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Pine County Receives Two OutstandingAwards from Association of Minnesota Counties

From Pine County:


Pine County is honored to receive two Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) outstanding awards presented at the 2021 Annual Conference on December 7, 2021, in Minneapolis, MN.


Commissioner Steve Hallan, District 1, was chosen to receive an AMC Outstanding Service Award. According to the AMC, “Established in 1985, this award is presented to individuals who have exhibited exceptional leadership, participation and service to Minnesota counties and the Association.”


A life of service defines Commissioner Steve Hallan. From serving in the MN Army National Guard, to working in the local public school system and a fourteen-district consortium in the technical field, to serving on countless local boards, to volunteering, and his impressive fifteen years as a Pine County Commissioner.


Additionally, a ground-breaking new program (established in 2017) in Pine County has received a prestigious award. The Pine County Evening Reporting Center (ERC) is a program wherein at-risk youth can develop socially, emotionally, and educationally while remaining in their home and community. They have an overarching goal to reduce repeat offending behavior and promote public safety while supporting youth and providing community-based services. This innovative program won an AMC County Achievement Award as it is certainly, according to AMC, “a project that is worthy of recognition.”


The ERC is a component of Project R.I.S.E. (Restorative Investment for Student Empowerment) — an award-winning program created in 2017 to revamp the Juvenile Justice system in Pine County and to work more effectively and efficiently within the schools and community.


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