.”

The meeting was organized by the county Emergency Management Department in an effort to discuss long-term planning in the event aquifer and other water resources run short and what trigger points for citizen and business reduction may be needed. Emergency Management Director Blain Johnson hopes to build on the meeting by creating, formalizing, and adopting a Drought Response Plan, using input from the meeting and other discussions, to guide and inform future response decisions and activity.

“The good news is that both cities of Madison and Dawson have wells that tap into substantial aquifers that do not dry out easily” said Johnson, adding “the only significant issues that may occur in the next year if drought conditions persists are older individual farm wells, which may be much shallower (80-120 feet) than city wells and could dry up if the water table gets low enough.” During the meeting, Don Tweet of the USDA Lac qui Parle County Farm Service Agency, highlighted the federal funding programs that are now open due to reaching the D3 Drought status in our county; assisting livestock and other agricultural producers. Mr. Tweet also discussed some of the restrictions that have been put in place due to the drought on producers which has frustrated some haying operations and other activities.

Area agencies with representatives included: Emergency Management, Madison city administration, Madison public works, Dawson public works, LQP-YB Watershed District, USDA-FSA, and the National Weather Service/NOAA.

The National Weather Service predicts the area will continue to deal with warmer and dryer conditions than normal. Another meeting may be scheduled next year if drought conditions persist or worsen through the fall and into the Spring of 2022.


Job Posting: Heavy Equipment Operator



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.  This position will predominately report to the Lac qui Parle Village Shop.

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 $21.86 per hour to $23.90 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: http://www.lqpco.com 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: August 20th, 2021 or until filled.


Job Posting: Social Services Case Aide



Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center

Social Worker:  Social Services Case Aide

Hours:  Part- time, up to 20 hours/week

Wage:  $ 19.07/ hour

Location:  930 First Avenue, Madison, MN

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

To provide support services for agency.  Which include but are not limited to visitation supervisor for children and families.  Provide transportation for supervised and unsupervised visits.  Provide direct supports with parenting techniques and/or independent living skills for families in need. 


Closing date for application:  August 25, 2021

Contact for information:  Kirsten Gloege, 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.


Job Posting: Deputy Assessor-Appraiser

Lac qui Parle County has a full-time opening for the position of Deputy Assessor/Appraiser Trainee, I, II, or III.  Under the supervision of the Land Records Director Salary range $18.88 – $23.78 per hour with full benefits, 40-hour workweek Monday-Friday but are subject to change based on department needs.

This position is responsible for appraising and classifying all types of real and personal property in Lac qui Parle County.  This position also includes office duties including front desk/telephone inquiries, use of standard office software, interpreting and implementing Minnesota property tax laws, good communication skills and maintaining good public relations.

Desired minimum qualifications include training in a related field, ability to work outdoors and inclement weather, a valid Class D driver’s license, and proof of auto insurance.  This position requires an Accredited Minnesota Assessor license. 

For a complete job description and for more information, please click HERE

Applications are due August 13, 2021.

Contact Information:
Lori Schwendemann
Phone: 320-598-3187


Child Care Fund Plan Comment Period OPEN



The Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center has developed the biennial Child Care Fund Plan, which includes the use of state and federally funded child care assistance, for the period of January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 

Public law requires that the intended use of these funds be reviewed by the public and copies of the proposed state plan be made available to the public, including members of the public who may be particularly interested in child care policies such as parents, child care providers, culturally specific service organizations, child care resource and referral programs, interagency early intervention committees, potential collaborative partners and agencies involved in the provision of care and education to young children. 

The public is given opportunity to comment on this plan during the review period from July 26, 2021 to August 24, 2021.  Copies of the plan are available in our lobby during normal working hours.  Questions and comments concerning the biennial child care fund plan or the intended use of child care assistance funds must be submitted in writing to:

Donna Hermanson
Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center
930 First Ave., P.O. Box 7
Madison, MN  56256