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County Board Meeting June 17

Posted: 06/18/2019

Category: County Board, Departments

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, instead of its usual Tuesday morning time period, so board members could hold a Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting immediately following the county board meeting.

Among the highlights of the board meeting: the county accepted a $116,041.39 reimbursement grant from the state of Minnesota to compensate for expenses incurred during the development and deployment of the Minnesota License and Registration System known as MNLARS.

Interim License Bureau Director Susan Crotteau explained how the state calculated the grants to deputy registrars and shared her assessment the amount would sufficiently cover costs.

Deb Anderson from the Minnesota Department of Corrections asked the board for permission to spend a portion of her budget on a new program for men convicted of domestic violence and ordered into counseling. Anderson said the existing program in Douglas County has a very long waiting list and there is a need for a second option. The board approved the request.

The county will move forward with a program to allow the collections officer to initiate Medical Assistance Probate when it’s profitable for the county. Certain up-front costs will be incurred in this process.

There is another farm winery in Douglas County that is now allowed to hold special events. The 68 & Vine Veterans Winery in Spruce Hill Township is owned by Ronald and Rebecca Joyce.  

Commissioners also approved temporary, no-wake restrictions on 19 lakes in Douglas County.  For a complete list and more information see the separate story in this newsfeed: No-Wake Zones in Effect on 19 Area Lakes.

Finally, commissioners learned about the Pride of the Lakes campaign. This campaign encourages residents and visitors to buy local. Students with Alexandria Area High School created the marketing for the campaign, assisted with website development and photos.

The campaign explains the importance of buying local — specifically that for every dollar spent locally, 68 cents is reinvested into our community. The campaign encourages residents and business owners to take the pledge by going to the website


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