Free Workshop — Down on The Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times

Stress factors are on the rise for Minnesota farmers. Many face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more. You may know farmers who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, feelings of indecision, or suicidal thoughts.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is partnering with a number of other organizations to offer a free, three hour workshop to help agricultural advisors (and others who work with farmers) recognize and respond when they suspect a farmer or farm family member might need help.

Workshops will be held in six locations in Greater Minnesota, starting January 30, 2018.downonthefarm

Printable brochure: Down on The Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times

Please register for a session online:


Request for Bids – Office and Grounds Maintenance Services

The Lac qui Parle County Auditor, Jake Sieg, is requesting bids for office and grounds maintenance services at the Family Service Center in Madison. Call Facility Manager, Kenny Fernholz, at 320-598-3012, for more information.


Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the County Auditor, Jake Sieg, at 600 6th St., Madison, MN  56256 until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 4th, 2017 for the contracting of building and grounds maintenance services at 930 First Avenue, Madison, MN. Bids will be publicly opened at the Board of County Commissioner’s Meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, and read aloud at that time.

One combined bid will be received for the care of approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of finished space, and 3,300 sq. ft. of unfinished basement.

Maintenance duties include:

  • vacuuming carpets
  • sweeping and washing of floors
  • vacuuming of basement
  • shoveling of sidewalks and steps to all building entrances
  • emptying, collecting, and recycling of waste materials
  • cleaning and sanitizing of bathrooms
  • replacement of supplies
  • general dusting
  • window washing
  • minor maintenance duties

Separate bid for grounds keeping is to be added to contract under Exhibit A. However, this contract does not include snow removal from parking lots.

Specifications for services to be performed, timetable, and building floor plan available from the Facility Manger, Kenny Fernholz. Bidders should review proposed contract in advance to address their ability to obtain insurance, workman’s compensation coverage (if needed), necessary maintenance equipment, and inventory of supplies.

A pre-bid meeting can be arranged with any interested party by calling Kenny Fernholz at 320-598-3012.

Each bid shall be accompanied by certified check, or cashier’s check in the amount of 5% of the bid submitted, made payable to Lac qui Parle County as a guarantee that the bidder will, if awarded the contract, enter into a contract in accordance with his/her proposal, and will be able to produce certificates of insurance.

The County Auditor reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any formalities herein.

Bids shall be in a sealed envelope marked “Maintenance Services Bid” and date stamped by our receptionist.

Jake Sieg, County Auditor
Lac qui Parle County Courthouse
600 6th St., Madison, MN  56256


Public Notice – Minnesota Family Investment Program Plan 2018-2019

Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center is developing the Minnesota Family Investment Program Plan for 2018-2019. Citizen participation is invited in the development of this plan.

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) [Minnesota Statute §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 November 21, 2017.

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

Joel Churness, Director
Lac qui Parle County Family Service Center
PO Box 7
Madison, MN  56256


A Community Conversation in Dawson

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) will be hosting a Community Conversation on Tuesday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Heartland Building, 636 Sixth Street in Dawson. The information gathered will be used to identify the policy issues individuals believe are most important to our future as an older society.

Please RSVP by emailing or calling 507-387-1256 x101.

Who should attend? Residents of all ages, caregivers, service providers, elected officials, business owners, organizations and anyone that is aging.

MNRAAA, in partnership with the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is looking ahead to 2030. As 2017 marks the year that baby boomers start turning 85, it is important for communities to begin a new conversation about what our future can be so all older adults and their families are supported and communities can thrive. It is truly a transformative time in our communities! Visit their website at:

To learn more about MN 2030 visit their website at You are also encouraged to provide input by completing a survey at

WHO: Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA)

WHAT: A Community Conversation

WHEN: Tuesday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

WHERE: Heartland Building, 636 Sixth Street, Dawson, MN

COST: Free

Source: A Community Conversation in Dawson


Job Opening: Permanent Part-Time Social Worker – Adult Services

Lac qui Parle County Family Services is seeking a Permanent Part-Time Social Worker – Adult Services.

SALARY: $21.47 /Hour

Submit an application to Minnesota Merit System by applying at this link here: 011-OC. Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 20, 2017 at 4:30pm.


This social worker will serve as the adult protective services person, who will complete investigations as they are screened in through the MN Adult Abuse Reporting Center. Once the case is opened, the worker will offer services to the vulnerable adult and provide initial case management as needed. All documentation will be entered into SSIS and service agreements will be written to pay for services. Worker must work closely with law enforcement and health care providers.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in social work, psychology, sociology or closely related field.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in any field and one (1) year of experience as a social worker in a public or private social services agency.

You may apply before graduating, but no more than 60 days prior to receiving your Bachelor’s Degree.


Contact for information: Joel Churness, 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.


Free Deaf and Hard of Hearing 101 Training on October 12th

Free “Dispelling the Myths” training set in Madison (Lac Qui Parle County). See an enclosed attachment of DHHS seminar brochure October 2017 for more details.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHS) through MN Dept. of Human Services will sponsor “Dispelling the Myths” (Deaf and Hard of Hearing 101), an all-day, free, public training covering various aspects of being deaf and hard of hearing.  The seminar is set for 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at West Annex of M-M-N Elementary School, Multi-Media Room, 422 5th Avenue (West Entrance) Madison, MN.

Encouraged to attend are businesses, employers, public agencies, adults with hearing loss, parents of children with a hearing loss and others who are interested.  The training will have a small interactive session in which participants can experience a simulated hearing loss.  Equipment for people who are deaf and/or hard of hearing also will be demonstrated.

Other topics to be covered include:

  • Terminology and definitions
  • Communication tips and methods
  • Sign Language interpreters
  • Hard of Hearing issues
  • Deaf Culture
  • Resources

To ensure there is space available, registration is recommended by calling the DHHS St. Cloud office at 1-800-456-3690 or by sending an email to  When registering, please provide the following information: name and complete address: employer and job title; daytime and evening phone numbers; date of seminar; and email address.   A confirmation email or phone call will be sent about one week before the training.   Registration must be received by September 28, 2017 (extended deadline date).

Sign language interpreter and assistive listening device will be provided.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.


Job Opening: Heavy Equipment Operator

July 12, 2017  – NOTICE

From:   Sam Muntean
Lac qui Parle County Highway Engineer


Lac qui Parle County Highway Department is accepting applications for a Heavy Equipment Operator at the Bellingham Shop. Primary duty 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.

Starting pay is $17.83 per hour going to $19.81 per hour in one (1) year 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 is August 4, 2017.