Here’s a look back at the last 20 years of LCSC holiday cards. Thanks for celebrating our 40th anniversary with us all year long. Here’s to the next 40 years and beyond …
The payroll systems used by the LCSC Finance Department have changed over the years.
Paper paychecks have been replaced by direct deposit into bank accounts and manual time clocks
have evolved to an electronic timekeeping system.
The look of our meeting rooms at Lakes Country Service Cooperative has changed over the years to reflect updated technology.
Above Ken Bosak training in the classroom, prior to the remodel.
A training in the Eagle Room, now called the Conference Center, before the 2012 remodel.
An August 2016 training in the Conference Center.
A recent facilities & grounds informational training in the Classroom.
Lakes Country Service Cooperative started work with Youth Educational Services in 1988. This fall, Y.E.S. relocated to Bridges Hall on the MSUM campus in Moorhead. Here’s an interview Jeremy Kovash, LCSC Executive Director, did for WDAY: http://bit.ly/2dx5uTu.
2016 Orientation Day
The previous Y.E.S. location
Bob Wiltsey, one of the founding staff members
In January 2014, with the aid of two grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, planning began for the Fresh Connect food hub. Our Fresh Connect food hub purchases fresh whole produce from area growers and delivers it to agencies throughout the region. In its pilot year, 34,173 pounds of food was delivered to 14 agencies. This season we expect to deliver 150,000 pounds to 27 agencies. Increasing access to healthy, nutrient dense produce contributes to the health of the communities in our region.
Since 1976, sixty five elected officials have served on the governing board of Lakes Country Service Cooperative.
Lakes Country Service Cooperative is currently governed by a 13 member board of directors. There are eight directors who serve as board members of schools in Region IV and three directors who serve as board members of the City, County and Other Governmental Agencies. Two board members are superintendents who serve in an ex officio status.
In the 1976 legislation that created the ECSU’s (Educational Cooperative Service Units) services were offered to schools only. In 1992 the legislature expanded membership to cities, counties, other government agencies and nonprofits and in 1995 the legislature passed a bill to change the name of the ECSU’s to Service Cooperatives. The new name better reflected the addition of government and nonprofit members. Our name was then changed to Lakes Country Service Cooperative.
The service area for Lakes Country Service Cooperative includes the counties of Clay, Becker, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin in west central MN. Currently we are serving all 9 counties, 37 cities, and 54 other government and nonprofit entities as members.
On Friday, June 10, City Administrators/Managers/Clerks met for a quarterly networking lunch at Lakes Country Service Cooperative … one of the member services offered to cities.
The Finance department at LCSC has expanded from being only an internal department to providing business management services to school and payroll services to a number of member organizations.
Lakes Country Service Cooperative staff photo from 1993:
Our Administrative Services Department has expanded from Cooperative Purchasing and Health and Safety to include Dietician Services, Fresh Connect Food Hub, and Building Official Services.
From the November 1990 ECSU Review:
From the September 1992 ECSU Review:
From the September 1994 ECSU Review: