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St. Croix County's income maintenance programs are in for a major change in 2012.

Effective Jan. 1, 2012, programs such as BadgerCare Plus, FoodShare, medical assistance, family planning and others will be handled by a regional consortium rather than by individual counties. The change in delivery of such state-funded programs is required by Act 32, which was part of Gov. Scott Walker's biennial budget.


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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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