County Commissioners kept busy at first meeting of the year

January 16, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that a server used by the Roads and Bridges Department has reached its life expectancy. He will present a quote for a replacement server in a future meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Court Administrator Wen­dy Rost administered the Oath of Office to new/ re-elected officials: Com­missioner District 2 Mic VanDeVere, Commissioner District 4 Joe Drietz, Audi­tor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf, Recorder Michelle Facile, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Attorney Glen Petersen. VanDeVere was selected as board chair, with Drietz selected as vice-chair.
The board approved sev­eral resolutions. The coun­ty board also approved the 2019 Commissioner Com­mittee Appointments. The resolutions and appoint­ments are similar to previ­ous years’ appointments and resolutions.

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Hole-in-the-Mountain Park among recommended recipients for grant dollars

January 16, 2019

By Mark Wilmes 
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The Greater Minne­sota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has announced grant recom­mendations for the FY20 funding cycle. Vince Rob­inson of Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp (LCEDC) said they have been working with the Lincoln County Parks Department and the Coun­ty Commissioners to apply for grant funds to update the Hole-in-the-Mountain (HITM) Park 20-year re­source plan.
“It appears that the fund­ing we have requested will be forthcoming; assuming the legislature again ac­cepts the recommendation of the Greater MN Region­al Parks and Trails Com­mission,” Robinson said. “This funding will help us to survey park users and regional community mem­bers about their usage of current HITM park ameni­ties and their interest in additional amenities.”

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Rezoning lot in corner of Lincoln and Prairie was of major concern

January 10, 2019

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

At the Monday, Jan. 7 regular city council meet­ing, Mayor Julie Hogie and councilmen Scott Pearson and Darren Schumacher took their oaths of office.
The minutes of the Dec. 17, 2018 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
At the Dec. 17, 2018 city council meeting, Greg Pearson said he would like to put five campers and RVs in the empty lot he owns on the corner of Lin­coln and Prairie Streets, one block off Main Street…

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Understanding Truth in Taxation statements

January 3, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In November, Lincoln County residents received Truth in Taxation (TNT) statements, which caused sticker shock for some county residents. For ex­ample, Lake Benton resi­dents were told to expect a 23 percent increase in their school levy and a six percent increase in the city taxes, in addition to a three percent increase at the county level. Fortunately, the actual tax statements that will come out in April will be considerably below the early estimates, but the questions that were asked at the TNT meetings made it apparent that clarifica­tion in the different tax statements is necessary.

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Olsen reports on meeting concerning Curly-leaf pondweed

December 26, 2018

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John Hoveland is Lincoln County’s new Veterans Services Officer. He was sworn in by County Attorney Glen Petersen at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their final meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Com­missioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Lincoln County Envi­ronmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the group about the meeting be­tween the DNR, the county, and the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District. Ol­sen feels that, while they were unable to get a full-lake treatment for Curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), they were able to come to agreement on an appropri­ate treatment that will ad­dress the problem…

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Hendricks City Council approves property transactions

December 20, 2018

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The sale of the lot at the north end of Main Street to Troy and Steph Bulleri was finalized at Monday evening’s city council meeting.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Dec. 17. The minutes of the Dec. 3 meet­ing and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
Under old business, the east expansion project DEED (De­partment of Employment and Economic Development) appli­cation has been approved. A copy of the letter stated that the City of Hendricks has been approved for a $153,500 grant from DEED…

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Lundberg and Paluch retire from County after decades of service

December 13, 2018

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Loretta Lundberg and Sue Paluch were honored for their service to Lincoln County on Friday, Dec. 7.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lincoln County will lose two dedicated employees in January. Loretta Lundberg and Sue Paluch are both retiring from their positions in the county, effective Jan. 7, 2019. A retirement party was held at the courthouse in Ivanhoe last Friday, Dec. 7.
Lundberg has served Lincoln County for more than 50 years. She began working at the courthouse at the age of 18 years. “They had to have a babysitter for me,” she said with a smile, “No one under the age of 21 could sign any official documents and I was only 18.”…

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Lighting upgrade project comes in below 10K reports

December 13, 2018

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County Attorney Glenn Petersen requested that the commissioners approve the joint powers agreement with MnCCC, the organization that manages the MCAPS software package. Petersen said that he uses MCAPS “for processing complaints.” The commissioners approved the agreement.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Lin­coln County Courthouse in Ivanhoe. The meeting was set for Thursday due to a schedule conflict with the normal Tuesday time.
As one of her last offi­cial acts as County Trea­surer, Loretta Lundberg presented the annual no­tification of compliance.

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Residents ask questions at county Truth in Taxation meeting

December 13, 2018

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Mic VanDeVere

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lincoln County held its Truth in Taxation meet­ing on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Lincoln County Court­house. Several people were on hand to comment and ask questions about the recently received Pro­posed Property Tax state­ments for 2019.
John Appelen of Canby asked what impact the new wind farms would have in tax relief…

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Council discusses east expansion project at Monday’s meeting

December 6, 2018

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The Hendricks City Council finalized the Lincoln Street utility project and the campground project at Monday
evening’s meeting.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. It was so moved to approve the minutes of the Nov. 19, 2018 meet­ing and the evening’s agenda.
There was no public fo­rum.
The maintenance re­port was reviewed by the council. The snowplow­ing policy was reviewed. Snow removal is done if two or more inches of snow has fallen. City At­torney John Engels said cars can be towed if parked cars violate the snow removal ordinance.

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