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Three counties, one human services department
Three southern Minnesota counties will form a joint human services agency after the third county approved of a merger last week.
Waseca County commissioners joined Dodge and Steele counties in approving the Minnesota Prairie County Alliance, scheduled to begin June 1 and take hold Jan. 1, 2015.
Human services expenditures in the three counties increased 39 percent over a decade, while federal and state funding rose only 4 percent, officials said. The new alliance will consolidate administrative activities. Pooled resources will allow administrators to buy better record-keeping and data-analyzing technology.
The new agency will help qualified residents with everything from child support collection to child protection and services for adults with disabilities.
Pam Louwagie • @pamlouwagie
City to weigh fee for streets
The Duluth City Council will consider a plan Tuesday to charge property owners a monthly fee for street repairs. A resident would pay $5 a month under the plan, while commercial property owners would contribute $30 to $240, depending on size, according to the council agenda.
The fees would generate about $2.7 million a year, David Montgomery, Duluth’s chief administrative officer, told the Duluth News Tribune.
Jenna Ross • @ByJenna