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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • YM County narrows administrator search to five

  • Yellow Medicine County has narrowed its list of candidates for YMC Administrator to five candidates, two of which are current county employees.

    YMC hired St. Paul located public sector advisor, Springsted, to facilitate the search and hire of a new county administrator following for mer administrator Ryan Krosch’s departure to Nicolett County at the end of 2012.
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  • Yellow Medicine County has narrowed its list of candidates for YMC Administrator to five candidates,  two of which are current county employees.
    YMC hired St. Paul located public sector advisor, Springsted, to facilitate the search and hire of a new county administrator following for mer administrator Ryan Krosch’s departure to Nicolett County at the end of 2012.
    The five candidates have been invited to a meet and greet that will be held at the Granite Run Golf Course on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The occasion will provide an opportunity for commissioners and YMC Human Resource Coordinator Tegan Laleman to mingle with candidates before a formal interview process that will be held the following day.
    Commissioners will then be tasked with choosing an ideal candidate to offer the job.
    Below are the names of candidates, their recent work experience and education background as provided by Springsted in a media profile.
    •Heather Aagesen-Huebner
    Huebner has been employed with Dakota County in Hastings as Administrative Services Manager, Community Services Division from February 2012 to the present and as a Management Analyst for the Office of Planning Analysis from June 2008 to February 2012. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Humphrey H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs as well as Political Science and Economics degrees from the University of Minnesota.
    •Patrick Bruflat
    Bruflat holds degree in Social Work from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and has served as Human Services Director II for the Redwood County Human Services Department from 1993 to 2012.
    •Peggy Heglund
    Heglund has been with Yellow Medicine County Family Services since 1979, serving in the capacity of YMC Family Services Director since 2003. She holds a degree in Psychology from Moorhead State University.
    •Michelle May
    May has been with Yellow Medicine County since October of 2011 where she has held the position of Finance Director. Prior to her hiring with the county she worked for Schwan’s as an Accountant for the majority of 2010 and as a Financial Analyst for most of 2011. She is currently working toward her Master of Business Adminstration from Southwest Minnesota State University and holds Business, Accounting and Finance degrees from the University of Minnesota.
    •Zachary Robideau
    Robideau has served as the Renville County Human Resource Coordinator since 2006. He holds a Business Administration degree from Ridgewater and Business Finance degree from St. Cloud State University.
     
    In other news:
    •Commissioners looked ready to approve a “Hold Harmless Agreement” brought before the Yellow Medicine County Family Service Director Peg Heglund, but stopped short when County Attorney Keith Helgeson suggested that the agreement be run by the county’s insurance provider. Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT), first.
    Page 2 of 2 - The document was deemed necessary in order to implement a program that encourages mentor services between a family and an individual who the family, themselves, has chosen as a mentor for their child. This is accomplished by providing restaurant, entertainment and other types of gift certificates that the county would give to the family, which in turn would give it to the mentor, to help facilitate the interaction.
    The “Hold Harmless Agreement” would serve to make it so that the county would not be held liable for  supervision or review of mentors, nor any interactions that said mentor and child may have.
    •In a 3-2 vote, commissioners voted against buying back into tourism outfit, Southwest Minnesota Prairie Waters, at least for 2013.
    Yellow Medicine County left the organization a few years ago based on the perception that the organization was not adequately using resources for advertising the area.
    Commissioner John Berends, owner of Bootlegger’s Supper Club, motioned for Yellow Medicine to buy back in at a cost of approximately $12,800 for 2013. He commented that from the standpoint of a business owner, “There is no one way to get a hundred customers in the door, but there are a hundred ways to get one.”
    Commissioner Ron Antony noted that such an expenditure was not budgeted for 2013, and the vote was split with board member Berends and Gary Johnson voting in favor while Antony, Greg Renneke and Louis Sherlin voted against.
    Commissioner Renneke added that just because the county would not fund the organization in 2012  did not mean they would not do so in 2014.

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