Rice County employees are earning some serious hardware.

At today's Rice County Board of Commissioners Meeting three people were recognized for receiving state recognition in their respective fields.

Sheriff Jesse Thomas read from his nomination of Deputy Nate Hanson to the Minnesota Sheriff's Association for an award he did receive.  Deputy Sheriff of the Year.  He also received a Minnesota State Patrol Commendation Award for his efforts in rescuing a driver trapped in a burning semi along I-35 on July 12, 2023.

Thomas went on to describe the call Hanson responded to...

The Sheriff did not appear to be surprised by Hason's actions.

Also recognized were Josh Westphal with the Highway Department for winning the statewide Roadeo for snowplow operators.  Jennifer Jenkins, Eligibility Worker Community Services/Social Services named State Financial Worker of the Year from the Minnesota Financial Worker Aide Case Aide Association.  Rice County Sheriff's Department canine Tank was recognized for his years of service.  He is retiring on December 22 of this year after providing 8 years of service.

His Partner Deputy Steve Bauer is purchasing him from the county so he can live out his life with his partner.

Commissioners approved the 2024 Tax Levy and Budget.  Finance Director Paul O'Connell revealed an additional approximately 2.3 million dollars was added to the budget.

Total budget is 104 million, 201 thousand, 882 dollars.  HRA (Housing and Redevelopment Authority) levy is 232, 467 dollars with the general fund set at 36 million 165 thousand, 276 dollars.

O'Connell also outlined some fees changes...

County Highway Engineer Dennis Luebbe received approval for a contract to conduct a Decker Avenue Corridor Study.

Commissioners Jim Purfeerst and Galen Malecha applauded the potential move.

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