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County's goals for long-term home care presented at meeting

FERGUS FALLS -- County Long-Term Care Unit Supervisor Michelle Fischer and County Human Services Director Deb Sjostrom briefed Otter Tail County commissioners Oct. 15 regarding long-term care services and MnCHOICES assessments.

“The goal,” Fischer said, “is to provide assessments and resources to connect people with services allowing individuals to remain at home as long as possible.”

Sjostrom described the process involved with determining eligibility and how county staff can assist individuals who may need assistance to access care.

Fischer reviewed the services provided by the long-term care unit staff and introduced the staff to the county board members.

Eagle Lake public hearing scheduled for spring 2020

A public hearing on whether the Eagle Lake Improvement District should be established will be at 1 p.m.April 28, 2020, in the County Commissioners Room of the Otter Tail County Government Service Center, 500 W. Fir Ave., Fergus Falls.

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County commissioners, at a previous meeting, passed a motion to proceed with a resolution of intent for the Eagle Lake Lakeshore Association to form a Lake Improvement District (LID).

At this year’s annual meeting, 60 of the 200 properties at Eagle Lake, south of Battle Lake, were represented. It was reported that 44 of the 60 requested that the lakeshore association move forward with a resolution of intent.

Bridge projects reviewed

County Engineer Charles Grotte briefed the county board regarding bridge postings load rated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

In 2019, a total of 21 bridges were load rated throughout Otter Tail County resulting in five bridges on county roads recommended to be posted with load limits.

Commissioners expressed concerns for those currently using these bridges for certain needs outside the load limit. Grotte plans to share this information on the Otter Tail County website.

County vets service offices provide wide range of services

County Veterans Service Officer Charlie Kampa provided statistics to county commissioners regarding county veterans’ services.

In 2018, services included help with veterans’ mortgage payments, rent, utilities and other needs.

Kampa and county board members addressed concerns with suicides among veterans.

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“Efforts are being made to assist veterans at risk, at all agencies,” Kampa said. “This includes VA health care facilities to assist with mental and physical health situations.”

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