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Severe Weather Awareness Week

MINNESOTA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
APRIL 9 – 13, 2018
Statewide Tornado Drills are Thursday, April 12
From April 9 to 13, The Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management Department, MN Department of Public Safety, and the National Weather Service will be promoting general weather safety and emergency preparedness to citizens and media outlets through radio interviews, facebook posts, newspaper articles, and flyers. In addition, statewide tornado drills will be held Thursday, April 12 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
This is the perfect time to engage with your employees, facilities managers and partners to talk about and review your family or businesses emergency plans and how you are prepared and ready for seasonal weather threats.

We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to sign up for the Lac qui Parle County Emergency Notification System (LENS) which will alert you through a phone call, text, or email in the event of an emergency. You can choose which alerts to sign up for and how to recieve those alerts. This is an important public safety tool Emergency Management and the Sheriff's Department can use to quickly reach citizens in the event of an emergency. 

SIGN UP HERE 


Each day of the week highlights an important seasonal weather safety topic.
• Monday: Alerts and Warnings
• Tuesday: Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
• Wednesday: Floods
• Thursday: Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)
• Friday: Extreme Heat


PROMOTE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 
• Update everyone’s emergency contact information.
• Host a disaster preparedness class at your business
• Get a NOAA Weather Radio for every facility.
• Distribute an updated copy of the facility emergency plan.
• Provide business continuity training.
• Conduct office evacuation/shelter-in-place exercises and drills.
• Promote emergency preparedness messages.
• Review your company’s emergency plans.


More information about these emergency preparedness (including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources) is provided on the HSEM Weather Safety and National Weather Service, Chanhassen websites.

Blain Johnson, Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management Director

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Crisis Text Line now offering services statewide

As of April 1, Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In Minnesota and across the nation, text suicide response services have been successful in helping people in need. Texting is the preferred way to communicate for many people — especially youth — and it is important to reach people where they are at when they are contemplating suicide or in crisis.

Crisis Text Line, a non-profit that has offered this service nationally since 2013, will be the state’s sole provider for this service. Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month and over 20 million messages since 2013 from across the U.S., connecting people to local resources in their community.

Crisis Counselors at Crisis Text Line are dedicated, trained and supervised volunteers from around the United States. Crisis Counselors undergo a rigorous application process before undergoing a six-week, 30-hour training program. Supervisors are mental health professionals with either master’s degrees or extensive experience in the field of suicide prevention.

Crisis Text Line is but one way for a person to get help. More information about how to connect to crisis services is available at the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

In addition, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. (1-800-273-8255).

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5-YEAR CONSTRUCTION PLAN FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 19, 2018          
CONTACT:    Sam Muntean
PUBLIC NOTICE
5-YEAR CONSTRUCTION PLAN FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, the 26th day of March, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Multimedia Conference Room in the Lac qui Parle County Annex building, 422 5th Street, Madison, Minnesota, the Lac qui Parle County Highway Department will hold a public hearing to discuss the draft five year construction plan for road and bridges in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota.

The public hearing will review the current 2018 construction season and the proposed construction plan for the years 2019 through 2023.

All persons interested are invited to attend said hearing and be heard on this matter.  A draft copy of the Plan is available at www. Lqpco.com/highway under the Bid Letting/Road Construction tab.  If you cannot attend but wish to make a comment please forward your comments in writing to the Lac qui Parle County Highway Engineer 422 5th Ave, Suite 301, Madison, MN 56256 or email sam.muntean@lqpco.com.

Samuel A. Muntean
County Highway Engineer
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Job Opening: Assistant Engineer in Training

March 1, 2018 – 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 in Training.  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 $25.50 to $33.90 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:  March 16, 2018.

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Job Opening: Civil Engineering Technician

February 8, 2018 – NOTICE

From:   Sam Muntean
Lac qui Parle County Highway Engineer

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Lac qui Parle County Highway Department is accepting applications for a Civil Engineering Technician at the Madison office.  Primary duties will be, under general supervision, to provide professional field and office civil engineering work.  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; and performing 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 $17.49 to $27.03 per hour based on experience and certifications, 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 employment 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:  Open until filled.

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TEXT-TO-911: Call if you Can, Text if you Can’t

ABOUT TEXT-TO-911

• Text-to-911 is now available throughout Minnesota.The service was deployed in December 2017.

• Text-to-911 can be the first contact option for individuals who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or those with speech impairments.

• Text-to-911 should only be used when a person can’t safely make a voice call.
Examples:
– When someone must stay quiet to remain safe.
– If peer pressure is strong.

• Text-to-911 is a discreet way to report domestic violence, home invasions, human trafficking, and suicidal individuals.

HOW TO TEXT 911
1. Enter the numbers 911 in the “To” field.
2. Text your exact location and type of emergency.
3. Send the message.
4. Promptly answer questions and follow instructions.

TIPS: Use simple words. Do not use abbreviations, emoji’s, pictures or slang (BRB, IDK, THX, 2day and BTW). Do not text and drive!

Texting 911 with a false report is a crime. If you accidentally send a text to 911, send another text, or call 911 to let the dispatcher know that there is no emergency.

DID YOU KNOW?
Emergency response may be lengthened due to the time it takes for a text to 911 to be typed and sent. Delivery speed is not guaranteed.

• Dispatchers prefer calls so they can get cues from background noise and voice inflections.
• If you text to 911, dispatchers will ask if they can call you.
• Location is not as accurate with text as it is with a call. Be sure to text your exact address.
• A text or data plan is required to use Text-to-911.
• Texts to 911 will get a bounce back message if you are roaming.
• Texts to 911 have a 160 character limit, can get out of order, or may not be received.
• There is no language translation service for texts to 911.

from MN Dept. of Public Safety, www.dps.mn.gov

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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:  www.mdadownonthefarm.eventbrite.com

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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.

BIDS FOR MAINTENANCE SERVICES

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.

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

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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