Lincoln County Veterans Services receives donated handicap van

July 20, 2017

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Lincoln County VSO Dan Kuss demonstrates the lift seat in the handicap-accessible van the county received for the veterans. The van also has a wheelchair lift.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Veterans Ser­vices was chosen by Newgate School, located in the Twin Cit­ies, as the recipient of a handi­cap-accessible van to be used for transportation of county veter­ans to VA Medical Centers. The van had been donated to New­gate School, who, after making sure the van was mechanically sound and detailed like new, in turn donated the van to Lincoln County veterans at the annual Dennis Kirk Patriot Ride, which they help sponsor.
The van is a 2007 Ford E350 XLT Superduty, with just 32,000 miles on it. It features a wheel­chair lift, and one of the rear pas­senger captain’s chairs works as a lift chair that swings out and down via an electronic control to aid those who cannot step up into the van.

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Construction on Lincoln Street continues

July 20, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

City Administrator David Blees provided an update on the Lincoln Street utility project dur­ing the Monday, July 17 meeting of the Hendricks City Council.
Construction has be­gun on the east end of Lincoln Street; tempo­rary water lines have been placed and two of the blocks have been milled. The crews will complete those two blocks, putting them to gravel before continuing on further east toward the hospital. The entire street will be closed to traffic; hospital and clinic traffic is rerouted to Gar­field Street. Signs will be placed.

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Lincoln County may receive a van to transport county veterans

July 13, 2017

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Commissioner Jack Vizecky reviews the draft letter that is going out regarding the transfer of county roads to townships.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Lin­coln County Veterans Service Of­ficer (VSO) Dan Kuss at their Wednesday, July 5 meeting.
Kuss talked about an opportunity to get a veterans van with four captain chairs for seating and a wheelchair lift in the back. Kuss said the Freedom Riders raise money to help with veter­ans programs, and they are giving away a $30,000 van. Kuss said he submitted for Lincoln County, and was told they think providing the van for Lincoln County veterans is a worthy cause…

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City Council talks trash

July 13, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

The Hendricks City Council heard from Lin­coln County Board of Com­missioners Chairman Rick Hamer during the public forum portion of their Thursday, July 6 meeting.
Hamer expressed to the council that it had been his preference to install a fence and have manned hours two days a week for the rural garbage site, keeping it at the current location, but that did not work out. However, Ham­er proposed that since the county is paying the lum­beryard $1,500 a year for the use of the current site, he would be willing to have it on his property, provid­ing manned hours himself, in an effort to prevent the abuse the site currently sees…

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Bids accepted for Tyler shop

June 29, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners accepted the bid from Sussner Construction in the amount of $143,600 for the construction of a 50×70-foot engineered building, which will be the new Highway Depart­ment building located in Tyler. Bids for the building had been opened at the previous meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Board of Commis­sioners, saying he was “formal­ly” asking to move the recycling site in Hendricks back to the county property where it had previously been located.

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City hears annual audit presentation

June 22, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The City Council heard the yearly audit presen­tation given by Matt Tau­bert during their Monday, June 19 meeting.
Taubert reviewed fund revenues, expenditures and end of year balances with the Council, and told them the city had been given a Clean Opinion, which is the highest opin­ion that can be rendered. After the presentation, the council approved the audit as presented.

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Four bids received for new Highway Department building

June 15, 2017

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Bids were opened for the Tyler Shop at the June 6 Commissioners meeting.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Bids were opened for the new Lincoln County Highway Depart­ment maintenance building, which will be located in Tyler, during the Tuesday, June 6 meet­ing of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
Bidders were requested to submit bids on four alternatives. The first, listed as Alt 1A, was on a 50×60-foot engineered build­ing with fiberglass insulation; the second, listed as Alt 1B, was on a 50×60-foot engineered building with closed cell spray foam insu­lation; the third, listed as Alt 2A, was for a 50×70-foot engineered building with fiberglass insula­tion; and the fourth, listed as Alt 2B, was for a 50×70-foot engi­neered building with closed cell spray foam insulation.

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Council approves TIF projects

June 9, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Hendricks City Council approved two TIF project rec­ommendations made by the Hendricks EDA during their Monday, June 5 meeting.
The two projects are to assist with funds for a floor in Cedric’s and roofing for the Hendricks Hometown Bakery. City Admin­istrator David Blees said using the same guidelines as were used in determining funding assistance for the laundromat, funding will be a percentage of the total estimated project amounts.

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Secretary of State Simon visits county

May 25, 2017

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a stop at the Lincoln County Courthouse last Friday to talk with Barb Dybdahl and County Auditor Deb Vierhuf about last year’s election process.

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Secretary of State Steve Simon dropped in at the Lincoln County Court­house in Ivanhoe on Friday as part of his yearly state­wide tour. Simon visited with County Auditor Deb Vierhuf and Deputy Audi­tor Barb Dybdahl to learn of any issues that may have shown up during the recent election.
Overall, Vierhuf said the local election process went smoothly.
“It went really well,” Vi­erhuf told Simon.

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Clean Air Ordinance presented at Lincoln County Board meeting

May 25, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week, presenting informa­tion on a Clean Air Ordinance.
Orren told the board that in 2007, the State of Minnesota had passed an ordinance re­garding smoking inside, and in 2014 added e-cigarettes, ban­ning the use in government-owned buildings, hospitals, schools and state colleges.
Orren talked to the Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers about creating an indoor air policy for the county, including e-cigarettes in the policy and creating setbacks from entranc­es and exits of at least 10 feet for smokers.

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