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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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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7/1/14 - Minnesota Department of Health Flooding Information - Public Health
Please see the below links for Minnesota Department of Health flooding information:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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5/14/14  -  DUST CONTROL - Highway
  
McLeod County has discontinued our annual dust control program indefinitely.  Checkout www.co.mcleod.mn.us/highway/dustcontrol for alternative options.  
   
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5/7/14 - Spring Load Restrictions are ending 5/12/14 - Highway
  
For more information see www.co.mcleod.mn.us/highway/slr
   
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3/4/16 - McLeod County Agricultural Land Informational Meetings - Auditor-Treasurer's Office

Topics scheduled to be covered at the meeting:

  • Minnesota's New Buffer Law and What it Means to Landowners
  • McLeod County Conversion to Crop Production Index (CPI) for Land Values
  • Protecting Our Rural Road Right-of-Way

Please see attached flyer for more information.


  

Beginning February 10, voters will be able to look up their caucus locations using the Minnesota Secretary of State Caucus Finder at http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us. You may also obtain McLeod County's information on the following link:  2016 McLeod County Republican Caucus Information or 2016 McLeod County DFL Caucus Information 

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12/14/15 - Nominations for Family Child Care Provider of the Year - Social Services

The McLeod Social Service Center is seeking nominations for the "Professional Child Care Provider of the Year."  Parents and community members are encouraged to nominate licensed family child care professionals who have had a positive impact on children and the community.
 
Nominated individuals must have been licensed for a minimum of three years, promote in-home licensed child care in the community, exhibit special competency and professionalism in the child care field, and have plans to continue to enhance their skills in child care.
 
If you know a family day care provider who deserves special recognition for the positive impact he or she has made in the lives of young children, please contact the McLeod Social Service Center at 864-3144, 484-4330 (Hutchinson) or 1-800-247-1756 (toll free) to request a nomination form.  The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016.  
 

 
10/8/15 - Reserve & National Guard Veteran Seminars Offered - Veteran Services
McLeod County Veteran Services will be hosting an information seminar focusing on benefits for individuals with military service in either the National Guard or the various military Reserves (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard).  Often Reservists and Guardsmen have been told that the lack of active duty service precludes them from any and all veteran benefits.  This is not necessarily the case.
On Thursday, October 15th there will be four opportunities to attend a 45-minute seminar tailored specifically to Reserve Component and National Guard veterans.  The Seminars will be held in the morning at 9:00 or 11:00 AM and again in the afternoon at 1:00 or 3:00 PM at McLeod County’s Administrative Building on North Hennepin Avenue in Glencoe. 
Subjects covered during these seminars will include possible access to health care, financial assistance, home loan guarantees, death, burial and survivor benefits.
So, no matter what you may have been told in the past, come get the straight story. For details contact Veteran Services at (320) 864-1268.  See you there!
2/10/16 - McLeod County Caucus Information - Auditor-Treasurer's Office

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