Emergency meeting today to be conducted electronically

March 27, 2020

Notice Of Emergency Meeting Of The Hendricks City Council To Be Conducted By Electronic Means Pursuant To Minn. Stat. 13d.21
An emergency meeting of the City Council of the City of Hendricks will be conducted by electronic means on March 25 at 11 a.m. The meeting is being conducted by telephone following the Mayor’s decision that it is not prudent to conduct an in-person meeting. The Mayor’s determination was made to protect the health of board members and public, due to the Covid-19 pandemic following Governor Walz’s emergency declaration. The purpose of the meeting will be to declare a disaster pertaining to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Commissioners approve law enforcement pact with Lake Benton

March 27, 2020

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County Commissioner Mic VanDeVere

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met with representatives from Lake Benton on March 17 to discuss a new law enforcement partnership between their city and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Commis­sioner Jack Vizecky was present by speakerphone. Lake Benton City Council Member David Enke and City Administrator Eileen Christensen were on hand at the meeting. Enke told the commissioners that the contract was approved on the previous evening at the Lake Benton City Council meeting.
“We’re thankful for the time spent by Sheriff (Chad) Meester to pre­pare that contract as well as everyone else who was involved with that,” Enke said. “We’re here this morning to present that contract for approval from the commissioners.”

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Hendricks City Council discusses general guidelines for prevention of COVID-19

March 18, 2020

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Chavis Drive is one of many streets on the list for repair this spring.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The regular meeting of the Hendricks City Council was held Monday evening, March 16 with Mayor Julie Hogie presiding. The minutes of the March 2 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
City Administrator David Blees said four applications have come in for the maintenance position of Kevin Huber, who is retiring. “The ad in the Hendricks Pioneer said the deadline is March 25,” Blees said. “We have to wait until then.”

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County parks equipment and grant funds discussed at county meeting

March 12, 2020

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Vince Robinson of DSI spoke to the board concerning the Legacy grant for Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their reg­ular meeting on Tuesday, March 3. All commissioners were pres­ent for the meeting.
Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen reported to the board that the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District re­ceived an invasive species man­agement grant from the DNR for $7,000. The grant funds are lower than what was received in previous years, but the $7,000 in grant funds will help with the treatments for curly leaf pond­weed (CLP). Olsen said the En­vironmental Department will be on Lake Benton Lake checking the CLP infestation as soon as the ice is off the lake. “We know from ice-fishing reports that the curly leaf is prevalent in the east­ern end of the lake again,” Olsen said. That area was treated last year, but, according to Olsen, it can take several years to bring the infestation of CLP under con­trol due to the number of seeds in the sediment.

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Helping NextEra Energy Resources help Lincoln County

March 12, 2020

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Photo courtesy of NextEra Energy Resources
Lincoln County residents can help NextEra Energy Resources help Lincoln County by showing support of the proposed wind farm between Lake Benton and Tyler through a variety of ways.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

At the Feb. 26 Lincoln County Commissioners meeting, Danell Hertzig of NextEra Energy Re­sources commented on frus­trations the company is expe­riencing in the planning and development of a new wind energy farm west of Lake Ben­ton. The frustrations involve the regulations and costs associ­ated with adding new power to an existing grid. The potentially excessive costs could delay the project, which would delay the revenue generated for the local economy. Lincoln County resi­dents can help to resolve these problems.
NextEra Energy Resources is a wholesale power generation company that delivers clean, re­newable energy to much of the North American continent. “We develop, construct and operate power projects to produce elec­tricity,” their website explains, “We market electricity to whole­sale customers and invest in critical infrastructure for power delivery. We also offer a variety of energy-related products and services to customers across the country. Equally important, we are dedicated to quality, com­mitted to environmental stew­ardship and care about our com­munities.”

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New Holland tractor arrives at city shop

March 12, 2020

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Kevin Huber, left, and Aaron Moravetz stand beside the New Holland tractor that arrived from Litchfield last week. At the Jan. 21 Hendricks City Council meeting, it was so moved to purchase a 2006 New Holland TV145 tractor from Litchfield. It was delivered to the city maintenance shop last Tuesday, March 3. City employees Kevin Huber and Aaron Moravetz said the old one had 8,500 hours on it, where this one has less than 3,000 hours. “It’s a nice tractor,” Moravetz said. “It’s bi-directional and can be used all year round.”

Hendricks City Council discusses flow and infiltration at the ponds

March 5, 2020

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A public inquiry will be scheduled to talk about a camper that has been parked east of the ballfield for months.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s agenda and the minutes of the Feb. 18 meeting were approved.
There was no public forum.
The maintenance report was presented by City Maintenance employees Aaron Moravetz and Kevin Huber. Huber presented information on 2018 and 2019 I&I (Inflow and Infiltration) at the ponds. He said they have pumped 75 million gallons out to the pumps with a discharge of 82 million gallons…

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Counting on you being counted

February 27, 2020

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Census Day is scheduled for April 1, 2020.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Census Day is fast approaching in the United States. Cities, counties and states will be getting out the information on how vital an accurate count is to everything in your everyday lives. Ron Skjong of Tyler has been hired through a grant obtained by the YMCA in Marshall to help get the word out, dispel misinformation and help area residents understand the process.
“We are targeting not only the general population but also the minority population, as they are typically undercounted,” Skjong said. “The last census, an estimate of around 17% of the people in Lincoln County did not get counted. That means a huge loss of federal funding dollars. Marshall was undercounted by an estimated 2,900 people in the last census.”

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Hendricks City Council approves the retirement of city employee Huber

February 27, 2020

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Kevin Huber will be retiring from his city maintenance job on Friday, April 24.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The Tuesday, Feb. 18 City Council meeting was brought to order by Mayor Julie Hogie. The minutes of the Feb. 3 meet­ing and the Feb. 18 amended agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
Greg Pearson contacted City Administrator David Blees a couple of weeks ago about pur­chasing the lot on the corner of Lincoln and Main Streets. Since he was a no-show at Tuesday evening’s meeting, discussing this will be tabled until the next meeting.

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NextEra Energy speaks to county board about challenges for the Lincoln County wind project

February 27, 2020

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Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen presented the annual ditch report to the county board.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that the department continues to work on planning and permitting for the bridge projects and other road projects scheduled for 2020.
The department was able to complete some bridge repairs and maintenance on equipment. They plan to use the county’s snowblower to clear snow from shoulders along county highways and roads to help prevent drifting.

For the full story, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.