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COVID-19 Testing

The Minnesota Department of Health, the City of Madison, and Countryside Public Health are partnering to host free, no barrier COVID-19 testing in Madison.

Who qualifies?

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

When?

Thursday, October 29, 2020: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Where?

Madison Armory
504 3rd Street
Madison, MN  56256

Sign up for an appointment time now.

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

Register online:

https://www.primarybio.com/r/madison

For additional testing sites visit: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/

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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Job Opening: Heavy Equipment Operator

 
October 15, 2020 – NOTICE
 
From:   Sam Muntean
Lac qui Parle County Highway Engineer
 
JOB OPPORTUNITY
 
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: 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: 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

When?

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

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

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

Where?

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:

https://www.primarybio.com/r/montevideo

For additional testing sites visit: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/

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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Job Opening: Assistant Engineer

September 28, 2020 – NOTICE

From:   Sam Muntean
Lac qui Parle County Highway Engineer

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Lac qui Parle County Highway Department is accepting applications for an Assistant Engineer.  This position is to provide professional field and office civil engineering work, and supervise and coordinate county highway technical staff and operations.  Duties include, but are not limited to: supervising inspection duties; reviewing plans and sketches; negotiate right-of-way and easement purchases; operating instruments; and performing additional tasks as assigned by the Engineer.

Minimum qualifications include a high school education, and Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering Technology with a minimum of eight years of experience in engineering, design, surveying or related in this field; or Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and has passed the EIT test. 

Base Salary ranges from $26.79 to $35.62 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: sam.muntean@lqpco.com

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:  October 23, 2020.

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Job Opening: Social Services Supervisor

Department: Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center

Position:  Social Services Supervisor

Hours:  Full- time, 40 hours/week

Salary:  $4,845/month plus full benefits

Location:  930 First Avenue, Madison, MN

Job Duties:  To supervise the Social Services Unit including social workers working within the disability and elderly programs and licensing. Administer social services according to current state & federal policies. Ensure clients meet eligibility requirements for access to programs. Ensure referrals are screened, applications taken, assessments are completed and case management and care coordination is provided according to established guidelines. Provide good customer service and address complaints timely. Ensure vulnerable adults receive protection services. 

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

Closing date for application:  October 13, 2020

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.

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Small Business Grant Program Opened

Lac qui Parle County Small Business Grant Program

The Lac qui Parle County Small Business Grant Program (SBGP) is designed to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations (between 1 and 20 employees) with recieving financial relief from the pressures the COVID-19 Pandemic has placed on their business. Applicants can receive up to a $5,000 grant to cover PPE, supplies, rent/mortage payments or utility payments, and other equipment purchased in response to the Pandemic. The grant cannot be utilized for personnel costs or lost revenue per the Department of Treasury guidelines. The program is reimbursement based, so applicants will need to attach documentation (receipts, invoices, etc) to their application upon submission along with an updated W-9 Form. To be eligible, businesses must have a physical location within Lac qui Parle County and be current on their taxes.

The grant period is open Sept 1 to Sept. 18, 2020 at 11:59pm.

For more information and to fill out an application, please follow this link: http://lqpco.com/index.php/cares/

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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.

GETTING YOUR TEST RESULTS

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

IF YOUR SYMPTOMS GET WORSE, YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY BREATHING, OR YOU NEED MEDICAL CARE:

  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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Minnesotans with Low Incomes Now Able to Purchase Food Online Using SNAP Benefits

May 28, 2020 Minnesota Department of Human Services News Release

Almost 400,000 people who use the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Minnesota now have more options to buy food safely. Starting May 28, 2020, they can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards.

For now, Walmart and Amazon are the only online retailers approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for SNAP purchases and available in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging other retailers to seek approval from the USDA so that SNAP recipients have more options. DHS oversees SNAP, which counties and tribal governments administer.

 “Safe access to healthy food is important for all of us,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “By enabling SNAP recipients to purchase food online, we are increasing access to food and enabling safe purchasing. This is vital to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic while helping Minnesotans put healthy food on their tables.”

SNAP helps Minnesotans meet their food needs and avoid hunger. The average monthly SNAP benefit for each household member is $109 in Minnesota.

To be eligible to receive SNAP benefits, Minnesotans have to have an annual income below 165% of the federal poverty level. In fiscal year 2019, that was about $34,000 a year for a family of three. Of SNAP recipients in that year:

  • 45% were children. 
  • 44% were in Greater Minnesota. 
  • 13% were people with disabilities. 
  • 13% were older adults. 

To apply for SNAP benefits, contact us at Lac qui Parle County Family Services at 320-598-7594, or go to ApplyMN (applymn.dhs.mn.gov), or call the Minnesota Food helpline at 888-711-1151 for Greater Minnesota.