Minnesota Association of 
County Probation Officers 

Communications Committee Update

First off, the Communication Committee would like to thank everyone who attended our 61st Annual Spring Conference at Breezy Point. We had some wonderful speakers and a great vendor show. We hope all attendees had a chance to complete our survey. We greatly appreciate your opinions on what you enjoyed and what we can improve on regarding our conferences.

Registrations is currently open for MACPO's upcoming Regional Training : Cross Cultural Learning Experience. Please click on "Events" tab on our website to gather more information on this training and to complete registration.

Our committee has been sharing information regarding Evidence Based Practices Forums that will be held throughout the year. These forums provide a great opportunity for agents, case managers, management, and trainers to learn more about EBP and get any questions answered you may have on the topic. Please keep an eye out for these emails coming through. If you would like to be added to our contact list to receive those emails please contact Membership@macpo.net

We hope that you all enjoy the rest of your summer! Stay cool!


Legislative Committee Update 

The State of Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate went back to work February 20th.  It is very busy at the Capitol as it is a shorter session.  On the House side, the Public Safety Committee has a new chairperson, Representative Brian Johnson.  In the Senate, the Chairperson of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee is Senator Warren Limmer.  Both committees are very busy.  It seems they are all focusing on the sexual harassment policy, bonding, and the tax bill.  The session is coming up on the first deadline of March 23rd for introducing any bills.  Of the MACPO initiatives, our lobbyist Lisa Frenette has been working on the “may supervise felons” bill on the Senate side and we will see what happens. 

Unfortunately, we had to cancel Capitol Day as it was scheduled during the Easter/Passover break and we believe many of the Legislatures would have gone home for that week.  We are looking forward to next year to see if we can pick the perfect date for Corrections.  Even with no Capitol Day, if anyone is interested in setting up an appointment to see their Legislator, please let me know and someone on the Legislative Committee will help you out.

Stay tuned for the outcome of the session, we will have a final report at the Spring Conference.


Membership Committee Update

The Membership Committee continues to focus on student outreach. Members of our committee are contacting schools and going to speak to students in the classroom at the colleges. If anyone has any interest in speaking in the classroom setting, please contact us for more information!

Our committee is continuing to prepare for the Spring Conference. Registration for the conference will be opening soon!

Don’t forget…you can still purchase MACPO clothing on the website. This year’s apparel is all $45 (which includes shipping). There is also apparel on the website from last year. These are selling for $30 (including shipping).

If you would like to join the MACPO Membership Committee, please contact Amber Chase at amber.chase@co.pine.mn.us or Nicole Kalow at nicole.kalow@co.waseca.mn.us for more information. We are always looking for more talented individuals to join us and share new ideas!


Training and Education Committee Update

Greetings from T and Ed!

Our next Regional Training: “Substance Use Disorder Trends in Minnesota, the Song Remains the same” by the very knowledgeable Rick Moldenhauer (DHS) is scheduled for March 1st in the Afton Room at the DOC Central Office.  As a reminder, training is included with your membership to MACPO.  There is still time to register!

Mark your calendars!  We are very excited for the 2018 Spring Conference (May 23-25) and to announce Hasan Davis as the opening keynote speaker!!  Hasan is exceptional example of resiliency and the importance of our work…  Other topics to be presented at the conference include:  professional trauma and PTSD, medical marijuana and supervision, working with clients “beyond pink and blue”, understanding sex buyers and accountability approaches and Suicide QPR (Question, Persuade& Refer.)  In addition, we will learn the new Criminal History System and other BCA systems, Intrastate Compact changes and offer an overview opportunity in Carey Guides.   Don’t miss out on this opportunity for great training and networking!

We want to thank all of our valued committee members who work so hard for MACPO!!   Recently, we welcomed newer members: Ross Jahnke and Ed Anderson (Wright Co.) and Duane Stanley (Mower Co.) We have an awesome team!  

See you in May!!


Care Corner Featuring:

Voyageur Outward Bound School

For over 50 years, Voyageur Outward Bound School has been changing lives through challenge and discovery by using the wilderness as a classroom.  Some of the activities served as an educational vehicle are: canoeing, camping, rock climbing, skiing, etc. 

Students here experience the benefit of a personal challenge, as well as the positive effects of nature while building critical life skills.  They believe in the potential of every individual and offer life-changing expeditions for everyone.

Care Corner 2 Featuring:

Anthony Louis Center

This is a drug treatment center for juveniles between the ages of 13 and 18 who struggle with chemical dependency, poor school performance, learning disabilities, family programs, etc..  They focus on the importance of family and community as a conduit for successful change.

They have a residential program and intensive outpatient program that incorporate intensive case management, group therapy, individual counseling, family group, and home plans for when services have been completed.  They also offer family counseling.

They are located in several locations: Blaine, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, and Woodbury.

County Highlight: Meeker County Court Services

Meeker County provides probation services under the County Probation Officer system.  Our staff includes three Probation Officers- David Lewis, Denise Olson and Brenda Warren, one Support Staff- Heather Sanden and Chief Probation Officer/Director- Tammy Thompson.   We are located on Level 5 of the Meeker County Courthouse, 325 North Sibley Avenue, Litchfield.  We are fortunate to be located on the same level as Court Administration and the Courtrooms.  Meeker County is served by one chambered judge, the Honorable Stephanie Beckman, with traveling judges from Kandiyohi County here about two days per week.

Our department completes all the bail evaluations, supervises all the pretrial release defendants, as well as providing supervision of all the juvenile, adult misdemeanants and gross misdemeanants.  We are involved in some Truancy supervision as well.

Court Services also manages the Electronic Monitoring Program and Drug Testing program for the county.  Probation officers are each on call one weekend per month as well, carrying a phone and computer.  We partner with many local agencies and serve on numerous committees and task forces.  Our department developed and manages a joint Domestic Violence Program for males, along with local Department of Corrections staff.  We previously spearheaded a youth mentoring program, which runs independently - known as LAMP (Litchfield Area Mentorship Program).  We also are in charge of the Safe Schools meetings in each school district and county-wide.  Staff is involved in Litchfield Area Rural Partners in Prevention (LARPP) as well as the 5 county children’s mental health collaborative, PACT for Families.  Recently we represented field staff in the state Judicial Council’s bail evaluation committee.  We provided supervision for Meeker County clients and participated on the drug court team for the Eighth Judicial District Drug Court for it’s first 18 months to get the program started.

We feel very fortunate to enjoy a collaborative relationship with local Department of Corrections  staff, located in Litchfield.  We share training opportunities as well as participating in Communities of Practice to enhance our EBP skills.  We are about to launch a shared weekend drug testing venture as well, rotating agents to collect UA’s from clients of both agencies.  We are currently in the planning stages of a possible construction project, changing the current courthouse as a “Judicial Center”, relocating some of the other county offices from the courthouse to a different facility- with hopes of the Department of Corrections office to return to this facility, rather than off-site.

The Meeker County Courthouse is attached to the Law Enforcement Center and Jail/Detention Facility, making it idea to do jail visits and access to law enforcement records and personnel.  The Meeker County Sheriff’s Department as well as Litchfield Police Share space in the Law Enforcement Center.

Meeker County is nestled between Willmar, St. Cloud and Hutchinson.  Our County seat and Courthouse is set in Litchfield.  Our population is approximately 23,250.  We are home to some of the state’s largest dairy and poultry operations. We have several large industries, including Litchfield’s First District Association- home of “Fieldgate” cheese, and Sparboe eggs.  Sports, including  baseball, are a big part in our communities, with Optimist Park being a source of local Litchfield pride.  Other communities in Meeker County include Grove City, Cosmos, Darwin, Dassel, Eden Valley and Watkins.  We have many lakes, parks and campgrounds. The north branch of the Crow River runs through Meeker County. We have many historical sites and buildings.  The Dakota (Sioux) Uprising began after 5 settlers were killed in Acton township by a Dakota hunting party of 3 in 1862.   On a more positive note, we are also know for Darwin’s ‘Largest Ball of Twine’  (a postcard which appeared in the old movie “Vacation” with Chevy Chase).  Litchfield is located about an hour west of the metro on US Highway 12.  We would love to tell you more about our department- we can be reached at (320)693-5260.  For more information on the area, go to www.ci.litchfield.mn.us or  www.co.meeker.mn.us.






"Extra! Extra!  Read All About It!" 

National Institute of Corrections: Myths and Facts: NIC Myths_Assessments.pdf

KARE 11 Investigates: Tracking Down the Guns of Domestic Abusers: http://www.kare11.com/article/news/investigations/kare-11-investigates-tracking-down-the-guns-of-domestic-abusers/89-526664022  (from 3/7/2018)

Blown Away, the Perils of Compressed Air:  http://www.fox9.com/news/blown-away-the-perils-of-compressed-air

Dayton Proposes Tax on Drug Companies in Effort to Combat Opioid Epidemic: http://kstp.com/news/dayton-proposes-tax-individual-pills-opioid-epidemic/4788967/?cat=13154

New Bill Would Keep Those Convicted of Certain Crimes from Obtaining Teachers License:  http://kstp.com/news/state-representative-proposing-bill-keep-people-criminal-pasts-teachers-licenses/4779385/?cat=5

Crossword Puzzle: Vendors and Annual MACPO Conference

Need a little break from your every day job responsibilities or something to do on your lunch break?  Problem solved!  Simply click on the two links below: one is for the crossword puzzle and the other link are the clues.  Hint: think MACPO vendors/sponsors and Annual MACPO Conference.

When you complete the crossword puzzle, please send a copy of it to michelle.pramann@co.wright.mn.us.  The first person to correctly complete the crossword puzzle will be awarded a prize at the 61st Annual MACPO Spring Conference. 

Please click on the following link to view the crossword puzzle: MACPO Blank Crossword Puzzle.pdf

Please click on this link to view the clues for the crossword puzzle: MACPO crossword clues1.pdf


Good luck! 




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