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Flannigan steps down as county ambulance service director

By Kayla Kloos

Sun Tribune

The Stevens County Board of Commissioners accepted Ambulance Service Director Ron Flannigan's resignation at its meeting Tuesday.

Flannigan will step down Nov. 29.

Flannigan accepted a position with Ridgewater College in Willmar beginning Dec. 1.

Before tendering his resignation, Flannigan told the board about the department's need for an additional fulltime paramedic, as well as an 8 percent increase in rates for 2009. The board stated it would discuss the proposals in the future.

In other county business:

• Human Services Senior Coordinator Judy Nord announced her resignation effective at the end of the year.

Human Services Director Joanie Murphy suggested making Nord's part-time position a part- time social worker position to work with Public Health. Murphy said that the new position will be better for the community as well as help expand the program to different parts of the county.

• Bill Kleindl, Stevens County Environmental Services Coordinator, will meet with the board for a work session on Dec. 2 to discuss the Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Facility opportunity.

• County Assessor Judy Thorstad reviewed the 2009 preliminary payable 2010 assessment with the board. Agricultural property could have an overall increase of 10 percent. The increase is low compared to surrounding counties, Thorstad said, noting that Stevens County saw greater increases for the past few years.

The average estimated market value per tillable or productive acre is $2,648. Sale prices for tillable acres in the county vary from $2,256 to $4,231.

In the City of Morris, there was a no increase. The number of sales remains close to prior years, but there are more houses for sale, Thorstad said.