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DHS is wrong

In regard to the State of Minnesota proposed group home on Pickeral Lake Road in Nokay Lake township, I wish to make the concerns of my neighborhood known.

We choose to live in this setting for the privacy and tranquility it offers.

We set up our homes fully expecting that the neighboring properties would also be families or individuals who want to live in peace and security.

It has come as a shock to find out that our state and county officials would allow such a rural setting to be the potential home of an individual(s) with unpredictable behaviors.

Privacy rules prohibit the state from giving specific information on clients. Non-official means tell another story, of the man set to be placed here known to have been violent and caused injury to others (his care-givers) in the past. Conveniently, the person’s status as a ward of the state may have kept him from being charged criminally.

It is further distressing to find out that the state is not required to notify neighboring properties of the proposed “adult foster care” facility.

Additionally, should the need arise, emergency response time is likely to be 20 minutes or longer. This is of grave concern to the neighbors around Pickeral Lake Road, which include a licensed daycare facility, and ought to be disconcerting to operators and personnel in the residence.

My neighbors and I hope that Department of Human Services (DHS) reverses its decision to allow the operation of a group home on Pickeral Lake Road. I further hope that in the future DHS does more research and/or notification and finds more appropriate sites for other proposed new group homes.

Pamela Nelson


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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