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Good Faith Is Not a Defense for Open Meeting Law Violations

August 01, 2016

By Jason Kuboushek; Iverson Reuvers Condon Following a six -day trial this spring, a Carver County District Court judge determined four current Victoria City Council members committed a combined total of 38 intentional Minnesota Open Meeting Law violations and ordered $7,800 in personal fines. The lawsuit was brought by 13 Victoria residents who alleged numerous …

New Employees in the Loss Control, Workers’ Compensation Teams

August 01, 2016

MCIT welcomed three new employees in June and July. Keith Ternes started June 13 filling a new loss control consultant position. Carol Frank took over as the workers’ compensation claims manager July 5, and Renee Sakry began July 11 as a claims representative. Ternes primarily concentrates on assisting members in reducing law enforcement personnel injury …

Rate Reductions for 2017 Bring Big Savings for Members

August 01, 2016

The report of the actuary at the July meeting of the MCIT Board of Directors prompted a great deal of discussion but ended with a decision to reduce rates for both divisions. Given the severity of some claims during the past several years, the board was a bit surprised that the work of Mark Doepke, …

MCIT Announces Dividend for 2016

July 01, 2016

During the past several years, the MCIT Board of Directors has given special attention to investment income and the impact of reserve changes on MCIT’s bottom line. As the topic of a dividend for 2016 was discussed during the June 10 meeting, board members reflected on key factors influencing their decision to release funds in …

CONFIDE: EAP for Commissioners

May 09, 2016

Program Provides Consultation and Counseling Services for Elected Leaders County commissioners’ service to their counties and constituents may take a toll on their happiness or family life. Recognizing this, MCIT has established an EAP for commissioners, which is a professional consulting and counseling program specifically for commissioners/elected leaders and their families. Known as CONFIDE, this program …

2016 Posters, Mini Fliers, E-mails Promote EAP

May 03, 2016

Survey responses from the more than 6,500 member employees attending the “Fostering Resilience” program during 2014 and 2015 revealed that many employees were unaware that they had access to an employee assistance program or of the scope of services offered. It is clear that MCIT and its members need to do a better job to promote EAP …

MCIT Reorganization Begins to Take Shape

March 10, 2016

On March 21, 2016, Joe Rieder will assume the duties of the newly created position of MCIT director of claims. The creation of this job is a harbinger of the many changes that are necessary to prepare MCIT to assume functions presently performed by Meadowbrook Insurance Group. As the director of claims, Rieder will oversee …

MCIT Consultants Are Coming to Your County

March 10, 2016

MCIT consultants are on the road throughout 2016 to deliver targeted messages to  members in an effort to help mitigate and prevent losses. MCIT has developed new information and updated existing resources for these meetings with specific audiences. Members receive valuable materials to support discussions. Meetings are primarily scheduled with county members, but MCIT consultants …

New Loss Control Consultant Joins MCIT Team

February 05, 2016

Nick Lindberg joined MCIT Jan. 4 as the loss control consultant for the central and northeast region of Minnesota, taking over from Jeff Holubar.  Lindberg is a recent graduate of the Masters of Environmental Health and Safety program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He previously worked for MCIT as a loss control intern, where …

Continuity of Leadership in Times of Change

February 05, 2016

 The first order of business at MCIT’s annual organizational meeting of the Board of Directors Jan. 8 was the election of officers. Recognizing the value of continuity as MCIT embarks on the tasks of reorganization and the expansive software and technology conversion, board members voted to return incumbents as board officers. The most tenured members …