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Hubbard County commissioners vote to give Heritage employees raises

Hubbard County commissioners voted Wednesday to spend $35,000 annually in a program that would seek matching state and federal funds to raise the salaries of Heritage Living Center employees.

The Equitable Cost Sharing for Publicly Owned Nursing Facilities passed by the 2010 Minnesota Legislature will run for 57 months. If no matching funds are available after that, Hubbard County will fund the lion's share of those raises. Commissioners reasoned they couldn't pull the rug out from under the "hard-working" employees if additional funding sources fell through.

The money will give the employees raises of 2-3 percent.

"This is an opportunity it makes sense to go for," said Heritage Executive Director Kurt Hansen.

To sustain the pay raises without outside funds would cost the county roughly $60,000 annually.

Commissioner Cal Johannsen, in voting for the increase, said Heritage employees have absorbed pay freezes in the past and stayed loyal to the facilities when they might have earned more in the private sector.

Read more on this story in Saturday's Enterprise.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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