Warning siren updates will cover the county

Isanti County Board

Greg Hunt

Isanti County received a $240,000 federal grant to upgrade its outdoor warning sirens, with those projects going out for bid for a summer 2011 completion.

At the March 2 county board meeting, Mari Bostrom of the Isanti County Emergency Management office, gave updates as the board approved the bid seeking process. Bostrom said the grant will cover new siren placement in Braham, Isanti Estates, the Cambridge Campus of the ARCC, and Sandquist Park northeast of Cambridge, along with sirens in the county’s corners in Dalbo, Oxford, Stanford and Athens townships.

“The grant also covers narrow-band conversion for existing sirens and updating the two-way communications at the Government Center. This will give us direct feedback on how the sirens are operating without sounding the alarms,” explained Bostrom. “We were just one of two counties in Minnesota to receive the safety grant.”

Her office is also preparing  for “Severe Weather Awareness Week” which will run April 11-15, along with a Skywarn Training session coming April 5 at Cambridge Intermediate School. During Severe Weather Awareness Week, weather radios will given away with drawings each day. Drawing registration can be done at the information station which will be set up in the Government Center lobby.

Nutrition Month in Isanti County

Public Health Director Kathy Minkler received an official proclamation from the board for Isanti County’s observance of March being “National Nutrition Month.” Handouts to encourage healthier eating are available in the Public Health lobby, and a nutrition display is set up in the Government Center main lobby.

Matt Holida, health educator for Public Health, updated the board on efforts their office is making in the realm of nutrition. One is the continued promotion of breastfeeding infants as a method to fight obesity; lactation consultants are available through Public Health.

Holida added that Public Health is working with area schools for a healthier breakfast program (pushing whole-grain cereals and fresh fruits). They also have a Worksite Wellness Program that encourages less donuts and cookies in the morning while pushing for more fresh fruits for meeting snacks.


In other action, the board:

• Approved the following personnel hirings: Social worker– Marni Harper; Part-time jailer– B. Gehrke, L. Hopkins, J. Keller, N. Stein and A. Worden.

• Approved on/off-sale liquor and Sunday liquor for Ravens LLC (supper club at former Smokehouse site in Bradford).

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 16,  9 a.m.