2 measles cases reported in state

Correction: An earlier headline on this story had said two cases of measles were reported in Brown County. Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz had said two cases of measles were reported in the state of Minnesota.

NEW ULM – Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz reported to Brown County commissioners Tuesday that Minnesota is one of 18 states with measles cases reported.

“As of May 16, 2014, there are 216 measles cases in 18 states. Although we are not experiencing an outbreak, we (Minnesota) had two measles cases recently,” Moritz wrote in their public health update. “Measles is highly-contagious, causes serious illness, can cause death and is vaccine-preventable. The MMR vaccine includes the measles vaccine and is recommended as one of the childhood immunizations.”

In other action, commissioners approved renewing up to a $2,451 Adult Basic Education Cooperative contract between Brown County and the Mankato Area Life Lines Consortium. It will continue the General Education Degree (GED) program for inmates from July 1, through June 30, 2015.

Commissioners also approved redoing 10 county positions after a 15-county salary survey to see how they compare with other counties.

“This needs to be done to see if it’s right,” said Brown County Family Services Director Tom Henderson. “We’ll look at job descriptions and see how they match with other counties. We’ll look closely at this with employees.”

The Brown County Public Health Update recommended people wear mosquito repellent containing up to 30 percent DEET (10 percent for children), wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants, avoiding outdoor activity at peak mosquito feeding times (dawn, dusk), eliminating water-holding containers (buckets, tires, etc.) from property to reduce the numbers of several mosquito species.

Community Summer Lunch Programs for children under age 18 are offered from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, Aug. 22 at Jefferson Elementary and from 8 to 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 2:15 to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Sleepy Eye Public School.

The board approved Planning Commission recommendations including SS Eden Farm Partnership’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application allowing the use of a current building site as a seasonal dwelling, installing a holding tank in Section 5, Eden Township; Duane Suess’ application to renew and amend a CUP allowing up to 510 animal units in a dairy operation but no longer have finishing hogs in Section 18, Albin Township.

A preliminary multi-plant lot split application of Doug Mathiowetz, Laurie Zuhlsdorf and Ron and Laura Horman, Section 6, Stark Township, re-platting a group of three existing lots to acquire one additional acre to the west side of the lots.

Preliminary plat single-lot splits by Dean Moll, Section 33, Home Township and Jerome Moldan, Section 36, Eden Township, property being platted are existing home sites being split off from tillable land.

A final plat single-lot split by Inez and Waldemar Schmiesing, Section 29, Lake Hanska Township, property being platted is an existing home site being split off from tillable land.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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