Humboldt, Wadena to lose front counter service at environment ministry offices

HUMBOLDT, WADENA — Humboldt and Wadena are among 19 communities that will lose public front counter service at their ministry of environment offices this spring.

Service will end May 14 at both locations.

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Each location will lose one part-time job each, as they were open Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be 16 part-time staff and three full-time staff affected province-wide.

“We looked at service delivery and we looked at the way that services are being consumed by our general public,” said Kevin Murphy, an assistant deputy minister with the environment ministry.

For instance, the offices that are closing were responsible for less than two per cent of the ministry’s hunting and angling licence sales. Roughly 60 per cent of those getting a licence are buying them at commercial vendors. More are also buying licences online.

Front counter services will remain at the environment ministry’s regional offices, the closest in the area being in Saskatoon.

Murphy said other jobs in the two offices aren’t affected.

“We're only removing the front counter service the offices and the conservation officers who work out of them will remain in place.”

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