WALKER -- Cass County will receive a $141,649 dividend from Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust workers' compensation fund this year and $70,228 from the property and casualty fund.
These returns from the joint county, self-insurance trust are based on the program performance.
Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported the county received $423,807.59 interest on county fund investments through June this year, compared with the $375,000 estimated.
County Administrator Robert Yochum reported to the board it appeared University of Minnesota Extension Service chose cities already containing university facilities in selecting sites for the new regional extension offices designed to replace local county offices.
Brainerd was selected for this area, meaning the extension office at Pine River will no longer serve as a local extension office, effective the end of this year.
The county has yet to receive notification of whether the state will reassign existing personnel in the Cass office to the Brainerd office the end of this year, Yochum said.
Cass will apply for farm disaster aid for the loss of hay, alfalfa and grass crops due to drought earlier this summer and flooding later in the summer.
The county board voted to add contract workers to the personnel policy clause prohibiting county employees from carrying guns unless they are licensed peace officers or otherwise authorized to carry weapons by law.
Any who do carry guns must have specific approval from Sheriff Randy Fisher.
The commissioners conducted a one-hour closed session Tuesday to discuss labor negotiations with their labor attorney Tom Fitzpatrick. Current three-year labor contracts expire the end of this year.
Commissioners approved plats for Kabekona Bay Estates and Paradise Point.
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