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KANDIYOHI COUNTY BOARD

With $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds still uncommitted, the Kandiyohi County Board will continue its discussion on possible ways of spending the money during a work session on Tuesday, following the regular county board meeting.
Following a public hearing during the regular meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board, the commissioners approved an amendment to the county's party and gathering ordinance. Individuals who receive a warning from law enforcement regarding noise could now be charged with a misdemeanor if law enforcement is called again within 72 hours of the first warning. It was previously set at 24 hours, but officials said that was too short a time period.
DDA Human Resources Inc., a David Drown Associates company, has been hired to run the national search for a new Kandiyohi County administrator. Current Administrator Larry Kleindl is planning on retiring in February.
Absentee voters will not be able to drop their completed ballots in a drop box at the Kandiyohi County Office Building in downtown Willmar this year. County Auditor Mark Thompson recommended not allowing the use of a drop box for upcoming elections. The use of a box was allowed in 2020 because of the pandemic.

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The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will be meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. On the agenda is a discussion on whether to use drop-off boxes for absentee ballots during this year's election. The county will also approve the formation of an absentee/mail ballot board which makes sure absentee ballots are eligible to be counted.
Joel Johnson from Pennock has filed to run for the open seat on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners for District 3.
Rollie Nissen, Kandiyohi County Commissioner of District 3, has announced he will not be running for re-election.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners held a work session on how to spend the remaining $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds the county has. Out of the original $8.3 million, the board dedicated 75 percent of it to expanding broadband access in the county.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring a disaster in the county after the harsh weather last week. The resolution is the first step in the process to obtain possible state funding to help pay for damage to public infrastructure and facilities caused by the weather. There is also the chance of federal funding if the state as a whole declares a disaster.
A cooperative project between Kandiyohi County and Charter Communications will bring broadband to more than 170 rural, unserved homes and small businesses in the county. Charter is investing more than $563,000, and the county has committed nearly $240,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding.

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The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will begin discussion on the search for a new county administrator at its Tuesday meeting, along with holding a work session on the American Rescue Plan Act dollars the county still has.
At Tuesday’s County Board meeting, Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl announced his intention to retire. He has been the administrator for more than 16 years. His last day will be Feb. 24, 2023.

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