Department shop to go up for bid

April 12, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met last Tues­day, April 3 with Commission­ers Rick Hamer and Corey Sik absent. Due to the weather, the meeting was short.
During the Engineer’s report, Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson talked with the Board of Commissioners regarding the possibility of putting the old Highway Department shop in Tyler up for bid. Commission­ers present were in favor of this, and the building will be put up for bid.

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Council reviews pet ordinance

April 5, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
After receiving reports of dogs biting people in town, the Hendricks City Council reviewed the pet ordinance, also discussing the enforcement licensing dogs in town.
The council discussed the need for pet owners to control their dogs. A dog that bites someone will be labeled potentially dangerous or dangerous.
The council also discussed fining pet owners who have dogs that are not licensed.
A copy of the pet ordinance is available upon request at City Hall.

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County Parks policy reviewed at County Commissioner meeting

March 29, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Parks Man­ager Daryl Schlapkohl pre­sented an updated Park Policy for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to review. The policy included the seasonal camping site fees for Norwe­gian Creek and Picnic Point. The season is from Memorial weekend to Labor Day. If camp­ers come before or stay longer, there is an additional charge of $25 per day. Schlapkohl said there should be around 90 sea­sonal campers at Norwegian Creek, 12 at Picnic Point and two at Hole-in-the- Mountain Park. Schlap­kohl went on to say that $50 per year per camp­site of Norwegian Creek and Picnic Point is given to the Lake Associations. With 108 sites at Nor­wegian Creek, a total of $5,400 is collected, and with 30 sites at Picnic Point, $1,500 is collected.

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Commissioners proclaim April 3 National Service Recognition Day

March 29, 2018

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Michelle Baumhoefner and Roseanne Lasnetski spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners about volunteerism in Lincoln County.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Lincoln County Aging and Volunteer Service Coordinator Roseanne Lasnetski and Michelle Baumhoefner, Executive Director of ACE of SW Minnesota (Advocate, Connect, Educate) who provided a copy of the Lincoln County ACE newsletter, and reported on the 2017 volunteerism statistics.
ACE of SW Minnesota includes seven counties—Lincoln, Lyon, Cottonwood, Murray, Nobles, Redwood and Rock. In 2017, there were a total of 2,361 active volunteers, with 276,180 volunteer hours reported. Lincoln County alone had 17 percent of those hours, with 47,242 hours reported from a total of 372 registered volunteers from 55 reporting stations. There were 42 of those volunteers under the age of 55. There were 47 new volunteers in 2017.

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Investigation continues on City Hall vandalism incident earlier this month

March 22, 2018

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Progress continues on the cabin at the campground. Since this photo was taken Monday morning, the roof has been completed.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Hendricks City Council during their Mon­day, March 19 meeting to give them an update on the prog­ress of the investigation of the vandalism done to City Hall earlier this month by someone who shot at the building several times. The incident happened in the hours between Friday night, March 2, and early Saturday morning, March 3. Meester said he has been working with City Attorney John Engels, and there is still an ongoing investigation that he has been keeping City Administrator David Blees ap­prised of…

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Commissioners hear from various departments at monthly meeting

March 16, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During their Tuesday, March 6 meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Sheriff Chad Meester re­garding the placement of a drug collection box, which is now lo­cated in the Sheriff’s office and obtained through the support of the Hendricks Hospital and paid for with a CVS grant.
Meester also spoke to the Board of Commissioners regard­ing the purchase of a Dodge Ram from Lockwood Motors in Mar­shall at the price of $28,125, and the upfitting and of the vehicle at the quoted price of $10,050.52. Both the purchase and upfitting were approved.

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Broadband study discussed with the county commissioners

March 2, 2018

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Vince Robinson and Mark Mrla update the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on the broadband plans.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Vince Robinson of the LCEDC, Mark Mrla of Finley Engineering, and via phone, Doug Dawson, President of CCG Consulting, spoke with the Lincoln County Commissioners during their Tuesday, Feb. 20 meeting about the Broadband Feasibility Study that has been done in Lincoln County.

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Campground, donations discussed at recent City Council meeting

March 2, 2018

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Councilman Scott Pearson reviews the park and campground pamphlet.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

City Administrator Da­vid Blees presented for review a new pamphlet for the parks and campground in Hendricks.
Information contained in the pamphlet includes camping fees for the camp­sites and cabins, the cabin fee having been set by the council at $55 per night. Additional information includes a description and information pertaining to the cabins, and rules, reg­ulations and reservation and cancellation informa­tion for the campground.

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LHIA receives decision in dairy issue

February 22, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
After nearly four years of fighting in the legal arena to protect Lake Hendricks from the potential threat posed by a proposed commercial dairy that would be located near Oak Lake just over the border in South Dakota, the Lake Hendricks Improvement Association (LHIA) has decided to concede the latest loss and make no further appeals.

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Lake Benton in need of whole treatment for curly leaf pondweed

February 15, 2018

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Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed the need to treat Lake Benton for invasive species.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During the Feb. 6 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmen­tal Office presented the year-end DNR Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) report, then informed the Board of Commissioners of the need to treat Lake Benton for curly leaf pondweed. Olsen said since treating up to 400 acres of the lake would cost between $100,000 and $120,000 and that treating the whole lake would be about $150,000 per year over three years, treatment for the whole lake was the preferred op­tion. The treatment, when done at the proper time, will prevent the plant from reproducing. Ol­sen told the board that the Lake District would need to borrow funds from the county if treat­ment began in 2018, but would not have to borrow any funds if the treatments begin in 2019.

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