County News

8/12/16 - August is Child Support Awareness Month - Social Services

The month of August has been proclaimed as CHILD SUPPORT AWARENESS MONTH by Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota.  Click here for Proclamation.
McLeod County and Minnesota join the nation in recognizing August as Child Support Awareness month and reaffirm our commitment to promote the well-being of children. 
Thanks in part to McLeod County, Minnesota’s program is a national leader -- ranking in the top 5% of current support collected and of cases with a payment toward arrears. Statewide, MN workers collected and distributed over $600 million for more than 250,000 children and their 360,000 parents in Federal Fiscal Year 2015. 
McLeod County’s Child Support Officers and Support Enforcement Aides work to: establish parentage; modify orders when a family’s circumstances change; and they enforce court orders across state borders. Their work supports children who need the emotional and financial support of both parents to reach their full potential. Working with the McLeod County Eligibility Workers, County Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department, they helped collect and distribute nearly $5 million in child support in calendar year 2015. More highlights include:
Keeping more money in family budgets. Families on the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) can now disregard as income monthly child support payments up to $200 for families with at least two children; 
Making applying for child support more affordable. As of July 1, 2016, child support applicants no longer have to pay a $25 application fee; 
Providing an easier way to make payments. Parents may now pay their child support online using their savings or checking accounts. As of mid-May in Minnesota, families in 375 cases received nearly $250,000 - $154,000 for current support and $93,000 toward arrears, with the highest single payment being $17,450 – via the new system.
Child Support services help families meet basic needs. Child Support professionals help families work towards and remain self-sufficient.

August 10, 2016 - Veteran’s Transportation Program Gets a New Ride - Veterans Services

McLeod County Veterans Van

August 1, 2016 - One Veteran’s Family is Making a Difference - Veterans Services

Fund-raising efforts by the Ray Wilkens’ family continue to have a significant impact on local veteran programs in McLeod County.  Recently the Wilkens family held a second Memorial Golf Scramble in their father’s memory.  Pictured presenting a check for $9,400.00 to McLeod County Veterans Association Chairman Ron Yurek are Ray’s three children (Chad Wilkens, Jen Heuer & Bryan Wilkens) bringing their total donations for the past two years to over $20,000.00.

Seeing shortfalls in existing state and federal programs, the McLeod County Veterans Association Assistance Fund was created in January 2011 to supplement other assistance programs to help local veterans, current military families and their survivors faced with specific financial hardships.  Using its 501c19 status the Association sought to provide help when and where other programs could not.  Fund-raising has been mostly grass root donations from the twelve member veterans organizations, local civic groups and individuals, but the recent efforts of the Wilkens family have made the Veteran Assistance Fund a real tool for bringing help to those in need. 

Their donations have placed a spotlight on the program and stimulated additional giving which in turn increases the Association’s ability to provide assistance.

Unique to this years’ donation, the Wilkens family dedicated a portion of their donation to become the seed for a new fund in support of the Veterans Association’s long-term goal of providing a housing option for local veterans who do not meet the criteria for assisted living or skilled nursing care, but who probably shouldn’t be living completely on their own.  The Association’s vision is to create one or more homes in McLeod County, where independent veterans could live in a joint setting, still pay their own way, but share supportive services that their veteran status already provides.

Ray Wilkens Family presenting a check to MCVA

May 24, 2016 - Energy Assistance Available Until July 1 This Year - Veterans Services

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps low-income households to pay their energy bills and with energy crisis events like shut-offs, threatened disconnections, and a low or empty tank.
EAP has an opportunity to serve more households and offer additional benefits to households already served this year. This opportunity arose because program participation is down this year due to energy and fuel prices remaining low, the mild weather and the improving economy.
Yet we know that 70% of households eligible for EAP have not yet asked for help. Given that money is available, EAP is taking several actions to deliver additional services to more households, including:
  •  Extending the deadline to apply to July 1, 2016 for this program year
  • Raising from $500 to $1,000 the maximum benefit for households experiencing an energy emergency (e.g. shut-off, threat of disconnect, very low or out of fuel, etc.)

The below link may be helpful in getting people connected to EAP.

Point of Contact for this program is:
Sandra Seemann
State Programs Admin
Energy Assistance Program
Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 7th Place East, Suite 500, Saint Paul, MN 55101
P: 651-539-1813

May 18, 2016 - March Agricultural Land Informational Meetings - County Commissioners

The McLeod County Commissioners hosted Agricultural Land Informational Meetings throughout the county in March. Topics covered included Minnesota's new buffer law and what it means to landowners, McLeod County conversion to Crop Production Index (CPI) for land values and protecting our rural road right of way. Speakers were in attendance from McLeod Soil & Water Conservation District, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources, McLeod Assessor and McLeod Highway Engineer. Below are the results of the Q&A sessions brought to the panel.


May 9, 2016 - CGI Communications, Inc. selling advertising in McLeod County - Administration Department

McLeod County is working with CGI Communications, Inc. of Rochester, New Jersey to put together several promotional videos that share some of the many wonderful quality of life amenities available in McLeod County. This includes a video on business and industry, recreation and things to do, education, real estate and relocation and healthcare and senior living as well as a non-profit video. Local businesses may be approached by representatives from CGI Communications, Inc. to purchase advertising and are in no way obligated or pressured to purchase this advertising that will accompany the videos. If you have further questions please contact County Administrator, Pat Melvin at (320) 864-1324.

9/2/15 - Comments/Input Invited on 2016-2017 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement - Social Services

The McLeod County Welfare & Social Service Committee is developing the 2016-2017 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement (BSA). Citizen participation is invited in the development of this Agreement.  Please click here for more information.

8/24/15 - Foster Care Orientation - Social Services  
Have you ever considered becoming a foster or foster/adoptive parent? 
McLeod County Social Services is hosting a Foster Parent Orientation for families interested in becoming foster parents on Saturday, October 10, 2015.  This meeting is an opportunity to learn about McLeod County's foster care program and ask questions to decide if it may be right for you.  Please click here for more information.

8/6/15 - Vietnam Era Veteran Benefits Seminars
McLeod County Veteran Services is hosting free seminars with information unique to active duty Vietnam Era veterans (military service between August 5th, 1964 and May 7th 1975) on both Thursday and Friday August 13th and 14th at the County’s Administrative building in Glencoe. The seminars will be offered four times daily at 9:00 and 11:00am each morning and at 1:00 and 4:00pm each afternoon. Topics covered will include veteran’s access to health care, long-term care, disability benefits, financial assistance, end of life care, burial and survivor benefits.  Questions, call Veteran Services at (320)864-1268.

7/9/15 - Request For Proposals (RFP) for Construction Management Services related to the McLeod County Courthouse Expansion and Jail Renovation - Administration. 
McLeod County is asking that construction management proposals be submitted no later than 10:00 AM on Friday, July 24 to the Administration Department.  Click on this hyperlink to view the RFP. 

3/23/15 -  Bids Let for McLeod County Courthouse Expansion and Jail Renovation- Administration Department
Contractors interested in being considered for work to be performed on the proposed McLeod County Courthouse Expansion and Jail Renovation are invited to submit proposals to Wold Architects for consideration.  Please contact John McNamara at (651) 227-7773 for more information.

3/18/15 - 2016 Evaluation Notices; Assessor's Office and 2015 Tax Statements; Auditor-Treasurer's Office
The 2016 Evaluation Notices and 2015 Property Tax Statements were mailed Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  If you have a question regarding your homestead, classification or value, please call the assessor's office at 320-864-1254.  If you have a question regarding your taxes, please call 320-864-1273.
Written Driver's Test in Glencoe
Effective May 1, 2015, will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesday's of the month from 10:00AM until 11:15AM.  (Proper ID required.  Road test appointments for Class D and Motorcycle tests can be made at WWW.MNDRIVEINFO.COM or call (651) 284-1234.

2/11/15 - Seminar for Korea War Era Veterans - Veteran Services
McLeod County Veteran Services is hosting several informational seminars specifically tailored for Korean War veterans and their spouses.  The first will be in Glencoe on Thursday, February 19th at both 1:00pm and again at 5:00pm at the County’s Administrative Building on Hennepin Avenue North.  The second will be in Hutchinson on Thursday, February 26th again at 1:00pm and again at 5:00pm at the County’s Solid Waste Facility on 5th Avenue SE.  For details, contact McLeod County Veteran Services at (320)864-1268.
1/28/15 - DNR Postpones AIS Training and Trailer Decal Program
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

7/15/14 - Disaster Relief - Assessors Office
If your property has been damaged by the recent flooding please contact the County Assessor’s office at (320)864-1254.  Depending on the amount of damage, there are programs that offer property tax relief to owners of damaged homes.  There are qualifications that need to be met and an application that will need to be filled out.  You can reach us at the above number from 8 to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday.

7/1/14 - Minnesota Department of Health Flooding Information - Public Health
Please see the below links for Minnesota Department of Health flooding information:

6/25/14 - Emergency Storm Relief Grant Available for Veterans- Veteran Services
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has established a Disaster Relief Grant program to address unreimbursed cleanup and repair expenses that may have been incurred as a result of the storms after June 11, 2014 in McLeod and several surrounding counties. Veterans, their families or surviving spouses may apply for this grant to cover their out of pocket expenses resulting from flooding or wind damage up to $1,000. Contact your County Veteran Service office for assistance in completing the required applications not later than September 30, 2014. In McLeod County the number is (320) 864-1268.

6/22/14 - Flooding at County Facilities - Administration
All County Facilities will be open and doing business on Monday, June 23rd.  All
employees should return to work as scheduled.

6/20/14 - Flooding at County Facilities- Administration

IT Staff  are in the process of resolving some minor IT equipment concerns at the Health and Human Services Building and employees will be able to work Friday, June 20 from the Building.  Employee parking is available in some high spots located at the SE and NW end of the parking lot as well as on the side of County Road 2.

Employees at the North Complex and Social Services Annex are still unable to access their buildings due to the high levels of water and should not report to work today.

Please stay tuned to these announcements for future updates on building closures. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

6/19/14 - Flooding at County Facilities- Administration

Due to flooding the Social Services Annex, North Complex and Health and Human Services Facilities were closed Thursday, June 19 .  Employees working in departments located at these three facilities were directed to go home as the flood waters continued to rise and IT equipment was shut off to avoid damage.  Friday, June 20 the Social Services Annex and North Complex will be again closed.
Employees at the Health and Human Services Facility should check the County News tab on the Internet on Friday, June 20 prior to driving in to work. If the Facility is closed employees should stay home.   The IT Director will determine  and post by 7:00 AM on Friday, June 20 whether or not the IT equipment can be restarted without further damage.  In addition a Code Red notice will be put out to all County employees.

5/14/14  -  DUST CONTROL - Highway
McLeod County has discontinued our annual dust control program indefinitely.  Checkout for alternative options.  

5/7/14 - Spring Load Restrictions are ending 5/12/14 - Highway
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