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Live at the fair: county government

Susan Johnson renews her oath of office with Jason Majerus, the outgoing chair of the Goodhue County Health & Human Services Board. Johnson,a retired public health nurse, will be the new HHS secretary. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Goodhue County commissioners and Countu Administrator Scott Arneson say the Pledge of Allegiance before starting their July 2 meeting at the Cannon Valley Fair. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Festival flags and a tent provide the backdrop as Goodhue County Commissioner Barney Nesseth listens during the board's meeting at the Cannon Valley Fair on July 2, 2018. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Nina Pagel takes the oath of office under outgoing Goodhue County Health & Human Services Chair Jason Majerus. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

CANNON FALLS — In less time than it takes to hit every ride on midway, Goodhue County commissioners conducted their July 2 meeting at the Cannon Valley Fair.

Holding a short meeting at this fair as well as the county fair in Zumbrota has become a board tradition. These out-county sessions bring commissioners to the people rather than having citizens make the trek to Red Wing.

Immediately following the County Board meeting, the Goodhue County Health & Human Services held a brief annual meeting where two members of the public were sworn into office and new leadership assignments were made. At this meeting, HHS also decided to cancel its August meeting and will not convene until Sept. 18.

As part of the consent agenda, the County Board approved a speed study request from Cannon Falls, which would have Minnesota Department of Transportation "perform an updated speed zone study on CSAH 17 from 4,308' east of TH 20 to 7,056' east of TH 20 to verify if the statutory speed in this zone is still valid."

Commissioners also approved a joint powers agreement with the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Goodhue County to "apply for reimbursement of costs incurred when the Goodhue County Attorney's Office prosecutes inmates at the MCF-RW Correctional Facility."

They also approved the sale of various electronic items and several vehicles via the website PublicSurplus.com.

The meeting lasted about 25 minutes.

At the HHS meeting, Nina Pagel was sworn in as a new member and Susan Johnson was sworn in for another term. The new leadership assignments included Commissioner Brad Anderson of Cannon Falls as chair, Byron "Barnie" Nesseth as vice chair and Susan Johnson as secretary.