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The arrival of the railroad to Isanti County in 1899 would bring major change to the poor area.

Family Child Care

The State of Minnesota requires persons caring for more than one unrelated family to have a license.  Minimum standards have been set and are defined in MN Rules Chapter 9502 (also known as Rule 2.)  The Commissioner of MN Department of Human Services (DHS) issues the licenses and has delegated the licensing of child care to counties.  Isanti County Family Services is the authorized representative of DHS for providers who live in Isanti County.  Isanti County Family Services processes applications, monitors compliance with rules and statutes, makes recommendations to DHS, and enforces DHS decisions.

Family child care licensing regulates child care providers in a setting other than a child care center, usually the provider's residence, for fewer than 24 hours per day.