Commissionmmers approve SafeAssure

February 14, 2019

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Rick Drietz was introduced as the new Maintenance Supervisor for the Lincoln County offices and grounds at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

At the Lincoln County Commissioners’ Feb. 5 meeting, a public hearing concerning citizen partici­pation in the Small Cities Grant Program for rental properties located in Tyler and Lake Benton was held. DSI representative Teresa Schreurs spoke during the hearing. “Lincoln County is seeking $595,937 through the Small Cities Develop­ment program to assist rental property owners with rehabilitation fund­ing for health and safety issues, energy efficiency, accessibility and lead-based paint hazards in the cities of Tyler and Lake Benton,” Schreurs said. If the funding is awarded, the project will include five single-family units, six duplexes and 36 multi-family units. If the grant is awarded, projects will be able to begin in January and February 2020. There were no members of the public present at the meet­ing to comment. The board approved a resolution to submit the final applica­tion for the grant.

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Hendricks City Council discusses east land parcel, purchases small parcel

February 6, 2019

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Al Molascon was present for public forum.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The Hendricks City Council met Monday eve­ning, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Julie Hogie called the meeting to order fol­lowed by the flag pledge. The evening’s amended agenda and the minutes of the Jan. 22 meeting were approved.
Al Molascon was pres­ent for public forum. He brought three items to the council’s attention…

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Hendricks City Council votes on camper/RV lot on Lincoln and Prairie

January 31, 2019

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Lincoln County Sheriff, Chad Meester presented his 2018 sheriff’s report.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Julie Hogie called the meeting to order. The minutes of the Jan. 7 meeting and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
During public forum, Tom Christianson, part-owner of the Hendricks Laundromat, located a block from Greg Pearson’s potential camper/RV lot, spoke in favor of it. He said it would not only help his business, but a lot of other businesses also.

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County Board hears update from SWCD

January 31, 2019

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Robin Sik, representing the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, asked the commissioners for approval to hire Kara Amundson of Ivanhoe as a county dispatcher/jailer.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board met for their second monthly meeting on Jan. 22. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting for a preapproved reason.
Vince Robinson spoke on behalf of the Lincoln County HRA, requesting that the board approve a resolution adopting the Citizens Participation Plan for the rental-rehab grant process. The plan says the primary way for the public to give input into the program is through a public hearing, which has been schedule for the Feb. 5 meeting at 9:05 a.m…

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz holds meet and greet in Ivanhoe

January 23, 2019

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Governor Tim Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz were at the Highway 75&19 Café in Ivanhoe on Sunday for a meet and greet with area residents. Gwen Walz is a native of Ivanhoe and the daughter of Val and Lynn Whipple of Ivanhoe.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Governor Tim Walz paid a visit to wife Gwen’s hometown over the weekend for the dual purpose of celebrating his mother-in-law’s 80th birthday and holding a meet and greet at the Highway 19 & 75 Café Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Walz’s parents are Val and Lynn Whipple of Ivanhoe. Walz spoke briefly to those in attendance, starting with a story on how he ended up marrying an Ivanhoe native.
“For those of you who didn’t know the connection, my wife Gwen Whipple was teaching school in Alliance, Nebraska,” Walz explained. “I had been with the first group of American high school teachers who were teaching in Chinese public schools.”

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County Commissioners kept busy at first meeting of the year

January 16, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that a server used by the Roads and Bridges Department has reached its life expectancy. He will present a quote for a replacement server in a future meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Court Administrator Wen­dy Rost administered the Oath of Office to new/ re-elected officials: Com­missioner District 2 Mic VanDeVere, Commissioner District 4 Joe Drietz, Audi­tor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf, Recorder Michelle Facile, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Attorney Glen Petersen. VanDeVere was selected as board chair, with Drietz selected as vice-chair.
The board approved sev­eral resolutions. The coun­ty board also approved the 2019 Commissioner Com­mittee Appointments. The resolutions and appoint­ments are similar to previ­ous years’ appointments and resolutions.

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Hole-in-the-Mountain Park among recommended recipients for grant dollars

January 16, 2019

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Greater Minne­sota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has announced grant recom­mendations for the FY20 funding cycle. Vince Rob­inson of Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp (LCEDC) said they have been working with the Lincoln County Parks Department and the Coun­ty Commissioners to apply for grant funds to update the Hole-in-the-Mountain (HITM) Park 20-year re­source plan.
“It appears that the fund­ing we have requested will be forthcoming; assuming the legislature again ac­cepts the recommendation of the Greater MN Region­al Parks and Trails Com­mission,” Robinson said. “This funding will help us to survey park users and regional community mem­bers about their usage of current HITM park ameni­ties and their interest in additional amenities.”

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Rezoning lot in corner of Lincoln and Prairie was of major concern

January 10, 2019

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

At the Monday, Jan. 7 regular city council meet­ing, Mayor Julie Hogie and councilmen Scott Pearson and Darren Schumacher took their oaths of office.
The minutes of the Dec. 17, 2018 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
At the Dec. 17, 2018 city council meeting, Greg Pearson said he would like to put five campers and RVs in the empty lot he owns on the corner of Lin­coln and Prairie Streets, one block off Main Street…

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Understanding Truth in Taxation statements

January 3, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In November, Lincoln County residents received Truth in Taxation (TNT) statements, which caused sticker shock for some county residents. For ex­ample, Lake Benton resi­dents were told to expect a 23 percent increase in their school levy and a six percent increase in the city taxes, in addition to a three percent increase at the county level. Fortunately, the actual tax statements that will come out in April will be considerably below the early estimates, but the questions that were asked at the TNT meetings made it apparent that clarifica­tion in the different tax statements is necessary.

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Olsen reports on meeting concerning Curly-leaf pondweed

December 26, 2018

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John Hoveland is Lincoln County’s new Veterans Services Officer. He was sworn in by County Attorney Glen Petersen at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their final meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Com­missioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Lincoln County Envi­ronmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the group about the meeting be­tween the DNR, the county, and the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District. Ol­sen feels that, while they were unable to get a full-lake treatment for Curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), they were able to come to agreement on an appropri­ate treatment that will ad­dress the problem…

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