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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

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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 bshanafelt@mnraaa.org 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: www.mnraaa.org.

To learn more about MN 2030 visit their website at https://mn.gov/dhs/mn2030. You are also encouraged to provide input by completing a survey at http://surveys.dhs.state.mn.us/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=149581989669.

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

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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.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

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

or

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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.