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January 31, 2012
Jay Kieft resigns as head of Kandiyohi County MN family services
WILLMAR - Jay Kieft, who has led the Kandiyohi County Family Services Department for the last five years, has resigned. County Administrator...
January 31, 2012 - 9:28am
September 27, 2010
Simplicity, flexibility needed for family services to succeed
WILLMAR -- When county family service administrators have the chance to bend the ears of legislators, they will ask for flexibility and simplicity in the state regulations and mandates that govern how counties provide services. The Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators...
September 27, 2010 - 12:00am
August 6, 2010
Appointments and teamwork focus part of changes for the co.'s income maintenance unit
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County's income maintenance unit is now requiring clients to make appointments to see case managers. The change went into effect this week. The intent is to improve the efficiency of the office and the quality of service provided to clients, said Family Service...
August 6, 2010 - 12:00am
July 21, 2010
Kandiyohi County will pay state health insurance premiums for 'poorest of poor'
WILLMAR -- To help some of the county's poorest and sickest residents from slipping through the health care cracks, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay a $4 monthly insurance premium to enroll those individuals in MinnesotaCare for six months. The premium...
July 21, 2010 - 12:00am
July 10, 2010
Kandiyohi County child welfare services reviewed by the state
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Family Services received a mostly positive report for its child welfare services this year. The Kandiyohi County...
July 10, 2010 - 12:00am
June 1, 2010
New name, new purpose
WILLMAR -- Willmar's 16-bed psychiatric hospital is not a hospital anymore. Along with the layoff of seven employees in April, the Community...
June 1, 2010 - 12:00am
April 7, 2010
Legislation could sock counties for long-term sex offender costs
WILLMAR -- Potential legislation that would saddle counties with the long-term costs of civilly committed sex offenders could cost local taxpayers millions of dollars. "We've got to scream and we've got to scream loud," said Kandiyohi County Family Services Director Jay Kieft. During...
April 7, 2010 - 12:00am
March 27, 2010
Kandiyohi County says it is prepared for GAMC changes
WILLMAR -- Compromise legislation that will keep the general assistance medical care program alive means more changes for county family service departments that administer the program. "We're capable and ready to respond," said Kandiyohi County Family Services Director Jay Kieft...
March 27, 2010 - 12:00am
February 19, 2010
Kandiyohi County makes adjustments to legal fees handed down after cutting public defenders' budget
WILLMAR -- During the last year, Kandiyohi County has spent $65,000 for legal counsel for parents who may be losing their parental rights or whose children may be in need of protective services. It's a cost that had been paid by the State Board of Public Defense until the Legislature...
February 19, 2010 - 12:00am
February 17, 2010
Local governments should 'cry foul' over state budget cuts
WILLMAR -- Counties and cities in Minnesota should "cry foul" over Gov.
February 17, 2010 - 12:00am
February 8, 2010
Kandiyohi County sends message to state about child support program
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners wants the state to fix, but not take over, the child support payment program. While unanimously...
February 8, 2010 - 12:00am
February 2, 2010
Interpretation creating new headaches for the volunteer drivers at KAT
WILLMAR -- At least three or four times a week Maury Ferden uses his personal vehicle to drive Kandiyohi County residents to medical appointments. Those...
February 2, 2010 - 12:00am
January 30, 2010
Prescription drug cards could save 25 percent
WILLMAR -- A new program starting Monday will give uninsured or underinsured Kandiyohi County residents discounts of 20 to 25 percent on prescription...
January 30, 2010 - 12:00am
January 21, 2010
If DHS gets its way, one county-run program is facing end
WILLMAR -- A plan being advanced by the state Department of Human Services to eliminate county child support programs and replace them with a state-operated regional system is getting a skeptical review from the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Currently, counties provide...
January 21, 2010 - 12:00am
December 11, 2009
Local officials and residents preparing for a life without GAMC funds
WILLMAR -- There's a large collection of prescription medications on the countertop in Pix Erickson's small kitchen. The medications help the...
December 11, 2009 - 12:00am