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HOWA Family Center to close

Hackensack-Onigum-Walker-Akeley (HOWA) Family Center will wind down operations between now and the end of this year and close all operations in 2016.

Hackensack-Onigum-Walker-Akeley (HOWA) Family Center will wind down operations between now and the end of this year and close all operations in 2016.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, the county board referred to the budget committee an evaluation of whether the county should continue funding family centers at the same level in 2016, considering that the funding level was designed to help five family centers. Now, there will be only three.

The centers offering family support continue to operate at Pillager, Pine River and Remer. The Cass Lake family center closed a few years ago.

HOWA family center is seeking to have other agencies assume some of the programs it has offered, including winter wear and share, kinship, snack packs and the clothing depot. HOWA has operated since 1997.

Cass County has renewed a service agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Services for the county to continue providing Minnesota Family Investment Program services to low income families through 2016 and 2017.

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Cass County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has hired a new executive director, Jaimee Meyer of Bemidji.

The EDC announced its annual dinner meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Chase Hotel and Conference Center in Walker. Chet Bodin, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development northern regional analyst, will be keynote speaker.

Anyone interested in attending needs to make a reservation by calling the EDC office at 218-947-7523 before Oct. 26.

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