Public Health and Human Services will close Terry office

 By Kay  Braddock

By the end of the year those seeking assistance from the Department of Public Health and Human Services will no longer be able to contact a local office in Terry, as longtime social service specialist Margie Feickert prepares to retire. 
“This office will close. The case files and the position will be moved to Glendive,” Feickert said during an interview last week. 
Feickert, who has worked in the DPHHS office in Terry since 1972, announced her resignation to county commissioners earlier this month. It wasn’t an unexpected move, Feickert said, explaining she had let others in the DPHHS office in Glendive and county officials know early on her intentions to retire by the end of the year. 
As a social service specialist, Feickert’s work centers on determining the eligibility for those seeking assistance with elderly care and Medicaid. The Terry office covers Prairie, McCone, Wibaux and Dawson counties.
“I have a very small caseload in Prairie County,” Feickert said, noting the largest portion of her work comes from Dawson County.
In the past 39 years Feickert said she has seen a lot of changes - from the move to computers to the now current move to a paperless office, to a constant modification of rules for assistance eligibility.
But it’s been the people she has worked with that she will miss most about her job. 
“I’ve met a lot of good people and I’ve worked with a lot of good people,” Feickert said. “I’ve really enjoyed the people.”
And what are the future goals and plans of this mother of three daughters and grandmother of seven? 
“I’m going to go home and farm,” Feickert said smiling.
She had her husband George farm on their place west of Terry. 
Published Dec. 21, 2011
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