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WILLMAR — Through a local initiative launched this past year, doctors at Affiliated Community Medical Centers and Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar are working to reduce the toll from opioids at a key source: the prescription pad. A toolkit developed by ACMC offers better guidance for doctors on prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
The Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership of southwestern Minnesota has been awarded new grant money to help the organization build on its home visiting program for young at-risk families. The grant is part of $4.87 million in funding from the 2017 Minnesota Legislature to increase the capacity of family home visiting programs in rural Minnesota. Supporting Hands was awarded $745,116. The funding will allow 41 additional families to be served in six of the region's highest-risk counties: Big Stone, Chippewa, Pope, Swift, Stevens and Traverse.
WILLMAR — For the second year in a row, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners are skipping a pay raise for themselves. The five commissioners voted Tuesday to keep their pay the same for 2018. They earn $30,161.01 a year. The last time they had a salary increase was in 2016. Their per diem rate also will stay the same next year.
WILLMAR — Faced with rising costs for staff training and certification, the Kandiyohi County Assessor's Office will implement fee increases to help offset the expense. The increases, approved Tuesday by the County Board of Commissioners, take effect in 2019 and will be phased in through 2021 in a series of steps.
WILLMAR - The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will hold its final meeting of the year at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. More than half a dozen contracts and resolutions are on the agenda, including resolutions that support the maintenance of the local license bureau, the county aid plan for aquatic invasive species prevention, and a sex trafficking law enforcement and prosecution grant for the Kandiyohi County Attorney's Office.
WILLMAR — With little fanfare, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance this week for implementation and local enforcement of Minnesota's new buffer law. The board's unanimous vote followed a brief public hearing on the issue, which has been under discussion by the County Board for much of the past year.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is weighing whether to join other Minnesota counties in suing drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the mounting opioid crisis across the United States. County Attorney Shane Baker raised the issue Wednesday in what's likely to be the first of many conversations with the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. "Ultimately it will be your policy decision," Baker told the board.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will hold its annual Truth-in-Taxation" hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. The meeting gives taxpayers an opportunity to ask questions and make comments about the county's proposed budget for 2018 before the budget is finalized and adopted. The budget is the sole topic of the hearing, Comments about market value or proposed individual property taxes must be directed to local boards of equalization when they meet next year.