Chisago County receives grant for emergency preparedness

The Chisago County Board of Commissioners July 19 approved a motion requested by Chisago County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Scott Sellman for the approval of a grant for radiological emergency preparedness.
This grant will allow emergency management off-site training at little cost to the county other than fuel. Also, it will allow emergency management to purchase any needed equipment. The two-year grant allows $6,000 for 2018 and $6,000 for 2019. There are no budget or financial implications regarding this grant.

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The County Board also approved the state of Minnesota joint powers agreement for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
The request came from Chisago County Health and Human Services Director Nancy Dahlin. According to Dahlin’s request, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture distributes vouchers to families through the area WIC programs. These vouchers are applied to purchases of fresh vegetables at local farmers markets. Households with a WIC recipient older than 4 months receive one sheet of five vouchers per summer. WIC-enrolled families also receive nutrition education focusing on fresh vegetables available from the farmers markets.
Also, in support of the ongoing effort of the Chisago County Health and Human Services Department to assist Chisago County residents in their ability to benefit from fresh local food, outreach has been made with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for accessing farmers market vouchers for Chisago County WIC recipients. The department said it appreciates the continued support for the Chisago County Board of Commissioners in this ongoing endeavor.

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