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Page 16 LeAals £4 Government 00hurs00ay,anua0000100013 Tri-Coun News • Central Minn. Domestic Violence Court awarded for government innovation by Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall showed approximately 30 Stearns County repeat felony domestic violence offenders were committing 3-4 felonies apiece each year. Traditional court approaches were not working. So Kendall pulled together 30 policy makers within the criminal justice system and human services agencies and formed the Domestic Violence Part- nership to problem-solve. Through the efforts of this group, the nation's first Repeat Felony Domestic Vie- The program uses intensive supervision, accountability and sup- port, including drug and alcohol test- ing, access to treatment and strict no contact and behavior conditions for offenders. Victims h/ve access to their own legal aid attorney. Since the court's inception, vio- lence among these offenders has been significantly reduced. Vic- tims and their children are safer at home, reducing the use of women and children's shelters. Offenders are more accountable, as the lim- lence Court was established, ited resources of the criminal jus- The success of the Stearns County Domestic Violence Court is once again getting state recog- nition. Wednesday, Jan. 16, Stea- rns County received the .Local Government Innovation Award gven by the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in partnership with InCommons, the Association of Minnesota Counties, League of Minnesota Cities, and the MN School Boards Association. Stearns County's Repeat Fel- ony Domestic Violence Court was established in 2008, after research Farm Transition Workshop in St. Augusta and tax issues related to the trans- fer process. They will also discuss methods for treatment of heirs in the transfer process, and learn how to go about developing a written transfer plan. As part of the work- shop, participants will be given time to complete worksheets related to the application of different transfer strategies as well as listing personal, family, and farm business goals. The result is the beginning era farm business transfer plan. "Estate planning is a crucial part of the transition process as well. The .workshop also includes a discussion of wills and trusts, life insurance, power-of-attorney, long-term health care issues, and more. This information will help to complete the transfer plan. "Farm Transition & Estate Planning: Create Your Farm Leg- acy" is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Augusta American Legion in St. Augusta, From 1-94, take exit CR7/CR75 exit # 171. Traveling south for approximately 1-1/4 miles on CR 75, turn right on 247th Street, and the Legion is located on the north side of the street. There is a registration cost of $15 per person and space is limited. To pre-register for the workshop, con- tact Craig Roerick at roerO040@, or the Stearns County Extehsion office at (320) 255-6169, Benton County Extension office at (320) 968-5077, Morrison County Extension office at (320) 632-0161, The workshop is jointly spon- sored by Farm Business Manage- ment of St. Cloud Technical and Community College and Centra Sota Cooperative in coopera- tion with University of Minnesota Extension. tice systemare used more effec- tively to fight crime. The Local Government Innova- tion Awards recognize the creative ways counties, cities, and schools make Minnesota better and do things differently. University of Minnesota Exten- sion & Farm Business Management of St Cloud Technical and Commu- nity College along with Centra Sota Cooperative offers Farm Transition Workshop. The program stresses Information & Strategies for Trans- ferring the Farm Farm Business Management of St Cloud Technical and Commu- nity College and Centra Sota Coop- erative has joined with the Univer- sity of Minnesota Extension to pres- ent "Farm Transition & Estate Plan- ning: Create Yoiar Farm Legacy." This full-day workshop is filled with practical information and strategies to help farm families begin the pro- cess of transferring the farm busi- ness to the next generation. In "Farm Transition & Estate Planning: Create Your Farm Leg- acy," participants will get a greater understanding of transfer strategies In February, the Domestic Vio- lence Partnership will present at the 2013 National Justice hmovation Conference. The Domestic Violence Partnership was selected as one of the 10 most innovative justice programs in the country to be highlighted. 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