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Commissioners approve contracts, grant agreements in brief meeting

WORTHINGTON — In one of the shortest meetings in recent months, Nobles County Commissioners breezed through a light agenda Tuesday morning, hearing first an update on the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) before addressing action items.

Cheryl Glaeser, program and development officer for SWIF, spoke of the organization’s 18-county service territory and the grants, loans, leadership programs and business development assistance it provides to the region.

SWIF, a recipient of funds from Nobles County, converted each one of those dollars in 2013 to a regional return of $103, Glaeser said.

In the past year, entities in Nobles County shared in 32 grants totaling $80,468. Among the recipients were the Nobles County Integration Collaborative for its “Be the Change: Leadership on Purpose” program; the city of Worthington for recovery efforts (funded through the Nobles County Area Disaster Relief Fund); St. Anthony Church in Lismore to support the purchase of a new furnace and air-conditioning system (with dedicated assets from the Lismore Area Community Foundation); and for adult day care scholarships for residents in the Worthington area.

In addition to the grants, SWIF awarded three business loans to Nobles County entities in 2014, totaling $350,000.

Commissioners will take the information under advisement as they continue to work on the 2015 budget.

In action items, the board:

  • Accepted an Emergency Management Performance grant of $22,285. The funds will be for the 2015 work plan and go toward a portion of the salary for the EM department.
  • Approved the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines, which allows the county to work across county and state borders when a disaster happens. The county has to be NIMS compliant to remain eligible for grants.
  • Approved a legal services agreement between the Nobles County Attorney’s office and the city of Adrian.
  • Approved a short-term contract with attorney Kayla Johnson to work on Nobles County’s Child In Need of Protective Services (CHIPS) cases through the remainder of the year.
  • Approved a contract with attorney Bruce Sellers of Wendland, Sellers and Bromeland, P.A., Blue Earth, to serve as an on-call attorney in incidents where the county’s retained attorney for ditch issues, Kurt Deter, is representing the petitioners.
  • Approved a request from a Nobles County Deputy for a medical leave of absence from Dec. 10 to Jan. 1, and authorized the status change of a part-time deputy to full-time temporary duty to fill the shifts being vacated through Dec. 31.
Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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