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Image: 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   Read More...


Image: 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:
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    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.

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    Image: 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?
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    Veterans Service Office

    Image: 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 Read More...
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    Minnesota Statutes section 471.701 requires counties and cities with a population of more than 15,000 to annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees. For St. Louis County, titles and salaries as of January 1, 2017 are:

     

    • County Administrator:  $173,347 
    • County Attorney:  $152,360 
    • Public Works Director:  $138,424
     
     
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    Workers’ Compensation Health Care Provider Health Care Claim Submission Information (Note: this is for St. Louis County employees only.)

    St. Louis County
    c/o PMA Customer Service Center
    PO Box 5231
    Janesville, WI  53547-5231
    Fax: 800-432-9762
    www.p2plink.com
    Phone: 866-450-3898 (press #3)
    Payer ID: WCAS99204
                                    
    For dates of injury or claim number information, please call:
    St. Louis County Safety & Risk Management
    Workers’ Compensation
    (218) 726-2613

     
     
     
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    A pie in the face for a good cause

    Author: Dana Kazel on Nov 3 2017

    pie in the face for United WayWho is this St. Louis County department head and why is he smiling? (And trust us, beneath all that whipped cream, he really is smiling.) Because he just helped raise hundreds of dollars for the United Way.

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    Sold! How tax forfeited land auctions help communities and lower your taxes

    Author: Dana Kazel on Nov 1 2017

    tax forfeited house for sale

    Most tax forfeited land is kept for forest management.... At the same time, we are always looking for opportunities to resell and develop properties if that’s their best use. We want those parcels back on the property tax rolls.

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    Tackling substance abuse through prevention programming

    Author: Dana Kazel on Aug 31 2017

    The drug problem in St. Louis County - as is the situation nationwide - isn't going away, and isn't something we can arrest our way out of. Prevention programming is one approach that's having successful results.

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    Duluth Courthouse
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    100 N 5th Ave W
    Duluth, MN 55802
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    Government Services Center (GSC)
    320 W 2nd St
    Duluth, MN 55802
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    Virginia
    Virginia Courthouse
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    300 S 5th Ave
    Virginia, MN 55792
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    Northland Office Center
    Northland Office Center
    307 1st St S
    Virginia, MN 55792
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    1810 12th Ave E
    Hibbing, MN 55746
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    1814 14th Ave E
    Hibbing, MN 55746
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    St. Louis County Service Center
    320 Miners Dr E
    Ely, MN 55731
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    Michael D. Forsman Public Works Facility
    2210 E Sheridan St
    Ely, MN 55731
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    Commissioner Frank Jewell

    1st District
    Commissioner Frank Jewell
    Board Chair
    100 N 5th Ave W - Room 202
    Duluth, MN  55802
    218-726-2450
    Term Expires: 1/7/2019
    jewellf@stlouiscountymn.gov 

    Commissioner Patrick Boyle

    2nd District
    Patrick Boyle
    100 N 5th Ave W - Room 202
    Duluth, MN 55802
    218-726-2359
    Term Expires: 1/4/2021
    boylep@stlouiscountymn.gov

    Commissioner Beth Olson

    3rd District
    Commissioner Beth Olson
    100 N 5th Ave W - Room 202
    Duluth, MN  55802
    218-726-2562
    Term Expires: 1/4/2021
    olsonb1@stlouiscountymn.gov

    Commissioner Tom Rukavina

    4th District
    Commissioner Tom Rukavina
    St. Louis County Service Center
    320 Miners Drive East
    Ely, MN  55731
    218-365-8200
    Term Expires: 1/7/2019
    rukavinat@stlouiscountymn.gov

    Commissioner Pete Stauber

    5th District
    Commissioner Pete Stauber
    100 N 5th Ave W - Room 202
    Duluth, MN  55802
    218-726-2450
    Term Expires: 1/4/2021
    stauberp@stlouiscountymn.gov

    Commissioner Keith Nelson

    6th District
    Commissioner Keith Nelson

    Vice Chair
    Virginia Courthouse
    300 S 5th Ave
    Virginia, MN  55792
    218-749-7108
    Term Expires: 1/7/2019
    nelsonk@stlouiscountymn.gov 

    Commissioner Mike Jugovich

    7th District
    Commissioner Mike Jugovich
    Hibbing Courthouse
    1810 12th Ave E
    Hibbing, MN  55746
    218-262-0201
    Term Expires: 1/4/2021

    jugovichm@stlouiscountymn.gov

     

     
     
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