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Howard Lake’s Karin Schaefer named MFBF executive director

HOWARD LAKE – Karin Schaefer of rural Howard Lake has been named Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) executive director and will manage and coordinate all activities of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies effective June 1.

For the past eight years, Karin has served as the executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council.

Prior to that, Karin worked for six years for the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation as the Public Relations associate director and working with the Young Farmers & Ranchers and Promotion & Education Committees.

Karin and her husband Matt are active members in the Wright County Farm Bureau.

Karin and her family farm near Howard Lake in Wright County raising beef cattle and growing crops.

Karin and Matt also own and operate an agricultural and commercial fencing company, Grassland Solutions.

What are you doing to pass the time? Share your photos with us!

These are interesting times.  Herald Journal, Enterprise Dispatch, and Delano Herald Journal want to know how you and yours have been spending your time.

Is your family distance-learning?  Have you kicked off a new hobby?  How are you getting fresh air every day? How are you celebrating birthdays, graduations, and other events? What are you doing differently now than you were pre-COVID-19?

Please share photos with our staff.  Clear, high-resolution photos work the best for publication.

Please fully identify each person in the photos you send – first and last names –  and give us a short description of what is taking place in the photo.  Please also tell us what town, township, or part of the world in which the photo was taken.

Staff will review submissions, and use some in print and in blogs.

Submissions may be emailed to Nancy Dashwood at ndashwood@heraldjournal.com

Thank you in advance for sharing.  We will get through this together!

 

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to host COVID-19 Conversations

SOUTHERN MINNESOTA – The Southern Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) wants to hear from you via an upcoming a virtual check-in.

The conversation will take place Wednesday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to  12:30 p.m.

How has COVID-19 affected your organization and arts events? How could SMAC help?

How can our organizations help each other during this time?

SMAC staff will discuss the flexibility of services and grants the organization offers, and will share other resources.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Here’s how:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/623395245

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
- One-touch: tel:+15713173122,,623395245#

Access Code: 623-395-245

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/623395245

Howard Lake compost site open; cleanup options offered

HOWARD LAKE – The Howard Lake compost site is now open at its normal spot for leaves, branches, and other compost materials.

The city has canceled its annual cleanup day, but has announced a solution for those needing to get rid of items.

For a limited time, dumpsters for trash and scrap iron will be located in Memorial Park.

City staff will be monitoring the site, and following social distancing guidelines.

Any illegal dumping or unsafe practices may result in site closure.

Zero incidents of COVID-19 transmission from print surfaces

According to Earl J. Wilkinson, Executive Director and CEO of the International News Media Association (INMA) there has never been a documented incident whereby the COVID-19 virus has been transmitted from a print newspaper, print magazine, print letter, or print package, according to the world’s top doctors and scientists. Follow the link below for more information.

https://www.inma.org/blogs/earl/post.cfm/zero-incidents-of-covid-19-transmission-from-print-surfaces?fbclid=IwAR3KHHi9UDf6OI-sc7KNL8FtxqsmmlBdWFmeA4aOzbzcvUSZkfEGg9oXkts

Wright County Board adopts emergency declaration in response to COVID-19

BUFFALO, MN – The Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted the following emergency declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly known as COVID-19, a respiratory disease-that can result in serious illness or death, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and

WHEREAS, the CDC has identified the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19, and has advised that person-to-person spread of COVID-19 will continue to occur; and

WHEREAS, Wright County has had a positive test for COVID-19; and,

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency for COVID-19, beginning on January 27; 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020 President Donald Trump declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a National Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz declared a Peacetime State of Emergency to authorize any and all necessary resources to be used in support of the COVID-19 response; and

WHEREAS, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Public Health recommend that any individual with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low; and

WHEREAS, during this pandemic, it is possible that individuals who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine to control or prevent further spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the necessary resources to respond to and recover from this pandemic will exceed those resources available within the County, and additional resources will be needed from Wright County, and state and federal sources;

Now, THEREFORE, THE WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes 12.29, declares that a local emergency exists within Wright County, effective March 16, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statute.
  2. Directs County departments to review ordinance and regulatory requirements, operations, civil and legal proceedings, events, and resources that can and should be adjusted or suspended, or to enact emergency regulations to support the residents of Wright County during the pandemic.
  3. Directs the Wright County Public Health Director/Community Health Services Administrator and the Wright County Director of Emergency Management to request and coordinate appropriate aid and resources from surrounding jurisdictions and the State of Minnesota, as needed.
  4. Declares, under Minn. Stat. 13D.021, that in-person meetings of the County Board of Commissioners and other public bodies under the County Board’s jurisdiction where members of those bodies have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are otherwise in quarantine or isolation in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not practical or prudent because of the COVID-19 health pandemic and the emergency declared under Minn. Stat. Chapter 12 by Governor Walz.
  5. Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the County Clerk.

In addition, all Wright County government public counters – with the exception of the sheriff’s office, court administration, and court services/probation – will be closed until April 1. All departments will begin implementing telecommuting to the greatest extent possible. Furthermore, the commissioners requested that all nonessential committee meetings be postponed until April 1.