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Commissioners hold special meeting

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Tuesday to take care of some business items before switching to its new meeting schedule on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

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SUPPORTING HANDS The board approved a $67,000 contract for Mary Jo O’Brien as the executive director of the Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership.

The contract is for O’Brien to oversee the partnership through the end of 2014. The program gives low-income, first-time mothers access to registered nurses early in their pregnancies to help them make healthy choices that will affect their babies’ future.

The Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership is an 18-county collaborative including Douglas County.

OTHER BUSINESS In other business Tuesday, the board:

• Approved Commissioner Jerry Johnson to attend quarterly meetings with the city of Alexandria and the Douglas County Fair Board to represent Douglas County.

• Approved year-end regular bills from 2013 of $3,081,685.

• Denied an application for the settlement and abatement of delinquent taxes, penalties, interest and costs upon real estate.

• Approved charitable gambling permits for the Minnesota Deer Farmers Association and United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties to conduct raffles at Arrowwood Resort.

• Established a 2014 Horizon stipend for the public health director.

· Designated 20 percent of the receipts from the sale of tax forfeited land to be used for acquisition and maintenance of Douglas County parks or recreation areas.

• Approved a vehicle maintenance contract between Douglas County and Shutter’s Tire and Auto.

• Approved ash landfill, demolition, transfer station, disposal hauler and excavator/landscaper licenses.