Stearns County’s website took fifth-place honors in the country in e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government’s 2013 annual Best of the Web awards.
Stearns County was recognized for its work in the area of improved user experience. Through the use of analytics, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), surveys, focus groups, testing and content reviews, Stearns County has gained a deeper understanding of visitors’ behavior, their intent and overall satisfaction with their web experience to ensure they’re finding what they want on the site, that our site’s content is relevant, accurate and well written using citizen-friendly language. Using those analytics and in-depth knowledge of user experiences, Stearns County is able to get our citizens the information and services they’re looking for as quickly and as effortlessly as possible.
The Legislature may not be in session, but my schedule has been packed with interesting, productive local events and meetings. Among them:
The Military Advisory Group (MAG) met and discussed options on making Minnesota a veteran-friendly state and reported on trip to the commissioning of the USS Minnesota.
I also attended a long-term care round table event. State and federal officials (and/or staff) participated in the event and local care providers expressed great concern for funding shortages they are experiencing.
Stearns County is holding a fall auction to sell seized and surplus goods. The auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at
9 a.m. at the Stearns County Public Works building, 455 28th Avenue
in Waite Park, three blocks south of Mill’s Fleet Farm.
For sale are numerous vehicles: cars, trucks and SUVs, PCs, laptops, office furniture, a John Deere tractor, and numerous miscellaneous shop and yard items.
To get more information on the auction, a list of what is for sale, and to see some photos, check out the auction flyer on the Stearns County website at www.co.stearns.mn.us.
Eden Valley-Watkins School ISD #463 is conducting a school census during the months of September/October and you may be contacted by our census taker. This census is only for households with children who live within our district. Please contact the superintendent’s office if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.
Stearns County Human Services is looking to get input from the public on its Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement/Plan. Throughout the month of September and into early October, Stearns County Human Services will be accepting public comment on the MFIP Plan.
Minnesota Statute requires counties to have an approved MFIP Plan to receive consolidated funds. The primary purpose of the plan is to provide the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) with information about services and strategies to meet state established outcomes with the goal of increasing the economic stability of low income families served with consolidated funds. The plan identifies an assessment of ongoing needs of families and children within program areas, resources available to address these needs, budgeting of allocated resources, and community participation and review in the planning and development.
Copies of the draft MFIP Plan can be found on the Stearns County website at www.co.stearns.mn.us, or contact Peggy Sammons at (320) 656-6017, or (800) 450-3663 ext. 6017, or by e-mail at peggy.
Comments on the above plan will be accepted until Oct. 10, 2013. Written comments should be submitted to Peggy Sammons, Planning Coordinator, Stearns County Human Services, P.O. Box 1107, St. Cloud, MN 56302.