Faribault County seeking relief

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County commissioners on Tuesday declared the county to be in a state of emergency.

Scott Adams of the Sheriff’s Department addressed the board with the resolution, which was requested on behalf of the Faribault County Department of Emergency Management.

Adams explained the resolution relates to a storm on Thursday that was responsible for many powerline poles being broken and powerlines being down. The result was widespread power outages in the county.

The resolution is the first step to ensure the county is eligible for possible state and federal aid. A similar motion was passed last month due to springtime flooding.

In other news, Dawn Fellows, Central Services director, reported Melissa Sonnek has been hired as the new jail programmer.

Fellows also gave a progress report on the new county website, saying the design phase is wrapping up and the next step is to work with individual departments.

Commissioners also hosted students selected for Boys and Girls County. The boys are selected by the American Legion while the girls are selected by the American Legion Auxiliary.

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