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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Clarkfield Care Center not expected to be impacted by shutdown

  • The Clarkfield City Council met for their second regular meeting of the month to address business as usual.
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  • The Clarkfield City Council met for their second regular meeting of the month to address business as usual.
    Due to a couple members being absent, the council was wary about making any big decisions without the whole council being present, like deciding what to do about an issue raised by the fire department about a budget issue from 2010’s budget.
    One decision they did make was to rehire Becca Schrupp, who was in charge of the Safe Routes to School program for the City of Clarkfield.
    Schrupp was originally hired in January but later found another job and now is able to complete the implementation of the early stages of the Safe Routes to School program, which assesses the different methods and needs of students traveling to school every day.
    Chuck Ness was also in attendence to present the Clarkfield Care Center report. Ness reassured that while even though Social Security and Medicare lose their funding during a government default, he believed that it would never happen long enough to affect those payments, which are crucial to running the Care Center.
    Through Ecumen, the Care Center also underwent a questionaire for the employees that evaluated many aspects of the center, like communication and supervision. The recommendations from Ecumen were mostly involving job satisfaction and communication between staff, including the recommendation for employees to get in the habit of catching people doing things right and complimenting them accordingly as means of encouraging.  

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