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Montevideo American-News
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, May 8

  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone numb...
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  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to:  jjones@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265
     
    Glad for 34 years of service
    Every individual and family who has contact with Family Services has a need that cannot be met without help.  That need may be for health care, parenting, protection services, child care, aging, physical or mental health diagnosis or a host of other needs.  On any given day, the staff of Chippewa County Family Services work with approximately 3,000 people and yet the rate of complaints received from our constituents was miniscule.
     
    At Family Services, neither I nor the staff were able to make everyone happy, but that was not the job we were hired to do.  County agencies administer state and federal statutes and rules, our job was to serve people under the guidelines set by those laws. In addition to what Family Service agencies are mandated to provide, we participated in additional services to benefit Chippewa County residents.  One example of this is, at the request of the County Commissioners, our support staff has worked tenaciously to soon offer Passport Agency services again in Chippewa County.  This will not only return passport services locally but will also bring revenue to our county which is currently going elsewhere.
     
    Our agency worked in partnership with many area counties and agencies, the work cannot be done alone.  Family Services staff recently started providing day care licensing services to two neighboring counties, which is cost effective for those counties and again brings additional revenue to Chippewa County. In addition we focused on providing preventive services which are much more cost effective than reactive services.   I’m proud to be able to say that Family Services requested no increase in local county tax dollars for the past several years.
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    I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to serve the residents of Chippewa County for the past 34 years.  I never forgot who was paying my salary and worked hard to be respectful of local taxpayers whether the services provided were paid by local, state or federal taxes.
     
    Anyone can see life as a cup half-full at any time, but we live in a great county with wonderful schools, health care programs and businesses. It’s been an honor to serve our area, both in my capacity as a School Board member and as a county employee.   In my new position with a non-profit agency, I’m looking forward to continuing to work with persons and families who need assistance, but in a more regional capacity.
     
                 —Betty Christensen
    Montevideo
     
    Thanks for the help Montevideo
    On behalf of the YME After Prom 2014 Committee, we would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of the individuals, businesses and organizations in the Montevideo community that made donations toward making our event in Granite Falls another success.  
    Thanks to those donations, we were able to give out almost 200 prizes to all who attended, as well as provide entertainment and food.  Without your generosity, we couldn’t give our prom-goers a safe, fun and wholesome way to wrap up their prom experience.  We appreciate your willingness to help with this event and the many others that happen in our communities throughout the year.   Thank you, thank you, thank you!                
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        —Tammy Zieske, Kim Rupp; Co-chairs of the YME after prom 2014 committee
    Granite Falls
     
    A daybreak thank you
    This year’s after prom Daybreak was a huge success. As junior class parents who served on the various 2014 Daybreak committees, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to provide a safe and fun place for our kids to go after prom. This event could not have happened without the many businesses, organizations, colleges and individuals who donated money, prizes, food or time.
    A very special thank you goes out to the Montevideo Community Center, VFW, Melody Lanes, Montevideo High School Office Staff, and the Montevideo Police Department. Much fun was had and many memories made by the kids who attended this event.
    Thanks again for making Daybreak 2014 happen!   
                    
    —Corey and Kim Feldhake, Daren and Renee Balken, Jon and Lisa Dreyer, Mike and Angie Peters, Ken and Renelle Enevoldsen, Chris and Lindsey Weber, Cathy Jakobs, Amanda Smith, Peggy Gilbertson and Stacy Rodeberg
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