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BECKER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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In a surprise move, Becker County Administrator Pat Oman brought the items back for consideration Nov. 15, even though the action was not included on the board agenda for that day’s meeting.
The tribe is especially concerned about land application of manure that it fears could lead to high phosphorus levels in the soil and high nitrate levels in the water — threatening wild rice, mussels and fish, and adding to existing E. coli contamination.
Two potential road agreements showed up in the county board information packet for Oct. 18, one of which was confusing at best and intentionally misleading at worst.
Becker County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to spend a little over $235,000 to digitize those big books — a project that will finish a decades-long, off-and-on digitization effort in the Becker County Recorder’s Office.
While County Human Resources Director Carrie Smith did discuss the vacancy rate as part of her report to the county board, information on exit data, discussion, and interpretation of data was done by Oman as part of his report to commissioners.
County Administrator Pat Oman said different types of exit interviews had been done with employees leaving the county, but if any former employees did not get an exit interview, it’s not too late. “If people have missed their exit interview they can call Human Resources, because we love the data,” he said.

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The only saving grace for the budget process this year is that the Human Services Department “found $300,000 in savings,” said Commissioner Ben Grimsley. “That’s the only thing that keeps the budget from being completely atrocious.”
The moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations will last for up to one year, giving the county time to rework its agricultural zoning rules to avoid becoming a feedlot hub.
The feedlot will be operated by the Swine Vet Center of St. Peter, Minn., which manages about 18,000 sows at five sites in Minnesota and Iowa, said Dr. Laura Bruner, a veterinarian at the Swine Vet Center who spoke to commissioners on Tuesday. “We have clients (who own) from five sows to 100,000 sows,” she said

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