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
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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
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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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VSO reports increase in number of Lincoln County Veterans signed up

December 24, 2019

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The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force gave a presentation at the county board meeting. The presentation explained who the task force serves and what they do for the counties they serve. Members of the task force who were present were, from left, Chris Dybevick from Nobles County, Edison Dengler from Pipestone County, Mike Hamann from Pipestone County and Commander Chris Lewis from Murray County.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Dec. 17. All commissioners were pres­ent.
County VSO John Hov­land gave the board an up­date. According to Hovland, he continues to work with new veterans and veteran widows to get benefits set up for them. Since he began a year ago, he has helped 10 veterans become ser­vice-connected at various levels. He was recently told by the Lincoln County As­sessor’s office that more veterans have signed up for the tax exclusion in the last year than in the five years previous. The tax exclusion benefit is open to veterans who receive at least a 70% disability benefit.

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Council discusses campground expansion at Monday’s meeting

December 18, 2019

By Violet Nelson
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The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Following the flag pledge, the minutes of the Dec. 2 city council meeting and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
City Administrator David Blees said we are still waiting to get approval from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for a partial financial payment for the East Expansion Project. “We submitted an amount of $56,900,” Blees said.
Regarding street repair issues, Blees said we are still waiting to hear from the inspector from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

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Lincoln County tax levy set at 1% increase

December 12, 2019

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A crowd of Lincoln County taxpayers were on hand to speak to the county board at the Dec. 3 Truth in Taxation hearing concerning the 2020 tax levy. The county approved increasing the levy by 1% for the 2020 tax year.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Truth in Taxation (TnT) meeting was held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. at the Lincoln County Courthouse. According to the Minnesota House Research Department, “TnT was enacted with a goal of improving ac­countability by focus­ing taxpayers on the relationship between budget decisions and property taxes, and pro­viding taxpayers with a greater opportunity to become involved in the local government bud­geting process.” County landowners partici­pated in the meeting to discuss the proposed 3% levy increase and to learn what the final levy would be.

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Worth appointed to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels

December 12, 2019

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Bob Worth of Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
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Bob Worth, local farmer, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Director and Lake Benton Mayor, was recently given another title and responsibility. Governor Tim Walz recently appointed Worth to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels, where he will represent the soybean growers of southwest Minnesota.
In September, Governor Walz established the Governor’s Council on Biofuels by Executive Order 19-35. According to the order, the council consists of 15 members, appointed by the governor “representing agriculture, the biofuels industry, transportation, environmental and conservation interests, and other relevant stakeholders.”…

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Hesse family awarded Conservation Farmer of the Year

December 12, 2019

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At the Dec. 3 County Board meeting, Lauren Mellenthin and Chad Meester presented information on the Towards Zero Deaths initiative in Lincoln and Pipestone Counties.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting, due to a schedul­ing conflict.
Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and Lincoln Pipestone County Safe Roads Coalition Coordi­nator Lauren Mellenthin spoke to the board con­cerning the Towards Zero Deaths initiative. The co­alition received a grant from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, which works to prevent fatal and serious injury traffic crashes…

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Council accepts two donations to Hendricks Fire Department

December 5, 2019

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The Hendricks City Council discussed Jack Streich, Jr. and Brian Johnson property issues at Monday evening’s city council meeting.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 

The regular meeting of the Hendricks City Council was called to order Monday evening, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Julie Hogie. The minutes of the Nov. 18, 2019 city council meeting and closed meetings and the agenda for the evening were approved.
Al and Joyce Molascon were present for public forum. Al said the water problem in their base­ment at 310 Cottage Ave. has been fixed. According the calen­dar log, the initial water problem occurred on April 13 following back-to-back snowstorms. He presented before-and-after pic­tures of his basement as proof. On Nov. 26 a water line leak was discovered. A drain was installed along Cottage Ave. and Lake Street. Al was wondering what the city policy is on replacing lawn. City Administrator David Blees said the city will take care of this.

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