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Adult Foster Care is defined as a home setting in the community for adults who are unable to live independently due to physical, emotional, developmental or mental health impairments. The home can provide up to 24 hour supervision for 1 to 4 residents. (5 if caring for elderly residents). Residents receive meals, support, supervision and some assistance with personal care and living skills as needed. Adult Foster Care homes are licensed by the State of Minnesota under Rule 203 and Rule 245A.
The applicant must meet the minimum licensing standards that include:
If you have decided to provide traditional Adult Foster Care:
If you are interested in Corporate Foster Care, you may contact the AFC Licensing worker at 320-968-5111.
The application process generally takes 3 to 4 months.
Traditional providers receive a monthly minimum room and board payment set by the State. A Difficulty of Care (DOC) rating may be set based on the required level of care. The payment is usually a combination of the client's:
Residents who have the financial resources to pay can negotiate a fee with the provider.
Corporate Providers may receive funding from a variety of sources. Services may be funded through Group Residential Housing (GRH) funding for basic room, board, and supervision with Difficulty of Care (DOC). In addition to GRH and Based on the individuals served and their needs, the county may wish to enter into a contract for additional support services for special populations. For Waivered Services Contracts having a corporate license does not guarantee that a provider will be contracted with by the County.
The licensing unit cannot guarantee that you will get clients or how many you will get. You must market your home and be flexible in the type of clients you are willing to service. You decide what type of clients you take. Clients requiring these services may have mental health, physical, developmental issues or be elderly.
The licensor ensures that all aspects of state and county licensing mandates and policies are followed:
No, the foster care rate covers room and board, three nutritious meals and snacks daily and supervision. Medical and dental costs are covered through medical assistance or other insurance of the resident.
Minnesota has a new central system for reporting suspected maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults called the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC). It is a state-wide common entry point available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To report suspected maltreatment of a vulnerable adult, call 844-880-1574. This is a toll free number available for the public.
A vulnerable adult is a person 18 years of age or older who:
Types of Maltreatment:
For additional information, please review the following brochure: Adult Protection Brochure (PDF)
The Minnesota Vulnerable Adult Reporting Center. The MAARC Center has been developed to make reporting easier and to assure the highest quality of communication between state and county protective services.
If you are concerned about the immediate health and safety of an individual, please dial 911.
Assessors are professional County, Township or City employees licensed by the State of Minnesota to review all real property within a jurisdiction. All assessors are required to be certified by the State Board of Assessors. This certification requires work experience and ongoing educational requirements. Continuing education is provided by the University of Minnesota, assessing organizations such as the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), the Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO) and other appraisal organizations. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Minnesota Statute 273.08 requires that all appraisers physically review each property at least every five years. The appraisal interval may be shorter due to review appraisals requested by the owner, ongoing new construction or if the appraiser feels there may be an error in the property information for a particular property. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Each property has unique characteristics that affect it's market value. Appraisers need to gather as much information as possible in order to arrive at a fair and equitable value. Typically, the older a structure the more variations in characteristics exist for that property. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
The appraiser will then be forced to make an arbitrary appraisal of the property. This will include assuming that the interior is as appealing as possible or is typical for that type of property, (i.e. recently remodeled, finished basement, added bath, etc.). Appraisers want to view as many properties as possible in order to have the best possible information on all property since the quality of the assessment is a measure of the quality of their work. Not allowing an interior inspection will result in the loss of the right to appeal your market value at the Board of Review. Minnesota Statute 273.20 and 274.01. sub 1. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Appraisers working in Benton County will be carrying a photo identification, Assessor's license and / or business card. Information can be verified by calling the County Assessor's Office at 320-968-5019.
In almost all cases, if no previous request for an appointment has been arranged for an interior inspection of the property, the appraiser will stop at the property when he / she is in the area. If no one is home when the appraiser arrives, he / she may leave a door tag asking that you call for an appointment for the interior inspection. If there is still no response, an arbitrary appraisal will be made, in effect an educated guess at the interior features and condition of the home. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
The appraisal normally takes 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the number of buildings and complexity of the property. Appointments are scheduled far enough apart to allow time for property owners to ask any questions that they may have. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
You will receive a valuation notice sometime in March / April informing you of your value and classification for that assessment year, taxes payable the following year. Even though an appraiser may have visited your property the previous summer, valuations require accumulation of sales data through the end of the year, then time during the winter to view new construction, to analyze the market and to perform model calculations. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
If there is a question in the property owners mind as to the accurateness of the value the owner should first make an attempt to find out what the property is worth. This can be done by checking sales of property in the area, checking values of similar properties and talking to Realtors and Real Estate Appraisers. Sales information is available during working hours in the Assessor's Office for public viewing. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
The assessor has not created the value. People make value by their transactions in the market place. Property values are based on market values which fluctuate with general economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, supply and demand and changes in tax laws. By Minnesota state law, as properties values change in the market place, those changes must be reflected in the assessor's estimated market value. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
If all property sees a similar increase in value, your property class hasn't changed, the local government agencies don't have to increase their budgets and there is no change in classification rates by the state legislature there will be no increase in your tax bill. Taxing authorities actually determine how much money the property tax has to raise to provide services to the taxpayer. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
A mass appraisal process is used for estimating market values. Information from all sales that occur within the county is collected and closely analyzed by the Assessor's Office. The Assessor's Office then adjusts market values by comparing properties that sold within a given area with properties that have not sold within that same area. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
No, it does not. There are differences between individual properties and between cities or townships. In one area the sales may indicate a large increase in value and in another area there may be very little or no change in value. Also, different types of property within the same area may show different value changes. There are numerous factors to be considered in each property which will cause value changes to differ. Some of the factors that can affect value are location, condition, size, quality, basement finish, garages and many other factors. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Yes. The assessor keeps records on the physical characteristics of each property in the county. Even though the assessor may have been unable to go through your property, the estimated market value will be reviewed based on existing records and sales of similar property. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Generally speaking, improvements that increase the market value of a property will increase the assessor's market value. The following are typical improvements that will increase the market value of your property:
For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Good maintenance will help retain the market value of your property. Generally, your market value will not be increased for individual minor repairs such as those that follow. However, a combination of several of these items could result in an increase in your value.
No. Minnesota law dictates the duties of the County Attorney. The County Attorney is only authorized to prosecute criminal matters and represent the County in civil lawsuits. The County Attorney's Office cannot represent private individuals or give legal advice. For more information, contact the County Attorney at 320-968-5175.
There is no difference. The official title of prosecuting attorneys differs from state to state. In Minnesota, prosecutors of felony level offenses are called County Attorneys. In other states, such prosecutors are referred to by various titles, such as District Attorney, State's Attorney, State Prosecutor, etc. For more information, contact the County Attorney at 320-968-5175.
The Statutes of Minnesota prescribe what acts are crimes, and also determine the severity level of all offenses. The levels of severity are, from lowest to highest:
For more information, contact the County Attorney at 320-968-5175.
Prisons are maintained by the Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections and are used for the incarceration of Felony Level Offenders only. Jails are administered by counties (or in some cases, cities) and are used to house misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor level offenders, as well as those felony level offenders that are being held prior to trial or are serving probationary jail sentences. For more information, contact the County Attorney at 320-968-5175.
Amy Rigelman, Victim Services CoordinatorBenton County Attorney's OfficeCourts FacilityP.O. Box 189Foley, MN 56329Phone: 320-968-5182
4-H is a fun, hands-on learning experience in an informal educational program. 4-H is for all kids, kindergarten through one year past high school, whether they live in the cities, towns, or in the country, 4-H welcomes boys, girls, adults from all backgrounds. Learn more on our 4H Information page.
It’s a simplified answer to say Income Minus Expense = Net return. Making this work on an operating farm is not simple. Learn more on our Improve Farm Net Returns page.
Symptoms associated with oak wilt usually begin as yellowing branches in the upper canopy of the tree. The oak wilt symptoms move from the upper branches downward. The leaves wilt from the outer margin inward so the base of the leaf will remain green while the outer portion of the leaves turn tan or brown. For more information, visit our Oak Wilt page.
There may be different recommendations for different vegetables. Call the University of Minnesota "Answer Line" at 800-854-1678. Household experts answer questions about safely cooking, canning and freezing foods and other household topics like cleaning stains from clothes and homes. They are available from 9-Midnight and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also try using the search box at the U of MN Extension website for articles.
If you are not finding useful information, you're welcome to call the Benton County Extension Office to see if we can be of assistance to you in making a useful connection.
YES! Every group is a little different and there are important foods from each that you should be including in your diet.
It is always best to call ahead and make an appointment with a financial worker. This will avoid having to wait to be seen and it will also give the worker a chance to tell you what verification you will need to bring with you.
The only way to know for sure is to talk to a financial worker. There are many rules for each program, and the worker will explain the asset and income limits.
The state allows 30 days to process a food support and/or cash application and 45 days for a health care application. If you have all your verification's with you at the time of your interview, the process will be much quicker.
Yes, you can have other insurance and still be eligible for Health Care through the county. The Health Care Program will pay what your insurance does not. If your health insurance is considered cost effective by the State of Minnesota, Medical Assistance can reimburse you for the cost of your insurance premiums.
The only things Emergency Assistance (now call County Crisis Funds) will pay for are evictions and utility shut offs.
Even though social security numbers are private information, under Minnesota Statute 273.123 Subdivision 13, they must be provided before a homestead can be granted. Social Security numbers will be used with the help of the Department of Revenue to determine if owners or relatives of owners have applied for more than one homestead. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Once the property is granted the homestead classification, it will not be necessary for you or your qualifying relative to reapply for the classification. However, at any time, the County Assessor may require you to provide an additional application or such proof as they deem necessary to verify that you continue to meet the requirements of the homestead classification. Relatives who are not owners must re-apply yearly. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
A property owner who obtains or attempts to obtain homestead classification for a property other than his or her primary place of residence or the primary place of residence of his or her qualifying relative is under state law subject to a fine of up to $3,000 and / or up to one year of imprisonment (Minnesota Statute 609.41). In addition the property owner will be required to pay all tax which is due on the property based on the correct property class plus a penalty equal to the same amount (Minnesota Statute 273.124, Subdivision 13). For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Medical Assistance is health coverage offered through the county. MinnesotaCare is health coverage offered through the state. Applications for both programs are available at the human services office. An application can either be picked up at human services or mailed to you. Applications are also available online at the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Human services can be reached by 320-968-5087.
WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a nutrition education program. WIC provides supplemental foods which promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5. Contact human services at 968-5087 and ask for a WIC application to be mailed to you. Learn more about the WIC program.
Energy assistance is available through Tri-Cap. They can be reached at 320-251-1612 or 888-765-5597.
Information about low income housing can be gathered through HRA. They can be reached at 320-252-0880.
Contact human services at 320-968-5087 and ask to speak with the Intake social worker.
Benton County uses an internet based online job application process for all positions except Human Services positions. On your first visit to the website, you will need to establish an account and create a user identification and password. You will create a "master" application that you can review and edit each time you apply for a job. For more information contact Human Resources at 320-968-5005.
Any computer with internet access should be able to connect to our website. Computers are available for public use at any public library and there is also a computer workstation available in the Benton County Administrator's Office for the use of job applicants.
You can log into your application account at any time to check on your application status using your user identification and password. Click on "application status" to view the status of any submitted applications. For more information contact Human Resources at 320-968-5005.
You may complete a "job interest card" for notification of specific jobs or job categories by going to our job opportunities page or job interest cards page.
County residence is not required to apply or be hired unless stated in the job posting. Some jobs may have a response time requirement. For more information contact Human Resources at 320-968-5005.
Testing and assessment varies for each position. Testing is usually scheduled during normal business hours and may consist of any of the following: written exams, oral interview, physical fitness testing, psychological exam, drug testing, and other job-related testing procedures. Some tests (such as the drug test) are conducted only after a conditional offer of employment is made. Background and reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. For more information contact Human Resources at 320-968-5005.
Should you have a qualified disability that would prevent you from testing for a position under standard conditions, please contact the Human Resources Director at 320-968-5001 or at email us as soon as you are notified of the test so that every reasonable accommodation can be made. You must contact us for accommodation in advance of the test date as it is difficult or impossible to make accommodations without prior arrangement.
Download a map of our parks (PDF) to see where they are located in the county.
Benton Beach has two picnic shelters that are available for rental on a daily basis. The larger picnic shelter is available for $60 a day and the smaller shelter is available for $40 per day. There is a refundable damage deposit due for each shelter of $30. Please call 320-968-5292 to reserve a shelter.
The Lakeview Center is available for rent. Additional information is available. Please call 320-968-5292 to reserve the Lake View Center.
There are designated alcohol free zones in Benton Beach near the playground and beach. Alcohol is permitted elsewhere in the parks, but Benton County reserves the right to ask visitors to leave if their actions and behavior are disruptive to other guests. Alcohol is permitted to be served in the Lake View Center but can only be sold by a licensed vendor. For more information, contact us at 320-968-8105 or visit our Park Rules page.
The Parks Commission is a citizen advisory committee established by County Ordinance Number 355. Their purpose is to act in an advisory capacity to the Benton County Board of Commissioners, providing recommendations to the board regarding the planning, development, funding and evaluation of park and recreation facilities and programs. The Parks Commission is comprised of two Benton County Commissioners and seven members appointed by the Commissioners.
If you have appeared in Juvenile Court, or if you are an Adult with a conviction for a Misdemeanor or Gross Misdemeanor Level offense in Benton County, stop by our office in the Benton County Court's Facility Building or call us at 320-968-5192. If you are an Adult and convicted of a Felony level offense please contact the Minnesota Department of Corrections at 320-223-7950.
Contact Benton County Court Administration at 320-968-5205 to find out your balance.
We are located at:Benton County Court's Facility Building
615 Highway 23 E
Foley, MN 56329
Court dates are handled by Benton County Court Administration. Please contact them at 320-968-5205.
In Benton County the Court allows offenders to complete Community Service Work in lieu of a portion of some fine payments. Please contact Benton County Corrections by stopping by our office located in the Benton County Court's Facility Building or contact us at 320-968-5192 to arrange for completion of the necessary paperwork and determination of an appropriate work site to complete the hours.
Complete the Entrance Permit (PDF) and submit it to the County Engineer.
Complete the Utility Permit (PDF) and submit it to the County Engineer.
View the construction status map.
Call our office at 320-968-5051 with the exact location of the item.
Call our office at 320-968-5051 with the specific location.
While radon is present everywhere, and there is no known, safe level, your greatest exposure is where it can concentrate-indoors and where you spend most time-at home. For more information, visit our Radon Page.
High radon exists in every state in the U.S. In Minnesota, two in five homes have radon levels that pose a significant health risk, and nearly 80% of counties are rated high radon zones.
Benton County radon data from completed test kits:
For further questions, contact us at 320-968-5087.
Since radon is produced from soil, it is present nearly everywhere. Because soil is absorbent, radon gas is able to move up through the dirt and rocks, enters the home and moves freely throughout the indoor air in which we breathe. The further the gas moves through the home, the more diluted Radon will be in the air we breathe. If allowed to accumulate, radon becomes a health concern. The level of radon is often highest in the lowest part of a building.
Two components that affect how much radon will accumulate in a home are pathways and air pressure. These components will differ from home to home.
For more information, contact Public Health at 320-968-5087.
Anyone can use a "do-it-yourself" test kit to check his or her home. There are short-term and long-term test kits available. Short-term test kits should remain in the home for two to seven days, depending on the device. Weather conditions and opening and closing of windows will affect radon levels within a home. Using the short-term test will give the homeowner a snapshot of the home's radon level. The long-term test (3 to 12 months), gives the user a year-round average level of radon.
The best way to estimate the year-round average of radon in a home is to test for a full year. Results from long-term radon tests can realistically be used to decide whether or not to mitigate a home. The EPA recommends that for homes, initial measurements be short-term tests placed in the lowest lived-in level. Short-term testing in closed building conditions helps residents quickly learn if a home has high levels of radon. Contact us at 320-968-5087 for more information.
Homeowners can contact a qualified radon reduction contractor if they are concerned about the high levels of radon found in their home. There are several things they can do; sealing cracks and other openings in the foundation is a simple way to start. This by itself will not lower the levels consistently or significantly. Venting units including fans and pipes, called sub-slab depressurization, is used most often and effectively to reduce levels of radon. The most efficient method will depend on the home's design and the specific cause of the problem. Contact Public Health at 320-968-5087 for more information.
The Minnesota Department of Health has this information on their website. Radon problems usually can be repaired for about the same amount as other common home repairs (washer or dryer, new hot water heater installed). On average, mitigation services will cost between $200 and $2,500. The price is largely dependent on your home's construction and the strength of the radon source. Call us at 320-968-5087 for more information.
Simple and economical techniques can reduce radon levels on average by 50%. Techniques used in safeguarding against radon may in fact also decrease the potential for basement moisture problems. It seems only logical that new homes use radon resistant techniques because of the reduced levels of radon and it is much more cost effective than retrofitting an existing home. This will add about $350 to $500 to the cost of the home. Ask your builder if they are currently using radon-resistant construction techniques. Contact us at 320-968-5087 for further questions.
Radon test kits can be purchased at most hardware stores and range in price from $5 to $25. Benton County Public Health is selling radon test kits at a reduced price to Benton County residents. Short-term test kits are $5, and long-term test kits are $15 when purchased from Public Health. Benton County has a limited supply of test kits. If you are interested in purchasing a test kit please call Julie at 320-968-5147.
If you are not a Benton County resident, please call your local public health department and ask about radon test kits.
As long as you are getting married in Minnesota, you can apply for your license anywhere in the state. In Benton County, we require that both applicants come in to apply. If you have taken a 12-hour marriage course, you may qualify for the reduced rate if you present the proper form. The fee for a regular license is $115, reduced rate is $40. As it may take some time to complete the application, we ask that you come in no later than 4 p.m. There is a five day waiting period, keeping in mind that we are not open on the weekends.
If you were born in Minnesota, you may go to any courthouse in the state and, upon completion of the application, you may get your birth certificate. You must have tangible interest and show a picture ID. The fee is $26.
The fee for recording for most documents is $46 with an additional $50 if accompanied by a well certificate. Some documents have different fees, such as a plat which is $56. Torrens documents may have additional fees. Please call office at 320-968-5037 if in doubt.Please note: Benton County does not accept credit cards for payment.
Yes, if you live in Benton County, you must come to office to register your signature. You must bring the Notary Commission Card from the Secretary of State. The fee is $20. You must present a picture ID.
No, in fact it is the opposite. The focus of SHIP is sustainability - being able to make policy, system and environmental changes and build upon these healthy improvements continually.
Learn more about SHIP's benefits through this helpful Youtube Video: SHIP: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
The septic systems is determined by the amount of separation from the highest point that groundwater reaches (seasonal saturation) and the point where sewage treatment begins (bottom of pipe) which must be three feet. Since most of Benton County has a high water table mounds will be the most common septic system put in. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
Benton County has a point of sale ordinance which requires a compliance inspection when property transfers unless the seller has an updated certificate of compliance that is less than five years or three years depending on who inspected it. There are a few exemptions, if the property has a community of central sewer system, building with no plumbing fixtures or are not suitable for human habitation. Also if the certificate of real estate value is less than $1,000 or a completion of a contract for deed or purchase agreement extended into before June 18, 2002. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
The major cause of freezing is settling of the two inch pipe that pumps to the drain fields which causes back flow to settle in the pipe instead of going back into the pump station. Most contractors install a 10 foot 4 inch sleeve and use a more rigid pipe to prevent this. Other causes are too little water use since sewage heats the drain field. High water tables which slow down percolation into the ground. Also running sump pump water, humidifier water or dripping faucets. The best way to prevent freezing is to put straw over the drain field and the pump station pipe.
For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
The purpose of pumping your septic tank is to prevent solids from getting into the drain field. Over time solids accumulate in the septic and will eventually plug up your drain field. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
It depends, any building permit in the shore land, a variance or conditional use permit would trigger a compliance inspection. Otherwise no compliance inspection would be required. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
You can hire any state-licensed inspector to certify your septic system. Septic professionals that have requested to be on our Licensed Professional List (PDF). Inclusion on the website list does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by Benton County. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
Their phone number is 320-252-1670, you may also visit the St. Cloud VA Medical Center website.
Every veteran is unique. Call 320-968-5044 for an appointment and bring along your DD-214 (discharge papers) to go over possible benefits.
Contact our office; we will check with the County, State, or the archives in St. Louis.
If you are having GI Bill problems:
You need to be enrolled as a patient and have a VAMC Physician write the prescription. Call the Veterans Services Office at 320-968-5044 for an appointment to see if you are eligible for enrollment.
Your lender is able to get the Certificate of Eligibility online or we can fill out the application and mail it in for you.
Email a question or comment to Benton County Veterans Services.
A wetland bank is a private enterprise with state oversight, there is no guarantee of return on investment. In general creation of a wetland bank involves a landowner creating new wetland on their property and depositing the “wetland credits” in to the state wetland bank. The credits are then purchased and utilized by individuals to mitigate for approved wetland impacts.
The process to establish a wetland banks starts with contacting the Benton County Department of Development offices for a discussion of the possibilities of the site. Establishment of a wetland bank requires a large amount of technical information prior to the state recognition of the wetland and the potential selling of the credits. This technical information would include but not limited to: wetland delineation, property boundary and elevation survey, legal description, etc. which is all subject to local and state review. A landowner proposing to undertake the establishment of a wetland bank should be prepared to expend capital prior to any potential return on investment. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
Yes, If you are requesting to know if your planned activity is in compliance with regulation then submit a application. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
Wetlands are identified and defined by the convergence of three parameters: hydric soils, a predominance of hydrophytic vegetation and the presence of hydrology. The process to define the boundary of the wetland is called delineation. During delineation a site is investigated for the periodic presence of the three criteria. As the common image of a wetland is “ducks and cattails,” individuals are often surprised that other areas also meet the criteria. These areas are often capable of being walked through and remain dry during a portion of the growing season.
If you are interested to know if wetlands exist on property then delineation is required and the results submitted and reviewed by Benton County. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
Applications submitted to Benton County Department of Development by law are required to be “processed” within 60 days unless extended, for legitimate reasons an additional 60 day period. The Department of Development typically processes a wetland replacement plan application within 45 days and a wetland exemption application within 30 days of submittal. The review time on an application depends on its’ complexity and current volume of applications going through the county offices. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.
Benton County is mandated to administer the MN Wetland Conservation Act. This state law is in addition to other federal, state and local “wetland” regulation that may exist. Approval for another agency does not mean automatic approval under the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act. A common analogy for multiple jurisdictions is income tax requirements at the federal, state and sometimes local level. For more information, contact us at 320-968-5065.