February 2015

We are now one month into the New Year and County Government (from my perspective) is steady as she goes.  Every day and every year are new learning experiences.

I was truly honored to serve as the Morrison County Board Chair for the year 2014. It was a learning, humbling, and growing experience.  

In 2014 I served as Vice Chair of the ARMER Regional Emergency Service Board (ESB).  The ARMER Region that we are in consists of 19 counties and the city of St. Cloud.  What started out to be a Public Safety "Radio" Region has now grown to include much more than 800 MHz, public safety radios.  

Grant Funding for the Region 4 Emergency Managers now goes through the ESB. Next Generation 9-1-1 (You will be hearing more and more on this) is coming. This too falls under the ESB.  

I am very proud and honored to have been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the ESB for 2015.

Also in 2014 I served as the Chair of the Central Minnesota EMS Regional Joint Powers Board and was re-elected as Chair for 2015.

As your County Commissioner I strive to be involved and will stay involved.  I am involved (as are the other Commissioners) in many different committees.  I continue to make myself available to you the residents of District 2, along with anyone and everyone in Morrison County.  My contact numbers remain:

Home:  320-632-3435

Cell:  320-630-7372

I don't have all the answers to all the questions, but rest assured I will do my best to listen and find answers to any question you might have.  

Continue to enjoy the Minnesota winter.  Be safe and always keep smiling.  :)




The Budget season is upon us.  A year ago this was a new experience.  I’m confident, that experience is going to guide the Board in coming up with the best budget we possibly can for everyone.  I’m very clear, the Board is very clear, no one wants to pay more!  Understood.  That being said, most all of us still want more.  There often is a fine line when it comes to wants and needs.  I ask anyone with a comment, with a concern, with an idea, to contact me.  Let me know what you’re thinking.  I have, and will, continue what I consider an open door policy – whether that open door is my cell phone (preferred) (320-630-7372), my home phone (320-632-3435), my email address (jeffreyj@co.morrison.mn.us), my house or yours, please feel free to contact me.

As your Morrison County Commissioner I strive, and will continue to do my best, to be and stay involved with an assortment of different committee assignments.  Just a few highlights since the first of the year would include, but are not limited to:

Continued involvement with ARMER (Public Safety Radio System), Stand Up 4 You, Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM), Hazard Mitigation Planning, AMC (Association of MN Counties), The Ag Society, Participation in the Mock Car Crash at the LFCHS, Morrison County EMS & Recognition, Delivered safety talks to Pierz, Royalton, and the Little Falls High Schools, Community Health Fair (Little Falls Middle School), Town 101 (City of Little Falls), Take Back the Night (Hands of Hope).

I hope you are having an enjoyable summer: 


Events coming up:

August 7, 8, 9, & 10 – MC Fair  (August 8 - Cow Milking contest with Dairy Princess –vs- Sheriff Candidates, and House of Representatives Candidates –vs- one another)

August 12 – Primary Elections (Get out and vote – Your vote does matter)

August 12 – National Night Out (City of Little Falls – Fire Department)

August 22 – (Wacky Hacker Golf Tourney – Pierz Golf Course)

September 6, 7 (Water Fest, Camp Ripley)

September 9 (Hands of Hope Golf Tourney 

Keep smiling,



2013 –

It’s been nearly a year since I took the oath of office and became your District 2 Morrison County Commissioner.  It hasn’t always been easy, but no one said it was going to be.  I truly believe I’m working with a Board that gets things done and one that has demonstrated an open form of communication.  We may not always agree on everything (we don’t) and the vote may not be 5-0 or 0-5 (many aren’t) but still we’ve managed to get the job done.

January 2013 Committee assignments were handed out (as they are every January).

The following is a list of Committees and Sub Committees that I’ve been a part of:

  • County Board meetings (Vice Chair)
  • County Board Planning meetings
  • TSWAC (Landfill) 
  • Budget Committee 
  • Planning Commission
  • CHS Board of Health
  • Department Head Committee
  • AMC Delegate (2013 delegate – Health and Human Services
  • Community Corrections (Joint Powers Board)
  • Camp Ripley Citizen Advisory  Committee 
  • Morrison County Ag Society (Fair board)
  • Hands of Hope Board of Directors
  • CAPS Committee 
  • Central MN EMS Regional Board (Joint Powers Board)
  • Morrison County EMS Council
  • Morrison County Extension Committee
  • Law Library 
  • Benefits Committee 
  • Trails Committee
  • Ag Inspection Appeals Board
  • Tobacco Appeals  Board
  • ARMER Representative:
    • RAC (Regional Advisory Committee)
    • Emergency Services Board (Joint Powers) - Vice Chair
    • Central MN Executive Committee – Vice Chair
    • Central MN Owners/Operators – Users Committee
    • Next Gen 9-1-1 (Emergency Communications Funding Study)
    • Morrison County Users Committee
  • Morrison County Fire Chief’s Association
  • HSEM – Homeland Security Emergency Management 
  • ACUB (Army Compatible Use Buffer)
  • Stand Up For U
  • Local Water Plan
  • TZD (Toward Zero Death Coalition)
  • National Night Out
  • Hazard Mitigation 

As a Morrison County Commissioner, the importance of being involved and staying informed is without question second to none. The above list is just a taste of some of the stuff I’ve been involved in and will continue to be involved in.  Keeping communication with you, and engaging the County Board to keep communications flowing, will continue to be one of my priorities.  

As always, if you have a question, or concern please feel free to contact me.  I may not have the answers, but together we will find the answer and get the issue resolved!

Jeffrey J. Jelinski


Morrison County

Cell:  320-630-7372

Email:  Jeffreyj@co.morrison.mn.us