Health, Human & Veterans Services


400 Michigan Avenue W
Walker, MN 56484

P.O. Box 519
Walker, MN 56484



Link: Health, Human and Veterans Services Page

Toll-Free Phone: 800-450-3307


Monday through Friday
8 am to 4:30 pm

Backus Offices

218 Washburn Ave East
P.O. Box 51
Backus, MN 56435
Phone: 218-947-7530
Fax: 218-947-7525

Name Title Email Phone
Piprude, Michele Health, Human & Veterans Services Director 218-547-6863




Name Title Email Phone
Dirkes, Chris Acct Tech 218-547-6813
Graham, Mary Acct Tech 218-547-6861
Johnson, Joshua Acct Tech 218-547-6816
Kroontje, Lavelle Fiscal Supervisor 218-547-6810
Monnens, Tia Acct Tech 218-547-6815
Morris, Sue Acct Tech 218-547-6814
Peterson, Carrie Acct Tech 218-547-6898
Schermann, Lacey Acct Tech 218-547-6812
Walter, Susan Acct Tech 218-547-6834

Child Support 



Link: Child Support Page

Name Title Email Phone
Ahrens-Huewe, Rachel Child Support Officer 218-547-6805
Flicker, Denise Child Support Officer 218-547-6803
Hein, Judyne Child Support Supervisor 218-547-6800
Miller, Tamara Support Enforcement Aide 218-547-6808
Pederson, Melony Office Support Specialist 218-547-6806
Ratz, Molly Child Support Officer 218-547-6801

Financial Assistance 



Link: Financial Assistance Page

Name Title Email Phone
Belgarde, Melissa Eligibility Worker 218-547-6894
Cooke, Robin Eligibility Worker (Cass Lake) 218-335-3027
Dudley, Tanya Eligibility Worker (Backus) 218-947-7510
Fasking, Rain Eligibility Worker 218-547-6890
Hickman, Kayla Eligibility Worker 218-547-6871
Hunter, Ashley Eligibility Worker 218-547-6855
Johnson, Kim Eligibility Worker 218-547-6893
Kamphaus, Katie Eligibility Worker (Backus) 218-947-7532
Kracker, Alycia Eligibility Worker 218-547-6886
Mellby, Maggie Financial Assistance Supervisor 218-547-6888
Mueller, Carol Eligibility Worker 218-547-6887
Ogaard, Matt Financial Assistance Supervisor 218-547-6889
Pendzimas, Melanee Eligibility Worker 218-547-6899
Redman, Monica Eligibility Worker 218-547-6880
Reimer, Becky Eligibility Worker (Cass Lake) 218-335-3035
Scott, Gary Eligibility Worker (Cass Lake) 218-335-8264
Sullivan, Marla Eligibility Worker 218-947-7509
Warren, Britany Eligibility Worker (Backus) 218-947-7535
Wolff, Nicole Eligibility Worker 218-547-6870

Office Support 

Name Title Email Phone
Babb, Jessica Office Support Specialist (Backus) 218-947-7530
Baur, Bonnie Office Support Specialist  
Brown, Caryn Office Support Specialist 218-547-6866
Drews, Wendy Office Support Specialist 218-547-6922
Hiniker, Barb Office Support Specialist 218-547-6865
Johnson, Emily Office Support Specialist 218-547-6872
Minton, Kim Support Services Supervisor 218-547-6864



Link: Public Health Page

Name Title Email Phone
DeVries, Michelle Public Health Nurse 218-547-6824
Fuller, Lindsy Public Health Nurse 218-547-6840
Hamilton, Shawna Registered Nurse (Backus) 218-947-7504
Lenander, Carrie Registered Nurse 218-547-6852
Lukkason, Renee Public Health Team Leader 218-547-6825
Payne, Merilee Public Health Nurse 218-547-6829
Richter, Jamie Public Health Nurse 218-547-6833
Seegmiller, Jeri Public Health Team Leader 218-547-6839
Urevig, Kerry Public Health Nurse 218-547-6844
Whitehead, Simon SHIP Coordinator 218-547-6843
Wright, Laurel Registered Nurse 218-547-6822
Zubke, Gina Public Health Nurse 218-547-6847



Link: Social Services Page

Toll Free:  1-800-450-3307

Name Title Email Phone
Atwater, Tahnee Social Worker 218-547-6854
Burch, Anna Social Worker 218-547-6830
Bruch, Colleen Case Aide 218-547-6836
Eckman, Madison Social Worker-CPS 218-547-6817
Fadness, Bobbi Social Worker 218-547-6877
Genz, Mindi Social Worker 218-547-6856
Goehring, Kara Social Worker-CPS 218-547-6881
Hakari, Debra Social Worker 218-547-6819
Hatteberg, James Social Worker 218-547-6878
Heldt, Tonya County Team Leader 218-547-6831
Hemphill, Holli Social Worker 218-547-6837
Hess, Samantha Social Worker 218-547-6858
Honer, Dawn Social Worker 218-547-6874
Johnson, Ted Social Worker 218-547-6842
Kamphaus, Annie Case Aide 218-547-6857
Lyons, Nicole Social Worker-CPS 547-6820
McMillen, Marsha Social Worker 218-547-6882
Meier, Sydney Social Worker-CPS 218-547-6848
Pardino, Gina Social Worker-CPS 218-547-6823
Peterson, Devyn Social Worker 218-547-6860
Peterson, Keith Social Worker 218-547-6818
Sanbeck, Anna Social Worker-CPS 218-547-6850
Schoon, Nicole Social Worker-CPS 218-547-6811
Smieja, Joleen Social Worker 218-547-6845
Stacey, Tammey County Team Leader 218-547-6851
Weiss, Loretta Social Worker 218-547-6821
Wipperling, Suz Anne Case Aide 218-547-6846

Veterans Services 

218 Washburn Ave East
Backus, MN 56435

P.O. Box 51
Backus, MN 56435



Link: Veterans Services Office Page

Name Title Email Phone
Smart, Kristy Veterans Service Officer 218-947-7534
Sether, Stephen Assistant Veterans Service Officer 218-947-7531