Lincoln County Road and Bridge hearing set for March 3

February 13, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson spoke to the board concerning the highway department. According to Wilson, the county has already used more sand than usual on the roadways. Typically, the county uses 1,600 tons in a year, but this year they have already used 2,100 tons. Wilson estimates that they still have 1,700 tons left. “That is why we are telling the cities and towns that we are using it sparingly,” Wilson said.

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Hendricks Town Meeting held Feb. 4

February 13, 2020

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State Representative Joe Schomacker and Senator Bill Weber held a town meeting in Hendricks last Tuesday.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, State Representative Joe Scho­macker (R-Luverne) and State Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) held a town meeting at Irene’s Café in Hendricks with 15 locals in attendance…

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Hendricks City Council gives Fire Department the go-ahead to buy UTV

February 5, 2020

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The Hendricks City Council approved the resolution giving Lincoln County Housing Authority control of Westview Apartments.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Julie Hogie called the meeting to order. The minutes of the Jan. 21 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
Sheriff Chad Meester presented his sheriff’s report. CFS (Calls for Service) for the fourth quarter of 2019 were 94 records. A yearly log from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019 totaled 336 records. Records include assaults, burglaries, civil matters, child protection, thefts, traffic stops, etc.

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City council approves Chad Olsen’s request to purchase old clinic building

January 30, 2020

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At Tuesday evening’s meeting, the Hendricks City Council approved the transfer of ownership of the old clinic building on Main Street to Chad Olsen, for the purpose of lodging his workers.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Julie Hogie brought the meeting to order. The minutes of the Jan. 6 meeting and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
Shane and Ashley Citterman of Hendricks were present at the meeting. Ashley stated that she and her husband purchased the vacant Methodist Church last summer and received the keys to the building on June 10. Since then, they have turned the church into The Gathering Place. Ashley said they recognize the need to turn it from residential into commercial. It was so moved by Darren Schumacher, seconded by Nate Nuese, to hold a rezoning hearing. The hearing was open for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, it was so moved by Judy Pearson, seconded by Nuese, all in favor, to rezone the building to commercial. It was so moved by Nuses, seconded by Scott Pearson, to close the rezoning hearing.

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Commissioners approve sheriff’s union request to bank hours

January 30, 2020

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Jan. 21 to discuss a number of topics. Pictured from left are County Attorney Glen Petersen, Mic VanDeVere, Jack Vizecky, Board Chair Joe Drietz, Corey Sik, Rick Hamer and County Auditor/Treasurer Deb Vierhuf.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. All board members were present with Board Chair Joe Drietz presiding over the meeting.
At the Jan. 7 regular meeting, the committee appointments discussion and action were tabled. The discussion reopened at this meeting. The board members are comfortable with the previous appointments and opted to keep them the same as before for 2020.
Michele VanDyke of the Lincoln County Extension Office requested that Jodi Otto be appointed as the new Extension Committee member to begin a new term. Her request was granted…

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Rep. Schomacker, Sen. Weber to hold Hendricks Town Meeting February 4

January 30, 2020

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Sen Bill Weber

State Representative Joe Schomacker (R-Lu­verne) and State Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) announced today that they will be holding a town meeting in Hen­dricks on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The event will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. at Irene’s Café, 116 S. Main St.

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Rep. Joe Schomacker

Several annual resolutions and appointments approved at county meeting

January 16, 2020

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Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the county board about joining the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Jan. 7 for their first meeting of the new decade. Commissioners Rick Hamer and Corey Sik were absent from the meeting.
The meeting opened with election of the chair and vice-chair. Commissioner Joe Drietz was elected board chair and Commissioner Mic VanDeVere was elected as vice-chair.
Because it was the first meeting of the year, several annual resolutions, decisions and appointments were approved, including the following:
The 2020 mileage rate was set at $0.57 per mile…

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City Council has annual meeting recapping the city departments

January 9, 2020

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City council members busily prioritize future expenditures.

By Jay Nelson
jaynelson@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The first meeting of the year is designated as an annual meeting, set aside to designate city functions and have high-level overview of departments. Mayor Hogie brought the meeting to order, followed by the flag pledge. Council members Judy Pearson and Darren Schumacher were unable to attend.
The evening’s agenda and the minutes of the Dec. 16, 2019 meeting were approved. There was no public forum.
Sheriff Chad Meester addressed the council concerning ongoing court cases pertaining to city infractions…

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Guy Harding retires after 34 years of service in law enforcement

January 9, 2020

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Guy Harding retires after 34 years of service in law enforcement.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
After more than 30 years of service, Guy Harding retired from law enforcement at the end of 2019. During his years, he served communities in both England and the United States, ending up as a Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff until his retirement.
Harding began serving in law enforcement in England, his native land, beginning in 1985. He worked as an officer there for 15 years before he moved to the United States in 1999. Before entering law enforcement, Harding spent 12 years as a paramedic in a large city. Harding and his wife moved to Lincoln County in 2000.

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Lincoln County farmer reelected chair of Soy Transportation coalition

December 24, 2019

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Joel Schreurs

Lincoln County farmer Joel Schreurs was among the officers reelected to the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) as the organization plotted its 2020 strategy at its an­nual meeting on Dec. 2-3 in Merida, Mexico.
“Transportation affects agriculture more than any other sector, as everything is related to transporta­tion, especially in rural Minnesota,” Schreurs told Soybean Business Maga­zine in a recent feature on the STC. “From the larger picture with the inland waterway systems to local roads and bridges, we use all aspects of the transpor­tation system to get the supplies we need and de­liver the products others want.”

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