St. Louis County, Minnesota - Department Spotlight St. Louis County - RSS Feed en-us Sunday, April 22, 2018 EfficionConsulting Articles Module ( Copyright 2018, St. Louis County, Minnesota Veterans Service Office St. Louis County is home to 18,340 veterans (based on 2013 records, the most recent year available.) That’s more than nine percent of the population! St. Louis County’s Veterans Service Office works with hundreds of these veterans every year, and we’d like to work with even more.  Our job is to make sure veterans and their families receive the benefits they earned through their service. The advice I give to all veterans is to give us a call. You may not realize you’re eligible for certain benefits. You may have even been denied in the past, but laws and benefits change, so you may be eligible now. Two years ago, we worked with a Vietnam veteran who has a presumptive cancer, meaning it is presumed link to Agent Orange exposure. He’d previously been denied benefits, but due to our efforts, the Veterans Administration ruled a “Clear and Unmistakable Error” had occurred and awarded the man more than $300,000 in back pay. More recently, we worked with a veteran who has Parkinson’s disease and got him service connected, which means his disease or disability is recognized as being connected to his military service. As a result, this veteran received a retroactive check for $42,000. A disability linked to military service can come in a variety of forms ranging from chronic knee pain to mental health conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Hearing loss and Tinnitus, a noise or ringing in the ears, are by far the most common disabilities we see. In Vietnam vets, we often see Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer and coronary artery disease, all of which are considered service connected.  Veterans are eligible to receive disability compensation if they are determined to be at least ten percent disabled because of injuries or diseases that incurred in or were Dana Kazel Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Public Works They maintain 3,000 miles of roads in the summer, and then plow those roads in the winter and spring. They’re always planning ahead – sometimes years into the future – on road and bridge reconstruction projects, and yet, as was proven following the 2012 flood, can shift resources at remarkable speed to respond to disaster. With approximately 300 employees, the Public Works Department is the second largest department in the county. It’s also the most spread out, operating out of 18 garages to provide the best service across the county’s 7,000+ square miles. As part of its responsibility for roads, the department also oversees nearly 600 bridges and 40,000 traffic signs. This year, the Public Works Department expects to wrap up its last major flood-related project – the rebuilding of Highland Street and 57th Avenue West. The above photo was taken in June and shows the construction of what will be a 183-foot bridge spanning Keene Creek. The $10.7 million project is the second largest ever for the county. (The largest project – the rebuilding of Haines Road – was completed last year and has since been recognized as the best project in the state by the Minnesota County Highway Engineers Association.) Other projects worth noting this year include: Dana Kazel Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Public Health and Human Services It’s the largest department in St. Louis County, with more than 500 employees and a budget that represents just over a quarter of the entire county budget. Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) is here to help the most vulnerable residents of our county, from before birth – through our Superior Babies program – to after death with burial services for someone who leaves no means to cover disposition costs. For everyone in between, PHHS can help in four broad categories, all to achieve the department’s vision of a community where all people are safe and healthy. Dana Kazel Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Public Records & Property Valuation It’s got the longest name of any County department, and somehow that seems fitting, considering the broad spectrum of services it provides. Public Records and Property Valuation includes both the Assessor’s Office and the Recorder’s Office. The Assessor's Office is responsible for ensuring that all properties throughout the County are equally and uniformly assessed. This includes 149,300 taxable parcels, within 24 cities, 74 organized townships and 75 unorganized townships. The Recorder’s Office  is your source for more than 150 types of legal documents, ranging from birth and death certificates, to real estate recordings to ministry credentials. Want to learn interesting facts about the work of each office? SuperUser Account Wed, 01 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT