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County approves $40,000 business expansion loan

WORTHINGTON -- One week after the Nobles County Revolving Loan Fund Committee met to hear a proposal by Joens Woodworking, county commissioners on Tuesday approved a request for a $40,000 loan to the Wilmont business.

Isaac Joens, owner of Joens Woodworking, plans to expand his shop with the construction of a new 4,320-square-foot shop, showroom and office area in Wilmont.

The terms of the loan were set at a 20-year amortization, an interest rate of 5 percent and a balloon payment due in seven years. The business is required to create two new positions within two years after the expansion is complete.

In other action Tuesday, the board:

- Approved a snow removal agreement with the city of Wilmont. The contract is for snow removal on CSAH 29 and Nobles County 69, within the Wilmont city limits, with reimbursement from the county at a rate of $1,400 per mile. Nobles County also provides snowplowing services for greater snow depths, as well as sanding operations.

- Approved filling the vacant finance director position in Nobles County, as well as a social services supervisor position in Nobles County Family Services.

- Approved an application with PharmChem Inc. to provide drug sweat patches for clients of Family Services. The drug patches are used to determine if a person has used illicit drugs at any time during a one-week period. The testing will supplement urine drug screening already in place with Rock-Nobles Community Corrections.

- Approved a contract with the U.S. Drug Testing laboratories to provide ChildGuard and HairStat services. Both services are used to determine if a child has been exposed to illicit drugs.

- Approved a contract with Western Community Action to provide out-of-county transport for Family Service clients.

- Approved a contract for a public health nurse that works in both Nobles-Rock Community Health Services and Nobles County Family Services. The contract was approved in the amount of $74,875, a 3.8 percent increase.

- Approved several other contracts for Family Services, including one with Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington for crisis mental health services; a contract with the Department of Human Services for Child Support Enforcement Services; a contract with the Nobles County Attorney for specific case services; and a contract with Greater Minnesota Family Services for in-home therapy for at-risk children.

- Accepted a $3,000 Signs of Safety grant for Family Services. The grant will defray the costs for participating in a case study on child protection services.

- Approved a request from the Nobles County Sheriff's Office to send its maintenance technician for specialized, out-of-state training in maintenance and lock repair. The training recommendation was made during a recent inspection by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the jail. The cost of the training is $500, and will be paid through the jail's training budget.

- Approved distribution of the township road account funds.

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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