WORTHINGTON — During the Tuesday meeting of the Nobles County Board, commissioners presented Human Resources Director Sue Luing with an award in recognition of 40 years of service to the county.

Although they teased her about her long tenure, the commissioners expressed thanks for her dedication.

"Nobles County is an awesome place to work," she said. "Human resources is not always a popular place to work, but we have great staff and managers, and commissioners who support us."

Also recognized Tuesday was Tammy Fishel, Nobles County's income maintenance supervisor. She was selected for the June Excellence in Performance Award by department head vote. Her staff were present to watch her receive the honor, and she credited them for the program's success.

Commissioners also unanimously approved two resolutions Tuesday. The first was to officially acknowledge the mid-term appointment of Ryan Kruger as Nobles County Sheriff.

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"It was refreshing to see the support from corrections officers and the Worthington Police Department," said commissioner Bob Demuth Jr. of Kruger's Thursday swearing-in ceremony. "I saw a level of camaraderie forming."

The second resolution officially ended Nobles County's state of emergency, which was declared last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Tim Walz declared Minnesota's state of emergency to be over as of July 1.

"We did our due diligence, reached out to department heads, made sure Nobles County is in the same state as the state of Minnesota," said County Administrator Bruce Heitkamp, adding that county staff also made sure that no funding or public assistance would be disrupted by ending the state of emergency.

The resolution states that the county has experienced "vast improvements and reduced infections related to the COVID-19 pandemic" and says the county will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in regards to COVID.

"Let me say thank you to Bruce (Heitkamp) and everyone on staff for the way this (emergency) was handled," said commissioner Justin Ahlers prior to the vote.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board:

  • Approved a Nobles Home Initiative request from Dan Krueger for a two-unit duplex on Crailsheim Road.
  • Heard from Heitkamp that the home in Adrian deemed a public health risk has been successfully demolished, and seed is in the ground. The next step is to return the property into private ownership.