Sherburne County

• Domestic abuse victim tells her story before Rivers of Hope annual fundraiser (Editor’s note: This story was written by a reporter for the West Sherburne Tribune in Big Lake. Names in the article have been changed to ensure confidentiality.) by Aleah Stenberg Special to the Star News Kathleen used to live in fear. The verbal and physical abuse she endured as a victim of domestic violence included hitting, threats and made her scared to leave the house. Hiding her pain and [...]

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• Partnership with Anoka County puts robust electronic filing system in place here with relative ease by Jim Boyle Editor File cabinets have been disappearing from the probation department at the Sherburne County Government Center. No one is worried, though. The culprit has been the department’s successful transition to a paperless document management system, which was [...]

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• Would be first increase since 2000  in Sherburne County by Jim Boyle Editor After five years of authorizing a county levy with no increase or a decrease, Sherburne County Commissioners have been asked to provide some wiggle room this year. Commissioners went along with a staff recommendation to approve a 2.5 percent increase for the [...]

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The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Know the Truth will be hosting two community forums with a focus on heroin use and addiction. These events are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about heroin and other illegal drugs that are being used in the community. The schedule is: •Wednesday, July [...]

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Beginning January 2014, Sherburne County began to offer the Coast2Coast Rx Card program, switching from the NaCo program from previous years. The new Coast2Coast Rx card will allow all county residents, regardless of income, age or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. The program has saved [...]

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Sherburne County will have at least two contested races this fall. Both Ewald Peterson and Felix Schmiessing filed for re-election to the County Board, and Erv Danielowski, of Big Lake, has filed for the District 2 seat held by Peterson. Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen, Heaney, of Elk River, has filed for re-election, and Duwane Snyder, [...]

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• Commissioners recognize foster parents who care for children, adults as well as the foster child of the year Special to the Star News The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners recognized on Monday foster care providers making a positive difference in the lives of children and disabled adults. Awards were given out for Adult Foster Care [...]

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Special to the Star News Across the nation, more than 400,000 children are in foster care. Children enter foster care through no fault of their own, due to a termination of parental rights, the death of parent or guardian or the incarceration of a caregiver. Foster parents are essential for keeping children from entering institutional [...]

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For the 20th year in a row, Sherburne County has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award was presented to the county by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Auditor-Treasurer Diane Arnold and audit staff members Heather Lemieux, Letta Whittaker, Loraine Rupp, Cindy Bayles, Emily [...]

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