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Job Posting: Environment / Feedlot Specialist

Environmental / Feedlot Specialist
(35 hour/week)


  • Minimum 2-year degree, or 2-year related experience in either agriculture, natural resources, watershed activities, feedlots, SSTS, or other related areas or equivalent.
  • Experience/proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications and ArcGIS
  • Ability to comprehend and navigate State software programs
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with the public.
  • Valid Drivers’ license, able to provide proof of insurance, clean driving record


Salary Range:$40,000 – $45,000

Benefit package includes:paid holidays, Health Insurance, & PERA

Deadline to apply:Friday, October 29, 2021


Full job description and application are located on-line at, in office, or by contacting Trudy at 320-598-3117.Send completed resume/application to: LQP-YB Watershed District, Courthouse, 600 6th Street #7, Madison, MN56256

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Second half Residential Taxes are due on or before:

Friday, October 15, 2021 to avoid penalty.

Penalty will be added to all taxes paid or postmarked after October 15th

Property taxes can be mailed, paid by credit card, or dropped in the drop box located in the east parking lot of the courthouse.  The drop box is available, for your convenience, 24 hours a day from April 1st to December 31st!  If you are paying by credit card, this can be done by going to or by calling our office for assistance.  If you have any questions please call our office at 320-598-3648.

Please make checks payable to:      

LqP County Auditor/Treasurer
600 6th Street, Suite 5
Madison, MN  56256


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Job Posting: Highway Technician


October 5, 2021


From:  Sam Muntean, Lac qui Parle County Highway Engineer

Lac qui Parle County Highway Department is accepting applications for a Highway Technician.  This position is to provide professional field and office civil engineering work including performing inspection duties; preparing plans and sketches; surveying; operating instruments; and performing additional tasks as assigned by the Engineer.  Duties include, but are not limited to: performing construction observation/inspection duties; preparing plans and sketches; surveying; assisting in the preparation of project specifications and bid documents; construction materials testing; additional tasks as assigned by the Engineer.

Minimum qualifications include a high school education, and Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering Technology or 3 years of qualified work experience related in this field.  Must have a valid driver license.

Good knowledge in highway design, computer aided drafting and record keeping skills are desirable.

Base Salary ranges from $20.93 to $29.11 per hour based on experience and education, 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 by email request:

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:  First Review October 29, 2021, position open until filled.


For Questions: 
Samuel A. Muntean, P.E.
Highway Engineer
(320) 598-3878                                                                                                                  

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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

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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: 


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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

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Job Posting: Social Worker – Adult Mental Health



Lac qui Parle County Family Services, 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN  56256

Application Period:

Thursday, September 2, 2021 – Thursday, September 16, 2021

Job Type:

Full-Time – 40 hours/week position

Wage Range:

$23.38/hour – $36.39/hour

Job Summary:

Provide Adult Mental Health Case Management; coordinate and provide services to help adults with serious and persistent mental illness. Which includes referring and linking the person to mental helath and other services, ensuring coordination of services and monitoring the delivery of services to gain access to medical, social, educational, vocational and other necessary services connected ot the person’s mental health needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or Related Field.

Apply at MN Merit System:

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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.